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Apr 2, 2024

Blood Pressure


Irbesartan (Avapro) for Hypertension

What is Irbesartan (Avapro) for?

Irbesartan (Avapro) is a medication used to treat high blood pressure. It can also be used to treat diabetic kidney disease by reducing the amount of protein you lose through your kidneys.

Avapro is an angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB), which is a class of drug that blocks certain natural chemicals in the body from acting on the blood vessels. This allows them to relax and for blood to flow easier.


The average dose of irbesartan is 150 mg daily, however, your prescription may be increased up to 300 mg daily.

Prescriptions for children under 6 are calculated by the healthcare practitioner based on the child’s weight.

Note: This drug is known to cause serious fetal injury and even fetal death. If you are pregnant or plan on becoming pregnant while on this medication, speak to your healthcare provider about a change in treatment for your high blood pressure.

Side Effects

Common Side Effects

These side effects are mild and usually short-lived as the body adjusts to the medication. If any of the following side effects become bothersome or last more than a few days speak to your pharmacist or healthcare provider:

  • Dizziness
  • Upset stomach
  • Headaches
  • Joint/muscle pain

Serious Side Effects

These side effects are rare but could indicate serious health complications. Speak to your healthcare provider immediately if you experience any of the following:

  • Fainting
  • Slow/irregular heartbeat and muscle weakness—can be signs of hyperkalemia (too much potassium)
  • Kidney issues: change in urine amount or blood in urine
  • Allergic reaction: swelling, trouble breathing, rash, itchiness


Some medications are known to affect the way Avapro works or increase your chance of side effects. Speak to your healthcare provider about any current medications and new medications you may begin taking while on Avapro.

Some of the medications that react with irbesartan are:

  • Other medications that treat high blood pressure or have the side effect of lowering blood pressure
  • NSAIDs (ibuprofen, aspirin, etc.)
  • Heparin
  • Diuretics
  • Lithium
  • Spironolactone


he current average cost for Avapro is $56.85 for a 1-month supply of 150 mg tablets.

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