Losartan potassium-Hydrochlorothiazide (Cosart H)
Cosart H is a combination drug consisting of Losartan (an Angiotensin II receptor antagonist) and Hydrochlorothiazide (a diuretic). Losartan was the first angiotensin antagonist to be marketed. Losartan Potassium and Hydrochlorothiazide are the active moieties that synergistically reduce the high levels of blood pressure.
Uses of the drug:
The recommended dose of the combination drug is prescribed for the patients with high blood pressure. It is also used to protect the kidneys from damage due to diabetes. It also decreases the risk of various cardiovascular diseases such as stroke and myocardial infarction.
High blood pressure:
Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against blood vessel walls. High blood pressure (HBP) means the pressure in your arteries is higher than it should be. Another name for high blood pressure is hypertension. Blood pressure is written as two numbers, such as 117/79 mm Hg.
• The top, systolic, number is the pressure when the heart beats
• The bottom, diastolic, number is the pressure when the heart rests between beats
Normal blood pressure is 120/80 mm Hg. High blood pressure is a pressure of 140 systolic or higher and/or 90 diastolic or higher that stays high over time.
Working of the drug:
Losartan is an Angiotensin-II receptor antagonist. Angiotensin II hormone exerts two prime effects, one is the constriction of blood vessels and the other is salt/fluid retention in kidneys by forming Aldosterone hormone.
Losartan drug stops the formation of Angiotensin-II, which in turn causes relaxation of blood vessels and increases the blood flow.
Hydrichlorothiazide, a diuretic medication is used to reduce the high blood pressure and swelling up due to excess fluid build up.
Cosart H is manufactured by Cipla, an Indian pharmaceutical giant. You can easily buy Cosart H-50/12.50 mg online from alldaychemist.com
Dosage forms and strengths:
Losartan-hctz is available in the form of tablets on our website in a single strength of Cosart H-50/12.50 mg. To buy Cosart H-50/12.50 mg online you can visit alldaychemist.com.
Before you take the drug:
Do not take the drug if you:
• Are allergic to Losartan-Hctz
• Are allergic to sulfa-drugs and penicillin
• Are breastfeeding as the drug may pass into the breast milk and harm the feeding baby
• Are Pregnant or are planning to conceive
Tell your doctor if you:
• Have diabetes
• Have kidney problems
• Have Anuria
How much to take the drug?
The general recommended drug is one 50/12.50 mg tablet once daily and can be increased also. Doctor may increase or decrease the dose depending upon the need and severity of the condition. The dose is adjusted according to the blood pressure response. It is up to doctor that what would be the best therapeutic dose for you.
How to take the drug?
Take the medicine exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow all the directions and swallow the tablet with a full glass of water. It is important to monitor the blood pressure on a regular basis. Losartan Potassium-Hctz is taken once per day. A twice-a-day dose could also be suggested in case one tablet a day is not working enough. It would be best for you to take medicine at the same time each day. It also lowers the chances of missing a dose.
For how long to take it?
Losartan Potassium-hctz controls the hypertension, but it doesn’t cure it. It is important to take the drug as instructed by your doctor. Even if you feel fine, don’t stop taking medicine. Before discontinuing the medication, consult your Doctor first. You can buy Cosart H-50/12.50 mg online from alldaychemist.com at cheap rates.
In case you accidentally take the overdose of the drug, immediately contact the doctor or visit your nearest healthcare center immediately.
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
Side effects of the drug:
All medicines have their side effects, sometimes they are serious, but most of the times they are not. You need to consult doctor if following effects are observed such as:
• High potassium level in body
• Drowsiness and confusion
• Loss of appetite
• Pain in stomach
• Back pain
• Dry cough
• Skin rashes, etc.
Common drug interactions:
The following drugs should be avoided in case doctor prescribes you Losartan Potassium-Hctz:
• Insulin or oral diabetes medicine
• NSAIDS like Celecoxib, Diclofenac and Meloxicam
• Carisoprodol, Cyclobenzaprine and other muscle relaxants
• Narcotic medications like Codeine and Morphine, etc.
Things to remember:
Losartan Potassium-Hctz can impair your thinking or reaction. So be careful while driving or doing any other motor activity
• Before any surgery, please tell your doctor that you are taking this drug
• Don’t use potassium supplements or salt substitutes without consulting your doctor
• Avoid the intake of alcohol, as it can enhance the Losartan Potassium side effects
• Don’t use the expired drugs
• Keep a complete record of all the medicines you are taking along with this medicine
|US Brand Name||Hyzaar|
|Generic Name||Losartan Potassium + Hydrochlorothiazide|
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