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Irbesartan

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Irbesartan, sold under the trade name Avapro among others, is a medication used to treat high blood pressure, heart failure, and diabetic kidney disease. It is a reasonable initial treatment for high blood pressure. It is taken by mouth. Versions are available as the combination irbesartan/hydrochlorothiazide.Common side effects include dizziness, diarrhea, feeling tired, muscle pain, and heartburn. Serious side effects may include kidney problems, low blood pressure, and angioedema. Use in pregnancy may harm the baby and use when breastfeeding is not recommended. It is a angiotensin II receptor antagonist and works by blocking the effects of angiotensin II.Irbesartan was patented in 1990 and approved for medical use in 1997. It is available as a generic medication. A month supply in the United Kingdom costs the NHS less than 2 ₤ as of 2019. In the United States the wholesale cost of this amount is about 6 USD. In 2016, it was the 171st most prescribed medication in the United States, with more than 3.6 million prescriptions.

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