Frequently asked questions2
Here is a list of common questions about high blood pressure and treatment with TEKTURNA and TEKTURNA HCT.
Blood pressure (BP) is the force of blood flowing through your blood vessels. High BP, or hypertension, means the force, or pressure, of the blood flow in your vessels is consistently too high. High BP makes your heart work harder to push blood through your body.
Yes. Most of the time there are no obvious symptoms of high BP, but the longer it goes unmanaged, the more damage is being done. High BP makes your heart work harder to push blood through your body. This can cause damage to your arteries as well as your organs.
No. Don’t stop taking your BP medication unless your doctor has told you to. If you monitor your blood pressure at home, take your readings to your next appointment so your doctor can see how you are doing.
TEKTURNA targets a chemical in the body called renin. Renin triggers multiple reactions in the body that cause your blood vessels to narrow and raise your blood pressure. By reducing the amount of renin that your body produces, TEKTURNA helps:
- Blood vessels relax
- Blood flow more freely
- Lower blood pressure
TEKTURNA HCT is TEKTURNA plus a diuretic, or water pill, in 1 tablet. TEKTURNA blocks renin to help blood vessels relax. The water pill works by getting rid of extra salt and water in your body through urination. Reducing the amount of total fluid in your blood vessels can help lower blood pressure.
TEKTURNA was studied vs placebo (sugar pill) in more than 6,000 patients to understand how patients would tolerate it. In these studies, TEKTURNA was generally well tolerated. Diarrhea was the most common side effect (2.3%).
TEKTURNA HCT was studied in more than 2,700 patients to understand how patients would tolerate it. In these studies, TEKTURNA HCT was generally well tolerated. Dizziness and influenza were the most common side effects (2.3%).
Do not take TEKTURNA or TEKTURNA HCT if you have diabetes and are taking a kind of medicine called an angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB) or angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor (ACEI).
- High blood pressure (hypertension) – Mayo Clinic, 2017. Mayo Clinic Staff. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/high-blood-pressure/basics/definition/con-20019580?p=1. Accessed November 30, 2018