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Generic Name: Irbesartan
Product Name: Karvea


Karvea is used to control high blood pressure (also called hypertension). Everybody has blood pressure which is important to supply blood around the body, but when blood pressure becomes higher than normal, it may cause damage to blood vessels in organs such as the Heart, kidneys, Eyes and the Brain. Karvea is also used to treat kidney disease in patients with high blood pressure and diabetes mellitus type 2.


It controls your blood pressure, by preventing blood vessels from tightening thus reducing your blood pressure.

Dose advice

Karvea is only available via prescription from your doctor.

  • It does not matter if taken with or without food
  • It should be preferably taken at the same time each day in order to obtain its best effect and also to help you remember better on when to take it.
  • It does not cure high blood pressure, therefore it is important to continue taking it until your doctor tells you to stop.
  • While on this medication it is important not to take any supplements containing potassium unless advised by your doctor.
  • The medication may also make you feel dizzy especially if you stand up too quickly, if you are affected, get up gradually to avoid that effect. If you feel dizzy sit down or lie down.


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Common side effects

All medicines have side effects. Some side effects can be serious, but the most common ones are mild. Common side effects occurring in more than 1% of patients prescribed Karvea include:

Consult your doctor if you experience one of the above symptoms and it is worrisome.

Uncommon side effects

These are side effects that occur in less than 1% of patients and are uncommon. Do not be alarmed by this list, they are uncommon side effects and a patient will not necessarily experience any of these:

Consult your doctor if you experience any of the above symptoms.


  1. Australian Medicines Handbook 2005. Adelaide: AMH Pty Ltd; 2007. p 245-247.
  2. eAPP Guide 2007 version 1. Australian Pharmaceutical Publishing Company Ltd.
  3. Lazo, J, Gilman A, Brunton L, Parker K. Goodman & Gilman’s the pharmacological basis of therapeutics.11th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill; 2005. p.810 -814.


For further information talk to your doctor.


Posted On: 22 July, 2003
Modified On: 19 March, 2016
Reviewed On: 30 August, 2007

Created by: myVMC