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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

Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Irbesartan (Definition)

Originally marketed under the trade name, avapro, (irbesartan) Irbesartan is now sold in generic form, produced by various manufacturers. It falls into the category of angiotensin receptor blockers or arbs. Dosages include 75, 150, and 300 mg tablets, as well as various combination forms with both 12.5 and 25mg doses of hydrochlorothiazide (hctz). Blocks a kidney mediated ...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?

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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?

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, (vardenafil) or Cialis in PDE-5is. ...Read more

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My dr wants to switch me from 20 mg of lisinopril to 50 of Losartan will the transition be easy & should I worry more about potassium on losartan?

My dr wants to switch me from 20 mg of lisinopril to 50 of Losartan will the transition be easy & should I worry more about potassium on losartan?

It's OK to switch: Lisinopril and Losartan are both great medications with equal efficacy and you can easily switch from one to the other. They both may increase the potassium level equally but unless you have advanced kidney disease, neither should affect your potassium significantly. ...Read more

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Can losartan cause nauseasnous?

Can losartan cause nauseasnous?

Yes: Pretty much any medication you take can have a side effect of nausea. ...Read more

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Please describe the medication: cozaar (losartan)?

Cozaar (losartan): Losartan is the generic name for this angiotensin receptor blocker that is used to treat hypertension. ...Read more

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Hi. Are there certain foods to avoid while taking Losartan potasssium 100mg? Thankyou.

Hi. Are there certain foods to avoid while taking Losartan potasssium 100mg? Thankyou.

Yes and no: Losartan is a blood pressure medicine that can have the side effect of hyperkalemia (too much potassium). So if you have problems with your potassium being to high, then you should eat a diet that is low in potassium. But I see that you are also taking hydrochlorothiazide which can cause you to have low potassium. Have your labs checked regularly and adjust your potassiium intake as needed ...Read more

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Can Losartan cause migraines?

Haven't heard of it: I prescribe a lot of Losartan, and I haven't had anyone (that I know of, anyway) who got migraines from it. However, medications are a common cause of headache.

When my pts think they might be having a side effect from a med, I tell them the only solution is to see what happens when they stop it. Talk to your doc.

Good Luck.

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What other generics to irbesartan?

What other generics to irbesartan?

Irbesartan: Avapro (irbesartan) is brand name for Irbesartan. ...Read more

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Please describe the medication: avapro (irbesartan)?

Please describe the medication: avapro (irbesartan)?

Blood pressure medic: It is a blood pressure medicine that inhibits the action of a hormone that vaso constricts. ...Read more

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What are the differences between enalapril 20 and losartan 50?

What are the differences between enalapril 20 and losartan 50?

Acei vs arb: Enalapril is an angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitor and losarten is an angiotensin receptor blocker. Both work at the kidney level to control blood pressure and reduced proteinuria. Acei can have a side effect of cough while arbs do not. ...Read more

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Taking losartan 50 & bystolic (nebivolol) 5 goin to Vegas & wud like to have a couple of drinks would this be ok?

Taking losartan 50 & bystolic (nebivolol) 5 goin to Vegas & wud like to have a couple of drinks would this be ok?

Not recommended: Both losartan and bystolic (nebivolol) may have an additive effect of lowering blood pressure when combined with alcohol. One might experience headache, lightheadedness, changes in heart rate, or fainting with this combination. For this reason, it I can be recommended to abstain from alcohol while on these medications. ...Read more

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Can 12.5mg losartan reduce blood pressure?

Can 12.5mg losartan reduce blood pressure?

Yes: Individual response to medicines very. I have some patients respond to that lower dose. ...Read more

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Can pregnant women use Avapro (irbesartan)?

Avapro (irbesartan): Avapro (irbesartan) is FDA Pregnancy Category D (Positive evidence of risk) ...Read more

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I take losartan 50mg, can I use plexus slim?

See Below: The more pertinent question is whether Plexus Slim works as advertised. I have yet to come across any dietary supplement that is safe and effective. If it was the case, the world's obesity epidemic would not be where it is. ...Read more

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Can Losartan cause weight gain? Is it common?

Losartan: This should not cause weight gain!
Check your diet - if it is unchanged since you were first prescribed Losartan you must tell the doctor who prescribed it. ...Read more

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Can losartan cause your blood pressure to rise?

