April 20, 2012 – The FDA issued a warning today to healthcare professionals stating that blood pressure drugs containing aliskiren should not be prescribed to patients with diabetes or kidney impairment with other medications called angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEIs) and angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs). These drugs are contraindicated, and may result in serious side effects when taken simultaneously. Aliskiren-based medications including Tekturna/TekturnaHCT, Valturna, Tekamlo, and Amturnide will have their warning labels updated to include information about this risk.
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What’s the Problem with Aliskiren?
The updated warning labels for aliskiren-containing blood pressure drugs is based on preliminary data from a clinical trial known as the “Aliskiren Trial in Type 2 Diabetes Using Cardio-Renal Endpoints (ALTITUDE).” The following medications will be affected by the new update:
- Tekturna HCT
- Tekamlo (aliskiren and amlodipine)
- Amturnide (aliskiren, amlodipine and hydrochlorothiazide)
FDA is recommending that the concurrent use of any of these medications with ARBs or ACEIs in patients with diabetes be avoided due to the risk of kidney injuries, hypotension, and hyperkalemia. However, patients should never discontinue treatment with any drug without first consulting their physician. Stopping aliskiren suddenly could result in serious problems due to untreated high blood pressure.
Do You Have an Aliskiren Blood Pressure Drug Lawsuit?
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