Treat hypertension with Avapro
Lowering blood pressure drastically reduces the risk of having a cardiovascular event such as stroke or a myocardial infarction. Avapro is used to treat hypertension and also to treat diabetic nephropathy in patients with type 2 diabetes and hypertension, reducing the progression of the nephropathy. The main active ingredient in Avapro is Irbesartan, which is an angiotensin receptors blocker, and the way that it works is by relaxing the small muscles in our blood vessels, enabling blood to flow with more ease. Angiotensin is a substance produced in our bodies which causes our blood vessels to tighten. Usually, high blood pressure has no serious symptoms and the only way to be diagnosed with hypertension is by being checked regularly by your doctor. If not treated, high blood pressure will damage vital organs such as your heart, kidneys which may lead to strokes, heart attacks and kidney failure. It may also damage the small vessles which feed your eye with the nutrients they need which may in time lead to impaired vision or even blindness. In addition to other indications your doctor will give you, such as losing weight, ceasing smoking and drinking alcohol, your doctor will also prescribe this drug which will reduce yoru blood pressure back to its normal levels, reducing the risk of developing the above mentioned consequences.
Using Avapro for management of high blood pressure
Avapro comes in the form of tablets and has different dosages. They should be taken regularly, following the plan your doctor has ordered. The plan usually consists of a certain hour, depending on your everyday activities, and you should stick to that hour. The usual starting dose for a patient beginning treatment with Avapro tablets is 150mg once a day, but sometimes patients may need a lower starting dose. Your doctor will monitor your blood pressure two to six weeks, as this is the needed period for the drug to have maximum effieciency. If the patient is suffering from high blood pressure due to type 2 diabetes, a single dose of 300mg per day will be used. Please keep in mind that high blood pressure is a condition that is dependant of the administration of Avapro. This means that you must use Avapro tablets daily and do not skip doses. In case you have missed a dose, take the missed dosed as soon as you remember as long as no more than twelve hourse have passed from the time you were meant to take it. If more than twelve hours have passed, forget the missed dose and take the one you are supposed to the next day. Under no circumstances should you double dose in cased you have missed one. If you are under the impression of having overdosed by experiencing dizziness or feeling light headed, present yourself to the nearest emergency room. Please do so even if there are no signs of intoxication but you are still under the impression of having overdosed.
Contraindications and directions while using Avapro
If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, tell your doctor, as Avapro may cause serious problems to the unborn child. As Avapro is a drug which is used to lower blood pressure, when standing up, to avoid dizziness and the sensation of having a light head, please do it in a slower manner, because if you do it fast you may feel a loss of balance and fall down and hurt yourself. If you are programmed to have general surgery or an intervention which requires anesthesia, tell your doctor that you are using Avapro. As Avapro is a diuretic, make sure that you drink enough water, especially when you are exercising and if you know you sweat a lot. Even though a friend or a family member may be suffering from the same condition as you, please note that every human is different and every patient will have his own dosage of Avapro. Do not lend your medicine to anyone else. The plan your physician has prescribed is strictly for you and no one else. Also, as it may cause the sensation of being light headed, do not operate heavy machinery when taking Avapro.
Possible side effects when taking Avapro and correct storage
Like every other drug on the market, whether it is for treating high blood pressure or something else, there are a list of side effects that may occur. Although these side effects are fairly rare and only a few people experience them, it is good to know them as you may need to address your physician if one or more of them persist for a long period of time. Reported side effects include: headache, dizziness or light-headedness, unusual tiredness or weakness, fatigue, nausea/vomiting. These are common side effects. They are generally mild and do not normally require treatment to be interrupted. The following are more serious side effects and you should present yourself to your physician if any of them appear: skin rash or itchiness, aching muscles or aching joints, not caused by exercise, muscle pain, buzzing, ringing or other persistent noise in the ears, yellowing of the skin and/or eyes, also called jaundice, symptoms that may indicate kidney disease, such as passing little or no urine, drowsiness, nausea, vomiting, breathlessness, loss of appetite and weakness, symptoms that may indicate high potassium levels in the blood such as nausea, diarrhoea, muscle weakness and change in heart rhythm, symptoms that may indicate low platelet count such as easy or excessive bruising, bleeding from gums or nose, prolonged bleeding from cuts and blood in urine or stools. Avapro should be stored in a place where temperature stays at or below 25 degrees Celsius, where direct sunglight does not shine upon the package and where there is little to no humidity. If you do not follow these instructions, the properties of the active ingredient in Avapro may be diminished. Store away from children.