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Introduction

Expert Advice

  • You may take this medication with or without meals
  • Avoid drinking grapefruit, orange or apple juice and taking high-fat meals during therapy
  • In case of side effects such as swelling of the face, extremities, eyes, lips, or tongue and difficulty in swallowing or breathing, consult your doctor immediately
  • While on therapy, change your position slowly to prevent lightheadedness and fainting
  • Please drink about 7-8 glasses of water per day to avoid dehydration

Primary Uses

Hypertension

Indications

This medicine is used in essential hypertension (high blood pressure).

Side Effects

Patients using this medication may at times experience rash, hypokalemia (low blood potassium levels), and rarely anemia (blood disorder with lowered red blood cells). If you experience any of these symptoms for a long period of time, consult your doctor immediately.

Warnings

Pregnancy

This medicine should not be used in pregnancy.

Lactation

This medication should not be used by lactating mothers.

Driving

Please avoid driving when taking this medicine as it may affect your ability to drive.

Precautions

This medicine should be used with extreme caution in patients taking diuretics, low sodium diet or who get easily dehydrated.

Contraindications

Please consult your doctor before taking this medicine if you have any of these conditions; Anuria (kidneys are not able to produce urine) and renal decomposition (kidney disorder).

FAQS

What type of a drug is aliskiren?

Aliskiren is an antihypertensive medicine that belongs to a class of drugs called the renin inhibitors. It is used for the treatment of essential/primary hypertension (high blood pressure).

Can I take aliskiren with oral contraceptive pills?

Yes, aliskiren can be used with oral contraceptives.

Can my hair loss be associated with aliskiren?

No, aliskiren is not known to be associated with hair loss. However, if you do experience such a side effect, please consult your doctor.

Any special dietary instructions that should be followed while taking Aliskiren?

• You should avoid taking a high fat meal (i.e. fried food or fast food) when taking aliskiren with a meal • Avoid potassium containing supplements or salt substitutes that may contain potassium.

Can I take a double dose of aliskiren if I miss a prescribed dose?

No, you should not double dose in case of a missed dose. You are advised to only take the next dose at your regular time.

Does metformin contain aliskiren in it?

No, metformin does not contain aliskiren.

Can this medicine cause weight gain/loss?

Aliskiren is neither known to be associated with weight gain nor weight loss. However, you should consult your physician for further assistance if you experience either of the two while taking therapy with it.

Does high blood pressure need treatment?

Yes, high blood pressure is necessary to treat. When the blood pressure increases, the heart has to make an extra effort to pump blood around the vessels. This results in the damage to the blood vessels. If not treated promptly, high blood pressure may lead to stroke, heart failure and even kidney problems.

Can this drug have an effect on my uric acid levels?

Yes, this drug may increase uric acid levels as a side-effect of this medication. It is advised to regularly monitor your uric acid levels while taking this drug.

Can I use this medication during pregnancy?

No, this drug is not recommended for use during pregnancy. Please consult your doctor for further assistance.

Can this medicine be used in breast-feeding?

It is not recommended to use this medicine during lactation. Please see your doctor for further advice.

Is Aliskiren safe to use and FDA approved?

Yes, this drug is FDA approved. It is safe to use if taken in prescribed doses by the doctor.

Can this medicine cause my stomach to become upset?

Yes, diarrhea is one of the common side effects of this medicine.

Disclaimer

Dawaai's intention is to make sure that it's consumers get information that is accurate, reviewed by an expert and error-free. However, the information mentioned here should not be used as a replacement for the advice of a qualified physician. The information given here is for informational purposes only, which may not cover all possible precautions, side effects, contraindications or drug interactions. Consult your doctor and discuss your queries related to any medicine or disease.

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