What is Losartan?

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Losartan is an angiotensin II receptor antagonist, used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. It works by blocking the action of certain chemicals that tighten the blood vessels so blood flows more smoothly.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
High blood pressure (hypertension) 247 116
Elevated blood pressure 189 98
Support heart health 22 8
Chronic kidney disease 7 3
Protein in urine (proteinuria) 7 7
Support kidney health 5 6

Show all 37 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 8
Moderate 17
Mild 25
None 158

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Losartan

Side effect Patients Percentage
Dizziness 10
Dizziness with hypotension upon standing 3
Cough 2
Diarrhea 2
Lightheadedness 2
Sexual dysfunction 2

Show all 36 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Losartan

Dosage Patients Percentage
25 mg daily 27
100 mg daily 26
50 mg daily 25
25 mg twice daily 2
25 mg three times daily 1
100 mg twice daily 1
500 mg five times daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Losartan

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Doctor's advice 22
Other 13
Side effects too severe 10
Did not seem to work 5
Course of treatment ended 2
Change in health plan coverage 1
Personal research 1
See all 52 patients who've stopped taking Losartan

Duration

Currently taking Losartan

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 6 months 4
6 months - 1 year 4
1 - 2 years 10
2 - 5 years 23
5 - 10 years 32
10 years or more 12

Stopped taking Losartan

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 7
1 - 6 months 10
6 months - 1 year 10
1 - 2 years 8
2 - 5 years 13
5 - 10 years 6
10 years or more 3
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 180
Usually 20
Sometimes 4
Never taken as prescribed 4
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 4
Somewhat hard to take 8
A little hard to take 29
Not at all hard to take 167
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 1
$25-49 6
< $25 107
Not specified 94

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Losartan after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Lisinopril (Zestril) 35
Amlodipine (Norvasc) 5
Atenolol (Tenormin) 4
Hydrochlorothiazide HCTZ (Hydrochlorot) 4
Ramipril (Altace) 4

Show all 22 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Losartan and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Irbesartan (Avapro) 4
Amlodipine (Norvasc) 2
Candesartan (Atacand) 2
Losartan-HCTZ (Hyzaar) 2
Diltiazem (Cartia XT) 1

Show all 12 treatments patients report switching to

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7 patient evaluations for Losartan

Oct 30, 2019 (Started Oct 25, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for high blood pressure (hypertension))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Sep 3, 2015 (Started Nov 15, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for elevated blood pressure)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take

Feb 15, 2015 (Started Nov 15, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for elevated blood pressure)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 25 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Small, easy to swallow tablet. Kept my BP even and appropriate.

  • 0 helpful marks

Jun 23, 2014 (Started May 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for elevated blood pressure)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
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