For people who have high blood pressure, a healthcare provider may prescribe Avalide® (irbesartan/HCTZ). This prescription medication is typically taken once a day and comes in the form of a tablet. Avalide can be taken with or without food, but should be taken at the same time each day to maintain an even level of the medication in the blood.
While most people tolerate Avalide tablets well, the medication is not suitable for everyone. For example, you may not be able to take this medicine if you have certain medical conditions, such as kidney disease, asthma, or diabetes. Before using Avalide, make sure to talk to your healthcare provider about any other medical conditions you have and any other medications you are taking (including vitamins, supplements, and nonprescription medications). Side effects may include dizziness, nausea, and tiredness.
(For a more in-depth look at this drug, click Avalide. This article explains how the blood pressure medication works and offers general dosing guidelines and important safety information to be aware of before starting treatment.)
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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