How can I minimize the side effects of Avapro?

To minimize side effects related to the blood pressure medication Avapro (irbesartan), take it exactly as directed. Do not take other medicines, including over-the-counter drugs, vitamins or dietary supplements, without checking with your doctor first.

Getting up quickly from a lying-down position may make you feel dizzy or faint while you're taking Avapro. You should be able to avoid this by getting up slowly. You also may feel faint while on Avapro if you suffer from diarrhea or vomiting or if you sweat a lot.

Drinking alcohol while on Avapro can cause your blood pressure to dip too low. Talk to your doctor about whether you can drink while taking this medication. Do not take potassium supplements or use salt substitutes while on Avapro; both can cause the level of potassium in your blood to become too high.

If you experience any side effects while on Avapro that concern you, call your doctor right away.

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