This medicine is an angiotensin II receptor blocker (ARB) used for treating high blood pressure alone or with other medicines. It is used to treat heart failure. It is used in certain patients to decrease the risk of death after a heart attack. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Follow the directions for taking this medicine provided by your doctor. AN EXTRA PATIENT LEAFLET is available with this medicine. Talk to your pharmacist if you have questions about this information. TAKE THIS MEDICINE by mouth with or without food. IF YOU CANNOT SWALLOW THIS MEDICINE, ask your doctor or pharmacist about preparing a suspension of this medicine. STORE THIS MEDICINE at room temperature, between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C), away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. If your pharmacist prepares a suspension of this medicine, store as directed by your pharmacist. KEEP THIS MEDICINE out of the reach of children and away from pets. TAKE THIS MEDICINE ON A REGULAR SCHEDULE to get the most benefit from it. Taking this medicine at the same time each day will help you remember to take it. CONTINUE TO TAKE THIS MEDICINE even if you feel well. Do not miss any doses. IF YOU MISS A DOSE OF THIS MEDICINE, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.
WARNING: This medicine may cause injury or death to the fetus if used during pregnancy. If you think you may be pregnant, contact your doctor right away. If you are planning to become pregnant, talk with your doctor about other treatment options. Some medicines or medical conditions may interact with this medicine. INFORM YOUR DOCTOR OR PHARMACIST of all prescription and over-the-counter medicine that you are taking. DO NOT TAKE THIS MEDICINE if you are also taking aliskiren and you have either diabetes or kidney problems. ADDITIONAL MONITORING OF YOUR DOSE OR CONDITION may be needed if you are taking aliskiren, angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors (eg, lisinopril), cyclosporine, diuretics (eg, furosemide, hydrochlorothiazide), lithium, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) (eg, celecoxib, ibuprofen, indomethacin), potassium-sparing diuretics (eg, amiloride, spironolactone, triamterene), potassium supplements, rifampin, or ritonavir. DO NOT START OR STOP any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval. Inform your doctor of any other medical conditions, including a history of angioedema (eg, swelling of the hands, face, lips, eyes, throat, or tongue; difficulty swallowing or breathing; hoarseness), including angioedema caused by treatment with another angiotensin II receptor blocker (eg, losartan) or an ACE inhibitor (eg, lisinopril); heart problems (eg, heart failure); blood vessel problems; blood flow problems; liver or kidney problems; gallbladder problems; stroke; recent heart attack; diabetes; allergies; pregnancy or if you are able to become pregnant; or breast-feeding. Tell your doctor if you have dehydration, low blood volume, or electrolyte problems (eg, high blood potassium levels, low blood sodium levels). Tell your doctor if you or are on a low-salt (sodium) diet, if you are on dialysis, or if you take another medicine for blood pressure or heart problems. USE OF THIS MEDICINE IS NOT RECOMMENDED if you are pregnant or if the patient is a child with severe kidney problems. Use of this medicine in CHILDREN under age 6 is not recommended. Discuss with your doctor the risks and benefits of giving this medicine to your child. Contact your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions or concerns about using this medicine.
SIDE EFFECTS that may occur while taking this medicine include cough; diarrhea; dizziness; headache; joint or back pain; mild flu-like symptoms; mild stomach pain; or tiredness. If they continue or are bothersome, check with your doctor. CONTACT YOUR DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY if you experience blurred vision; burning, numbness, or tingling; change in the amount of urine produced; chest pain; difficulty swallowing; fainting; irregular heartbeat; muscle pain, weakness, or cramps; shortness of breath; sudden, unexplained weight gain; swelling of the hands, ankles, or feet; symptoms of liver problems (eg, dark urine, loss of appetite, pale stools, severe or persistent stomach pain, yellowing of the eyes or skin); symptoms of low blood pressure (eg, fainting, light-headedness, severe dizziness); or unusual bruising or bleeding. AN ALLERGIC REACTION to this medicine is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue; or unusual hoarseness. This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your healthcare provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include fainting, fast or slow heartbeat, or severe dizziness or light-headedness.
DO NOT SHARE THIS MEDICINE with others for whom it was not prescribed. DO NOT USE THIS MEDICINE for other health conditions. IF YOU WILL BE USING THIS MEDICINE FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME, be sure to obtain necessary refills before your supply runs out. CHECK WITH YOUR PHARMACIST about how to dispose of unused medicine.