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    What is Amlodipine–Losartan used for?

    Amlodipine–Losartan is a dual combination medication used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension) and chest pain (angina). Amlodipine–Losartan is also prescribed to reduce the risk of stroke in patients who have high blood pressure and an enlarged heart. Amlodipine–Losartan helps delay kidney damage in patients who have both type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure. Amlodipine–Losartan may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

    Amlodipine–Losartan is composed of 2 medicines (Amlodipine and Losartan). Amlodipine is a calcium-channel blocker that lowers blood pressure by relaxing blood vessels. Losartan is an angiotensin II receptor antagonist that blocks the action of a chemical called angiotensin II. This prevents the narrowing of blood vessels, thereby allowing the blood to flow more easily.

    What is the recommended dosage of Amlodipine–Losartan?

    The dosage of Amlodipine–Losartan prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.

    Amlodipine–Losartan tablets can be taken with or without food.

    What if you miss a dose of Amlodipine–Losartan?

    If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Amlodipine–Losartan medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses to catch up for the missed dose.

    What if you overdose on Amlodipine–Losartan?

    Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Amlodipine–Losartan, seek medical attention immediately.

    Overdose symptoms of Amlodipine–Losartan may include severe dizziness and fainting.

    What other drug(s) could interact with Amlodipine–Losartan?

    It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Amlodipine–Losartan. Make sure to inform your doctor if you are taking any of the above-mentioned drugs.

    Amlodipine–Losartan can interact with the following types of medicines: other blood pressure medications, azole antifungal medications, protease inhibitors, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, ACE inhibitors, cough-and-cold products, potassium supplements as well as drugs that increase the level of potassium in the blood.

    Usually drug interactions may occur when certain drugs are taken together. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any prescription medications, over-the-counter products (non-prescription medications) and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbals, which may increase the effect of Amlodipine–Losartan. This information can help your doctor to warn you of any possible drug interactions.

    Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. It is also important to tell your healthcare professional if you have any medical conditions or a family history of any medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.

    What are the side effects of Amlodipine–Losartan?

    Like other medicines, Amlodipine–Losartan can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Amlodipine–Losartan are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.

    It is pertinent to note that side effects of Amlodipine–Losartan cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Amlodipine–Losartan develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.

    Amlodipine–Losartan can cause side effects such as dizziness, tiredness, headache, abdominal pain, sleep problems and flushing. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Amlodipine–Losartan.

    What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Amlodipine–Losartan?

    Is it possible for me to take Amlodipine–Losartan with other drugs?
    Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Amlodipine–Losartan?
    What are the possible drug interactions of Amlodipine–Losartan?
    How will Amlodipine–Losartan work in my body?
    How should Amlodipine–Losartan be taken?
    How to reduce the risk of Amlodipine–Losartan drug interactions and side effects?

    What other important information should you know about Amlodipine–Losartan?

    Before taking Amlodipine–Losartan, make sure to tell your doctor if you

    • have liver disease;
    • have heart problems;
    • have high blood sugar;
    • have dehydration problems;
    • have an electrolyte imbalance (low potassium levels);
    • are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding.

    - Amlodipine–Losartan may cause dizziness. Do not drive, operate machinery, or do any activities that require alertness until you are certain you can perform such tasks safely.
    - Also, let your doctor know if you are allergic to Amlodipine–Losartan, or if you have ever had an allergic reaction to any other medicines.
    - Avoid alcoholic beverages while on treatment with Amlodipine–Losartan.
    - Avoid becoming pregnant when taking Amlodipine–Losartan.

    Disclaimer

    The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Amlodipine–Losartan is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.

     

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