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Irbesartan 75 mg film-coated tablets
Irbesartan 75 mg film-coated tablets
1. What Irbesartan is and what it is used for
2. What you need to know before you take Irbesartan
3. How to take Irbesartan
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Irbesartan
6. Contents of the pack and other information
Irbesartan belongs to a group of medicines known as angiotensin- II receptor antagonists. Angiotensin-II is a substance produced in the body which binds to receptors in blood vessels causing them to tighten. This results in an increase in blood pressure. Irbesartan prevents the binding of angiotensin-II to these receptors, causing the blood vessels to relax and the blood pressure to lower.
Irbesartan slows the decrease of kidney function in patients with high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes.
Irbesartan is used in adult patients
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Irbesartan and if any of the following apply to you:
Your doctor may check your kidney function, blood pressure, and the amount of electrolytes (e.g. potassium) in your blood at regular intervals.
See also information under the heading “Do not take Irbesartan”.
You must tell your doctor if you think you are (or might become) pregnant. Irbesartan is not recommended in early pregnancy, and must not be taken if you are more than 3 months pregnant, as it may cause serious harm to your baby if used at that stage (see pregnancy section).
This medicine should not be used in children and adolescents (< 18 years) because the safety and efficacy have not yet been fully established.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken or might take any other medicines.
Your doctor may need to change your dose and/or to take other precautions:
You may need to have blood checks if you take:
If you take certain painkillers, called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, the effect of irbesartan may be reduced.
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be pregnant or are planning to have a baby, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking this medicine.
You must tell your doctor if you think you are (or might become) pregnant. Your doctor will normally advise you to stop taking Irbesartan before you become pregnant or as soon as you know you are pregnant and will advise you to take another medicine instead of Irbesartan. Irbesartan is not recommended in early pregnancy, and must not be taken when more than 3 months pregnant, as it may cause serious harm to your baby if used after the third month of pregnancy.
Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding or about to start breast-feeding. Irbesartan is not recommended for mothers who are breast-feeding, and your doctor may choose another treatment for you if you wish to breast-feed, especially if your baby is newborn, or was born prematurely.
Irbesartan is unlikely to affect your ability to drive or use machines. However, occasionally dizziness or weariness may occur during treatment of high blood pressure. If you experience these, talk to your doctor before attempting to drive or use machines.
Always take this medicine exactly as your doctor or pharmacist has told you. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
Irbesartan is for oral use. Swallow the tablets with a sufficient amount of fluid (e.g. one glass of water). You can take Irbesartan with or without food. Try to take your daily dose at about the same time each day. It is important that you continue to take Irbesartan until your doctor tells you otherwise.
The doctor may advise a lower dose, especially when starting treatment in certain patients such as those on haemodialysis, or those over the age of 75 years.
The maximal blood pressure lowering effect should be reached 4-6 weeks after beginning treatment.
Irbesartan should not be given to children under 18 years of age. If a child swallows some tablets, contact your doctor immediately.
If you accidentally take too many tablets, contact your doctor immediately.
If you accidentally miss a daily dose, just take the next dose as normal. Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose.
If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
Some of these effects may be serious and may require medical attention.
As with similar medicines, rare cases of allergic skin reactions (rash, urticaria), as well as localised swelling of the face, lips and/ or tongue have been reported in patients taking irbesartan. If you get any of these symptoms or get short of breath, stop taking irbesartan and contact your doctor immediately.
The frequency of the side effects listed below is defined using the following convention:
Very common: may affect more than 1 in 10 people
Common: may affect up to 1 in 10 people
Uncommon: may affect up to 1 in 100 people
Side effects reported in clinical studies for patients treated with irbesartan were:
Some undesirable effects have been reported since marketing of irbesartan. Undesirable effects where the frequency is not known are: feeling of spinning, headache, taste disturbance, ringing in the ears, muscle cramps, pain in joints and muscles, decreased number of red blood cells (anaemia – symptoms may include tiredness, headaches, being short of breath when exercising, dizziness and looking pale), reduced number of platelets, abnormal liver function, increased blood potassium levels, impaired renal function, inflammation of small blood vessels mainly affecting the skin (a condition known as leukocytoclastic vasculitis) severe allergic reactions (anaphylactic shock) and low blood sugar levels. Uncommon cases of jaundice (yellowing of the skin and/or whites of the eyes) have also been reported.
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via Yellow Card Scheme, Website: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard or search for MHRA Yellow Card in the Google Play or Apple App Store. By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.
Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children.
Do not use this medicine after the expiry date which is stated on the carton and on the blister after EXP. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
Do not store above 30°C.
Store in the original package in order to protect from moisture.
Do not throw away any medicines via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to throw away medicines you no longer use. These measures will help protect the environment.
Irbesartan 75 mg film-coated tablets are: white, oval film-coated tablets.
Irbesartan 75 mg film-coated tablets are available in boxes of 14, 28, 30, 56, 84, 90 and 98 film-coated tablets in blisters and in boxes of 56 x 1 film-coated tablets in perforated unit dose blisters.
Not all pack sizes may be marketed.
This leaflet was last revised in May 2022.