EffectivenessA blood pressure reading consists of two numbers -- for example, 120/80. The top number is the systolic blood pressure, and the bottom number is the diastolic blood pressure. Studies have shown that Tekturna lowers systolic and diastolic blood pressure when used alone or in combination with other blood pressure medications. In studies where the drug was used alone for the treatment of mild to moderate high blood pressure, it lowered systolic blood pressure by up to 11.2 mm Hg on average and lowered diastolic blood pressure by up to 7.5 mm Hg on average, compared to a placebo (a "sugar pill" that does not contain any active ingredients).
Studies have also shown that a combination of Tekturna with hydrochlorothiazide (a diuretic) or with valsartan (an ARB blood pressure medication) can further reduce blood pressure, compared with any of the medications used alone.
When and How to Take TekturnaGeneral considerations for when and how to take the medication include the following:
- It comes in tablet form and is taken by mouth once daily.
- You should take it consistently, either with or without food (fatty meals may decrease the absorption of Tekturna). In other words, either always take the drug with food or never take it with food.
- Make sure to take it at the same time each day to maintain an even level in your blood.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. It will not work if you stop taking it.
Dosing InformationThe dosage your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- How you respond to Tekturna
- Other medications you are taking
- Other medical conditions you may have.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Tekturna Dosage for more information.)