Eprosartan | Side Effects, Dosage, Uses & More
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Generic Name:

eprosartan, Oral tablet

All Brands

  • Teveten (Discontinued)
A discontinued drug is a drug that has been taken off the market due to safety issues, shortage of raw materials, or low market demand.
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Highlights for eprosartan

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Eprosartan is an oral drug that’s used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). It can be used alone or with other drugs to lower your blood pressure. 

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The standard starting dose is 600 mg taken by mouth once per day. If your blood pressure is still high after 2–3 weeks, your doctor may increase your dose up to a maximum of 800 mg per day.

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You shouldn’t take this drug if you’re pregnant or plan to become pregnant. This medication can harm or be fatal to your unborn baby.

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Some people with certain conditions, such as heart failure and renal artery stenosis, may develop kidney problems while taking this drug. If this happens, you may need to stop taking eprosartan.

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Common side effects include tiredness, joint pain, stomach pain, sore throat, and a stuffy or runny nose.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

FDA warning

This drug has a Black Box Warning. This is the most serious warning from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). A black box warning alerts doctors and patients to effects that may be dangerous.

Use during pregnancy warning. You shouldn’t take this drug if you’re pregnant or plan to become pregnant. This medication can harm or be fatal to your unborn baby. If you become pregnant, call your doctor and stop taking eprosartan right away.

Low blood pressure

If you take this drug with diuretics or don’t have enough fluids or salt in your body, you may have low blood pressure (hypotension). Call your doctor right away if you have these symptoms:

  • dizziness
  • lightheadedness
  • feel like you’re going to faint

Kidney problems

People with certain conditions may develop kidney problems while taking this drug. If this happens, your doctor may tell you to stop taking eprosartan. Call your doctor if you have these symptoms:

  • any changes in the amount that you urinate
  • swelling in your feet or ankles
  • confusion

Drug features

Eprosartan is a prescription drug. It is available as an oral tablet.

Eprosartan is only available as a generic drug. It’s no longer available as brand name Teveten.

This drug may be taken as part of a combination therapy with other medications used to treat high blood pressure.

Why it's used

Eprosartan is used to treat high blood pressure. It can be used alone or with other blood pressure medications. Lowering your blood pressure reduces your chance of having a stroke or heart attack.

How it works

Eprosartan belongs to a class of drugs called angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs). A class of drugs is a group of medications that work in a similar way.

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How it works

Eprosartan belongs to a class of drugs called angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs). A class of drugs is a group of medications that work in a similar way. They are often used to treat similar conditions.

Eprosartan blocks the action of angiotensin II, a chemical in your body that causes blood vessels to tighten and narrow. This helps to relax and widen your blood vessels, which lowers your blood pressure.

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eprosartan Side Effects

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Most Common Side Effects

The most common side effects that occur with eprosartan include:

  • tiredness

  • joint aches and pain

  • upset stomach or stomach pain

  • stuffy or runny nose

  • sore throat

  • cough

  • upper respiratory tract infection, such as the common cold

  • high triglycerides

  • depression

  • headache

  • dizziness

  • diarrhea

If these effects are mild, they may go away within a few days or a couple of weeks. If they’re more severe or don’t go away, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

Serious Side Effects

Call your doctor right away if you have any of these serious side effects. Call 9-1-1 if your symptoms feel life-threatening or if you think you’re having a medical emergency.

  • allergic reaction. Symptoms include:

    • swelling of your skin, the layers under your skin, and your mucous membranes (inside your mouth)
    • itching and hives
    • reddening and warming of your face (flushing) 
    • feeling warm
    • swelling of your throat or tongue
    • wheezing or trouble breathing
    • a weak, fast heart rate
    • nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
    • dizziness or fainting
  • muscle breakdown (rhabdomyolysis). Symptoms include:

    • severe muscle aches throughout your body
    • dark-colored urine
  • low blood pressure (hypotension). Your risk may be higher if you’re taking water pills (diuretics) or have lost a lot of water due to vomiting or diarrhea. Symptoms include:

    • lightheadedness
    • dizziness, especially if you stand up from a sitting or lying position
  • heart problems. Symptoms include:

    • chest pain
    • an irregular or pounding heart rate
  • urinary tract infection. Symptoms include:

