The name of your medicine is APO-Irbesartan. It contains the active ingredient irbesartan.
It is used to treat:
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why this medicine has been prescribed for you. Your doctor may have prescribed this medicine for another reason.
This medicine is available only with a doctor's prescription.
Irbesartan belongs to a group of medicines known as angiotensin-II receptor antagonists. Angiotensin II is a substance produced in the body which causes blood vessels to tighten. Irbesartan blocks angiotensin-II and therefore relaxes your blood vessels. This helps to lower your blood pressure.
Irbesartan slows the decrease of kidney function in patients with high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes.
There is no evidence that this medicine is addictive.
This medicine should not be used in children.
Do not take this medicine if:
Before you start taking this medicine, tell your doctor if:
1. You have allergies to:
2. You have or have had any medical conditions, especially the following:
3. You are currently pregnant or you plan to become pregnant. Do not take this medicine whilst pregnant.
4. You are currently breastfeeding or you plan to breast-feed. Do not take this medicine whilst breastfeeding until you and your doctor have discussed the risks and benefits involved.
6. You are planning to have surgery or an anaesthetic.
7. You are currently receiving or are planning to receive dental treatment.
8. You are strictly restricting your salt intake.
9. You are taking or are planning to take any other medicines. This includes vitamins and supplements that are available from your pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop.
Some medicines may interact with irbesartan. These include:
Taking a combination of irbesartan with a thiazide diuretic (fluid tablet) and an anti-inflammatory medicine may damage your kidneys.
If you are taking any of these you may need a different dose or you may need to take different medicines.
Other medicines not listed above may also interact with irbesartan.
Follow carefully all directions given to you by your doctor. Their instructions may be different to the information in this leaflet.
Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine you should take. This will depend on your condition and whether you are taking any other medicines.
Do not stop taking your medicine or change your dosage without first checking with your doctor.
The tablets should be taken as directed by your doctor. The tablets should be swallowed whole with a glass of water.
Take this medicine at the same time each day. Taking it at the same time each day will have the best effect and will also help you remember when to take it.
It does not matter if you take it before, with or after food.
Continue taking your medicine for as long as your doctor tells you.
Make sure you have enough to last over weekends and holidays.
If it is almost time to take your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your next dose at the usual time. Otherwise, take it as soon as you remember and then go back to taking your medicine as you would normally.
Do not take a double dose to make up for missed doses.
This may increase the chance of you experiencing side effects.
If you have trouble remembering to take your medicine, ask your pharmacist for some hints to help you remember.
If you think that you or anyone else may have taken too much of this medicine, immediately telephone your doctor or the Poisons Information Centre (Tel: 13 11 26 in Australia) for advice. Alternatively, go to the Accident and Emergency department at your nearest hospital.
Do this even if there are no signs of discomfort or poisoning. You may need urgent medical attention.
Tell your doctor that you are taking this medicine if:
Make sure you drink enough water during exercise and hot weather while you are on the medication, especially if you sweat a lot.
Your doctor may occasionally do tests to make sure the medicine is working and to prevent side effects. Go to your doctor regularly for a check-up.
Tell any other doctors, dentists and pharmacists who are treating you that you take this medicine.
Be careful when driving or operating machinery until you know how this medicine affects you.
Tell your doctor as soon as possible if you do not feel well while you are taking APO-Irbesartan or if you have any questions or concerns.
Do not be alarmed by the following lists of side effects. You may not experience any of them. All medicines can have side effects. Sometimes they are serious but most of the time they are not.
Tell your doctor if you notice any of the following:
Tell your doctor as soon as possible if you notice any of the following.
These may be serious side effects and you may need medical attention
If you think you are having an allergic reaction to is APO-Irbesartan, do not take any more of this medicine and tell your doctor immediately or go to the Accident and Emergency department at your nearest hospital.
Symptoms of an allergic reaction may include some or all of the following:
Keep your medicine in its original packaging until it is time to take it.
If you take your medicine out of its original packaging it may not keep well.
Keep your medicine in a cool dry place where the temperature will stay below 25°C.
Do not store your medicine, or any other medicine, in the bathroom or near a sink. Do not leave it on a window sill or in the car. Heat and dampness can destroy some medicines.
Keep this medicine where children cannot reach it.
A locked cupboard at least one-and-a-half metres above the ground is a good place to store medicines.
If your doctor tells you to stop taking this medicine or it has passed its expiry date, your pharmacist can dispose of the remaining medicine safely.
APO-Irbesartan 75mg tablets: white coloured, oval shaped, biconvex film coated tablets, engraved "APO" on one side and "IRB 75" on the other side.
APO-Irbesartan 150mg tablets: white coloured, oval shaped, biconvex film coated tablets, engraved "APO" on one side and "IRB 150" on the other side.
APO-Irbesartan 300mg tablets: white coloured, oval shaped biconvex, film coated tablets, engraved "APO" on one side and "IRB 300" on the other side.
APO-Irbesartan is available in* blister packs of 3, 5, 7, 14, 28, 30, 56, 98 tablets and bottles of 30, 90, 100 and 500 tablets.
* Not all strengths, pack types and/or pack sizes may be available.
Each tablet contains 75mg, 150mg or 300mg of irbesartan as the active ingredient.
It also contains the following inactive ingredients:
This medicine is gluten-free, lactose-free, sucrose-free, tartrazine-free and free of other azo dyes.
APO-Irbesartan 75mg tablets (blister pack): AUST R 169797.
APO-Irbesartan 75mg tablets (bottle): AUST R 169799.
APO-Irbesartan 150mg tablets (blister pack): AUST R 169787.
APO-Irbesartan 150mg tablets (bottle): AUST R 169793.
APO-Irbesartan 300mg tablets (blister pack): AUST R 169786.
APO-Irbesartan 300mg tablets (bottle): AUST R 169800.