Frequently asked questions for Fimasartan
Q. Which class does Fimasartan belong to?Fimasartan belongs to a class of medicines called angiotensin II receptor antagonists (AIIRAs). Angiotensin II is a substance which occurs naturally in the body. It tightens the blood vessels, which in turn increases the blood pressure. Fimasartan blocks this effect so that the blood vessels relax, which helps lower your blood pressure.
Q. How should I take Fimasartan?You should take Fimasartan exactly as directed by your doctor. It is for oral use and is usually taken once a day. You should take it with plenty of water, with or without food. It is recommended that you take this medicine at the same time every day.
Q. What if I forget to take a dose of Fimasartan?If you have missed a dose of Fimasartan, take it as soon as you remember it. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, take it in the regular schedule instead of taking the missed dose. Do not double the dose to make up for the missed one as this may increase the chances of developing side effects.
Q. How long does Fimasartan take to start working?Fimasartan may take about 2 weeks to show a visible reduction in blood pressure. Full benefits of Fimasartan may take a little longer, about 4 weeks.
Q. What is the most important information I should know about Fimasartan?It is important for you to know that this medicine can cause harm or death to your unborn baby. Therefore, if you are planning a pregnancy or have become pregnant, consult your doctor right away. Your doctor may switch you to a different medicine to treat your high blood pressure.
Q. Is Fimasartan better than telmisartan?Both Fimasartan and telmisartan are blood pressure-lowering medicines. Fimasartan is a relatively new medicine. It has been found to be as effective as telmisartan in lowering blood pressure. It can be safely used in patients as it has fewer side effects.
Q. Can I stop Fimasartan on my own?No, do not stop taking Fimasartan without speaking to your doctor, even if you are feeling well or your blood pressure is controlled. Stopping it suddenly may increase your blood pressure which may increase your risk of stroke.
Q. What are the symptoms of overdose of Fimasartan?Taking more than the recommended dose of Fimasartan may decrease your blood pressure due to which you may feel dizzy or may even faint. Consult your doctor immediately or seek emergency medical aid in a nearby hospital.
Q. Who should not take Fimasartan?You should not take Fimasartan if you are allergic to it or if you are pregnant. Avoid its use if you have diabetes or impaired kidney function and are being treated with a blood pressure-lowering medicine containing aliskiren.
Q. What other lifestyle changes should I make while taking Fimasartan?Lifestyle changes play a major role in keeping you healthy if you are taking Fimasartan. Avoid taking excess salt in your diet and find ways to reduce or manage stress in your life. Practice yoga or meditation or take up a hobby. Ensure that you have a sound sleep every night as this also helps to reduce stress levels and helps to keep your blood pressure normal. Stop smoking and alcohol consumption as this helps in lowering your blood pressure and preventing heart problems. Exercise regularly and take a balanced diet that includes whole grains, fresh fruits, vegetables and fat-free products. Consult your doctor if you need any further guidance to get the maximum benefit of Fimasartan and to keep yourself healthy.