| Losartan Potassium
What is Covance-50?
Covance containing the active ingredient losartan potassium is considered an angiotensin II receptor antagonist type of medication. The tablets work by blocking the action of certain natural substances in the body that tighten the blood vessels to allow smoother blood flow and lowering blood pressure. The medication can be used alone or in combination with other medications to treat hypertension (high blood pressure), reduce the risk of strokes in people who have high blood pressure and other heart complications. Some people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes may also use the medication to slow long term kidney damage.
How is Covance-50 used?
Covance is usually taken orally 1 to 2 times per day or as directed by a doctor. The tablets can be taken with or without food but should be taken with plenty of water to prevent dehydration. Contact a doctor for the correct dosage as it will depend on the condition being treated and the patient's response to the therapy. Do not discontinue the medication without consulting a doctor, even if you feel better, as there are usually no visible symptoms for hypertension.
Patients using Covance may encounter unwanted side effects such as:
- Cold or flu symptoms
- Stomach pain
- Muscle cramps or weakness
- Leg, knee or back pain
Contact a doctor immediately should side effects persist or encounter more severe side effects such as:
- High potassium blood levels
- Painful urination
- Difficulty breathing or swallowing
- Chest pain
- Mental or mood changes
The medication can be used to control hypertension but cannot be used to cure the condition.
Immediately proceed to your nearest emergency department if you suffer an allergic reaction. Symptoms usually associated with such a reaction include difficulty breathing or swallowing, chest tightness, swelling, skin rashes, and hives.
Covance-50 is not always suitable for all patients. Always consult your health care provider prior to using this medication if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, trying to conceive, using any other medication (prescription or non-prescription), using any herbal products or supplements, or if you have any allergies or other health problems.
The correct dosage and prescription commonly depend on the patient and the condition being treated. Do not adjust your dosage without the approval of your health care provider. This product is only for use as prescribed and instructed.