Irbesartan Side Effects
What should I watch for?
Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. Check your blood pressure as directed. Ask your doctor or health care professional what your blood pressure should be and when you should contact him or her. Call your doctor or health care professional if you notice an irregular or fast heart beat.
Women should inform their doctor if they wish to become pregnant or think they might be pregnant. There is a potential for serious side effects to an unborn child, particularly in the second or third trimester. Talk to your health care professional or pharmacist for more information.
You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this drug affects you. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells. Alcohol can make you more drowsy and dizzy. Avoid alcoholic drinks.
Avoid salt substitutes unless you are told otherwise by your doctor or health care professional.
Do not treat yourself for coughs, colds, or pain while you are taking this medicine without asking your doctor or health care professional for advice. Some ingredients may increase your blood pressure.
Common and Rare Side Effects
Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur:
dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up from lying or sitting position
bloody or cloudy urine
difficult, burning, or painful urination
fast, pounding, or irregular heartbeat or pulse
frequent urge to urinate
lower back or side pain
decreased urine output
dilated neck veins
feeling of warmth
pain or discomfort in the arms, jaw, back, or neck
redness of the face, neck, arms, and occasionally, upper chest
shortness of breath
swelling of the face, fingers, feet, or lower legs
tightness in the chest
Incidence not known
Abdominal or stomach pain
black, tarry stools
decreased frequency of urine
large, hive-like swelling on the face, eyelids, lips, tongue, throat, hands, legs, feet, or sex organs
loss of appetite
muscle cramps or spasms
muscle pain or stiffness
numbness or tingling in the hands, feet, or lips
pinpoint red spots on the skin
unpleasant breath odor
unusual bleeding or bruising
unusual tiredness or weakness
vomiting of blood
weakness or heaviness of the legs
yellow eyes or skin
Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:
Acid or sour stomach
body aches or pain
dryness or soreness of the throat
feeling of indigestion
general feeling of discomfort or illness
pain in the chest below the breastbone
stomach discomfort or upset
tender, swollen glands in the neck
trouble with swallowing
Blistering, crusting, irritation, itching, or reddening of the skin
bloated or full feeling
blurred or loss of vision
burning, crawling, itching, numbness, prickling, "pins and needles", or tingling feelings
change in hearing
cracked, dry, scaly skin
decreased interest in sexual intercourse
difficulty having a bowel movement (stool)
disturbed color perception
excess air or gas in the stomach or intestines
halos around lights
hives or welts
inability to have or keep an erection
large, flat, blue or purplish patches in the skin
loss in sexual ability, desire, drive, or performance
overbright appearance of lights
pain, swelling, or redness in the joints
sleepiness or unusual drowsiness
Incidence not known
Feeling of constant movement of self or surroundings
sensation of spinning
Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.