Can losartan cause your blood pressure to rise?

Not directly: There are always exceptions to any case, but a "paradoxical" rise in blood pressure is difficult to explain with Losartan as the culprit. With that said, everyone reacts differently to medicines. Chances are; however, that the Losartan was inneffective, something else was working against the Losartan, or the Losartan had not yet taken effect by the time of blood pressure measurement. See PCP. ...Read more

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Is losartan the true panacea for aneurysm disease?

Is losartan the true panacea for aneurysm disease?

No: Control of blood pressure is the mainstay of medical treatment of aneurysmal disease which is mainly done to slow down progression. Statins are also considered. Surgical or catheter-based procedures at be indicated depending on symptoms, location and size of aneurysms. ...Read more

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Do you need a prescription for Avapro (irbesartan)?

Avapro (irbesartan): Avapro (irbesartan) requires a prescription.

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Difference between Diovan (valsartan) hct and losartan/hct?

Difference between Diovan (valsartan) 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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What's the difference between lisinopril and cozaar (losartan)?

What's the difference between lisinopril and cozaar (losartan)?

ACE VS ARB: Lisinopril is an angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitor which blocks the conversion of angiotensin 1 to 2, Cozaar (losartan) is an angiotensin receptor blocker which directly blocks the effect of angiotensin. They both are available generically, may protect kidney function especially in diabetics, and lower blood pressure as well as help patients with decreased heart pumping function. ...Read more

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What do docs think? Should cozaar (losartan) and midodrine be taken together?

Midodrine use: Midodrine (m) is used to treat low blood pressure. It works by stimulating nerve endings in blood vessels, causing the blood vessels to tighten. As a result, blood pressure is increased. It would be unusual to have both m and Cozaar (losartan) (c) used together, as c treats hypertension. Ask the physician (p) who treating the patient what the p is thinking if both m and c are being used together. ...Read more

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I take Losartan 100mg, I want to know if I can take lisinopril 10mg in its place?

Medication: Losartan is a commonly used blood pressure medication. 100 mg is the highest dose used for blood pressure management. Lisinopril is a similar medication from a related class of medication to Losartan. But 10 mg is a low dose and usually not enough for blood pressure management. You should discuss with your doctor regarding changing your medications. ...Read more

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How do I find out what is the difference between lisinopril and cozaar (losartan)?

Differences of meds: Lisinopril (l) is a member of the angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitor (ace-i) class of drugs. Cozaar (losartan) (c) is a member of the angiotensin receptor blocker (arb) class of drugs. Both l and c lower blood pressure as well as lowering proteinuria. L has a greater tendency to cause a cough and more patients can tolerate arb's better than drugs of the ace-i class due to this. ...Read more

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Can avapro (irbesartan) cause neuropathy? How would you know if the drug is the cause?

Can avapro (irbesartan) cause neuropathy? How would you know if the drug is the cause?

Unlikely: There are numerous causes of neuropathy, even some secondary to compression locally. Many medications can cause a bilateral widespread polyneuropathy, but Avapro (irbesartan) is not usually a culprit. Might check with your doctor and decide whether to continue your medication. ...Read more

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I currently take 10mg Lisinopril, is 25mg Losartan an equivalent dose to the Lisinopril?

Maybe: Different people react differently to different drugs. While some people get good results with smallest dose of a drug, others would need more to have the same effect. As for lisinopril 10 mg and losartan 25 mg, both are starter doses, your doctor and yourself would be the best to judge efficacy, taking in consideration factors such as other drugs, other conditions, side effects, etc. Best wishes ...Read more

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I am taking valsartan 160mg. Sometime I experience ED. Can I take losartan instead to help cure ED?

Same substance: This is same substance. Make sure you are sure it is medicine and not another medicine such as b blocker or just the hypertension, anxiety etc. ...Read more

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Doctor gave me this medicine to take together with losartan so now I taking 2 of them together is that safe?

What medicine?: Need to know the medication to be able to comment on any interactions with losartan or its adverse effects. Feel free to add the name of the medication in a follow up question ...Read more

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


Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Cozaar (Definition)

Cozaar is an angiotensin II blocker which is a kind of blood ...Read more