In this drug factsheet:DIN (Drug Identification Number)
|02182882 ||COZAAR 100MG TABLET|
|02182815 ||COZAAR 25MG TABLET|
|02182874 ||COZAAR 50MG TABLET|
How does this medication work? What will it do for me?
Losartan belongs to a family of medications known as angiotensin II receptor blockers. These medications are used to lower mild to moderate hypertension (high blood pressure).
Angiotensin II is a chemical that the body releases to cause the constriction of blood vessels. Losartan blocks the action of angiotensin II, resulting in the relaxation of the blood vessels. This relaxation causes the blood pressure to drop. The full effects of losartan are usually seen within 3 to 6 weeks after treatment has started. Losartan may be used alone or in combination with a diuretic (water pill).
Losartan may also be taken by people who have type 2 diabetes along with hypertension and protein in the urine (proteinuria). In these cases, losartan is used to protect the kidneys from further damage due to diabetes.
Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.
Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.
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How should I use this medication?
The usual recommended dose of losartan is 50 mg or 100 mg once daily. The usual starting dose is 50 mg once daily. In some cases, a lower starting dose of 25 mg once daily may be advisable. A dose of 100 mg once daily should not be exceeded. Your doctor will adjust the dosage according to individual needs.
Losartan may be taken with or without food, but should be taken the same way each day.
Many things can affect the dose of a medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.
It is important to take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.
What form(s) does this medication come in?
Each white, oval-shaped, unscored, film-coated tablet, with code "951" on one side and plain on the other, contains losartan potassium 25 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: carnauba wax, corn starch, hydroxypropyl cellulose, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, lactose, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, and titanium dioxide.
Each white, oval-shaped, film-coated tablet, with code "952" on one side and scored on the other, contains losartan potassium 50 mg. The splitting of COZAAR 50 mg tablets is not advised. Nonmedicinal ingredients: carnauba wax, corn starch, hydroxypropyl cellulose, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, lactose, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, and titanium dioxide.
Each white, teardrop-shaped, unscored, film-coated tablet, with code "960" on one side and plain on the other, contains losartan potassium 100 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: carnauba wax, corn starch, hydroxypropyl cellulose, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, lactose, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, and titanium dioxide.
Who should NOT take this medication?
Losartan should not be taken by anyone who:
- is allergic to losartan or to any of the ingredients of the medication
- is pregnant