Edarbi is a prescription medicine approved to help lower high blood pressure. It works by blocking a certain chemical in the body that causes the blood vessels to narrow and constrict. This medicine allows the blood vessels to relax, which lowers blood pressure. Edarbi comes in tablet form and is taken once a day. The most common side effect is diarrhea.
What Is Edarbi?Edarbi™ (azilsartan medoxomil) is a prescription medication used to treat high blood pressure (known medically as hypertension). It can be used alone or in combination with other blood pressure medicines.
How Does Edarbi Work?Edarbi belongs to a class of drugs called angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs). Angiotensin II is a naturally occurring chemical in the body that causes blood vessels to narrow (constrict). By blocking angiotensin II, Edarbi helps to relax the blood vessels, which results in lower blood pressure.
Clinical EffectsClinical studies have shown that Edarbi lowers blood pressure in people with hypertension more than a placebo (a "sugar pill" that does not contain any active ingredients). Probably more importantly, studies have also shown that Edarbi lowers blood pressure more effectively than olmesartan (Benicar®) or losartan (Cozaar®), two other medications that are similar to Edarbi.
When and How to Take ItSome general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with Edarbi include the following:
- Edarbi comes in tablet form. It is usually taken by mouth once a day.
- Try to take your dose at the same time each day to maintain an even level in your blood.
- You can take Edarbi with or without food.
- For this medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed.