This drug is used to treat blood pressure that is high. It is also used to lower the risk of strokes in patients with high blood pressure and an heart that is enlarged. Lowering blood that is high helps prevent strokes, heart attacks, and kidney problems. This product contains two medications: hydrochlorothiazide and losartan. Losartan is an angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB) and works by relaxing blood vessels so that blood can easily flow more. Hydrochlorothiazide is a "water pill" (diuretic) that causes you to make more urine, which helps your body get rid of extra salt and water.
OTHER USES: This section contains uses of this drug which can be not listed in the approved labeling that is professional the drug but that could be prescribed by your medical care expert. Make use of this drug for a condition that is listed in this area only if it was so recommended by your health care professional.
This drug may also be used to treat heart failure.
Read the Patient Information Leaflet if available from your pharmacist before you start taking losartan/hydrochlorothiazide and each time you get a refill. If you have any relevant questions, ask your physician or pharmacist.
Take this medication by mouth as directed by the physician, usually once daily with or without food. If this medication causes you to urinate more frequently, it is best to take it at minimum 4 hours before your bedtime to stop being forced to get right up to urinate.
If you also take certain drugs to lessen your cholesterol (bile acid-binding resins such as cholestyramine or colestipol), just take losartan/hydrochlorothiazide at least 4 hours before or at the least 4 to 6 hours after these medications.
The dosage is dependant on your condition that is medical and to treatment.
Use this medicine regularly to have the benefit that is most from it. To help you remember, take it at the same time each day. It is vital to continue taking this medication regardless if you feel well. Many people with a high blood pressure do not feel sick.
Tell your doctor if your problem does not improve or if it worsens (as an example, your blood force readings increase).
Lightheadedness or dizziness may occur as your body adjusts to the medication. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your pharmacist or doctor promptly.
To cut back the risk of dizziness and lightheadedness, get up slowly when rising from a sitting or lying position.
Remember that your physician has prescribed this medication she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of adverse effects because he or. Many people using this medication do not have serious adverse effects.
This product may cause a loss in too body that is much (dehydration) and salt/minerals. Tell your doctor appropriate away if you've got any observeable symptoms of dehydration or mineral loss, including: extreme thirst, extremely dry mouth, muscle cramps/weakness, fast/slow/irregular heartbeat, confusion, reduced urination.
Tell your physician right away if any of these unlikely but adverse that is serious occur: fainting, decline in eyesight, eye pain, symptoms of a high potassium blood level (such as for instance muscle weakness, slow/irregular heartbeat), unusual change into the amount of urine (not like the normal escalation in urine when you first start this drug).
A very serious reaction that is allergic this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you see any outward symptoms of a significant allergic effect, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, difficulty breathing.
This really is not a complete list of possible adverse effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your pharmacist or doctor.
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Phone your doctor for medical advice about part effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or at www.fda.gov/medwatch.
In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side-effects. You may report effects that are side Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
Before taking this medicine, tell your physician or pharmacist if you have any other allergies if you are allergic to losartan or hydrochlorothiazide; or. This product may contain ingredients that are inactive which causes allergy symptoms or other problems. Speak to your pharmacist for more information.
Before utilizing this medication, inform your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: gout, kidney disease, liver disease, lupus, severe loss of human body water and minerals (dehydration).
This drug may make you dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do any activity that requires alertness you can perform such activities safely until you are sure. Limit beverages that are alcoholic.
Severe sweating, diarrhea, or vomiting can increase the danger for lightheadedness or a loss that is serious of water (dehydration). Report prolonged vomiting or diarrhea to your doctor. To prevent dehydration, drink plenty of fluids unless your doctor directs you otherwise.
This product may affect your blood sugar levels if you have diabetes. Check your blood sugar levels regularly as directed by your doctor. Your doctor may need to adjust your diabetes medication, exercise program, or diet.
This medication may make you more sensitive to the sun. Avoid prolonged sun exposure, tanning booths, and sunlamps. Use a sunscreen and wear clothing that is protective in the open air.
This product might affect your potassium levels. Before using potassium supplements or salt substitutes that contain potassium, consult your doctor or pharmacist.
Before having surgery, tell your physician or dentist about all of the products you utilize (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and natural items).
Older grownups may be more responsive to the side ramifications of this drug, specially dizziness and unusual change in the amount of urine (kidney problems).
This medicine is not suggested for use during maternity as a result of risk for harm to an unborn baby. Consult your medical professional to get more details. (See also Warning part.)
Its unknown if losartan passes into breast milk. Hydrochlorothiazide passes into breast milk, but is unlikely to harm a nursing infant. Consult your physician before breast-feeding.
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