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
Elevated blood pressure 183 85
High Blood Pressure (Hypertension) 170 74
Support heart health 21 7
Chronic Kidney Disease 8 2
Protein in urine (proteinuria) 5 4
IgA Nephropathy 4 1

Show all 38 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 8
Mild 18
None 118

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Losartan

Side effect Patients
Dizziness 8
Cough 2
Allergic reaction 1
Chest pain 1
Chronic Cough 1
Diarrhea 1

Show all 31 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Losartan

Dosage Patients
50 mg daily 48
100 mg daily 48
25 mg daily 36
12.5 mg daily 4
25 mg twice daily 4
50 mg twice daily 2
150 mg daily 1
100 mg twice daily 1
200 mg daily 1
1,250 mg daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Losartan

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 18
Other 11
Side effects too severe 9
Did not seem to work 5
Change in health plan coverage 1
Course of treatment ended 1
Personal research 1
See all 44 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 20
1 - 2 years 25
2 - 5 years 49
5 - 10 years 28
10 years or more 16

Stopped taking Losartan

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 5
1 - 6 months 10
6 months - 1 year 8
1 - 2 years 5
2 - 5 years 9
5 - 10 years 4
10 years or more 3
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 131
Usually 12
Sometimes 2
Never taken as prescribed 4
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 3
Somewhat hard to take 5
A little hard to take 17
Not at all hard to take 124
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 1
$25-49 7
< $25 71
Not specified 70

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Losartan after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Lisinopril (Zestril) 21
Atenolol (Tenormin) 4
Ramipril (Altace) 4
Amlodipine (Norvasc) 3
Hydrochlorothiazide HCTZ (Hydrochlorot) 3

Show all 15 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Losartan and switched to:

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

Show all 7 treatments patients report switching to

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6 patient evaluations for Losartan

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rainydaygirl
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rainydaygirl
Gender: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Pain: Some
Fatigue: All
Sleep: All
Stiffness: Most
function: None
external_stress: Little
Stickman: most
Description:F73y
FM:27y Dx
CFS:8y Dx
I am: n
I have:
Fibromyalgia

See rainydaygirl's full Losartan history

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
samantha12
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samantha12
Gender: M
Data Quality: 2 stars
Mental Symptoms : moderate
Physical Symptoms : mild
745
VL 0
I am: n
I have:
HIV

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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
vinton boy
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vinton boy
Sex: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Off
Mouth/throat: mild
Arms: mild
Chest: none
Legs: mild
I am: n
I have:
Parkinson's

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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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