    • fever
    • pain or burning when you urinate
  • kidney problems. Symptoms include:

    • changes in the amount that you urinate
    • swelling in your feet or ankles
    • confusion
  • high potassium levels in your blood (hyperkalemia). Your risk may be higher if you have kidney problems or are taking potassium-sparing water pills (diuretics) or potassium supplements. Your doctor will check your potassium levels while you’re taking eprosartan. Symptoms include:

    • slow heart rate
    • muscle weakness
    • heart rhythm problems
Pharmacist's Advice
Healthline Pharmacist Editorial Team

Eprosartan may cause tiredness and dizziness. You shouldn’t drive, use machinery, or do similar tasks that require alertness until you know how this drug affects you.

Disclaimer: Our goal is to provide you with the most relevant and current information. However, because drugs affect each person differently, we cannot guarantee that this information includes all possible side effects. This information is not a substitute for medical advice. Always discuss possible side effects with a healthcare provider who knows your medical history.
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eprosartan May Interact with Other Medications

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Eprosartan can interact with other medications, herbs, or vitamins you might be taking. An interaction is when a substance changes the way a drug works. This can be harmful or cause the drugs that you take to not work as well. To help prevent interactions, your doctor should manage all of your medications carefully. To find out how this drug might interact with something else you’re taking, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

Note: You can reduce your chances of drug interactions by having all of your prescriptions filled at the same pharmacy. That way, a pharmacist can check for possible drug interactions.

Alcohol interaction

Using alcohol while taking this drug can cause a sedative effect. This means that you may have slowed reflexes, poor judgment, and sleepiness. This can make the dizziness that’s common with eprosartan worse.

Medications that might interact with this drug

High blood pressure and heart failure drugs

These drugs may increase your risk for low blood pressure, high potassium levels in your blood, and kidney problems when taken with eprosartan.

These drugs include:

  • angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs), such as:
    • azilsartan (Edarbi, Edarbyclor)
    • candesartan (Atacand, Atacand HCT)
    • irbesartan (Avapro, Avalide)
    • losartan (Cozaar, Hyzaar)
    • olmesartan (Benicar, Benicar HCT, Tribenzor, Azor)
    • telmisartan (Micardis, Micardis HCT, Twynsta)
    • valsartan (Diovan, Diovan HCT, Exforge, Exforge HCT)
  • angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors, such as:
    • benazepril (Lotensin, Lotrel)
    • captopril 
    • enalapril (Vasotec, Epaned)
    • fosinopril (Monopril)
    • lisinopril (Prinivil, Zestril, Prinzide, Zestoretic)
    • moexipril (Univasc)
    • perindopril (Aceon)
    • quinapril (Accupril, Accuretic)
    • ramipril (Altace)
    • trandolapril (Mavik, Tarka)
  • direct renin inhibitors, such as:
    • aliskiren (Tekturna, Tekturna HCT)

Water pills (diuretics)

These medications can increase your risk of very low blood pressure when taken with eprosartan.

These drugs include:

  • bumetanide
  • chlorothiazide (Diuril)
  • chlorthalidone
  • ethacrynate (Edecrin)
  • furosemide (Lasix)
  • hydrochlorothiazide (Microzide)
  • indapamide
  • methyclothiazide
  • metolazone (Zaroxolyn)
  • torsemide (Demadex)

Pain and osteoarthritis drugs

These medications may decrease the effectiveness of eprosartan. This means that it may not work as well. These drugs may also increase your risk of kidney problems when taken with eprosartan.

These drugs include:

  • non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and selective cyclooxygenase-2 inhibitors (COX-2 Inhibitors), such as:
    • celecoxib (Celebrex)
    • diclofenac (Cataflam, Voltaren)
    • etodolac
    • fenoprofen (Nalfon)
    • flurbiprofen
    • ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin)
    • indomethacin  (Indocin)
    • ketoprofen
    • ketorolac
    • meclofenamate
    • mefenamic acid (Ponstel)
    • meloxicam (Mobic)
    • nabumetone
    • naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn)
    • oxaprozin (Daypro)
    • piroxicam (Feldene)
    • sulindac (Clinoril)
    • tolmetin

Bipolar disorder and mania drugs

Eprosartan can increase the levels of these medications. This may cause more side effects.

