Quote from Sister:Hi - Does anyone know why a doctor would prescribe Cozaar instead of Avapro when all the medical websites say that Avapro (irbesartan) or candesartan (I forgot the name brand for this one) lowers blood pressure better than Cozaar? Is it that the doctor just doesn't know this or is there some other reason? Thanks for replies.
Candersartan is Atacand. Like everyone said, some drs. just prefer certain meds. Could be your insurance company, as mine has Atacand as a preferred drug, yet not Avapro. I am on Avapro, and when I asked my pharmacist if there was any price difference, he said the Atacand is only about 40 cents lower priced for a monts supply, so go figure????
My dr. gave me some samples of the Atacand as I complained about backaches, which I know Avapro can cause, but they didn't stop with the Atacand. Actually just about every ARB I looked up has backache as a side effect, and me being so sensative to meds., of course I get the lower backache. I can't take an Ace, as I get the horrid cough, so I guess I am stuck between a rock and a hard place. Still have no idea why insurance companies have a list of preferred drugs, especially when the price difference is only about a lousy 40 cents a month......... :confused: