A blood pressure reading consists of two numbers -- for example, 120/80. The top number is known as the systolic blood pressure, and the bottom number is the diastolic blood pressure. During clinical studies in people taking Avapro, systolic blood pressure decreased on average by 8 to 12 mmHg (millimeters of mercury) and diastolic blood pressure decreased by 5 to 8 mmHg on average. Certain factors, such as dosage, affected how much the blood pressure dropped.
By lowering blood pressure, Avapro can decrease the risks that are often seen with long-term high blood pressure (see Effects of High Blood Pressure).
This medication has also been shown to slow down the progression of diabetic nephropathy.
General considerations for when and how to take Avapro include the following:
- The medication comes in tablet form and is taken once a day.
- Avapro may be taken with or without food.
- Avapro should be taken at the same time each day to maintain an even level in your blood.
- For the medication to work properly, you have to take it as prescribed. It will not work if you stop taking it.
The dose of Avapro your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- The medical condition it is being prescribed for
- Other medical conditions you may have
- Other medications you may be taking
- How you respond to the drug.
As with any medication, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Avapro Dosage for more information about dosing guidelines.)