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Aliskiren

INFORMATION

Uses

Aliskiren is used in the treatment of increased blood pressure .

How it works

Aliskiren relaxes blood vessels which lowers blood pressure and also reduces the workload of the heart. works by blocking the action of a natural substance renin.

Common side effects

Joint pain, Cough, Dizziness, Diarrhoea, Headache, Heartburn, Stomach pain, Fatigue

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Expert advice

  • Avoid taking potassium supplements and potassium-rich foods like banana and broccoli.
  • Notify your doctor immediately if you are or planning to become pregnant.
  • Your doctor may recommend a change in the lifestyle to lower your blood pressure. It may include:
    •  Consume fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy products, and reduce saturated-total fat.
    • Reduce daily dietary sodium intake as much as possible, ideally to 65 mmol/day (1.5 g/day sodium or 3.8 g/day sodium chloride).
    • Regular aerobic physical activity (at least 30 minutes/day, most days of the week).

Frequently asked questions

Aliskiren

Q.Is aliskiren an ACE inhibitor?
No aliskiren is not an ACE inhibitor. It is a renin inhibitor

Q.Is aliskiren safe and approved by the FDA?
Yes aliskiren is approved by the FDA. It is safe when taken at a dosage and duration prescribed by the doctor

Q.How does aliskiren reduce blood pressure/ work?
Aliskiren prevents the release of substances which tighten the blood vessels and helping them relax, thereby reducing the blood pressure

Q.What is aliskiren fumarate?
Aliskiren fumarate is a salt form of aliskiren which is used for treating high blood pressure

Q.Does aliskiren reduce blood pressure?
Yes aliskiren reduces blood pressure

Q.Does it cause hair loss?
It is usually not known to cause hair loss. If any such side effect is observed, please consult your doctor

Q.Does metformin, lisinopril or amlodipine contain aliskiren?
No. Aliskiren is not present in metformin, lisinopril or amlodipine.


Content on this page was last updated on 05 December, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)