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EPROSARTAN (TEVETEN)

Brand Name(s) : Teveten
Warnings
Uses
Side Effects
Precautions
Interactions
Overdose

EPROSARTAN WARNINGS

Eprosartan should be used with caution in:

It should not be used in:

  • patients with an allergy to eprosartan or to any other ingredients in the medicine, children, severe liver disease, women who are over 3 months pregnant (it is also better to avoid eprosartan in early pregnancy).

Also see list of precautions and interactions

STORAGE

Do not store above 25ºC.

EPROSARTAN USES

What is it used for?

  • Eprosartan is used to reduce high blood pressure.
  • It is an angiotensin-II receptor antagonist, sometimes known as an antihypertensive.
  • It is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension).
  • In general this drug is used for high blood pressure (hypertension). Angiotensin II is a substance produced in the body, which binds to receptors inside the blood vessels causing them to tighten and narrow. This increases the pressure within the blood vessels. Eprosartan works by preventing the binding of the hormone angiotensin II to its receptors. This widens and relaxes the blood vessels
  • Benefits of being on this drug can include a reduction in blood pressure.

Listed below are the typical uses of eprosartan.

On occasion your doctor may prescribe this medicine to treat a condition not on the above list.

HOW TO USE/TAKE

How often do I take it?

  • Take this medication by mouth usually once daily, with food.
  • Use this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it.
  • Remember to use it at the same time each day - unless specifically told otherwise by your doctor.
  • It may take up to 2 to 3 weeks before the full benefit of this drug takes effect.
  • Certain medical conditions may require different dosage instructions as directed by your doctor.

What dose?

  • Dosage is based on your age, gender, medical condition, response to therapy, and use of certain interacting medicines.

Do I need to avoid anything?

  • Eprosartan is unlikely to affect ability to drive or operate machinery. However, treatment for high blood pressure may cause occasional dizziness or tiredness. If you experience these symptoms do not drive or operate machinery.

When can I stop?

  • It is important to continue taking this medication even if you feel well, unless your doctor tells you to stop.

EPROSARTAN SIDE EFFECTS

If any of these persist or you consider them severe then inform your doctor or pharmacist.

Tell your doctor immediately if you develop any of the following symptoms:

  • Difficulty breathing, swallowing or swelling of the face, hands, feet eyes, lips and/or tongue (angioedema).

Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.

A serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction include: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), dizziness, trouble breathing.

This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

The Yellow Card Scheme allows you to report suspected side effects from any type of medicine (which includes vaccines, herbals and over the counter medicines) that you are taking. It is run by the medicines safety watchdog called the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory agency (MHRA). Please report any suspected side effect on the Yellow Card Scheme website.

EPROSARTAN PRECAUTIONS

Before taking eprosartan, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other angiotensin-II receptor antagonists; or if you have any other allergies.

This medication should not be used if you have certain medical conditions. Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist in case of: an allergy to eprosartan or to any other ingredients in the medicine, severe liver disease, are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially any of the following liver disease, kidney disease, disease of the heart valves, disease of the heart muscle (hypertrophic cardiomyopathy), low sodium levels or dehydration/a low blood volume (e.g. because of treatment with water tablets)

Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist that you are taking this medication.

Does alcohol intake affect this drug?

  • Alcohol can increase the blood pressure-lowering effect of eprosartan. You should not drink alcohol while taking eprosartan.

The elderly: eprosartan should be used with caution in the elderly aged over 75 years as experience with eprosartan is limited in this age group. A lower starting dose should be used in patients aged over 75 years.

Pregnancy and breastfeeding - please ensure you read the detailed information below

PREGNANCY

Eprosartan is not safe to take if you are, or are planning to become, pregnant.

It is sensible to limit use of medication during pregnancy whenever possible. However, your doctor may decide that the benefits outweigh the risks in individual circumstances and after a careful assessment of your specific health situation.

If you have any doubts or concerns you are advised to discuss the medicine with your doctor or pharmacist.

BREAST FEEDING

Eprosartan is not safe to take if you are breastfeeding.

It is sensible to limit use of medication during breastfeeding whenever possible. However, your doctor may decide that the benefits outweigh the risks in individual circumstances and after a careful assessment of your specific health situation.

If you have any doubts or concerns you are advised to discuss the medicine with your doctor or pharmacist.

EPROSARTAN INTERACTIONS

Before using this medicine, tell your prescriber of all the medicines you are taking including prescription medicines and medicines you have bought over the counter without a prescription. Tell your prescriber if you are taking vitamins or complementary remedies such as herbal products, as these can also interact with medicines.

If you are taking more than one medicine, these may interact with each other. Your prescriber may decide to use medicines which interact with each other if the benefit outweighs the risks. In these cases, the dose of your medicines may need to be adjusted or you may be monitored more closely.

The following medicines may interact with eprosartan:

  • Water tablets (diuretics)
  • Potassium supplements
  • ACE inhibitors
  • Adrenergic neurone blockers
  • Alpha blockers
  • Aldesleukin
  • Alprostadil
  • Anaesthetics
  • Alcohol
  • Antipsychotics
  • Medicines for anxiety
  • Medicines to help you sleep
  • Baclofen
  • Calcium channel blockers
  • Ciclosporin
  • Clonidine
  • Corticosteroids
  • Diazoxide
  • Drospirenone
  • Heparin
  • Hydralazine
  • Aldosterone antagonists
  • Levodopa
  • Lithium
  • Mono-amine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs)
  • Methyldopa
  • Minoxidil
  • Moxisylyte
  • Moxonidine
  • Nitrates
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Oestrogens
  • Sodium nitroprusside
  • Tacrolimus
  • Tizanidine

This information does not contain all possible interactions. Therefore, tell your prescriber of all the products you are using before taking this medicine.

If you have a question or want to discuss anything about your medicine, speak to your local pharmacist.

EPROSARTAN OVERDOSE

Taking too much eprosartan, may cause the following: low blood pressure (hypotension).

People who have taken too much eprosartan, should contact their doctor or the casualty department of their local hospital as soon as possible.

If you think you, or someone you care for, might have accidentally taken more than the recommended dose of eprosartan or intentional overdose is suspected, contact your local hospital, GP or if in England call 111. In Scotland call NHS 24. In Wales, call NHS Direct Wales. In the case of medical emergencies, always dial 999.

MISSED DOSE

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not take two doses within 12 hours of each other. Do not double the dose to catch up.

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