|Type of medicine||Angiotensin II receptor antagonist|
Eprosartan is used to treat hypertension (high blood pressure). It works by causing blood vessels to relax, which in turn lowers blood pressure. It does this by blocking the action of a substance known as angiotensin II which increases blood pressure by causing blood vessels to narrow.
People with high blood pressure often do not feel unwell but, left untreated, high blood pressure can harm the heart and damage blood vessels.
Before taking eprosartan
Before taking eprosartan make sure your doctor or pharmacist knows:
- If you are pregnant, trying for a baby or breast-feeding.
- If you have liver or kidney problems.
- If you suffer from renal artery stenosis (a narrowing or blockage of the artery supplying the kidney).
- If you have problems with your heart valves or heart muscle.
- If you are taking other medicines, including those available to buy without a prescription, herbal or complementary medicines.
- If you have ever had an allergic reaction to this or any other medicine.
How to take eprosartan
- Before beginning treatment, read the manufacturer's printed information leaflet.
- Take eprosartan exactly as directed by your doctor. It is usually taken once each day just after a meal.
- Try to take eprosartan at the same time each day to avoid missing any doses.
- If you forget to take a dose, take one as soon as you remember. Do not take two doses at the same time to make up for a missed dose.
Getting the most from your treatment
- Keep your regular doctor's appointment so your progress can be monitored. You will require blood tests to check your kidney function and your doctor will also measure your blood pressure.
- Do not stop taking this medicine without speaking to your doctor first. People with high blood pressure often do not feel unwell but, left untreated, damage to the heart and blood vessels can occur.
- If you are having any treatment like an operation or dental treatment, tell the person carrying out the treatment which medicines you are taking.
- If you buy any medicines, check with a pharmacist that they are safe to take with your other medicines.
Can eprosartan cause problems?
Along with their useful effects all medicines can cause unwanted side-effects. These usually improve as your body adjusts to the new medicine. Speak with your doctor or pharmacist if any of the following side-effects continue or become troublesome.
|Common side-effects - these affect less than 1 in 10 people who take this medicine||What can I do if I experience this|
|Headache||Ask your pharmacist to recommend a suitable painkiller. If the headache continues, let your doctor know|
|Light-headedness, especially when standing from a sitting or lying position||Moving more slowly may help. If you begin to feel dizzy, lie down for a few moments so that you do not faint, then sit for a while before standing. This usually improves as your body gets used to eprosartan but if it continues let your doctor know|
|Indigestion, flatulence (wind), feeling sick||Eat little and often and stick to simple foods|
|Muscle aches, runny or stuffy nose, weakness, skin rash and itching||If any of these become troublesome, discuss them with your doctor|
Important: if you develop an allergic reaction with swelling of the face, lips, tongue or throat, go to the accident and emergency department of your local hospital straight away.
If you experience any other symptoms which you think may be due to this medicine, speak with your doctor or pharmacist.
How to store eprosartan
- Keep all medicines out of the reach and sight of children.
- Store in a cool, dry place, away from direct heat and light.
Important information about all medicines
Further reading & references
- British National Formulary; 58th Edition (September 2009) British Medical Association and Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, London.
- Manufacturer's PIL, Teveten® tablets; Manufacturer's PIL, Teveten® tablets, Solvay Healthcare Limited, electronic Medicines Compendium. Dated October 2009, accessed January 2010.
|Original Author: Helen Allen||Current Version: Helen Allen|
|Last Checked: 17/06/2010||Document ID: 3692 Version: 22||© EMIS|
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