Avapro is a medication used to treat diabetic nephropathy and high blood pressure. It works by blocking angiotensin II receptors, which causes blood vessels to relax. Avapro comes in tablet form and is available in a number of strengths, including 75 mg, 150 mg, and 300 mg. Commonly reported side effects include fatigue, heartburn, or dizziness.
Avapro® (irbesartan) is a prescription medicine that has been licensed to treat several conditions related to the heart and blood vessels. It is part of a class of drugs called angiotensin II receptor blockers, or ARBs for short.
Avapro is manufactured and sold through a partnership between two pharmaceutical companies -- Bristol-Myers Squibb Company and sanofi-aventis.
Uses of Avapro include:
However, this medication is not a cure for high blood pressure or diabetic nephropathy, nor has it been approved for use in children.
Avapro is part of a class of drugs called angiotensin II receptor blockers. As the name implies, the drug blocks angiotensin II receptors. This decreases the effectiveness of a chemical known as angiotensin II, which normally causes blood vessels to narrow (constrict). By blocking the effects of angiotensin II, Avapro causes blood vessels to relax, which can lower blood pressure.