Exforge 10 mg/160 mg Tablet

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Introduction

Exforge 10 mg/160 mg Tablet contains two medicines, both of which help to control high blood pressure. It lowers the blood pressure by relaxing the blood vessels and making it easier for your heart to pump blood around your body. This will reduce your risk of having a heart attack or a stroke.

Exforge 10 mg/160 mg Tablet may be taken on an empty stomach or along with food. However, it is better to take it regularly at a fixed time each day, as prescribed by your doctor. The dose will depend on your condition and how you respond to the medicine. It’s important to keep taking this medicine even if you feel well. By lowering your blood pressure, it is reducing your risk of heart attack or stroke so do not stop taking it unless your doctor tells you to. You can help this medication work better by making a few changes to your lifestyle such as keeping active, stopping smoking, and eating a low salt and low-fat diet.

The most common side effects of this medicine include swelling in your ankles or feet (edema), headache, sleepiness, dizziness, tiredness, taste change, and upset stomach. Since it may cause sleepiness and dizziness, do not drive or do anything requiring concentration until you know how it affects you. Talk to your doctor if any of the side effects bother you or will not go away.

Before taking this medicine, let your doctor know if you have any kidney or liver problems or severe dehydration. Pregnant or breastfeeding women should also consult their doctor before taking it. While using this medicine, your blood pressure will need to be checked often and your kidney function may also need to be tested.

Benefits of Exforge Tablet

In Hypertension (high blood pressure)

Both of the medicines in this combination work to lower blood pressure but in different ways. Together they help to relax blood vessels and make it easier for your heart to pump blood around your body. This lowers blood pressure. If your blood pressure is controlled you are less at risk of having a heart attack, stroke, or kidney problems. The medicine must be taken regularly as prescribed to be effective. You do not usually feel any direct benefit from taking this medicine, but it works in the long term to keep you well.

Side effects of Exforge Tablet

Most side effects do not require any medical attention and disappear as your body adjusts to the medicine. Consult your doctor if they persist or if you’re worried about them

Common side effects of Exforge

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Ankle swelling
  • Tiredness
  • Palpitations
  • Increased potassium level in blood
  • Sleepiness
  • Taste change
  • Flushing (sense of warmth in the face, ears, neck and trunk)
  • Upset stomach

How to use Exforge Tablet

Take this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Swallow it as a whole. Do not chew, crush or break it. Exforge 10 mg/160 mg Tablet may be taken with or without food, but it is better to take it at a fixed time.

How Exforge Tablet works

Exforge 10 mg/160 mg Tablet is a combination of two medicines: Amlodipine and Valsartan, which lowers blood pressure effectively. Amlodipine is a calcium channel blocker (CCB) and Valsartan is an angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB). They work by relaxing the blood vessels and making the heart more efficient at pumping blood throughout the body.

Safety Advice

Alcohol
UNSAFE
It is unsafe to consume alcohol with Exforge 10 mg/160 mg Tablet.
Pregnancy
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Exforge 10 mg/160 mg Tablet is unsafe to use during pregnancy as there is definite evidence of risk to the developing baby. However, the doctor may rarely prescribe it in some life-threatening situations if the benefits are more than the potential risks. Please consult your doctor.
Breastfeeding
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Exforge 10 mg/160 mg Tablet is probably safe to use during breastfeeding. Limited human data suggests that the drug does not represent any significant risk to the baby.
Driving
UNSAFE
Exforge 10 mg/160 mg Tablet may cause side effects which could affect your ability to drive.
Exforge 10 mg/160 mg Tablet may cause side effects such as dizziness, headaches, nausea or tiredness, all of which could affect your ability to concentrate and drive.
Kidney
CAUTION
Exforge 10 mg/160 mg Tablet should be used with caution in patients with severe kidney disease. Dose adjustment of Exforge 10 mg/160 mg Tablet may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
Regular blood pressure monitoring is recommended. No dose adjustment is needed in patients with mild to moderate kidney disease.
Liver
CAUTION
Exforge 10 mg/160 mg Tablet should be used with caution in patients with liver disease. Dose adjustment of Exforge 10 mg/160 mg Tablet may be needed. Please consult your doctor.

What if you forget to take Exforge Tablet?

If you miss a dose of Exforge 10 mg/160 mg Tablet, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double the dose.

Alternate Brands

For informational purposes only. Consult a doctor before taking any medicines.
No alternate brands found for this medicine

Quick Tips

  • Exforge 10 mg/160 mg Tablet is a combination of two medicines that provides better blood pressure control than either medicine alone.
  • Exforge 10 mg/160 mg Tablet may cause dizziness or sleepiness. Do not drive or do anything requiring concentration until you know how it affects you.
  • It may cause you to feel lightheaded or weak especially when you stand up.  Rise slowly if you have been sitting or lying down. 
  • Avoid consuming alcohol as it may enhance the blood pressure lowering effect of this medicine.
  • It can cause ankle or foot swelling. Raise your legs while you are sitting down and talk to your doctor if it does not go away.
  • Do not take Exforge 10 mg/160 mg Tablet if you are pregnant, planning to conceive or breastfeeding.

