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Cozaar (losartan potassium)

Uses|Precautions & warnings|Side effects|Interactions|Dosage

Cozaar is the brand name of losartan potassium. Losartan is a type of antihypertensive known as angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs). A doctor will prescribe this medication if you need to control your blood pressure.

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Uses

What is Cozaar used for?

Cozaar is commonly used for the treatment, control, prevention, and improvement of the following conditions, such as:

  • High blood pressure
  • Kidney disease in high blood pressure patients
  • Kidney disease in type 2 diabetes mellitus patients
  • Chronic heart failure
  • Stroke in heart disorder patients
  • Stroke in high blood pressure patients

How should I take Cozaar?

Cozaar can be taken with food or without food. It takes about a month before your blood pressure is under control. Do not discontinue without consulting your doctor.

How do I store Cozaar?

Cozaar is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store this product in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of losartan that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.

You should not flush this product down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Additionally, it is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. So, consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.

Precautions & warnings

What should I know before using Cozaar?

While using this drug, you should notice that:

  • Avoid sudden position changes.
  • Cessation should be done gradually over 7-14 days along with patient monitoring.
  • Do not drive or operate heavy machinery.
  • Do not stop taking atenolol abruptly.
  • You should not use this product if you are allergic to it.

Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

There are no adequate studies in women for determining risk when using losartan during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Some animal studies have shown that ARBs can lead to injury or fetal death.

Therefore, always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking any medication. It is pregnancy risk category D, according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

FDA pregnancy risk category reference below:

  • A=No risk
  • B=No risk in some studies
  • C=There may be some risk
  • D=Positive evidence of risk
  • X=Contraindicated
  • N=Unknown

Side effects

What side effects can occur from Cozaar?

These side effects are possible, but do not always occur. Some of the side effects may be rare but serious. Consult your doctor if you observe any of the following side effects, especially if they do not go away.

Interactions

What drugs may interact with Cozaar?

This product may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.

Products may interact with this drug, such as:

  • Amturnide
  • Tekturna
  • Tekamlo
  • Valturn

Does food or alcohol interact with Cozaar?

Cozaar may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.

What health conditions may interact with Cozaar?

Cozaar may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.

To make sure Cozaar is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:

Dosage

The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. Therefore, you should always consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using any medication.

What is the dose for an adult?

Diabetic nephropathy:

The initial dose is 50 mg orally once a day. It may be increased to 100 mg, one a day.

Hypertension:

The initial dose is 50 mg orally once a day. It may be increased to 100 mg, one a day.

What is the dose for a child?

The dosage has not been established in pediatric patients. It may be unsafe for your child. It is always important to fully understand the safety of the drug before using. Please consult with your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

How is Cozaar available?

Cozaar is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

  • Oral tablet 50 mg, 100 mg

What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?

In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to the nearest emergency room.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Sources

Cozaar https://www.mims.com/philippines/drug/info/cozaar Accessed May 28, 2021

Angiotensin II receptor blockers https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/high-blood-pressure/in-depth/angiotensin-ii-receptor-blockers/art-20045009 Accessed May 28, 2021

Angiotensin-II-receptor antagonists (sartans) containing a tetrazole group https://www.ema.europa.eu/en/medicines/human/referrals/angiotensin-ii-receptor-antagonists-sartans-containing-tetrazole-group Accessed May 28, 2021

Losartan (Oral Route) https://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements/losartan-oral-route/description/drg-20067341 Accessed May 28, 2021

Losartan https://www.nhs.uk/medicines/losartan/ Accessed May 28, 2021

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Written by Stephanie Nicole Nera, RPh, PharmD on May 03, 2020
Medically reviewed by Stephanie Nicole Nera, RPh, PharmD
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