These drugs include:

  • lithium

Potassium supplements

These medications may increase the potassium levels in your blood when taken with eprosartan.

These drugs include:

  • potassium chloride (Klor-Con, Klor Con M, K-Tab, Micro-K)
  • potassium gluconate
  • potassium bicarbonate (Klor-Con EF)

Water pills (potassium-sparing diuretics)

These medications may increase the potassium levels in your blood when taken with eprosartan.

These drugs include:

  • spironolactone (Aldactone)
  • amiloride
  • triamterene (Dyrenium)

Disclaimer: Our goal is to provide you with the most relevant and current information. However, because drugs interact differently in each person, we cannot guarantee that this information includes all possible interactions. This information is not a substitute for medical advice. Always speak with your healthcare provider about possible interactions with all prescription drugs, vitamins, herbs and supplements, and over-the-counter drugs that you are taking.

People with dehydration

Eprosartan may significantly lower your blood pressure if you’re dehydrated. If you’re at risk for dehydration, you should talk to your doctor before you start taking this drug. Your doctor will monitor you closely.

People with kidney problems

Use this drug with caution if you have kidney problems. Your doctor will monitor you closely because eprosartan can make kidney problems worse.

People with diabetes

You shouldn’t take eprosartan with the drug aliskiren (Tekturna) if you have diabetes. Taking these drugs together can increase your risk of kidney problems, severe low blood pressure, and high levels of potassium in your blood.

People with high blood potassium levels

Eprosartan may increase your potassium levels in your blood. You shouldn’t take this drug if you already have high blood potassium levels (hyperkalemia). Your doctor will check your blood potassium levels regularly.

People with anemia

Talk to your doctor if you have anemia. Eprosartan may decrease your hemoglobin (a red blood cell protein that carries oxygen to the rest of your body).

People with blood disorders

If you have or have a history of low neutrophils, leukocytes, or platelet counts, tell your doctor. Eprosartan may decrease these levels further in some people.

Pregnant women

Eprosartan is a category D pregnancy drug. That means two things:

  1. Studies show a risk of adverse effects to the fetus when the mother takes the drug.
  2. The benefits of taking the drug during pregnancy may outweigh the potential risks in certain cases.

Eprosartan can harm or be fatal to your unborn child. Tell your doctor if you’re pregnant or plan to become pregnant. Eprosartan should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus.

Women who are breast-feeding

It isn’t known if eprosartan passes into breast milk. If it does, it may cause serious effects in a child who is breast-fed.

You and your doctor may need to decide if you’ll take eprosartan or breast-feed.

For seniors

Also, in general, as you age, your organs (such as your liver or kidneys) may not work as well as they did compared to when you were younger. More of this drug may stay in your body longer, putting you at risk for side effects.

If you’re 75 years or older, eprosartan may not decrease your blood pressure as much as it does in younger people.

For children

This medicine hasn’t been studied in children and shouldn’t be used in children younger than 18 years.

Allergies

Eprosartan may cause a serious allergic reaction. These include:

  • angioedema: swelling of your skin, the layers under your skin, and your mucous membranes (inside your mouth).
  • anaphylaxis: a severe and possibly a life-threatening allergic reaction. Symptoms include:
    • itching and hives
    • reddening and warming of your face (flushing) 
    • feeling warm
    • swelling of your throat or tongue
    • wheezing or trouble breathing
    • a weak, fast heart rate
    • nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
    • dizziness or fainting

Don’t take this drug again if you’ve ever had an allergic reaction to it before. Taking it a second time after an allergic reaction could be fatal.

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How to Take eprosartan (Dosage)

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All possible dosages and forms may not be included here. Your dose, form, and how often you take it will depend on:

  • your age
  • the condition being treated
  • how severe your condition is
  • other medical conditions you have
  • how you react to the first dose

What are you taking this medication for?

High blood pressure (hypertension)

Generic: eprosartan

Form: Oral tablet
Strengths: 600 mg
Adult dosage (ages 18–64 years)
  • The standard starting dose is 600 mg taken by mouth once per day.
  • If your blood pressure is still high after 2–3 weeks, your doctor may increase your dose up to a maximum of 800 mg per day.
Child dosage (ages 0–17 years)

This medicine hasn’t been studied in children and shouldn’t be used in children younger than 18 years.

