What is this medication for?
Aliskiren belongs to a group of medications known as direct renin inhibitors. These medications reduce blood pressure by blocking the actions of a certain chemical that increases blood pressure by causing blood vessels to constrict and the kidneys to reabsorb salt and water. Aliskiren is used treat 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.
Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed here. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. If you 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.
What form(s) does this medication come in?
Tekturna® is available as:
Some medications may have other generic brands available. Always ask your doctor or pharmacist about the safety of switching between brands of the same medication.
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, but should be taken at the same time relative to meal times each day. 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 that this medication be taken exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with 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 light and moisture, and keep it out of the reach of children.
Who should NOT take this medication?
Do not take this medication if you:
- are allergic to aliskiren or any of the ingredients of the medication
- have diabetes and are also taking ACE inhibitors (e.g., enalapril, lisinopril, ramipril) or ARBs (e.g., candesartan, losartan, telmisartan)