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Drug Information For:
LOSARTAN 50MG TABLETS
Ingredient Name:LOSARTAN (loe-SAR-tan)
Drug Manufacturer:TEVA PHARMACEUTICALS USA
Common Uses:This medicine is an angiotensin II receptor blocker (ARB) used to treat high blood pressure alone or with other medicines. It is used in certain patients to decrease the risk of stroke. It is used in certain patients to treat kidney problems caused by diabetes (diabetic nephropathy). It may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Before Using This Medicine:WARNING: THIS MEDICINE MAY CAUSE INJURY OR DEATH TO THE FETUS if taken during pregnancy. If you think you may be pregnant, contact your doctor right away. If you are planning to become pregnant, talk with your doctor about other treatment options. Some medicines or medical conditions may interact with this medicine. INFORM YOUR DOCTOR OR PHARMACIST of all prescription and over-the-counter medicine that you are taking. DO NOT TAKE THIS MEDICINE if you are taking a medicine that contains aliskiren and you also have diabetes or kidney problems. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure if a medicine you take contains aliskiren. ADDITIONAL MONITORING OF YOUR DOSE OR CONDITION may be needed if you are taking aliskiren, angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors (eg, lisinopril), diuretics (eg, furosemide, hydrochlorothiazide), lithium, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) (eg, ibuprofen, indomethacin, celecoxib), potassium-sparing diuretics (eg, spironolactone, triamterene), or potassium supplements. DO NOT START OR STOP any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval. Inform your doctor of any other medical conditions, including a history of angioedema (swelling of the hands, face, lips, eyes, throat, or tongue; difficulty swallowing or breathing; or hoarseness), including angioedema caused by treatment with an ACE inhibitor (eg, lisinopril); heart problems (eg, heart failure); blood vessel problems; blood flow problems; diabetes; liver or kidney problems; stroke; recent heart attack; allergies; pregnancy or if you are able to become pregnant; or breast-feeding. Tell your doctor if you have dehydration, low blood volume, electrolyte problems (eg, high blood potassium levels, low blood sodium levels), vomiting, or diarrhea. Tell your doctor if you are on a low-salt (sodium) diet or if you are on dialysis. USE OF THIS MEDICINE IS NOT RECOMMENDED if you are pregnant. USE OF THIS MEDICINE IS NOT RECOMMENDED in children with severe kidney problems and in children under age 6. Discuss with your doctor the risks and benefits of giving this medicine to your child. Contact your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions or concerns about using this medicine.
How to Use This Medicine:Follow the directions for taking this medicine provided by your doctor. An additional patient information leaflet is available with this medicine. Ask your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist any questions that you may have about this information. This medicine may be taken on an empty stomach or with food. IF YOU CANNOT SWALLOW TABLETS, ask your doctor or pharmacist about preparing a suspension of this medicine. STORE THIS MEDICINE at room temperature, between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C), in a tightly-closed container, away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. If your pharmacist prepares a suspension of this medicine, store as directed by your pharmacist. KEEP THIS MEDICINE out of the reach of children and away from pets. Take this medicine on a regular schedule to get the most benefit from it. Taking this medicine at the same time each day will help you remember to take it. CONTINUE TO TAKE THIS MEDICINE even if you feel well. Do not miss any doses. IF YOU MISS A DOSE of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. DO NOT take 2 doses at once.
