Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Cardiovascular

Cozaar 

(losartan)

Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Cardiovascular
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Lowers blood pressure.

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Cozaar (Losartan) is a good blood pressure-lowering medicine that protects kidney function like an ACE inhibitor, but with fewer side effects.

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Best available price for 30 (50mg) tablets of losartan

Upsides

  • A first-choice blood pressure treatment for many people.
  • Lowers the risk of heart attack and stroke.
  • Similar to ACE inhibitors (like Lisinopril), with fewer side effects like cough and swelling.
  • Protects kidney function, which is especially useful for people with diabetes or mild-to-moderate kidney disease.
  • Recommended for anyone with heart failure since it lowers the risk of death and further damage to your heart.
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Downsides

  • Requires a yearly blood test to see how the medicine is affecting your body.
  • Not safe to use if you're pregnant.
How it works

Cozaar (Losartan) is an angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB). It blocks a chemical that tightens blood vessels. This makes blood vessels relax, which lowers blood pressure and allows more blood and oxygen to get to your heart and other organs.

What to expect when you take Cozaar (losartan) for Lowers blood pressure

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Side effect rates for Cozaar (losartan)

1409 From clinical trials of Losartan / High blood pressure
  • Upper respiratory infection
  • Dizziness
  • Back pain
  • Nasal congestion

Risks and Warnings for Cozaar (losartan)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Women of childbearing age

    Cozaar (Losartan) can cause birth defects or death to a fetus. If you are pregnant or considering having a baby, talk to your doctor about alternative medicines.

    This is a black box warning. The FDA requires this warning when there is a significant risk of serious or life-threatening effects that anyone taking the drug should consider.

Means that some groups have a high risk of experiencing this side effect

Common concerns from people taking Cozaar (losartan)

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Kidneys and liver
  • Protects kidney function, which is especially useful for people with diabetes or mild-to-moderate kidney disease.
  • Requires routine blood tests to check kidney function.