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What is Karvea?

Karvea is a medicine that contains the active substance irbesartan.

What is Karvea used for?

Karvea is used in adults who have essential hypertension (high blood pressure). ‘Essential’ means that the hypertension has no obvious cause. Karvea is also used to treat kidney disease in adults with hypertension and type-2 diabetes.

How is Karvea used?

The usual recommended dose of Karvea is 150 mg once a day. If the blood pressure is not sufficiently controlled, the dose can be increased to 300 mg a day or other medicines for hypertension can be added, such as hydrochlorothiazide.

How does Karvea work?

By blocking the receptors to which angiotensin II normally attaches, irbesartan stops the hormone having an effect, allowing the blood vessels to widen.

Why has Karvea been approved?

The CHMP decided that Karvea’s benefits are greater than its risks and recommended that it be given marketing authorisation.