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Patient Concerns

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I am a patient of hypertension
Dr. Jyoti Kapoor Madan
Psychiatry
Hypertension is clinal condition of high blood pressure. Please see a physician.
Some times I had lot of hypertension
Dr. Jyoti Kapoor Madan
Psychiatry
Hypertension is clinically high blood pressure. Persistent high arterial blood pressure above 120/80 mm HG is termed as pre-hypertension or hypertension, but the point to be emphasized is that this rise in blood pressure is persistent. Transient increase in BP occurs in stress and anxiety and needs to be treated accordingly.
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Q. How long does it take for Exforge 10 mg/160 mg Tablet to start working?

A substantial decrease in blood pressure can be experienced within 2 weeks of starting Exforge 10 mg/160 mg Tablet. The medicine may take up to 4 weeks to show its complete effects. Talk to your doctor in case you have any concerns regarding Exforge 10 mg/160 mg Tablet, but do not stop taking it without consulting the doctor.

Q. Which medicine is considered safe for treating high blood pressure?

There are many blood pressure-lowering medicines which can be considered safe. The doctor will advise the exact use of these medicines, keeping various factors such as age, gender, other coexisting diseases, etc. into consideration. Also, the effect of the medicine and response of the patient can vary from person to person. For instance, a person below 55 years of age having no other co-existing disease may be prescribed angiotensin II receptor antagonists (ARAs) (e.g., Exforge 10 mg/160 mg Tablet, losartan, olmesartan) or Angiotensin Converting Enzyme (ACE) Inhibitors (e.g., ramipril, captopril or enalapril) by the doctor.

Q. Is Exforge 10 mg/160 mg Tablet bad for kidneys?

Exforge 10 mg/160 mg Tablet does not generally affect the working of a proper functioning kidney. However, there is limited data to support the safety of patients who have existing severe kidney impairment (creatinine clearance <10 ml/min) and are on dialysis. Hence, Exforge 10 mg/160 mg Tablet should be used cautiously in such patients. It should only be used when advised by the doctor.

Q. Who should not be given Exforge 10 mg/160 mg Tablet?

Exforge 10 mg/160 mg Tablet should not be given to patients who are allergic to it, have severe liver disease, have diabetes, or impaired kidney function. Also, its use should be restricted if you are being treated with blood pressure lowering medicine containing Aliskiren. In addition to that, Exforge 10 mg/160 mg Tablet should not be used if you are pregnant or trying to conceive. If you are not sure or have any queries, consult your doctor.

Q. Does Exforge 10 mg/160 mg Tablet cause weight gain?

No, Exforge 10 mg/160 mg Tablet does not cause weight gain as a side effect. However, if your kidney function deteriorates, your body may swell due to accumulation of water (fluid retention), resulting in weight gain. Inform your doctor if you experience any unexplained weight gain or swelling in your feet, ankles or hands.

Q. How long do I need to take Exforge 10 mg/160 mg Tablet?

Continue taking Exforge 10 mg/160 mg Tablet as long as your doctor has prescribed. Do not stop taking it even if you start feeling better. You may even have to take it lifelong, since Exforge 10 mg/160 mg Tablet does not cure high blood pressure or heart failure but controls them.

Q. What is the most important information I should know about Exforge 10 mg/160 mg Tablet?

Taking Exforge 10 mg/160 mg Tablet during the last months of pregnancy can cause serious harm or even endanger the unborn baby. Therefore, do not take Exforge 10 mg/160 mg Tablet if you are pregnant. Inform your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. If you become pregnant while taking Exforge 10 mg/160 mg Tablet, stop taking Exforge 10 mg/160 mg Tablet and call your doctor immediately.

Q. Can I switch in between the brands of Exforge 10 mg/160 mg Tablet, since currently the brand I am using is not available?

No, do not switch to a different Exforge 10 mg/160 mg Tablet product unless your doctor says that you should. Since you have to take it daily, keep a stock of it. Each Exforge 10 mg/160 mg Tablet product releases the medication differently in your body and cannot be used interchangeably. Therefore, if you have any concerns regarding Exforge 10 mg/160 mg Tablet, consult your doctor.

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References

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  2. Amlodipine and valsartan. East Hanover, New Jersey: Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation; 2007 [revised Oct. 2011]. [Accessed 10 Apr. 2019] (online) Available from:External Link
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