Senior dosage (ages 65 years and older)

There are no specific recommendations for senior dosing. Older adults may process drugs more slowly. A normal adult dose may cause levels of this drug to be higher than normal in some people. If you’re a senior, you may need a lower dose or a different schedule.

Special considerations

Kidney disease: For people with moderate to severe kidney disease, the maximum recommended dose is 600 mg taken by mouth once per day.

Disclaimer: Our goal is to provide you with the most relevant and current information. However, because drugs affect each person differently, we cannot guarantee that this list includes all possible dosages. This information is not a substitute for medical advice. Always to speak with your doctor or pharmacist about dosages that are right for you.
Pharmacist's Advice
Healthline Pharmacist Editorial Team

Eprosartan comes with serious risks if you don’t take it as prescribed.

If you don’t take it at all

If you don’t take eprosartan as prescribed by your doctor, your blood pressure will stay high. This will raise your risk for a stroke or heart attack.

If you stop taking it suddenly

If you stop taking eprosartan suddenly, your blood pressure will still be high. This puts you at risk for a stroke or heart attack.

If you don’t take it on schedule

If you don’t take eprosartan on schedule, your blood pressure will still be high. This puts you at risk for a stroke or heart attack.

What to do if you miss a dose

If you forget to take your dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it’s just a few hours until the time for your next dose, then wait and only take one dose at that time. Never try to catch up by taking two doses at once. This could cause toxic side effects.

If you take too much

If you take too much eprosartan, your blood pressure might become too low. Symptoms of low blood pressure include:

  • feeling faint or dizzy
  • lightheadedness
  • tiredness

If you think you’ve taken too much of the drug, act right away. Call your doctor or local Poison Control Center, or go to the nearest emergency room.

How to tell if the drug is working

If eprosartan is working, your blood pressure will be lower.

Eprosartan is a long-term drug treatment.

Important considerations for taking eprosartan
can cut or crush You can cut or crush the tablet
storage Eprosartan must be stored at the right temperature See Details
refillable Prescription is refillable
travel Travel See Details
self-management Self-management See Details
clinical monitoring Clinical monitoring See Details
not usually stocked Not every pharmacy stocks this drug. When filling your prescription, be sure to call ahead.
prior authorization Insurance See Details

Eprosartan must be stored at the right temperature

  • Store eprosartan at room temperature between 68°F (20°C) and 77°F (25°C).
  • Keep this drug away from light.
  • Don’t freeze it.
  • Keep it away from high temperature.
  • Keep your drugs away from areas where they could get wet, such as bathrooms. Store this drug away from moisture and damp locations.
  • Keep eprosartan and all drugs out of the reach of children.

Travel

When traveling with your medication:

  • Always carry it with you or in your carry-on bag.
  • Don’t worry about airport x-ray machines. They can’t hurt this medication.
  • You may need to show airport staff your pharmacy’s label to clearly identify the medication. Keep the original prescription label with you when traveling.
  • Don’t leave this medicine in the car, especially when the temperature is hot or freezing.

Self-management

You may need to check your blood pressure at home. You should keep a log with the date, time of day, and your blood pressure readings. Bring this diary with you to your doctor appointments.

Clinical monitoring

Before starting and during your treatment with eprosartan, your doctor will check your:

  • blood pressure
  • kidney function
  • liver function
  • potassium levels

Insurance

Many insurance companies require a prior authorization for this drug. This means your doctor will need to get approval from your insurance company before your insurance company will pay for the prescription.

Are there any alternatives?

There are other drugs available to treat your condition. Some may be more suitable for you than others. Talk to your doctor about possible alternatives.

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Content developed in collaboration with University of Illinois-Chicago, Drug Information Group

Medically reviewed by Creighton University, Center for Drug Information and Evidence-Based Practice on September 7, 2015

Disclaimer: Healthline has made every effort to make certain that all information is factually correct, comprehensive, and up-to-date. However, this article should not be used as a substitute for the knowledge and expertise of a licensed healthcare professional. You should always consult your doctor or other healthcare professional before taking any medication. The drug information contained herein is subject to change and is not intended to cover all possible uses, directions, precautions, warnings, drug interactions, allergic reactions, or adverse effects. The absence of warnings or other information for a given drug does not indicate that the drug or drug combination is safe, effective, or appropriate for all patients or all specific uses.
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