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What should I avoid while taking Avalide?

While taking the blood pressure drug Avalide (irbesartan and hydrochlorothiazide), you should avoid drinking alcohol, because it can intensify some of Avalide's side effects. Specifically, Avalide can make you dizzy and lightheaded, or even make you faint, and drinking alcohol can make this worse. For the same reason, you should also be careful to stay hydrated, especially when exercising in hot weather.

While you're on Avalide, you should not take potassium supplements or use potassium-containing salt substitutes without talking with your doctor, because combining them with Avalide can make your blood level of potassium get dangerously high. If you take lithium, your doctor may suggest a different drug, or monitor your lithium levels closely. 

Women should avoid getting pregnant while on Avalide. This drug can harm or be fatal to a developing fetus.

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