Aliskiren

generic for Tekturna

What is Aliskiren?

Common Brand(s): Tekturna

This medication is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). Lowering high blood pressure helps prevent strokes, heart attacks, and kidney problems. Aliskiren works by relaxing blood vessels so blood can flow more easily. It belongs to a class of drugs known as direct renin inhibitors.

This drug is not recommended for use in children younger than 6 years or who weigh less than 44 pounds (20 kilograms) due to an increased risk of side effects.

Uses

  • hypertension

Usage Instructions

Read the Patient Information Leaflet if available from your pharmacist before you start taking this medication and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

Take this medication by mouth as directed by your doctor, usually once daily. You may take this medication with or without food, but it is important to choose one way and take this medication the same way with every dose. High-fat foods may decrease how well this drug is absorbed by the body, so it is best to avoid taking this medication with a high-fat meal.

Do not take with fruit juices (such as apple, grapefruit, or orange) since they may decrease the absorption of this drug.

The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment.

Take this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same time each day. Keep taking this medication even if you feel well. Most people with high blood pressure do not feel sick. It may take 2 weeks before you get the full benefit of this medication.

Tell your doctor if your condition does not improve or if it worsens (your blood pressure readings remain high or increase).

Storage

Store in the original container at room temperature away from light and moisture. To help prevent moisture, keep the desiccant in the container. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medications away from children and pets.

Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company.