Losartan (cozaar): Uses, Dosage & SIde Effects

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Losartan is an angiotensin II receptor antagonists. It is mainly used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension), and it also improves after a heart attack.

Information about Losartan:

It is not to be used if the patient has angioedema which is hereditary, diabetes, do not use Losartan together with any medication that contains aliskiren. Do not use Losartan if you are pregnant. And inform the doctor about pregnancy. This medication can cause injury or death to the unborn baby.

Dosage pattern of Losartan:

Adult dose:

Diabetic nephropathy

It is about 10-20mg to be taken orally once in a day

Maintenance dose: it is about 20-40mg to be taken orally once in a day

Congestive heart failure

It is about 2.5-5mg to be taken orally once day

Maintenance dose: dosage should be maintained as prescribed

Maximum dose: 40mg orally once a day

Myocardial infarction

It is about 5mg to be taken orally

Maintenance dose: it is about 10mg to be taken orally once in a day for at least six weeks

Use: reduction of symptoms of acute myocardial infarction

Hypertension

Initial dose: it is about 10mg to be taken orally once a day

Maintenance dose: it is about 20-40mg to be taken orally once a day

Maximum dose: it is about 80mg to be taken orally once a day

Geriatric dose:

Hypertension

It is about 2.5-5mg to be taken orally once day

Maintenance dose: dosage should be maintained as prescribed

Maximum dose: 40mg orally once a day

Pediatric dose:

Hypertension

It is from 0.07mg /kg to be taken orally once a day

Maintenance dose:

Dosage should be adjusted to blood pressure

Maximum dose: it is about 0.61mg/kg

Losartan Side effects:

Severity: major

  • Confusion
  • Cloudy urine
  • Blurred vision
  • Decreased urine output
  • Tiredness
  • Dizziness
  • Chills
  • Cough
  • Diarrhea
  • Common cold
  • Fever
  • Headache

Severity: minor

  • Decreased libido
  • Lack of strength
  • Rash
  • Acid stomach
  • Heartburn
  • Indigestion
  • Swelling
  • Numbness

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