What is Aliskiren used for?
Aliskiren is an anti-hypertensive medication used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). This blood-pressure-lowering drug works by relaxing blood vessels. Lowering high blood pressure helps prevent heart attacks, strokes, and kidney problems. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.
What is the recommended dosage of Aliskiren?
The dosage of Aliskiren prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.
Take Aliskiren with a full glass of water. It can be taken with or without food.
What if you miss a dose of Aliskiren?
If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Aliskiren medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.
What if you overdose on Aliskiren?
Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Aliskiren, seek medical attention immediately.
What other drugs could interact with Aliskiren?
It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Aliskiren.
Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Aliskiren, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.
Aliskiren can interact with antifungal medications and diuretics.
Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.
What are the side effects of Aliskiren?
Like other medicines, Aliskiren can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Aliskiren are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.
It is pertinent to note that side effects of Aliskiren cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Aliskiren develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.
Aliskiren can cause side effects such as headache, dizziness, heartburn, stomach pain, and cough. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Aliskiren.
What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Aliskiren?
Is it possible for me to take Aliskiren with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Aliskiren?
What are the possible drug interactions of Aliskiren?
How will Aliskiren work in my body?
How should Aliskiren be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Aliskiren drug interactions and side effects?
The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Aliskiren is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.