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Precautions and Warnings With Irbesartan/HCTZ

Before using irbesartan/HCTZ, there are many precautions to be aware of, including warnings relating to who should not use the medication and possible side effects that may occur. For example, this prescription drug may cause dangerously low blood pressure and may not be safe for people who have diabetes, asthma, or a history of an electrolyte imbalance.

What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider Before Taking Irbesartan/HCTZ?

You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking irbesartan/HCTZ (Avalide®) if you have:
 
  • Liver disease, such as cirrhosis, liver failure, or hepatitis
  • Kidney disease, such as kidney failure (renal failure)
  • Heart problems, such as congestive heart failure (CHF)
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus (lupus or SLE for short)
  • A history of electrolyte problems, such as high or low blood sodium or potassium levels
  • Diabetes
  • Gout
  • Pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas)
  • Asthma
  • Increased activity of the parathyroid gland
  • Problems producing urine
  • Any allergies, including to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
 
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
 
  • Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
  • Breastfeeding.
 
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
 
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