What is this medication?
Brand Name US: Tekturna
Canadian Equivalent: Rasilez
Aliskiren, Tekturna/Rasilez is indicated for treatment of hypertension.
How does this medication work?
Aliskiren, Tekturna/Rasilez play a key role in blood pressure control by decreasing plasma renin activity and inhibiting conversion of angiotensinogen to angiotensin I. As a result, blood vessels relax and dilate reducing peripheral resistance and lowering blood pressure.
How should I take this medication?
Oral: 150mg to 300mg daily.
How to Take: Can take with or without food, but at the same time each day. Meals that are high in fat can reduce the absorption of Aliskiren, Tekturna/Rasilez.
What should I watch for while using this medication?
Before starting Aliskiren, Tekturna/Rasilez make sure your physician is aware of any allergies or medications you currently take. It is important that you are aware of serious adverse effects associated with using Aliskiren, Tekturna/Rasilez such as hyperkalemia, hypotension and changes in renal function (i.e. acute renal failure in patients with renal artery stenosis). Aliskiren, Tekturna/Rasilez should be used with caution in patients with diabetes and renal impairment because of the potential to worsen their existing condition.
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose of medication, try to take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, take only that scheduled dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
How should I store this medication?
Keep out of the reach of children at all times. Store at room temperature, 59 to 86° F (15 to 30° C). Protect from light. Keep the container tightly closed. Properly dispose of any unused medication after the expiration date.
What are the possible side effects of using this medication?
Skin rash, diarrhea, increased creatine phosphokinase, increase blood urea nitrogen, increase serum creatinine, cough.
Note this is not a complete list of side effects, only common ones.
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