Irvask can cause a severe allergic reaction. Symptoms include:
- trouble breathing
- swelling of your throat or tongue
If you develop these symptoms, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.
Don’t take this drug again if you’ve ever had an allergic reaction to it. Taking it again could be fatal (cause death).
4. How and when to take it
Take Irvask tablets once a day.
Your doctor may suggest that you take your first dose before bedtime, because it can make you dizzy. After the very first dose, you can take Irvask at any time of day. Try to take it at the same time every day.
You can take Irvask tablets with or without food. Swallow the tablets whole with a drink of water.
No data are available in regard to overdosage in humans. However, daily doses of 900 mg for 8 weeks were well-tolerated. The most likely manifestations of overdosage are expected to be hypotension and tachycardia; bradycardia might also occur from overdose. Irvask is not removed by hemodialysis.
Acute oral toxicity studies with Irvask in mice and rats indicated acute lethal doses were in excess of 2000 mg/kg, about 25- and 50-fold the MRHD (300 mg) on a mg/m² basis, respectively.
Blood pressure drugs
Taking other blood pressure-lowering drugs with Irvask can increase your risk of high potassium levels, kidney damage, and low blood pressure (hypotension).
Examples of these drugs include:
You shouldn’t use Irvask with aliskiren if you have diabetes or severely decreased kidney function.
Why is this medication prescribed?
Irvask is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. It is also used to treat kidney disease caused by diabetes in patients with type 2 diabetes (condition in which the body does not use insulin normally and therefore cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood) and high blood pressure. Irvask is in a class of medications called angiotensin II receptor antagonists. It works by blocking the action of certain natural substances that tighten the blood vessels, allowing the blood to flow more smoothly and the heart to pump more efficiently.
High blood pressure is a common condition, and when not treated it can cause damage to the brain, heart, blood vessels, kidneys, and other parts of the body. Damage to these organs may cause heart disease, a heart attack, heart failure, stroke, kidney failure, loss of vision, and other problems. In addition to taking medication, making lifestyle changes will also help to control your blood pressure. These changes include eating a diet that is low in fat and salt, maintaining a healthy weight, exercising at least 30 minutes most days, not smoking, and using alcohol in moderation.
On this page
- About Irvask
- Key facts
- Who can and can't take Irvask
- How and when to take it
- Side effects
- How to cope with side effects
- Pregnancy and breastfeeding
- Cautions with other medicines
- Common questions
What if I take too much?
If you take too many Irvask tablets by accident, contact your doctor or go to your nearest hospital straight away. An overdose of Irvask can cause low blood pressure and changes in heart rate.
The amount of Irvask that can lead to an overdose varies from person to person.