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    What is Losartan–Enalapril used for?

    Losartan–Enalapril is a fixed combination drug prescribed to treat high blood pressure and decrease the risk of stroke in patients with high blood pressure and an enlarged heart. Losartan–Enalapril is also indicated for the treatment of kidney disease in patients who have type 2 diabetes as well as high blood pressure. Losartan–Enalapril is as well used to treat congestive heart failure and left ventricular dysfunction without symptoms. Losartan­–Enalapril may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

    Losartan­–Enalapril is made of Losartan (angiotensin II receptor blocker) and Enalapril (ACE inhibitor). Losartan–Enalapril relaxes the blood vessels. It works by blocking the effect of a chemical (called angiotensin II) in the body that causes narrowing of the blood vessels. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

    What is the recommended dosage of Losartan–Enalapril?

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

    Losartan–Enalapril can be taken with or without food.

    What if you miss a dose of Losartan–Enalapril?

    If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Losartan–Enalapril 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 Losartan–Enalapril?

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

    Overdose symptoms of Losartan–Enalapril may include low blood pressure, lightheadedness or fainting.

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

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

    Losartan–Enalapril can interact with the following types of medicines: other blood pressure medications, diuretics (water pills), non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, gold injections to treat arthritis, potassium supplements and other potassium-containing medications.

    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 Losartan–Enalapril. 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 Losartan–Enalapril?

    Like other medicines, Losartan–Enalapril can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Losartan–Enalapril 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 Losartan–Enalapril cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Losartan–Enalapril develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.

    Losartan–Enalapril can cause side effects such as tiredness, dizziness, weakness, stomach pain, headache, cough, dry mouth and loss of appetite. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Losartan–Enalapril.

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

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

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

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

    • have decreased kidney function;
    • have liver disease;
    • have diabetes;
    • suffer from heart failure;
    • have an electrolyte imbalance (low levels of potassium in your blood);
    • have angioedema (swelling of the face/lips/throat/tongue);
    • are dehydrated (excessive vomiting or diarrhea);
    • are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding.

    - Losartan–Enalapril 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 Losartan–Enalapril, or if you have ever had an allergic reaction to any other medicines.
    - Consult your doctor before using potassium supplements, or salt substitutes that contain potassium.
    - Avoid alcoholic beverages while on treatment with Losartan–Enalapril.

    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 Losartan–Enalapril is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.

     

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