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Generic Name: Eprosartan (ep-roe-SAR-tan)
Brand Name: Teveten

When used in pregnancy after the third month, Eprosartan can cause injury and even death to the developing fetus. Contact your health care provider as soon as possible if you suspect that you are pregnant.

Eprosartan is used for:

Treating high blood pressure when used alone or in combination with other medicines. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Eprosartan is an angiotensin 2 receptor blocker. It works by decreasing certain chemicals in the body which cause blood vessels to constrict (narrow), and sodium and fluid to be stored by the kidneys.

Do NOT use Eprosartan if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Eprosartan
  • you are in the second or third trimester of pregnancy

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Eprosartan :

Some medical conditions may interact with Eprosartan . Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have dehydration, low blood sodium, or kidney problems

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Eprosartan . However, no specific interactions with Eprosartan are known at this time.

Ask your health care provider if Eprosartan may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Eprosartan :

Use Eprosartan as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Take Eprosartan by mouth with or without food.
  • Take Eprosartan on a regular schedule to get the most benefit from it.
  • Continue to use Eprosartan even if you feel well. Do not miss any doses.
  • If you miss a dose of Eprosartan , take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Eprosartan .

Important safety information:

  • Patients who take medicine for high blood pressure often feel tired or run down for a few weeks after starting treatment. Be sure to take your medicine even if you may not feel "normal." Tell your doctor if you develop any new symptoms.
  • If you have high blood pressure, do not use nonprescription products that contain stimulants. These products may include diet pills or cold medicines. Contact your doctor if you have any questions or concerns.
  • Check with your doctor before you use a salt substitute or a product that has potassium in it.
  • Lab tests, including blood pressure, may be performed while you use Eprosartan . These tests may be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
  • Eprosartan should not be used in CHILDREN; safety and effectiveness in children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: Do not take Eprosartan after the third month of pregnancy. It may cause injury or death to the fetus. If you become pregnant, contact your doctor right away. It is not known if Eprosartan is found in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while taking Eprosartan .

Possible side effects of Eprosartan :

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. When used in small doses, no COMMON side effects have been reported with this product. Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue; hoarseness).

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions or need medical advice about side effects, contact your doctor or health care provider. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088) or at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org/findyour.htm), or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include lightheadedness, especially upon standing; very fast or slow heartbeat.

Proper storage of Eprosartan :

Store Eprosartan at 68 to 77 degrees F (20 to 25 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Eprosartan out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Eprosartan , please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Eprosartan is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Eprosartan . If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

Issue Date: September 5, 2007
Database Edition
Copyright © 2007 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

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