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losartan

Pronunciation: loe SAR tan

Brand: Cozaar

Cozaar 100 mg

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Cozaar 25 mg

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Cozaar 50 mg

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Losartan 100 mg-APO

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Losartan 100 mg-ROX

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Losartan 100 mg-TEV

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Losartan 25 mg-APO

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Losartan 25 mg-ROX

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Losartan 25 mg-TEV

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Losartan 50 mg-APO

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Losartan 50 mg-ROX

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Losartan 50 mg-TEV

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What is the most important information I should know about losartan?

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Do not use if you are pregnant. Stop using and tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant. losartan can cause injury or death to the unborn baby if you take the medicine during your second or third trimester. Use effective birth control.

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You should not use this medication if you are allergic to losartan.

Before you use losartan, tell your doctor about all your other medical conditions and allergies. Also make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. In some cases, you may not be able to use losartan, or you may need a dose adjustment or special precautions.

Certain other drugs may interact with losartan or should not be used at the same time. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all medicines you use now, and any medicine you start or stop using.

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Call your doctor if you have ongoing vomiting or diarrhea, or if you are sweating more than usual. You can easily become dehydrated while taking this medicine, which can lead to severely low blood pressure or a serious electrolyte imbalance.

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In rare cases, losartan can cause a condition that results in the breakdown of skeletal muscle tissue, leading to kidney failure. Call your doctor right away if you have unexplained muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness especially if you also have fever, unusual tiredness, and dark colored urine.

What is losartan?

Losartan is an angiotensin II receptor antagonist. Losartan keeps blood vessels from narrowing, which lowers blood pressure and improves blood flow.

Losartan is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). It is also used to lower the risk of stroke in certain people with heart disease.

Losartan is used to slow long-term kidney damage in people with type 2 diabetes who also have high blood pressure.

Losartan may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking losartan?

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You should not use losartan if you are allergic to it.

If you have diabetes or kidney disease, you may not be able to take losartan if you are also taking a blood pressure medication that contains aliskiren (Amturnide, Tekturna, Tekamlo, or Valturna).

To make sure losartan is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:

  • kidney disease;
  • liver disease;
  • congestive heart failure;
  • an electrolyte imbalance (such as low levels of potassium in your blood); or
  • if you are dehydrated.
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FDA pregnancy category D. Do not use if you are pregnant. Stop using and tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant. Losartan can cause injury or death to the unborn baby if you take the medicine during your second or third trimester. Use effective birth control.

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It is not known whether losartan passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while using this medicine.

How should I take losartan?

Follow all directions on your prescription label. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results. Do not take this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.

You may take losartan with or without food.

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Call your doctor if you have ongoing vomiting or diarrhea, or if you are sweating more than usual. You can easily become dehydrated while taking this medication, which can lead to severely low blood pressure or a serious electrolyte imbalance.

Your blood pressure will need to be checked often. Visit your doctor regularly.

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It may take 3 to 6 weeks of using this medicine before your blood pressure is under control. For best results, keep using the medication as directed. Talk with your doctor if your symptoms do not improve after 3 weeks of treatment.

If you are being treated for high blood pressure, keep using this medication even if you feel well. High blood pressure often has no symptoms. You may need to use blood pressure medication for the rest of your life.

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Store at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

What happens if I overdose?

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Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.

What should I avoid while taking losartan?

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Drinking alcohol can further lower your blood pressure and may increase certain side effects of losartan.

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Do not use potassium supplements or salt substitutes while you are taking losartan, unless your doctor has told you to.

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Avoid getting up too fast from a sitting or lying position, or you may feel dizzy. Get up slowly and steady yourself to prevent a fall.

What are the possible side effects of losartan?

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Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

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In rare cases, losartan can cause a condition that results in the breakdown of skeletal muscle tissue, leading to kidney failure. Call your doctor right away if you have unexplained muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness especially if you also have fever, unusual tiredness, and dark colored urine.

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Call your doctor at once if you have:

  • a feeling that you might pass out;
  • pain or burning when you urinate;
  • pale skin, feeling light-headed or short of breath, rapid heart rate, trouble concentrating;
  • wheezing, chest pain;
  • drowsiness, confusion, mood changes, increased thirst, loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting;
  • swelling, weight gain, feeling short of breath, urinating less than usual or not at all; or
  • high potassium (slow heart rate, weak pulse, muscle weakness, tingly feeling).

Common side effects may include:

  • cold or flu symptoms such as stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat, fever;
  • dry cough;
  • muscle cramps;
  • pain in your legs or back;
  • stomach pain, diarrhea;
  • headache, dizziness;
  • tired feeling; or
  • sleep problems (insomnia).

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What other drugs will affect losartan?

Tell your doctor about all medicines you use, and those you start or stop using during your treatment with losartan, especially:

  • a diuretic or "water pill";
  • other blood pressure medications;
  • lithium;
  • celecoxib; or
  • aspirin or other NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Aleve), celecoxib, diclofenac, indomethacin, meloxicam, and others.

This list is not complete. Other drugs may interact with losartan, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible interactions are listed in this medication guide.

Where can I get more information?

Your pharmacist can provide more information about losartan.


Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

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