Losartan, Generic for Cozaar
Losartan is a medication that belongs to the group of drugs called angiotensin ll receptor antagonists. It is used to lower blood pressure and improve blood flow by helping keep blood vessels from narrowing.
Losartan is used for:
Losartan is used to treat high blood pressure and reduce the chances of developing health issues, like strokes, in certain people with heart disease. Doctors also prescribe Losartan to those with type 2 diabetes who have high blood pressure to slow long-term kidney damage.
How to use Losartan:
Before using Losartan, be sure to consult your doctor and consider the risks of taking the medicine. This is a decision you and your doctor will make.
Consider the following before using Losartan:
Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to Losartan or any other medicines. You should also make your physician aware of any other types of allergies, such as foods, allergies to dyes, preservatives, or animals.
There is no evidence to date that suggests that there are any pediatric-specific issues that would limit the usefulness of Losartan to treat high blood pressure in children 6 years of age and older. Safety and efficacy have not yet been established in children under the age of 6.
There is no evidence that demonstrates a geriatric-specific problem that would limit the usefulness of Losartan in the elderly.
Pregnancy and Breast Feeding
During pregnancy, Losartan may harm a fetus, and should only be used if the benefits outweigh the potential risks. Consult your doctor and discuss the potential risks and benefits before using Losartan while pregnant. Losartan does pass into breast milk, consult your doctor before breast feeding while taking Losartan.
Other Medical Issues
The presence of certain medical problems may affect the use of Losartan. Consult with your doctor before taking Losartan if you have any of the following conditions:
• Liver Disease
• Kidney Disease
• Severe Congestive Heart Failure
How to use Losartan:
Use Losartan as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- Losartan’s packaging comes with an extra patient leaflet. If you have questions about this information, talk to your pharmacist.
- Losartan is taken by mouth with or without food as directed by your doctor.
- If you have difficulty swallowing tablets, or cannot swallow tablets, ask your doctor about preparing a suspension of Losartan.
- Do not miss any doses. Continue taking Losartan if even if you feel well.
- If you missed a dose of Losartan, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Do not take 2 doses at once. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule.
- Losartan can take 3-6 weeks for it to get your blood pressure under control. Keep taking the medication as directed in order to get the best results. If your blood pressure does not improve after 3 weeks of taking Losartan, consult your doctor.
- Store the medication in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture and direct light.
Losartan Side Effects:
Side effects can exist in all medications, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. If an of these common side effects persists or become worrisome, be sure to discuss them with your doctor.
Common Losartan Side Effects
- Back Pain
- Light headed
- Cold symptoms (stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat)
- Dry Cough
Major Side Effects
Major Side Effects
Contact your doctor immediately if you experience any of these side effects when taking Losartan:
- Chest pain
- Light headed, like you might pass out
- Shortness of breath
- Little or no urinaton/painful or difficult urination
- Symptoms of high potassium blood levels (such as muscle weakness, slow/irregular heartbeat)
- Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction including rash, itching/swelling, severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
Prices are for prescriptions for 30 tablets of 50 mg:
Losartan Drug Images:
Losartan 25 mg Tablet
Losartan 25 mg Tablet
Losartan 50 mg Tablet
Losartan 100 mg tablet
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Olmesartan (generic for Benicar)
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Losartan Patent Information:
Generic drugs don’t require patents, only brand name drugs do. Cozaar’s patent exclusivity expired on Aug 11 2009, and its pediatric exclusivity expired Feb 11 2010.
Before taking Losartan, discuss any allergies you may have with your doctor. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems.
Discuss your medical history with your doctor or pharmacist, before taking Losartan. Inform them especially of liver disease, dehydration (severe loss of body water and minerals).
Do not drive, operate machinery, or do any activity that requires alertness til you are sure you can perform such activities safely, as Losartan may make you dizzy.
Limit alcoholic beverages while taking Losartan.
Since Losartan may increase potassium levels, consult your doctor before using potassium supplements or salt substitutes that contain potassium.
Do not use Losartan during pregnancy as it may harm an unborn baby. Consult with your doctor if you become pregnant or think you may be pregnant.
It is unknown if Losartan passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor to discuss the risks and benefits of using Losartan before breast feeding.
Talk to your doctor about any other concerns you may have with using Losartan.
If Overdose of Losartan is Suspected:
If someone has overdosed, or you suspect overdose, contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately.
Proper storage of Losartan:
Losartan should be stored in a tightly closed container at room temperature between 68-77 degrees F (20-25 degrees C) away from light and moisture. Keep all medications away from children and pets.
The information provided by LowestMed is meant for educational purposes only and is not meant to be medical advice. Please seek medical advice before starting, changing or terminating any medical treatment. Discuss all medical related decisions with your physician, before adjusting anything related to your health care.