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27 September 2013


Eprosartan is often prescribed to relax and widen blood vessels in persons with high blood pressure.


Eprosartan is the active ingredient of Teveten tablets (Nappi code: 708096-001).

General information

Eprosartan is often prescribed to relax and widen blood vessels in persons with high blood pressure. As a result, blood pressure is lowered and the heart's workload reduced.

It is of particular use in the patients taking drugs such as enalapril, captopril and related products (ACE inhibitors), which cause a dry and irritating cough. While still providing the same benefit, eprosartan reduces the likelihood of coughing.

Eprosartan may be used on its own or in combination with other medication for treating high blood pressure.

The first few doses of this drug may cause dizziness if you get up suddenly from sitting or lying down. It is advised to get up carefully until you know how this drug affects you.

Eprosartan should not be used if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. Adequate contraception is advised in women of childbearing age.

How does eprosartan work?

Eprosartan blocks the effect of angiotensin II, a naturally occurring substance that narrows blood vessels. As a result, blood vessels widen and high blood pressure is reduced.

Fast facts

Drug schedule: schedule 3

Available as: eprosartan is available as tablets.

What does it do? Eprosartan lowers blood pressure and reduces the workload on the heart.

Overdose risk: medium

Dependence risk: low

Is eprosartan available as a generic? no

Is eprosartan available on prescription only? yes

User information

Onset of effect: maximum effect is reached within 3 weeks.

Duration of action: up to 24 hours

Dietary advice: this medication should be taken with or after food.

Stopping this medicine: do not stop taking this drug without speaking to your doctor first. Premature stoppage may allow return or even worsen symptoms of condition being treated.

Prolonged use: no problems are expected with prolonged use. Your doctor may keep an eye on your blood potassium levels.

Special precautions

Consult your doctor before using this drug if:

  • if you have liver or kidney disease
  • you have a narrowing to the arteries of the kidneys
  • you are pregnant or plan to fall pregnant
  • you are allergic to ANY medicine
  • you are taking other medication

Pregnancy: avoid. Potential risk to the foetus has been reported. Consult your doctor before use, or if you are planning to fall pregnant.

Breastfeeding: avoid. This medication is passed through breast milk and may affect your baby adversely. Consult your doctor before use.

Porphyria: avoid. It is unknown how this medication may affect your condition. Consult your doctor before use.

Infants and children: this medication is not intended for use in children.

The elderly: caution is advised in the elderly as a reduced dose may be needed in those patients above the age of 75.

Driving and hazardous work: caution is advised as use of this medication may lead to dizziness, light-headedness and/or sedation. Avoid such activities until you know how this medication affects you.

Alcohol: avoid concomitant use of alcohol with this medication.

Possible side effects:

Side effects Frequency
Consult your doctor

Common Rare Only if severe In all cases
dizzieness x
blocked nose
x x
headache x
x x
joint pain
x x
nausea, diarrhoea
x x
taste disturbance
x x
skin rash/itch
swelling of mouth/lips
cough/difficulty breathing
tiredness/unwell feeling


Drug interactions:

anaesthetic drugs may lower blood pressure further
ciclosporin, heparin, amiloride, triamterene, spironolactone may cause potassium toxicity
diuretics may lower blood pressure further
lithium increased risk of lithium toxicity
non-steriodal anti-inflammatory drugs may reduce effect of eprosartan
potassium supplements may cause potassium toxicity

Overdose action

A small overdose is no cause for concern. In case of intentional large overdose, seek emergency medical attention. Symptoms may include dizziness and fainting.

Recommended dosage

Adults: 600 - 800mg daily as a single dose or in two divided doses

This material is not intended to substitute medical advice, but is for informational purposes only. Please consult a physician for specific treatment and recommendations.


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