|| Losartan Potassium
What is Losartan?
Losartan belongs to a class of medications called angiotensin II receptor antagonists and is used to treat hypertension (high blood pressure). The medication works by blocking certain natural substances to relax the blood vessels and reduce the work rate required by the heart to pump blood through the body. Regulating blood pressure levels can ensure a healthier heart and prevent the risk of heart attacks and strokes. Patients diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and are also suffering from high blood pressure may also use the tablets as a long term treatment of kidney damage.
How is Losartan used?
Losartan is an orally administered medication taken once per day unless otherwise directed by a doctor. The tablets can be taken with or without food but should be taken with a glass of water. Dosage and length of treatment will depend on the patientís condition and their response to the therapy, contact a doctor for the correct dosage. It may take between 3 to 6 weeks of regular treatment before your blood pressure is under control. Do not discontinue the medication without consulting a doctor, even if you feel better, as hypertension usually has no visible symptoms.
Patients using Losartan may encounter unwanted side effects such as:
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
- Excessive fatigue
- Chest pain
- Muscle weakness
- Mental or mood changes
Contact a doctor immediately should side effects persist or worsen.
This type of medication should be used when ACE inhibitors have proven to be ineffective.
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.
Losartan 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.