Losartan (Cozaar) is an inexpensive drug used to treat high blood pressure and reduce the risk of stroke, and to slow the progression of kidney disease in patients with diabetes. It is more popular than comparable drugs. It is available in generic and brand versions. Generic losartan is covered by most Medicare and insurance plans, but some pharmacy coupons or cash prices may be lower. The lowest USARx price for the most common version of losartan is around $3.00, 92% off the average retail price of $37.87.
Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. Check your blood pressure as directed. Ask your doctor or health care professional what your blood pressure should be and when you should contact him or her. Call your doctor or health care professional if you notice an irregular or fast heart beat.
Women should inform their doctor if they wish to become pregnant or think they might be pregnant. There is a potential for serious side effects to an unborn child, particularly in the second or third trimester. Talk to your health care professional or pharmacist for more information.
You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this drug affects you. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells. Alcohol can make you more drowsy and dizzy. Avoid alcoholic drinks.
Avoid salt substitutes unless you are told otherwise by your doctor or health care professional.
Do not treat yourself for coughs, colds, or pain while you are taking this medicine without asking your doctor or health care professional for advice. Some ingredients may increase your blood pressure.
Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur:
Burning, crawling, itching, numbness, prickling, "pins and needles", or tingling feelings
Dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up suddenly from a lying or sitting position
Fast or irregular heartbeat
Nausea or vomiting
Numbness or tingling in the hands, feet, or lips
Unusual tiredness or weakness
Weakness or heaviness of the legs
Incidence not known
Black, tarry stools
Blood in the urine or stools
Decreased urine output
Hives, itching, skin rash
Large, hive-like swelling on the face, eyelids, lips, tongue, throat, hands, legs, feet, or sex organs
Muscle pain or cramps
Pinpoint red spots on the skin
Puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
Tightness in the chest
Unusual bleeding or bruising
Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:
Body aches or pain
Continuing ringing or buzzing or other unexplained noise in the ears
Decreased interest in sexual intercourse
Difficulty having a bowel movement (stool)
Feeling of constant movement of self or surroundings
Feeling sad or empty
Headache, severe and throbbing
Inability to have or keep an erection
Increased sensitivity of the skin to sunlight
Lack of appetite
Loss in sexual ability, desire, drive, or performance
Loss of interest or pleasure
Loss of voice
Redness or other discoloration of the skin
Sensation of spinning
Stuffy or runny nose
Incidence not known
Change or loss of taste
General tiredness and weakness
Yellow eyes and skin
Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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