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Irbesartan Dosing

For people who are controlling high blood pressure with irbesartan, dosing suggestions typically start at 150 mg a day. Depending on how your blood pressure responds to the medication, or if side effects develop, your healthcare provider may increase or decrease your dosage accordingly. Usual irbesartan dosing recommendations for the treatment of diabetic nephropathy is 300 mg a day.

An Introduction to Irbesartan Dosing

The dose of irbesartan (Avapro®) that your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
  • The medical condition you are being treated for
  • Other medical conditions you may have
  • Other medications you may be currently taking
  • How you respond to irbesartan.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.

Irbesartan Dosing for High Blood Pressure

The recommended starting dosage of irbesartan for most people with high blood pressure (hypertension) is 150 mg once a day. Based on the blood pressure response and/or irbesartan side effects, the dosage may be increased or decreased. With each change in dosage, it may take several weeks to see the full effects on blood pressure.

Irbesartan Dosing for Diabetic Nephropathy

The recommended starting dosage of irbesartan for people with diabetic nephropathy is 300 mg once a day.

General Irbesartan Dosing Information

Some considerations for people taking irbesartan include:
  • Your irbesartan dosage should be taken by mouth with a glass of water.
  • Irbesartan may be taken with or without food.  
  • Make sure to take irbesartan at the same time each day to maintain even levels of medicine in your blood.
  • For irbesartan to work properly, you have to take it as prescribed. Irbesartan will not work if you take in a different way than your healthcare provider has prescribed.
  • If you do not take your irbesartan as scheduled, take your next dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next scheduled dose, skip the missed one and continue with normal dosing. Do not take a double dose.
  • If you are unsure about anything related to irbesartan, including your dosage, talk to your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist. Do not stop taking irbesartan without first discussing it with your healthcare provider.
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