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Avalide Side Effects
What to do if I have hypertension and take avalide (hydrochlorothiazide and irbesartan) which is part diuretic?
Hypertension: Avalide (hydrochlorothiazide and irbesartan) contains same blood pressure medication (Irbesartan) as in Avapro plus weak diuretic (water pill), Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ). HCTZ may lower potassium while Irbesartan may increase potassium, thus canceling out each other's potential side effect. Monitor your blood pressure at home (after resting/keeping still) at least 5 minutes) and bring in BP cuff for calibration. Go see ur family doc ...Read more
My insurance will only pay for diovan, yet the doctor prescribed avalide (hydrochlorothiazide and irbesartan). What is the difference?
The price.: Avalide (hydrochlorothiazide and irbesartan) and Diovan are similar drugs from the same class called "angiotensin receptor blockers"; the only real difference is the price (Avalide (hydrochlorothiazide and irbesartan) (hydrochlorothiazide and irbesartan) is more expensive). Ask your doctor if there is a reason that he/she prescribed Avalide (hydrochlorothiazide and irbesartan) instead of diovan, and if so, does it justify the higher price? ...Read more
Same as any alcohol: Less likely to cause hangover, but causes the same liver inflammation, scarring and damage as any other form of alcohol, as well as damage to esophagus, stomach, pancreas. Also can be toxic to the heart, the immune system, the bone marrow (which makes our blood components), impairing our ability to fight infections and our general immune system. PLUS, it causes many kinds of cancers. ...Read more
CBT: Cbt is mostly free of side effects, but during the treatment you may well feel some anxiety. For instance, exposure and response prevention are part of cbt treatment for obsessive compulsive d/o. With ocd, the person is unconsciously using compulsive behaviors to bind anxiety -- and if prevented, will temporarily feel anxiety. The therapist will help you through this. ...Read more