In this drug factsheet:DIN (Drug Identification Number)
|02302063 ||RASILEZ ALISKIREN 150 MG TABLET|
|02302071 ||RASILEZ ALISKIREN 300 MG TABLET|
How does this medication work? What will it do for me?
Aliskiren belongs to a group of medications known as direct renin inhibitors. These medications reduce blood pressure by blocking the actions of a chemical (renin) that causes blood vessels to tighten.
Aliskiren is used treat mild to moderate high blood pressure. It may be used alone or in combination with other blood-pressure-lowering medications. You may notice an effect on your blood pressure within 2 weeks of starting the medication.
This medication may be available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of this medication may not be available in all of the forms or approved for all of the conditions discussed here. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here.
Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.
Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.
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How should I use this medication?
The usual starting dose of aliskiren is 150 mg taken by mouth once daily. The usual dose ranges from 150 mg to 300 mg taken by mouth once daily. Aliskiren may be taken with or without food. Swallow the tablets whole with a small amount of water. Do not chew or crush the tablets.
Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.
It is important to take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Store this medication at room temperature, protect it from moisture, and keep it out of the reach of children.
Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.
What form(s) does this medication come in?
Each light-pink, biconvex, round, film-coated tablet, imprinted with "NVR" on one side and "IL" on the other side, contains aliskiren 150 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: colloidal silicon dioxide, crospovidone, hypromellose, iron oxide colorants, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, polyethylene glycol, povidone, talc, and titanium dioxide.
Each light-red, biconvex, ovaloid, film-coated tablet, imprinted with "NVR" on one side and "IU" on the other side, contains aliskiren 300 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: colloidal silicon dioxide, crospovidone, hypromellose, iron oxide colorants, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, polyethylene glycol, povidone, talc, and titanium dioxide.
Who should NOT take this medication?
Do not take aliskiren if you:
- are allergic to aliskiren or any ingredients of this medication
- have angioedema, a condition that causes swelling of the mouth, tongue, throat, and lips
- have diabetes or reduced kidney function and are also taking high blood pressure medications belonging to the ACE inhibitors family (e.g., lisinopril, ramipril) or the ARB family (e.g., candesartan, losartan)
- have experienced swelling (e.g. around the eyes or lips, hands or feet) while taking aliskiren or medications belonging to the ACE inhibitors family (e.g. lisinopril, ramipril) or ARB family (e.g., candesartan, losartan)