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    What is Losartan used for?

    Losartan is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). Reduction of high blood pressure helps prevent strokes, heart attacks, and kidney problems. It belongs to a group of drugs called angiotensin II receptor antagonists. Losartan also helps to protect the kidneys from damage in people with type 2 diabetes, and reduces risk of stroke in people with high blood pressure and an enlarged heart. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

    What is the recommended dosage of Losartan?

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

    Losartan can be taken with or without food.

    What if you miss a dose of Losartan?

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

    What if you overdose on Losartan?

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

    What other drugs could interact with Losartan?

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

    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, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.

    Losartan can interact with certain 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?

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

    Losartan can cause side effects such as dizziness, stuffy nose, sore throat, back pain, stomach pain, diarrhea, insomnia, and headache. 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.

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

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


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


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    Posted By... IDMRx User | 2011-05-02
    hello i like to know if losartan potassium 100mg is equivalent to 300 mg irbesartan. are these both drug are similar no difference. Reply
    Replied by Pharmacist @ IDM
    Losartan Potassium 100mg is not equal to Irbesartan 300mg. Losartan Potassium and Irbesartan are used to treat hypertension, but though they both meant for the same use, these 2 drugs are different drugs. Please get confirmation from your physician since your physician will prescribe either Losartan potassium or Irbesartan based on your health conditions.
    Posted By... IDMRx User | 2011-03-18
    Is Losartan 100mg the same as Losartan Potassium 100mg for high blood pressure? do the numbers 93 and 7366 appear on the teal green pills? Reply
    Replied by Pharmacist @ IDM
    Hi, Yes!!! Losartan and Losartan potassium both are same drugs and meant for the same use. There are no numbers visible in these pills.
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