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Losartan versus valsartan any reason to switch to valsartan?

Losartan versus valsartan any reason to switch to valsartan?

Drug choices: Both losartan (l) and valsartan (v) are drug of the angiotensin receptor blocker class. Perhaps you were switched due to your BP was not controlled on the dose of the l you were on. Both have few side effects and reduce BP and proteinuria quite well. L should be given twice a day and v can be given once daily for maximum their maximum effect. Check with your physician for her thoughts. ...Read more

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Losartan (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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A friend was taking Losartan, but that didn't work. Switched to Valsartan. It worked. Both in ARB, why would the latter work instead?

A friend was taking Losartan, but that didn't work. Switched to Valsartan. It worked. Both in ARB, why would the latter work instead?

Here are some ...: Check if she/he made some change in lifestyle such as decrease coffee drink or better sleep, etc. &/or added other hight-BP-related drugs; these may make BP control different. So, look into other factors so to sort out what might be. But occasionally, one may claim one is better than another for the drugs in the same class, like what happens in using Viagra, Levitra, or Cialis in PDE-5is. ...Read more

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One of my patients is on valsartan 80 mg od. If we want to switch him to losartan what strength should be used?

One of my patients is on valsartan 80 mg od. If we want to switch him to losartan what strength should be used?

Valsartan: I would start on 50 mg and recheck BP in a week or 2 then bump to 100 if you need to. ...Read more

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Is losartan hctz same as valsartan hctz?

Is losartan hctz same as valsartan hctz?

Drug choices: Both losartan (l) and valsartan (v) are drug of the angiotensin receptor blocker class. Both have few side effects and reduce BP and proteinuria quite well. L should be given twice a day and v can be given once daily for maximum their maximum effect. ...Read more

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Difference between Diovan hct and losartan/hct?

valsartan: Diovan/hcl is valsartan/hcl and losartan/hcl is a different drug combination but closely related as both are angiotensin receptor blockers. ...Read more

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I have been on diovan. I was taken off of it for enalapril. Buti got a terrible cough. I have been taken off enalapril and now I am on losartan. It helped initially, but now the coughis back and it is getting worse. What should I do next?

I have been on diovan. I was taken off of it for enalapril. Buti got a terrible cough. I have been taken off enalapril and now I am on losartan. It helped initially, but now the coughis back and it is getting worse. What should I do next?

Cough and Meds: Cough is a frequent side effect of drugs like Enalapril (e). The way to see if it is causing it is to stop it. If the cough is present after 2 days, it is likely not a cough related to e-type drugs. If you have a cough after e and losartan are stopped, discuss with your doctor the possibility of having another source of cough. Gerd is on possibility. All coughs are not due to e-like drugs. ...Read more

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Due to costs, doc switching me from 160 mg Diovan daily (evening) to losartan. Also take metoprolol 75 mg, morning and evening. Any concerns switching?

Due to costs, doc switching me from 160 mg Diovan daily (evening) to losartan. Also take metoprolol 75 mg, morning and evening. Any concerns switching?

No: Everything should work the same way as before. It's just a matter of taking generic vs the name brand. ...Read more

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Hhalthy 54 y/ hypertension. Diovan not appvd anymore. Tried ramipril, metrotar, losartan. Micardis 40 mg causing jitters/stomach upset/irritbl. Help!

Many options : Depending on other medical conditions, you might be able to try diuretics such as hydrochlorothiazide, or calcium channel blocker such as amlodipine. Discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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Valsartan vs Diovan are both drugs chemical make-up the same?

Valsartan vs Diovan are both drugs chemical make-up the same?

Generic and brand: Diovan is the brand name for generic valsartan. ...Read more

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Diovan (Definition)

This drug is an angiotensin receptor blocker used to treat hypertension. It is considered helpful in promoting healing of the kidney tissue and is a good choice in persons who develop a cough on drugs called ace inhibitors ...Read more


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Cozaar (Definition)

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