What is this medication and its most common uses?Azor is a medicine used alone or in combination with other medicines to treat high blood pressure. Azor contains two medicines that work in two different ways to reduce your blood pressure: amlodipine and olmesartan.
What should I know when beginning and continuing on this medication?How does this medication work?
Azor works by blocking a chemical in your body that causes blood vessels to narrow. By blocking this chemical, Azor relaxes and widens your blood vessels, allowing your blood to flow through with less resistance. This helps to lower your blood pressure.
What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?
What: By lowering your blood pressure, Azor may lower your risk of a stroke or a heart attack.
When: Azor may lower your blood pressure within 2 weeks. Though you may not feel an improvement or change in the way you feel, it is very important to keep taking your medicine as prescribed to keep your condition under control.
How do I know it is working?
Check your blood pressure regularly. Your healthcare provider may also check your blood pressure at every visit. Following an appropriate diet and exercise plan will also affect your blood pressure results.
What are the possible side effects of this medication?The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.
Azor can harm your unborn baby. Talk to your healthcare provider about other ways to lower your blood pressure if you plan to become pregnant. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you become pregnant while taking Azor.
More common side effects may include: headache, swelling.
Less common side effects may include:
Low blood pressure with symptoms such as dizziness or lightheadedness, especially if you take water pills.
Possible increased chest pain or risk of a heart attack.
Worsening kidney problems with symptoms such as swelling in your feet, ankles, or hands; or unexplained weight gain.
Severe, persistent diarrhea with substantial weight loss.
Who should not take this medication?Do not take Azor if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.
Do not take Azor if you have diabetes and are taking another blood pressure medicine called aliskiren.
What should I tell my healthcare provider before I take the first dose of this medication?Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Azor. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have diabetes; liver, kidney, or heart problems; or if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
What is the usual dosage?The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your healthcare provider uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your healthcare provider may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your healthcare provider's approval.
Adults: The recommended starting dose is 5/20 (5 milligrams [mg] of amlodipine and 20 mg of olmesartan) once a day. Your healthcare provider will increase your dose as needed, until the desired effect is achieved.
How should I take this medication?Take Azor exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not change your dose or stop taking Azor without first talking to your healthcare provider.
Take Azor with or without food.
What should I avoid while taking this medication?Do not become pregnant while taking this medication.
What are the possible food and drug interactions associated with this medication?If Azor is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your healthcare provider before combining Azor with the following: blood pressure/heart medications called angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors (such as captopril or lisinopril), colesevelam, diuretics (water pills), nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) (such as ibuprofen or naproxen), or simvastatin.
May I receive this medication if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?Do not take Azor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Azor can harm your unborn baby. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
What should I do if I miss a dose of this medication?If you miss a dose of Azor, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at once.
How should I store this medication?Store at room temperature.
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