Why it’s used
Losartan is a prescription medicine that is used to treat high blood pressure. This medicine works by preventing the activity of certain natural substances that tighten the blood vessels. This medicine helps by making blood flowing smoothly and the heart to pump more effectively. Losartan is also used to reduce the risk of stroke in high blood pressure patients with an enlarged heart, and to treat kidney damage due to diabetes.
Losartan may also be used along with other medicines in the treatment of certain conditions as recommended by the doctor. It is used with Hydrochlorothiazide to reduce the risk of stroke in high blood pressure patients with an enlarged heart.
Angiotensin 2 Receptor Blocker
How to use
Follow directions on the product label, information guide, and provided by your doctor before using Losartan. Consume thismedicine as per your doctor’s instructions.
You should track your blood pressure levels regularly. Discuss your results with the doctor, especially if your blood pressure measurements are too high or too low. Your treatment may need changes.
Losartan is consumed with or without food. If a child is unable to swallow a tablet, a liquid form (suspension) is given after consultation with the pharmacist or doctor.
The typical adult dose of Losartan is 50 mg once daily as usual starting dose which can be increased to 100 mg according to the patient’s blood pressure response to the medicine. The typical dose for children is 0.7 mg/kg or 0.3 mg/lb once daily (up to 50 mg). The maximum dose for adults of Losartan is 100 mg once daily per day. Losartan is typically used at the same time every day. There are no known habit-forming tendencies with this medicine.
Losartan is to be used for longer periods of time. Use of Losartan may be prescribed for the long-term to control the high blood pressure conditions. You should continue to use this medicine as directed by the doctor even if you feel well.
If using the liquid form of this medicine, measure the dose using the provided measuring cup, spoon, or dropper. Before pouring the medicine into the measuring device, you should check the measurement markings carefully. Then, pour the dose amount into the device. After use, clean and store the measuring device in a safe place for your next use. You should not use a tablespoon or teaspoon as the dose measuring devices since it can result in an incorrect dose. If indicated on the product package, shake the medicine before use.
Talk to Your Doctor
Tell your doctor if your condition persists or worsens or if you develop new symptoms. Talk to your doctor if swelling of the face, swelling of the lips, swelling of the throat, swelling of the tongue, low blood pressure, weight gain, swelling in feet, swelling in the hands, and swelling in the ankles. If you have issues with the health of your liver, The starting dose of 25 mg once daily is recommended in patients with abnormal liver function. Consult with your doctor before stopping the use of Losartan.