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Introduction

Expert Advice

  • Take with meals.
  • Change position slowly.
  • Include potassium rich foods in diet such as bananas and orange juice.
  • If you have diabetes, check blood sugar level regularly and inform prescriber about changes.

Primary Uses

Hypertension

Indications

This medication is used for lowering blood pressure in hypertensive (increased blood pressure) patients and for treating edema (excess fluid in the body) associated with heart disease. It can also be used to treat Nephrotic Syndrome.

Side Effects

Patients administered with this medicine may experience anorexia (eating disorder characterized by abnormally low body weight) and epigastric distress (pain right below ribs, in the upper abdomen (stomach area).

Warnings

Pregnancy

This medication is contraindicated in pregnancy.

Lactation

This medication is recommended in lactating females. 

Driving

Please avoid driving when taking this medicine as it may affect your ability to drive.

Alcohol

Please avoid consuming alcohol when taking this medicine.

Precautions

Avoid this medicine in severe renal (kidney) disease. Patients suffering from gout (painful joints), diabetes (raised blood sugar level), and moderate to high cholesterol concentration should stay cautious.

Contraindications

This medicine is contraindicated in patients suffering from renal (kidney) decompensation and anuria (non-passage of urine).

FAQS

What is hydrochlorothiazide and how does it work?

It is a diuretic which helps to lower the blood pressure by removing extra water and certain electrolytes from your body. It also relaxes the blood vessels and improves blood flow. It is also used to treat excessive accumulation of fluid in the body.

Is this medicine a statin?

No. This medicine is a derivative of chlorothiazide.

Is this drug bad for my kidneys?

No this drug is safe to use in kidneys. Consult your doctor if you have any kidney disease, he will alter the dosage of this medicine accordingly.

When is the right time to take this medicine?

It advised to take this medicine with breakfast in the morning to avoid excessive urination at night.

Can I use this medicine during pregnancy?

Yes, you may use this drug in pregnancy but with your doctor’s advice.

Is this medicine safe to use in breast-feeding?

No, this medicine is not recommended for use during lactation.

I have diabetes, can I use this medication?

This medicine increases blood glucose levels in patients with diabetes. It is therefore advised to use this drug cautiously and upon doctor’s advice only. Regular glucose monitoring is necessary with the use of this drug.

Can this medicine be used if I have a liver failure?

This medicine should be used with caution in patients suffering from any liver disease. If you experience any symptoms of jaundice please consult your doctor.

What does losartan do?

It works by blocking a substance in the body that causes blood vessels to tighten, hence, lowering blood pressure.

How to store this medicine?

Please store this medicine at room temperature (18-25 Celsius). Keep medicine away from excessive light, moisture, and children. Please do not flush medicines down the toilet. Please read the leaflet provided with the medicine for further storage guidance.

What is the dosage of losartan?

The recommended dosage for adults is 50mg once daily.

Can children take losartan?

This medication can not be given to children under 6 years of age.

How to administer this medicine?

This medicine mostly used orally (through mouth). The dosage is dependent on the severity of the condition and response to treatment. Not recommended for children.

How long does it take for losartan to work?

This medicine takes approximately 6 hours to reach peak action.

What time of day should you take losartan?

It is recommended to take this medication in the morning and preferably at the same time each day.

Disclaimer

Dawaai's intention is to make sure that it's consumers get information that is accurate, reviewed by an expert and error-free. However, the information mentioned here should not be used as a replacement for the advice of a qualified physician. The information given here is for informational purposes only, which may not cover all possible precautions, side effects, contraindications or drug interactions. Consult your doctor and discuss your queries related to any medicine or disease.

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