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If you are pregnant or want to become pregnant, let your doctor know. If you are pregnant, avoid taking azilsartan. Azilsartan should be stopped immediately if you become pregnant while taking it, and your doctor should be contacted right once. When taken in the final six months of pregnancy, azilsartan may result in the fetus’s death or severe damage.

Why is this medication prescribed?

Azilsartan is used to treat high blood pressure either alone or in combination with other drugs. Azilsartan belongs to the group of drugs known as angiotensin II receptor antagonists. It functions by preventing the tightening of blood vessels caused by some natural substances, allowing blood to flow more freely and the heart to pump more effectively.

High blood pressure is a common illness that, if left untreated, can harm the kidneys, brain, heart, blood vessels, and other organs. Heart disease, a heart attack, heart failure, a stroke, renal failure, eyesight loss, and other issues may result from damage to these organs. Making lifestyle modifications will help you control your blood pressure in addition to taking medication. These adjustments include quitting smoking, drinking alcohol in moderation, eating a diet low in fat and salt, keeping a healthy weight, and exercising for at least 30 minutes most days.

How should this medicine be used?

A tablet to be swallowed contains azilsartan. Typically, it is taken once day, with or without food. Azilsartan should be taken at roughly the same time each day to help you remember to take it. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any instructions on your prescription label that you are unsure about following. Azilartan should be taken exactly as prescribed. Never take it in larger or less amounts or more frequently than directed by your doctor.

Azilsartan does not treat high blood pressure; it only manages it. You might not experience azilsartan’s full benefits for about two weeks. Azilartan should still be used even if you are feeling OK. Without consulting your doctor, do not discontinue taking azilsartan.

For a copy of the manufacturer’s information for the patient, ask your pharmacist or doctor.

Other uses for this medicine

Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details if you believe this medication should be used for something else.

What special precautions should I follow?

Before taking azilsartan,

  • If you have an allergy to azilsartan, any other medications, or any of the ingredients in azilsartan tablets, let your doctor and pharmacist know right away. Request a list of the components from your pharmacist.
  • If you are taking aliskiren and have diabetes (high blood sugar), let your doctor know (Tekturna, in Amturnide, Tekamlo, Tekturna HCT). If you have diabetes and are also on aliskiren, your doctor generally won’t let you take azilsartan.
  • Inform your doctor and pharmacist about any additional prescription and over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, dietary supplements, and herbal products you are now taking or intend to use. Incorporate any of the following: Benazepril (Lotensin, in Lotrel), captopril (Capoten, in Capozide), enalapril (Vasotec), fosinopril, lisinopril (in Prinzide, in Zestoretic), moexipril (Univasc, in Uniretic), perindopril (Aceon), quinapril (Accupril, in Accuretic, in Quin Your physician might need to adjust the dosage of your drugs or keep a close eye on you for side effects.
  • If you have kidney or liver problems, or if you have previously had heart failure, let your doctor know.
  • Inform your doctor if you are nursing a child.
  • You should be aware that if you stand up too rapidly from a laying position while taking azilsartan, you could have dizziness, lightheadedness, and fainting. When you initially start taking azilsartan, this happens more frequently. Get out of bed gradually and rest your feet on the floor for a few minutes before standing up to help prevent this issue.
  • You should be aware that blood pressure can drop as a result of diarrhea, vomiting, dehydration, excessive perspiration, and not drinking enough fluids, which can result in dizziness and fainting. If you experience any of these issues or if any emerge while you are receiving treatment, let your doctor know.

What special dietary instructions should I follow?

Without consulting your doctor, avoid using potassium-containing salt alternatives. If your doctor advises a low-salt or low-sodium diet, strictly follow the instructions.

What should I do if I forget a dose?

If you miss a dosage, take it as soon as you recall. If the next dose is soon due, skip the missed one and carry on with your regular dosing plan. To make up for a missing dose, do not take a second one.

What side effects can this medication cause?

Azilsartan could have negative effects. If any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away, let your doctor know right once:

  • Diarrhea

Some adverse effects can be very harmful. Call your doctor right away if you encounter any of the symptoms listed below.

  • Dizziness
  • Fainting

Other negative effects of azilsartan are possible. If you experience any unusual issues while taking this medication, contact your doctor right away.

You or your doctor can submit a report to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting programme online or by phone if you experience a serious side effect.

What should I know about storage and disposal of this medication?

Keep this medication tightly closed in the original container and out of the reach of children. Store it away from light, excessive heat, and moisture at room temperature.

As many containers (such as weekly pill minders and those for eye drops, creams, patches, and inhalers) are not child-resistant and are simple for young children to open, it is crucial to keep all medications out of sight and out of reach of children. Always lock safety caps and promptly stash medication up and away from young children where it is out of their sight and reach to prevent poisoning.

Unused prescriptions must be disposed of carefully to prevent pets, kids, and other people from ingesting them. You should not, however, dispose of this medication in the toilet. Instead, utilising a medicine take-back programme is the easiest approach to get rid of your medication. To find out about take-back programmes in your area, speak with your pharmacist or the garbage/recycling department in your city. If you do not have access to a take-back programme, see the FDA’s Safe Disposal of Medicines website at for additional information.

In case of emergency/overdose

Call the poison control hotline at 1-800-222-1222 in the event of an overdose. Additionally, information can be found online at Call 911 right once if the person has collapsed, experienced a seizure, is having difficulty breathing, or cannot be roused.

What other information should I know?

Keep all of your appointments with your physician and the lab. You should have your blood pressure checked frequently to monitor how azilsartan is impacting you.

No one else should take your medication. Any queries you may have regarding prescription refills should be directed to your pharmacist.

The smell of azilsartan tablets is audible. If you have any questions about your medication, ask your pharmacist.

You should keep a written record of every medication you take, including any over-the-counter (OTC) items, prescription drugs, and dietary supplements like vitamins and minerals. This list should be brought with you whenever you see a doctor or are admitted to the hospital. You should always have this information with you in case of emergencies.

Brand names

  • Edarbi®
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