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    What is Losartan–Hydrochlorothiazide used for?

    Losartan–Hydrochlorothiazide is a combination drug used to treat high blood pressure. Reduction of high blood pressure helps prevent strokes, heart attacks, and kidney problems. This drug contains Losartan (an angiotensin receptor blocker) and Hydrochlorothiazide (a thiazide diuretic (water pill)). Losartan relaxes blood vessels and thus lowers the blood pressure. Hydrochlorothiazide decreases excess water and salt in your body. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

    What is the recommended dosage of Losartan–Hydrochlorothiazide?

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

    Take Losartan–Hydrochlorothiazide with a full glass of water.

    What if you miss a dose of Losartan–Hydrochlorothiazide?

    If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Losartan–Hydrochlorothiazide 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 unless otherwise directed.

    What if you overdose on Losartan–Hydrochlorothiazide?

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

    What other drugs could interact with Losartan–Hydrochlorothiazide?

    It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Losartan–Hydrochlorothiazide.

    Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Losartan–Hydrochlorothiazide, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.

    Losartan–Hydrochlorothiazide can interact with other diuretics, diabetes medications, and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.

    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. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.

    What are the side effects of Losartan–Hydrochlorothiazide?

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

    Losartan–Hydrochlorothiazide can cause side effects such as stomach pain, back pain, upper respiratory tract infection, dizziness, and tired feeling. 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–Hydrochlorothiazide.

    Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Losartan–Hydrochlorothiazide, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.

    Losartan–Hydrochlorothiazide can interact with other diuretics, diabetes medications, and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.

    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. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.

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

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

    Note

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

     

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