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A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.
The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.
Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.
Chemical Name: IRBESARTAN (ir-be-SAR-tan)
AVAPRO belongs to a class of drugs known as angiotensin II AT1 receptor blockers (ARB) which have been proven to be effective in lowering blood pressure. AVAPRO is prescribed to treat a condition known as hypertension or high blood pressure. It may also be prescribed if high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes mellitus are present, to protect your kidney function. AVAPRO lowers blood pressure by specifically blocking a natural substance called angiotensin II, which normally narrows your blood vessels. Treatment with AVAPRO allows the blood vessels to relax. In addition, recent studies have shown that AVAPRO protects your kidneys by reducing protein in the urine. This in turn slows the progression of your kidney disease.
Take AVAPRO exactly as prescribed by your doctor and strictly follow the directions on your prescription label. Your doctor may change your dose to obtain optimal results.
AVAPRO may be taken with or without food. Your blood pressure will need to be checked often. Visit your doctor regularly. If you are being treated for high blood pressure, keep using Avapro even if you feel well. High blood pressure often has no symptoms. You may need to use blood pressure medication for the rest of your life.
To make sure you can safely take AVAPRO, tell your doctor if you have any of these conditions:
AVAPRO helps most people with high blood pressure, but it may have unwanted side effects in a few people. All medicines can have side effects. Sometimes they are serious, most of the time they are not.
Some common side effects of AVAPRO are: