Average Rating: 2.7 (117 Ratings)

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 5  Hypertension No side effects. Resting heart rate of 49-52. No side effects that I can tell. Keeps my bp in check. I exercise and run. Fairly healthy lifestyle. Watch my food. Balanced approach. M 54 10 years
 2  Hypertension cough, post nasal drip, pounding heart beat, sore throat, dizzy, possible insomnia (but not sure this wasn't due to worryinig about all the side effects), almost fainted once. It did lower my blood pressue a bit and rather quickly, but it didn't control it consistently throughout the day. My bp would be 110/69 after taking it and up to about 160/100 - 170/110 when it was close to the medication wearing off. F 60 7 days
12.5 1X D
 1  Hbp I started taking Avalide when I was around 25....so about 13 years ago. I never really linked the side effects to the drug until doing research online. My main side effects have been tinnitus/constant ringing, loss of smell and taste to a noticeable degree, anxiety, facial blushing due to the anxiety, decrease in vision, decreased libido. I was also on Metoprolol concurrently for about the same number of years...I stopped taking metoprolol about 4 months ago cold turkey and my pressure did not go up at all. I finally decided to stop taking this med and roll the dice. I think after so many years on Avalide, my tolerance has been built up that the drug is not working anymore and the side effects have gone on for too long. I stopped as of today and will report back in a month or so. M 38 13 years
150/12.5 1X D
 3  HBP What everyone else has said here. My gosh! And to think I was calling my doctor because the pharmacy did not carry the 300 mg version. I will definitely get off this crap and go back to HBP as not having a memory is just another slow death anyways. Never imagined that so many of us have this problem. Will call my attorneys to see if there are any class action lawsuits filed and if not to look at these comments and maybe start one. M 60 12 years
150 1X D
 2  High BP Fatigue, joint pains, rashes and muscle ache M 43 2 years
 2  Lower high blood pressure Severe itching all over. F 51 8 months
 4  HTN BP was 165/110 and Avalide almost immediately lowered it to 130/85 range. At first I didn't notice any side effects. Now I have multiple side effects which have gradually gotten worse. It is a diuretic so increased urination is part of what makes it work and not a side effect. I have increasingly noticed reduced libido, poor memory, depression, joint pain, stomach pain, and inability to sleep more than about 4 hours at a time. Although I'm happy with the therapeutic effects of the med, I need to see my doctor to weigh my options. M 47 4 years
 1  Hypertension Horn-like growths on head, worsening high bp, blackened nails, couldn't stay awake F 54 1 months
 1  blood pressure Memory Loss pain in leg can't Hardly walk stomach pain depression Back pain weight Gain and hair loss F 42 1 years
 2  Hypertension Muscle pains in legs to the point of not being able to walk upstairs. Pain in groin area that would suddenly in able me as I walked. Now have renal disease III. Tried to tell my physician that I thought it might be my meds. 5 yrs later put on Atenolol....too late. F 59 5 years
150/12.5 1X D
 3  High Blood Pressure Primarily lower back pain. This medication was excellent at reducing my blood pressure; however, after the recall, Bristol Myers increased the strength. My pharmacist brought to my attention the new smaller pill when I picked up my new prescription about a week ago. Since taking the new Avalide pill, I immediately began to feel lethargic, depressed and have increased hair loss. I did some research on the web and found this website. I started to read the side effects suffered by people taking Avalide and realized that for months before the recall I've had lower back muscle weakness. I put 2 and 2 together and came to the conclusion that this medication has been causing problems all along. It only took Bristol Myers increasing the strength for all of the symptoms to become magnified. I immediately called my cardiologist. Hopefully, there is an alternative. F 51 18 months
150/12.5 1X D
 2  hypertension fatigue+++ muscle and joint pain, body aches generally, heart palpitations, numbness and tingling to hands and feet and new sudden feelings of depression because of my inability to function day to day because of my symptioms. My doctor sent me to specialists (neurologist and internal medicine ) I was tested and seen for fibra myalgia, autoimmune disorders and other disease processes that result in similar symptoms, every lab work and test came back perfect. She prescribed me antidepressants and I was insulted... I am a Reg. Nurse and mother of 3, I stuggled to keep up most days. My doctor finally gave up on me. After researching Avalide, I realized that I have felt crappy for the same amount of time I've been on the drug. My blood pressure isn't even that much better. I've stopped taking it for a little over one week now and my body aches are 80% better and I'm not near as tired...Is this coincidental or what!!! F 37 2.5 years
