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    Losartan

    Information about Losartan

    Losartan uses

    Losartan is used in the treatment of hypertension and heart failure.
    It may also lower the risk of stroke and heart attack.

    How losartan works

    Losartan is an angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB). It works by relaxing blood vessels which lower the blood pressure and also reduces the workload of the heart.

    Common side effects of losartan

    Dizziness, Back pain, Sinus inflammation, Increased potassium level in blood

    Available Medicine for Losartan

    • ₹47 to ₹82
      Unichem Laboratories Ltd
      3 variant(s)
    • ₹31 to ₹120
      Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd
      3 variant(s)
    • ₹31 to ₹55
      Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd
      2 variant(s)
    • ₹34 to ₹55
      Zydus Cadila
      2 variant(s)
    • ₹31 to ₹55
      Torrent Pharmaceuticals Ltd
      2 variant(s)
    • ₹16 to ₹33
      Mankind Pharma Ltd
      2 variant(s)
    • ₹17 to ₹28
      Blue Cross Laboratories Ltd
      2 variant(s)
    • ₹51 to ₹100
      Cadila Pharmaceuticals Ltd
      2 variant(s)
    • ₹9 to ₹20
      Unison Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd
      2 variant(s)
    • ₹46 to ₹81
      Macleods Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd
      2 variant(s)

    Expert advice for Losartan

    • Losartan can be taken with or without food but preferably be taken at the same time of the day.
    • It is best to take the first dose before bed to reduce symptomatic hypotension.
    • Losartan may cause the level of potassium in blood to go up. Avoid taking potassium supplements and potassium-rich foods such as banana and broccoli.
    • Inform your doctor immediately if you have rapid swelling of the lips, tongue, and throat that may affect breathing.
    • Inform your doctor if you have ever been diagnosed with kidney or liver problems.
    • Inform your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to conceive or breastfeeding.

    Frequently asked questions for Losartan

    Losartan

    Q. Is Losartan a blood thinner?
    No, Losartan is from a class of medications called angiotensin II receptor antagonists. It works by blocking the action of certain natural substances that tighten the blood vessels, allowing the blood to flow more smoothly and the heart to pump more efficiently
    Q. Is Losartan safe?
    Losartan is safe if used at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor
    Q. Is losartan the same as losartan potassium?
    Yes. Losartan is available in the market as losartan potassium. So, the salt form of losartan contains potassium, however, check the bottle before use
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    Q. Is Losartan generic?
    Yes, it is the generic drug
    Q. Is losartan a water pill?
    No, it belongs to a class of medications called angiotensin II receptor antagonists
    Q. Is Losartan gluten free?
    Yes. Losartan is gluten free. However, please refer to package insert of the prescribed brand before use
    Q. Does losartan contain potassium?
    Losartan is available in the market as losartan potassium. So, the salt form of losartan contains potassium, however, check the bottle before use
    Q. Can I take losartan with Benadryl/atenolol/Xanax/Viagra/Nyquil/metoprolol?
    Atenolol, metoprolol and Xanax may lower blood pressure when taken along with losartan. No clinically observed drug interaction is observed with Viagra, Nyquil, and alcohol. Please follow doctor’s advice regarding its use
    Q. Does Losartan cause constipation/infrequent urination/ drowsiness/ headache/ itching/ cough/ lower heart rate?
    Losartan causes headache, drowsiness. Constipation, infrequent urination, itching, cough and low heart rate are not reported. Patient should fallow doctor’s advice regarding the possible side effects.

    Content on this page was last updated on 11 September, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)