Losartan Potassium (Generic Cozaar) - Uses, Dosage and Side Effects

Losartan is an angiotensin II receptor antagonist drug used mainly to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). Losartan was the first angiotensin II receptor antagonist to be marketed.
losartan is indicated for the treatment of hypertension. It may also delay progression of diabetic nephropathy, and is also indicated for the reduction of renal disease progression in patients with type 2 diabetes, hypertension and microalbuminuria (>30 mg/24 hours) or proteinuria (>900 mg/24 hours).
Studies have demonstrated thatlosartan was significantly superior to atenolol in the primary prevention of adverse cardiovascular events (myocardial infarction or stroke), with a significant reduction in cardiovascular morbidity and mortality for a comparable reduction in blood pressure.

Losartan Potassium (Generic Cozaar) - Availability And Packaging

Losartan Potassium is available as Generic Cozaar Tablets which is packaged in 50 mg pills. Losartan potassium is marketed by Merck & Co. under the trade name Cozaar. Losartan is also available in generic form Losacar manufactured by Zydus Cadila and Cosart manufactured by Cipla Ltd.

Side Effects of Losartan Potassium (Generic Cozaar)

In general treatment with Generic Cozaar is well-tolerated.
The commonly occurring side effects are asthenia/fatigue, edema/swelling, abdominal pain, chest pain, nausea, headache, pharyngitis, diarrhea, dyspepsia, myalgia, insomnia, cough, sinus disorder.

Losartan Potassium (Generic Cozaar) - Dosage

The usual starting dose of Losartan Potassium (Generic Cozaar) is 50 mg once daily, with 25 mg used in patients with possible depletion of intravascular volume (e.g., patients treated with diuretics).

Additional Information

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