300/25 1X D
 4  High Blood Pressure This was working fairly well on my BP. Yes, it did make me very tired a first. Fatigue somewhat went away. Hard to lose weight when taking this too. I just went to try to get a refill and found out that they are not making Avalide right now from the manufacturer?? So now they are going to put me on Avapro with the Hydrochoro diuretic as an extra pill. Why is this? makes me wonder was the Avalide safe for me? Also, why is the doctor handing out samples of a drug that they are not making? F 52 5 months
12.5mg 1X D
 1  hypertension loss of sexual desire is CERTAIN !! Beware! And more importantly, if you have IBS/IBD, such as crohn, ulcers or colitis, stop taking this medicine, it makes you bleed. Other than these, it drops your BP. M 42 30 days
1X D
 4  Hypertension I was taking Diovan HCT 160/12.5. Worked well for awhile but my BP started creeping up. Doctor then put me on Avalide 300/12.5, one tab in the morning. Great results and results are still good. However, I do notice a common complaint by others also taking Avalide and that's muscle pain. After 1 year on Avalide, I started noticing terrible muscle cramps of the extremities (hands and feet mostly). After reading all this, I am more and more suspicious Avalide is causing the cramps. So, other than some other medication that works for me as well as Avalide, what are my present options? Well, I can put up with the muscle cramps OR run the risk of a stroke due to uncontrolled hypertension. As a side note, in my personal experience, most doctors seem to be quite hesitant to point an accusing finger at any medication. M 70 2 years
300-12.5 1X D
 1  high blood pressure tired and fatigued all the time. Joint and muscle pains from hips, thighs, knees and feet. Sometimes shortness of breath. muscle pains getting so bad almost unable to walk. my symptoms started after being on avalide but have gotten progressively worse. F 58 8 years
150-12.5 m 1X D
 3  High Blood Pressure Frequent urination, restless legs, reduced ability to TASTE. Avalide does control my blood pressure. Prior to reading several websites, I never attributed any of the side effects I was having to Avalide. Now I know that frequent urination is a definite side effect. No one has mentioned a reduction in TASTE, which I am experiencing the more I am on this drug. Though Avalide controls my blood pressure, I am wondering if there isn't something else out there that doesn't cause these side effects. F 50 2 years
300-12.5 1X D
 2  Blood Pressure I have had weight gain, dizziness, achy legs, intermittent noise in my right ear that sounds like rapid popping noises I never had this problem before taking Avalide ,frequent almost did not make it to the bathroom urinations, blurred vision,itchy rash, memory loss at times, my blood presure has not dropped below 160 consistently, however the two lower numbers are always between 73-92. Delayed reaction to life situations. I spoke with my Doctor and was told the noise in my right ear should subside once my blood pressure is under control, however this side effect along with the blurred vision, delayed reactions to life situations and memory loss at times I can not live with. F 55 15 days
25mg 1X D
 1  hight blood pressure weight gain...loss of libido...redness on face..insomnia...hair loss !! I am sure glad I read these comments...in the over 5 years I have been taking Avalide..I never realized it was what might be causing my problems ! F 65 5 days
12.5 1X D
 1  Blood Pressure I had been taking Labetalol HCL 200 MG twice daily for some time and my blood pressure started to get higher. My current doctor added Avallide to help with this and I soon began too have severe joint pain and stomach upset. He than added a narcotic pain reliever to help. I have now quit taking Avalide and feel better. I have also quit taking the pain meds. So far I seem to feel alot better. I will be going to a different doctor. Beware of Doctors on the take. They will hurt you. Medicine companies are paying them to precribe they're poison. M 42 90 days
150/12.5 2X D

AVALIDE  (HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE; IRBESARTAN):  This drug is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). Lowering high blood pressure helps prevent strokes, heart attacks, and kidney problems. This product contains two medications: irbesartan and hydrochlorothiazide. Irbesartan is an angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB) and works by relaxing blood vessels so that blood can flow more easily. Hydrochlorothiazide is a "water pill" (diuretic) that causes you to make more urine, which helps your body get rid of extra salt and water.   (Sources: U.S. Centers for Medicare Services, FDA)