Generic Name: Aliskiren

  • What is Tekturna?

    Tekturna is used to treat high blood pressure. It may be used alone or in combination with other blood pressure medications.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Tekturna?

    Do not use Tekturna during pregnancy. If you become pregnant while on this medication, stop taking it and call your doctor right away. Tekturna may harm an unborn baby, causing injury and even death.

    Tekturna may cause an allergic reaction. This can occur any time during treatment and is more likely to happen if you have had an allergic reaction to other blood pressure medications known as ACE inhibitors or angiotensin receptor antagonists. Stop using Tekturna and seek medical attention right away if you experience breathing problems or swelling of the face, lips, tongue, throat, arms, or legs.

    Tekturna could cause your blood pressure to drop too low, leading to dizziness or lightheadedness. This is more likely to happen if you also take diuretics (water pills), are on a low-salt diet, get dialysis treatments, have heart problems, or get sick with vomiting or diarrhea. Lie down if you feel faint or dizzy, and contact your doctor right away, as you may need your dose of Tekturna adjusted.

  • Who should not take Tekturna?

    You should not take this medication if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding. Also, you should not take Tekturna if you are allergic to any of its ingredients.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Tekturna?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Tekturna. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have kidney problems or if you have had an allergic reaction to any blood pressure medication. Alert your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan on becoming pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults: The usual starting dose is 150 milligrams (mg) taken once daily. Your doctor may increase the dose to 300 mg daily if your blood pressure is not adequately controlled on the lower dose.

  • How should I take Tekturna?

    Take Tekturna once a day, with or without food. Take the medication at the same time each day, since it is best to establish a routine.

  • What should I avoid while taking Tekturna?

    Avoid taking Tekturna with high-fat meals, since this may decrease absorption.

    It is best to avoid treatment with Tekturna if you are taking cyclosporine.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Tekturna?

    If Tekturna is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Tekturna with the following: antifungal drugs (such as ketoconazole), atorvastatin, ACE inhibitors, cyclosporine, diuretics (such as furosemide), potassium-containing medicines, potassium supplements, salt substitutes containing potassium, or other medications for high blood pressure or heart problems (such as irbesartan and verapamil).

  • What are the possible side effects of Tekturna?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: diarrhea, cough, rash, tiredness, back pain, flu-like symptoms, low blood pressure (such as feeling faint or dizzy)

    Serious side effects that require immediate medical attention include: difficulty breathing; swelling of the face, lips, tongue, throat, arms, or legs

  • Can I receive Tekturna if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    You should not take Tekturna if you are pregnant. If you become pregnant while on this medication, inform your doctor right away. It is not known whether Tekturna passes into breast milk, but it could potentially harm a breastfeeding baby. You should discuss with your doctor whether it is best to stop breastfeeding or to stop taking this medication.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Tekturna?

    If you miss a dose, 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 schedule. Do not take two doses at once.

  • How should I store Tekturna?

    Store at room temperature in a dry place. Keep the medication in the original prescription bottle; do not remove the drying agent from the bottle.

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