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Teveten

Pronounced: TEH-veh-ten
Generic name: Eprosartan mesylate


Why is this drug prescribed: Teveten is used to treat high blood pressure. It is a member of the family of drugs called angiotensin II receptor blockers. The hormone angiotensin II makes the blood vessels constrict, causing blood pressure to rise. Teveten works by blocking the receptors that respond to angiotensin II. The drug may be prescribed alone or in combination with other medications that help lower blood pressure, such as water pills (diuretics) or calcium channel blockers.

Most important fact about this drug: You must take Teveten regularly for it to be effective. Since blood pressure declines gradually, it may be several weeks before you get the full benefit of Teveten, and you must continue taking it even if you are feeling well. Teveten does not cure high blood pressure; it merely keeps it under control.

How should you take this medication: Teveten can be taken with or without food. Try to establish a regular routine by taking it at the same time each day, for example in the morning with breakfast. This reduces the chances that you'll forget a dose. --If you miss a dose... Take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and go back to your regular schedule. --Storage instructions... Store at room temperature.

What side effects may occur: Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, inform you doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Teveten. More common side effects may include: Cold, cough, runny nose, sore throat Less common side effects may include: Abdominal pain, bronchitis, chest pain, depression, diarrhea, dizziness, facial and other swelling, fatigue, flu, headache, joint pain, muscle pain, sinus inflammation, upset stomach, urinary tract infection, viral type infection

Why should this drug not be prescribed: Do not take Teveten if you are pregnant, or if you have ever had an allergic reaction to it.

Special warnings about this medication: When Teveten is combined with diuretics, it can cause excessively low blood pressure, especially when you first start taking it. If you develop warning signs such as light-headedness or faintness, call your doctor right away. You may need to have your dosage adjusted or discontinue the medication. If you have kidney disease, Teveten should be used with caution. Be sure your doctor knows your medical history before you begin this medication so you can be carefully monitored.

Possible food and drug interactions when taking this medication: No interactions have been reported.

Special information if you are pregnant or breastfeeding: Drugs such as Teveten can cause injury or even death to an unborn child when used in the second or third trimester of pregnancy. Stop taking Teveten as soon as you know you are pregnant, and be sure to tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. Teveten may appear in breast milk and could affect the nursing infant. If this medication is essential to your health, your doctor may advise you to stop breastfeeding while you are taking Teveten.

Recommended dosage: ADULTS: The usual starting dose of Teveten is 600 milligrams taken once daily. Teveten may also be taken once or twice daily with total doses ranging from 400 to 800 milligrams. If your blood pressure does not go down as expected, your doctor may combine your dose with a diuretic or calcium channel blocker. CHILDREN: The safety and effectiveness of Teveten have not been established in children.

Overdosage: Although there is limited information available on Teveten overdosage, remember that any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. Extremely low blood pressure and abnormally slow or rapid heartbeat are possible signs of an overdose with this class of drugs. If you suspect an overdose, seek emergency medical treatment immediately.









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