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Losartan (Overview)

A blood pressure reducing medicine from the class of drugs called arbs. Acts on an enzyme in the kidney and lung to reduce the blood pressure. Can have some protective effects on the kidneys in high blood pressure and diabetes. Not recommended for patients with significant kidney disease.


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I am type 2 diabetic, perfect blood pressure but doctor gave me losartan. What will losartan do?

I am type 2 diabetic,  perfect blood pressure but doctor gave me losartan.  What will losartan do?

Losartan in diabetes: Your doctor started you on losartan (l) due to the fact that you have proteinuria (p). Patients with high levels of p have increased risks of mi, stroke and renal failure. Your physician is adding l to prevent these complications in the future. Your p should be checked in 3 months and if it is not going down another agent, such as an ace-i should be used to reduce it as much as possible. Good luck. ...Read more

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Losartan (Overview)

A blood pressure reducing medicine from the class of drugs called arbs. Acts on an enzyme in the kidney and lung to reduce the blood pressure. Can have some protective effects on the kidneys in high blood pressure and diabetes. Not recommended for patients with significant kidney disease.


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I've been on 100mg Losartan for the past year. I've had to stop taking them due to losing insurance. My BP is up to 150/100. When is this an emergency?

I've been on 100mg Losartan for the past year. I've had to stop taking them due to losing insurance. My BP is up to 150/100. When is this an emergency?

Symptoms: High numbers are only an emergency if accompanied by symptoms like chest pain, severe headache, difficulty breathing, or confusion. That being said letting your blood pressure run high will over time put you at risk for stroke, heart failure and kidney failure. Best to find a clinic that works on a cash basis or sliding rate, and make an appointment for as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Please describe the medication: losartan?

Please describe the medication: losartan?

Blood Pressure Med: A blood pressure reducing medicine from the class of drugs called arbs. Acts on an enzyme in the kidney and lung to reduce the blood pressure. Can have some protective effects on the kidneys in high blood pressure and diabetes. Not recommended for patients with significant kidney disease. ...Read more

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Im 32yr m, taking diltiazem sr 90mg 1 daily for bp, earlier i took losartan 50mg 1 daily, now i suffer fr impotence (ed), kindly prescribe me a alter?

Im 32yr m, taking diltiazem sr 90mg 1 daily for bp, earlier i took losartan 50mg 1 daily, now i suffer fr impotence (ed), kindly prescribe me a alter?

ED: A lot of BP medications have ed as a side effect but most of the time the reason for ed is the damage and spasm of the small vessels in your body, including the penis that lead to hypertension as cause of the ed. ...Read more

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My dr prescribed 50 mg of losartan and 25 mg of hctz (hydrochlorothiazide). is this a normal combination?

Very normal: Sure is. Like peanut butter and jelly. Peas and carrots. Hugs and kisses. That combination is effective, safe, and used very commonly because the losartan helps cancel a troublesome side effect of hctz (hydrochlorothiazide) (potassium wasting) and hctz (hydrochlorothiazide) potentiates the effect of losartan. Your dr is on the ball. ...Read more

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My cousin has chronic hypertension she uses losartan 50mg, she is found pregnant but took the medicine for 7 weeks of pregnancy.Does it harm fetus?

My cousin has chronic hypertension she uses losartan 50mg, she is found pregnant but took the medicine for 7 weeks of pregnancy.Does it harm fetus?

Class D: Losartan is class d, which means there is positive evidence of human fetal risk; maternal benefit may out weigh fetal risk in serious or life-threatening situations. ...Read more

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I was prev on losartan 50 mg 1 x a day now I am on atenelol 25 mg 2x a day. Is atenelol just as effective as losartan if you compare the two.

I was prev on losartan 50 mg 1 x a day now I am on atenelol 25 mg 2x a day.  Is atenelol just as effective as losartan if you compare the two.

No: Atenolol is not as effective as Losartan. Losartan is a first generation ARB and is weakest in its class. Because it is cheap HMOs use it . Also please check Atenolol is given only once a day. ...Read more

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