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Clinical Effects of Irbesartan/HCTZ

In clinical studies, people who received irbesartan/HCTZ had a greater decrease in blood pressure than people who received either irbesartan or HCTZ alone. In addition, treatment with irbesartan/HCTZ resulted in faster blood pressure control than treatment with either of the individual components of irbesartan/HCTZ. The maximum effects of irbesartan/HCTZ at lowering blood pressure were seen after seven weeks of treatment.

When and How to Take This Medication

Some general considerations to keep in mind during treatment include the following:
  • Irbesartan/HCTZ comes in tablet form. It is usually taken by mouth once a day.
  • Try to take irbesartan/HCTZ at the same time each day to maintain an even level of the medicine in your blood.
  • Irbesartan/HCTZ tablets can be taken with or without food. Try taking this medication with food if it seems to bother your stomach.
  • For this product to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed.

Storage Information

Irbesartan/HCTZ should be stored at room temperature, away from moisture and heat. Keep this and all other medications out of the reach of children.

Is There a Generic Version?

This medication is available in generic form (see Generic Avalide for more information).

Who Makes Irbesartan/HCTZ?

Irbesartan/HCTZ is made by Bristol-Myers Squibb Company for sanofi-aventis.

Available Strengths

Irbesartan/HCTZ tablets come in the following strengths:
  • Irbesartan/HCTZ 150/12.5 mg -- 150 mg of irbesartan and 12.5 mg of hydrochlorothiazide
  • Irbesartan/HCTZ 300/12.5 mg -- 300 mg of irbesartan and 12.5 mg of hydrochlorothiazide
  • Irbesartan/HCTZ 300/25 mg -- 300 mg of irbesartan and 25 mg of hydrochlorothiazide.
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