Irbesartan is commonly prescribed for the treatment of diabetic nephropathy or high blood pressure. Although it cannot cure these conditions, it can control high blood pressure and slow down the progression of diabetic nephropathy. Potential side effects of the medication include dizziness, diarrhea, fatigue, and indigestion. The medicine comes in a tablet form and is available in several strengths.
What Is Irbesartan?
Irbesartan (Avapro®) is a prescription medicine that has been licensed to treat several conditions related to the heart and blood vessels. It is part of a class of drugs called angiotensin II receptor blockers, or ARBs for short.
As with any medicine, there are possible side effects with irbesartan. However, not everyone who takes the medicine will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, they are often minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
The most common side effects of irbesartan include:
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