Cautions:DO NOT USE THIS MEDICINE if you are allergic to any ingredient in this medicine. DO NOT EXCEED THE RECOMMENDED DOSE without checking with your doctor. Laboratory and/or medical tests, including blood pressure, blood electrolyte levels, and kidney and liver function, may be performed to monitor your progress or to check for side effects. KEEP ALL DOCTOR AND LABORATORY APPOINTMENTS while you are taking this medicine. BEFORE YOU HAVE ANY MEDICAL OR DENTAL TREATMENTS, EMERGENCY CARE, OR SURGERY, tell the doctor or dentist that you are taking this medicine. This medicine may cause dizziness, lightheadedness, or fainting. DO NOT DRIVE, OPERATE MACHINERY, OR DO ANYTHING ELSE THAT COULD BE DANGEROUS until you know how you react to this medicine. Using this medicine alone, with other medicines, or with alcohol may lessen you ability to drive or to perform other potentially dangerous tasks. THIS MEDICINE MAY CAUSE DIZZINESS, lightheadedness, or fainting. Alcohol, hot weather, exercise, or fever may increase these effects. To prevent them, sit up or stand slowly, especially in the morning. Also, sit or lie down at the first sign of dizziness, lightheadedness, or weakness. DEHYDRATION, EXCESSIVE SWEATING, VOMITING, OR DIARRHEA may increase the risk of low blood pressure. Contact your health care provider at once if any of these occur. WHEN YOU FIRST START TAKING THIS MEDICINE, you may feel tired or run down for a few weeks after starting treatment. Be sure to take your medicine even if you may not feel "normal." Tell your doctor if you develop any new symptoms. THIS MEDICINE MAY NOT WORK AS WELL IN BLACK PATIENTS. Discuss any questions or concerns with your doctor. DO NOT USE A SALT SUBSTITUTE or other potassium supplement without checking with your doctor. THIS MEDICINE MAY CAUSE A SERIOUS SIDE EFFECT CALLED ANGIOEDEMA. Contact your doctor immediately if you develop swelling of the hands, face, lips, eyes, throat, or tongue; difficulty swallowing or breathing; or hoarseness. PATIENTS TAKING THIS MEDICINE FOR KIDNEY PROBLEMS CAUSED BY DIABETES have developed low blood sugar. Check blood sugar levels closely and ask your doctor before adjusting the dose of your diabetes medicine. Contact your doctor immediately if you experience symptoms of low blood sugar, including fast heartbeat, headache, chills, sweating, tremor, increased hunger, changes in vision, nervousness, weakness, dizziness, drowsiness, or fainting. BEFORE YOU BEGIN TAKING ANY NEW MEDICINES, either prescription or over-the-counter, check with your doctor or pharmacist. This includes nonprescription products that contain stimulants, such as diet pills or cold medicines. FOR WOMEN: THIS MEDICINE MAY CAUSE BIRTH DEFECTS OR FETAL DEATH if you take it while you are pregnant. If you think you may be pregnant, contact your doctor right away. IT IS NOT KNOWN IF THIS MEDICINE IS FOUND in breastmilk. DO NOT BREAST-FEED while taking this medicine.
Possible Side Effects:SIDE EFFECTS that may occur while taking this medicine include back pain, diarrhea, dizziness, symptoms of upper respiratory infection (eg, cough, runny or stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat), or tiredness. If they continue or are bothersome, check with your doctor. CONTACT YOUR DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY if you experience burning, numbness, or tingling; a change in the amount of urine produced; chest, jaw, or arm pain; confusion; fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat; fever, chills, or persistent sore throat; mental or mood changes; muscle pain or cramps; one-sided weakness; persistent headache; severe or persistent stomach pain (with or without nausea or vomiting); shortness of breath; slurred speech; sudden, severe nausea or vomiting; swelling; symptoms of liver problems (eg, dark urine, loss of appetite, pale stools, stomach pain, yellowing of the eyes or skin); symptoms of low blood pressure (eg, fainting, severe dizziness, lightheadedness); tremor; unusual bruising or bleeding; unusual sweating; unusual tiredness or weakness; or vision changes. AN ALLERGIC REACTION to this medicine is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing or swallowing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue; or unusual hoarseness. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist. This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your healthcare provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Overdose:If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. Symptoms of overdose may include fainting; fast or slow heartbeat; lightheadedness; or severe dizziness.
Additional Information:DO NOT SHARE THIS MEDICINE with others for whom it was not prescribed. DO NOT USE THIS MEDICINE for other health conditions. IF USING THIS MEDICINE FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME, obtain refills before your supply runs out. CHECK WITH YOUR PHARMACIST about how to dispose of unused medicine.
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