What is Irbesartan?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Avapro Karvea Aprovel

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See also: hydrochlorothiazide-irbesartan

Irbesartan is a antihypertensive agent used in the treatment of hypertension alone or in combination with other antihypertensives. Also used in the treatment of diabetic nephropathy in patients with noninsulin dependent diabetes and hypertension.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Elevated blood pressure 66 14
High blood pressure (hypertension) 25 9
General health 7 2
Acid reflux 1 0
Diabetic neuropathy 1 0
Diagnostic assessment 1 1

Show all 10 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe
3
Moderate
0
Mild
3
None
22

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Irbesartan

Side effect Patients
Allergic reaction 1
Dizziness and feeling faint 1
Elevated potassium levels 1
Headaches 1
Lightheadedness 1
Sleeplessness 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Irbesartan

Dosage Patients
300 mg daily 10
75 mg daily 4
150 mg daily 4

Why patients stopped taking Irbesartan

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 11
Other 3
Side effects too severe 3
Change in health plan coverage 1
Course of treatment ended 1
Did not seem to work 1
Expense 1
See all 18 patients who've stopped taking Irbesartan

Duration

Currently taking Irbesartan

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 3
5 - 10 years 4
10 years or more 7

Stopped taking Irbesartan

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 4
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 4
2 - 5 years 4
5 - 10 years 3
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 25
Usually 1
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 2
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 2
A little hard to take 5
Not at all hard to take 21
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 2
< $25 14
Not specified 12

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Irbesartan after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Lisinopril (Zestril) 2
Ramipril (Altace) 2
Atenolol (Tenormin) 1
Hydrochlorothiazide HCTZ (Hydrochlorot) 1
Losartan (Cozaar) 1

Show all 6 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Irbesartan and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Telmisartan (Micardis) 1
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4 patient evaluations for Irbesartan

Mar 15, 2013 (Started Jan 07, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for elevated blood pressure)
  • Side effects
    Mild (elevated potassium levels)
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 75 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Caused a rise in my potassium levels.

  • 0 helpful marks

Sep 2, 2011 (Started Jan 01, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for elevated blood pressure)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: After starting treating my high blood pressure problem, I had a decrease in anxiety, followed by a mild but general feeling of "well being". Those effects are still present these days, after so many years. When I run out of the medicine and stop it for a few days, the old weird anxiety and general bad feeling about myself comes back. Start taking this medicine was a challenge back in the day, since because of my ADHD i would never remember to take it, or if I already took it. Today its easier and I haven't forgot to take it for a long time... thanks to Adderall!
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Sep 3, 2010 (Started Oct 01, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for elevated blood pressure)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Blood pressure is consistently in the normal range.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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