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Last updated on 24/03/2021.
GENERIC NAME: Eprosartan
CHINESE NAME: 依普沙坦
DRUG CLASS: Angiotensin II receptor blocker; Antihypertensive
USED FOR: High blood pressure
AVAILABLE DOSAGE FORMS: 600mg (tablets)
What is Eprosartan for?
Eprosartan belongs to a class of medications called angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs), just like Losartan. ARBs block the substances that constrict the blood vessels and hence more blood and oxygen can reach the heart. Eprosartan is therefore commonly used for the management of high blood pressure. Your doctor may also prescribe Eprosartan together with other blood pressure-lowering medications, such as Diltiazem (a calcium channel blocker) for better management of your hypertension.
How to use it?
Eprosartan is taken by mouth as tablets. It is given in an initial dose of 600 mg once daily. Your doctor will adjust the dose based on your response every 4-6 weeks. The maximum daily dose is 800 mg daily, either in a single dose or 2 divided doses.
What are the side effects of Eprosartan?
Common side effects of Eprosartan include diarrhoea, dizziness, headache, high potassium levels, low blood pressure, and kidney impairment. If you have intravascular volume depletion, for example, those taking high-dose other blood pressure-lowering drugs, you may also experience postural hypotension, that is your blood pressure falls when you stand up from sitting or lying down.
Who should not take Eprosartan?
– People with an allergy to Eprosartan or any formulation ingredient
– Patients who are on Aliskiren and have diabetes
– Inform your doctor or pharmacist immediately if you know you are pregnant while on this medication.
– Avoid alcohol while you are taking Eprosartan to reduce dizziness.
– If you experience postural hypotension, get up slowly from lying or sitting positions or sit down until you feel better.
Common dosing schedule:
You can take Eprosartan with or without food.
Take the first dose at bedtime to avoid dizziness. You can take it at any time of day afterwards. Take the drug at the same time every day.
This schedule is for reference only, adjustments may be made according to individual needs.
Some common medications Eprosartan may interact with:
– Angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor, e.g. Captopril, Enalapril
– Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, e.g. Ibuprofen, Naproxen
– Other angiotensin II receptor blockers, e.g. Telmisartan, Valsartan
– Potassium supplements
Please notify your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking the above medication, dosage adjustments might be needed.
Where to buy Eprosartan in Hong Kong?
In Hong Kong, Eprosartan is a prescription only medicine, and requires a prescription from a doctor to be purchased in a pharmacy. It can also be obtained from doctors. To find a pharmacy near you, refer to the list of pharmacies (“Authorized Sellers of Poisons”) from the Hong Kong Department of Health.
For more information about drug names and ingredients, you can visit Hong Kong’s Drug Office at https://www.drugoffice.gov.hk
Need more information?
For detailed information about the use of Eprosartan in children, pregnancy and breastfeeding, and for questions about drug interactions, please check with your pharmacist or doctor.
Disclaimer: our goal is to provide you with the most relevant drug information and common dosage for Hong Kong. This information does not constitute medical advice. For specific treatment recommendations and advice, always discuss with your doctor or pharmacist, and follow the instructions included with your specific medicine.