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) 219 94
Elevated blood pressure 189 95
Support heart health 23 9
Chronic kidney disease 9 3
Protein in urine (proteinuria) 7 7
IgA nephropathy 4 1

Show all 35 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
Severe 5
Moderate 13
Mild 24
None 139

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Losartan

Side effect Patients
Dizziness 9
Cough 2
Lightheadedness 2
Sexual dysfunction 2
Chest pain 1
Chronic cough 1

Show all 28 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Losartan

Dosage Patients
100 mg daily 52
50 mg daily 43
25 mg daily 40
50 mg twice daily 6
25 mg twice daily 3
12.5 mg daily 1
150 mg daily 1
100 mg twice daily 1
1,250 mg daily 1
10,000 mg daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Losartan

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
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 51 patients who've stopped taking Losartan

Duration

Currently taking Losartan

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 7
6 months - 1 year 13
1 - 2 years 21
2 - 5 years 55
5 - 10 years 36
10 years or more 18

Stopped taking Losartan

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 7
1 - 6 months 11
6 months - 1 year 10
1 - 2 years 6
2 - 5 years 10
5 - 10 years 4
10 years or more 3
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 157
Usually 18
Sometimes 2
Never taken as prescribed 4
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 3
Somewhat hard to take 7
A little hard to take 24
Not at all hard to take 147
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 0
$50-99 1
$25-49 6
< $25 93
Not specified 80

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Losartan after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Lisinopril (Zestril) 33
Amlodipine (Norvasc) 5
Atenolol (Tenormin) 4
Hydrochlorothiazide HCTZ (Hydrochlorot) 4
Ramipril (Altace) 4

Show all 21 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Losartan and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Amlodipine (Norvasc) 2
Irbesartan (Avapro) 2
Losartan-HCTZ (Hyzaar) 2
Diltiazem (Cartia XT) 1
Hydrochlorothiazide HCTZ (Hydrochlorot) 1

Show all 10 treatments patients report switching to

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6 patient evaluations for Losartan

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

May 21, 2014 (Started Feb 21, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for elevated blood pressure)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips: effect change unknown
Cost: < $25 monthly

Oct 31, 2013 (Started Feb 21, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for elevated blood pressure)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 50 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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