Azilsartan is a medication prescribed to lower high blood pressure. By blocking certain chemicals in the body, the drug causes the blood vessels to relax. Azilsartan comes in the form of a tablet and is typically taken once a day. Although most people tolerate this medicine well, side effects may still occur. Diarrhea is the most commonly reported side effect.
What Is Azilsartan?Azilsartan medoxomil (Edarbi™) is a prescription medication used to treat high blood pressure (known medically as hypertension). It can be used alone or in combination with other blood pressure medicines.
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Are There Side Effects?Just like any medicine, azilsartan can cause side effects. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well.
If reactions do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider. Serious reactions are less common. The most common side effect seen with azilsartan is diarrhea.
(Click Side Effects of Azilsartan to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
Important Information for Your Healthcare ProviderTalk with your healthcare provider prior to taking azilsartan if you have:
- Heart disease, including congestive heart failure (CHF)
- Kidney disease, such as kidney failure (renal failure)
- A history of high blood potassium (hyperkalemia) or have to use salt substitutes
- A personal or family history of angioedema, which is swelling beneath the skin
- Any allergies, including to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant (see Edarbi and Pregnancy)
- Breastfeeding (see Edarbi and Breastfeeding).
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Precautions and Warnings With Azilsartan to learn more, including information on who should not take the drug.)