Losartan

LosartanAre often prescribed the Losartan relax and widen the blood vessels in people with high blood pressure. As a result of decreased blood pressure and reduces cardiac workload.

It has a particular use in patients taking drugs such as product enalapril, captopril and related (ACE inhibitors), which causes dry, irritating cough. While still providing the same benefits, losartan reduces the likelihood of coughing.

Losartan may be used alone or in combination with other drugs for high blood pressure.

Some of the first dose of the drug may cause dizziness if you get suddenly from a sitting or lying down. Are advised to get with caution until you know how this medication affects you.

Losartan should not be used if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. Proposed adequate contraception in women of childbearing age.

How does losartan?

Losartan blocks the effects of angiotensin II, naturally occurring substance that narrows blood vessels. As a result, the blood vessels dilate and blood pressure decreases.

Fast Facts

Drug schedule: Schedule 3

Available as: Losartan is available as tablets.

What does he do? Losartan lowers blood pressure and reduces the workload on the heart.

Risk of overdose: Medium

Risk of dependency: Low

If losartan is available as a generic? No

Losartan available on prescription only? Yes

User Information

Effect of beginning: the maximum effect is achieved within 6 weeks.

Duration of action: Up to 24 hours

Dietary advice: This medication may be taken with or without food.

Stopping this medicine: Do not continue this medication without talking to your doctor first. Premature discontinuation allow return or even worsen symptoms.

Long-term use: No problems are expected with long-term use. Your doctor may conduct blood levels of potassium

Special precautions

Consult your doctor before using this medicine if:

You have liver or kidney disease

Congestive heart failure

You’ve narrowing of the renal artery

You are allergic to ANY drug

You are taking other medications.

Pregnancy: Avoid. Potential risk to the baby was reported. Consult your doctor before use, or if you plan to become pregnant.

Breastfeeding: Avoid. This medication is passed through breast milk and may affect your baby negatively. Consult your doctor before use.

Porphyria: Avoid. It is not known how this medication may affect your condition. Consult your doctor before use.

Infants and children: The drug is not intended for use in children.

Elderly: Caution is advised in the elderly, a reduced dose may be required in patients over 75.

Driving and hazardous work: Caution is advised as use of this medicine may cause dizziness, light-headedness and / or sedation. Avoid such activities until you know how this medication affects you.

Alcohol: Avoid concomitant use of alcohol with this drug.

Possible side effects:

Side effect

Frequency

Consult your doctor

General

Rarely

Only if severe

In all cases

Interaction

Drug interactions:

Anesthesia drug

May further reduce blood pressure.

Ciclosporin

May cause potassium intoxication.

Hydrochlorothiazide

May further reduce blood pressure.

Lithium

Increased risk of lithium toxicity.

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs

Reduce the effect of losartan.

Potassium supplements

May cause potassium intoxication.

Rifampin

Reduce the effect of losartan.

Overdose action

A small overdose is no cause for concern. In case of accidental overdose, seek emergency medical attention. Symptoms may include dizziness and fainting.

Recommended dosage

Adults: 50-100 mg once daily

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