Teveten (eprosartan) is an angiotensin II receptor blocker (ARB) used to treat high blood pressure. Teveten may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

You should not use Teveten if you are allergic to eprosartan or if you have:

>> kidney disease; or

>> if you are unable to urinate.

To make sure Teveten is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have ever had:

>> kidney disease (or if you are on dialysis);

>> liver disease;

>> congestive heart failure; or

high blood potassium levels.

It is not known whether Teveten will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.

You should not breastfeed while using this medicine.

Teveten can cause injury or death to the unborn baby if you take medicine during your second or third trimester. Use effective birth control to prevent pregnancy while you are using this medicine.

Stop taking Teveten and call your doctor at once if you have:

>> severe or on-going diarrhea; headache with chest pain and severe dizziness, fainting, rapid or pounding heartbeats; or jaundice (yellowing of your skin or eyes).

Common Teveten side effects may include:

>> diarrhea; or upset stomach.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Teveten can interact with other medications, herbs, or vitamins you might be taking. An interaction is when a substance changes the way a drug works. This can be harmful or prevent the drug from working well.

To help avoid interactions, your doctor should manage all of your medications carefully. Be sure to tell your doctor about all your medications, vitamins, or herbs. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist to find out how this drug might interact with something else you’re taking.

Examples of drugs that can cause interactions with Teveten are:

>> lithium;

ACE inhibitors like benazepril (Lotensin), captopril (Capoten), enalapril (Vasotec), fosinopril (Monopril), lisinopril (Prinivil, Zestril), moexipril (Univasc), perindopril (Aceon), quinapril (Accupril), ramipril (Altace), and trandolapril (Mavik);

aliskiren (Tekamlo, Amturnide, Tekturna);

birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy;

cimetidine (Tagamet);

digoxin (Lanoxin);

diuretics (‘water pills’);

heart rhythm medicine like amiodarone (Cordarone, Pacerone), disopyramide (Norpace), dronedarone (Multaq), ibutilide (Corvert), procainamide (Procanbid), quinidine (Quin-G), and sotalol (Betapace, Betapace AF, Sorine, Sotylize);

insulin or oral diabetes medications;

medicine to treat psychiatric disorders, such as haloperidol (Haldol), aripiprazole (Abilify), ziprasidone (Geodon), and others;

nelfinavir (Viracept);

rifampin (Rifadin, Rifamate, Rimactane);

seizure medicine; or

steroids.

This list is not complete and other drugs may interact with Teveten. Tell your doctor about all your prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, minerals, herbs, and supplements. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.

Benefits of Teveten:

>> Teveten can help to lower blood pressure by relaxing the blood vessels. This helps to decrease the workload on the heart and improves blood flow.

Teveten is also used in combination with other drugs to treat congestive heart failure.

Angiotensin II receptor blockers like Teveten may be used alone or in combination with other drugs (such as ACE inhibitors, diuretics, or calcium channel blockers) to treat high blood pressure.

Risks of Teveten:

>> The most common side effects of Teveten are diarrhea, headache, and upper respiratory tract infection.

Teveten may also cause dizziness. You should not drive or operate heavy machinery until you know how Teveten affects you.

Teveten may cause low blood pressure, which can make you feel dizzy or faint. rising slowly from a sitting or lying position may help to lessen this problem.

Teveten may also cause kidney problems. Your doctor will monitor your kidney function if you take this drug for a long period of time.

You should not take Teveten if you are pregnant or breastfeeding since it can harm the developing baby. If you become pregnant while taking Teveten, stop taking the drug and call your doctor right away.

Teveten may also interact with other drugs (such as lithium, ACE inhibitors, aliskiren, birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy, cimetidine, digoxin, diuretics, heart rhythm medicine, insulin or oral diabetes medications, medicine to treat psychiatric disorders, nelfinavir, rifampin, seizure medicine, or steroids).

Tell your doctor about all the drugs you take (including prescription and over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, and herbal supplements) so he or she can determine if there are any potential drug interactions.

You should not stop taking Teveten suddenly since this can worsen your condition. Your doctor will gradually decrease your dose before stopping the drug completely.

If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately:

>> shortness of breath;

swelling of the face, throat, tongue, lips, eyes, hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs;

hoarseness;

hives;

difficulty breathing or swallowing;

rapid or pounding heartbeat;

dizziness or fainting; or

change in the amount of urine.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.