Generic

Losartan

Therapeutic Class

Cardiovascular

Pack Size

Precon 50 mg tablet: Each box contains 50 tablets (5 X 10’s) in Alu-Alu blister pack.

Indications

Hypertension (including reduction of stroke risk in hypertension with left ventricular hypertrophy); chronic heart failure when ACE inhibitors are unsuitable or contra-indicated; diabetic nephropathy in type 2 diabetes mellitus.

Therapeutic Class

Cardiovascular

Dosage & Administration

Hypertension, diabetic nephropathy in type 2 diabetes mellitus, usually 50 mg once daily (intravascular volume depletion, initially 25 mg once daily); if necessary increased after several weeks to 100 mg once daily; elderly over 75 years initially 25 mg daily. Chronic heart failure, initially 12.5 mg once daily, increased at weekly intervals to max. 150 mg once daily if tolerated.

Contraindications

Losartan potassium is contraindicated in patients who are hypersensitive to the active ingredient or any component of the drug.

Side Effects

Side-effects are usually mild. Symptomatic hypotension including dizziness may occur, particularly in patients with intravascular volume depletion (e.g. those taking high-dose diuretics). Hyperkalaemia occurs occasionally; angioedema has also been reported with some angiotensin-II receptor antagonists. Vertigo; less commonly gastro-intestinal disturbances, angina, palpitation, oedema, dyspnoea, headache, sleep disorders, malaise, urticaria, pruritus, rash; rarely hepatitis, atrial fibrillation, cerebrovascular accident, syncope, paraesthesia; also reported pancreatitis, anaphylaxis, cough, depression, erectile dysfunction, anaemia, thrombocytopenia, hyponatraemia, arthralgia, myalgia, renal impairment, rhabdomyolysis, tinnitus, photosensitivity, and vasculitis (including Henoch-Schonlein purpura)

Pregnancy & Lactation

Angiotensin-II receptor antagonists should be avoided in pregnancy unless essential. They may adversely affect fetal and neonatal blood pressure control and renal function; skull defects and oligohy- dramnios have also been reported. Information on the use of angiotensin-II receptor antagonists in breast-feeding is limited. They are not recommended in breast-feeding and alternative treatment options about replica rolex daytona, with better established safety information during breast-feeding, are available.

Precautions

Angiotensin-II receptor antagonists should be used with caution in renal artery stenosis. Monitoring of plasma-potassium concentration is advised, particularly in the elderly and in patients with renal impairment; lower initial doses may be appropriate in these patients. Angiotensin-II receptor antagonists should be used with caution in aortic or mitral valve stenosis and in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Those with primary aldosteronism, and Afro-Caribbean patients (particularly those with left ventricular hypertrophy), may not benefit from an angiotensin-II receptor antagonist. Consider dose reduction in mild to moderate impairment.

Storage Conditions

Store in a cool & dry place, protect from light & moisture. Keep out of reach of children.