| Losartan Potassium
What is Losartan?
Losartan belongs to a class of medications called angiotensin II receptor antagonists. The medication works by blocking the action of certain natural substances to help relax blood vessels and improve blood flow through the body. It is prescribed to lower blood pressure and treat hypertension (high blood pressure). Keeping your blood pressure in check can help prevent strokes, heart attacks and kidney problems.
How is Losartan used?
Losartan is usually administered orally once per day unless otherwise directed by a doctor. The medication can be taken with or without food but should be taken with a glass of water. Contact a doctor for the correct dosage and length of treatment as it will depend on the patientís condition and their response to the therapy. Do not discontinue the treatment without consulting a doctor as people using blood pressure medication may need to take it for the rest of their lives.
Patients using Losartan may encounter unwanted side effects such as:
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
- Muscle cramps or weakness
- Irregular heartbeat
- Changes in amount of urine
- Sleep problems
- Chest pain
Contact a doctor immediately should side effects persist or worsen.
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.