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    Information about Losartan

    Losartan uses

    Losartan is used in the treatment of high blood pressure.

    How losartan works

    Losartan is an angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB). It relaxes blood vessel by blocking the action of a chemical that usually makes blood vessels tighter. This lowers the blood pressure, allowing the blood to flow more smoothly to different organs and the heart to pump more efficiently.

    Common side effects of losartan

    Dizziness, Back pain, Sinus inflammation, Increased potassium level in blood
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    Dr. Betina Chandolia
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    Dr. Ashish Ranjan
    MBA (General management), MD (Clinical Pharmacology)
    Last updated on:
    09 Jan 2019 | 04:45 PM (IST)
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    Expert advice for Losartan

    • You have been prescribed Losartan to improve your blood pressure.
    • Lowering blood pressure reduces the chance of future heart attack & stroke.
    • It may also be used to treat chronic (long-standing) heart failure.
    • It protects kidney function which is especially useful for people with diabetes or mild-to-moderate kidney diseases.
    • It can make you feel dizzy for the first few days. Take it preferably at bedtime and rise slowly if you have been sitting or lying down.
    • It may increase the level of potassium in blood. Avoid taking potassium supplements and potassium-rich foods such as banana and broccoli.
    • Do not take it during pregnancy or breastfeeding. Tell your doctor if you conceive while taking Losartan.

    Frequently asked questions for Losartan


    Q. Can I feel dizzy after taking Losartan?

    Yes, the use of Losartan can make you feel dizzy. This may occur when you suddenly get up from lying or sitting position. To lower the chance of feeling dizzy or passing out, rise slowly if you have been sitting or lying down.

    Q. Can I stop taking Losartan if I feel well?

    No, keep using Losartan as advised by your doctor, even if you feel well. Stopping Losartan suddenly may lead to serious complications such as heart attack and stroke.

    Q. What are some of the lifestyle changes I should make while using Losartan?

    Making lifestyle changes while taking Losartan can boost your health. Avoid smoking, as smoking increases your risk of having heart attack and stroke. If you are overweight or obese, try to lose weight. You should maintain a healthy diet by including fruits and vegetable in your meals. Regular exercise can make your heart strong and reduce the risk of heart attack.

    Content on this page was last updated on 09 January, 2019, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)