When treating diabetic nephropathy with Avapro, dosage recommendations generally start at 300 mg a day. The suggested starting dosage for controlling high blood pressure is 150 mg a day. Various factors can affect your dosage, such as whether other medical conditions are present or if you are taking additional medicines. In addition, if side effects occur, your healthcare provider may choose to alter your Avapro dosage.
The dose of Avapro® (irbesartan) that your healthcare provider recommends will vary depending on a number of factors, including:
- The medical condition you are being treated for
- Other medical conditions you may have
- Other medications you may be currently taking
- How you respond to Avapro.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
The recommended starting dosage of Avapro for most people with high blood pressure (hypertension) is 150 mg a day. Based on the blood pressure response and/or Avapro side effects, the dosage may be increased or decreased. With each change in dosage, it may take several weeks to see the full effects on blood pressure.
The recommended starting Avapro dosage for people with diabetic nephropathy is 300 mg a day.
Some considerations for people taking Avapro include:
- Your Avapro dosage should be taken by mouth with a glass of water.
- Avapro may be taken with or without food.
- Make sure to take Avapro at the same time each day to maintain even levels of medicine in your blood.
- For Avapro to work properly, you have to take it as prescribed. Avapro will not work if you take it in a different way than your healthcare provider has prescribed.
- If you do not take your Avapro as scheduled, take your next dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next scheduled dose, skip the missed one and continue with normal dosing. Do not take a double dose.
- If you are unsure about anything related to Avapro or your Avapro dosage, talk to your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist. Do not stop taking Avapro without first discussing it with your healthcare provider.