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Aliskiren is used in the treatment of increased blood pressure

How it works

Aliskiren relaxes the blood vessels, which in turn lowers blood pressure and also reduces the workload of the heart. Aliskiren works by blocking the action of a natural substance, called Renin.

Common side effects

Diarrhoea, Dizziness, Joint pain, Increased potassium level in blood

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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.

Frequently asked questions



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


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


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

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


Does aliskiren reduce blood pressure?
Yes aliskiren reduces blood pressure


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


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 21 February, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)