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Cozaar 50mg 30 Tablets/Pack


Cozaar 50mg 30 Tablets/Pack

Cozaar 50mg (Losartan)


Product Name
Cozaar 50mg 30 Tablets/Pack
Active Ingredient
Losartan Potassium
Manufacturer
Merck
Product Type
Antihypertensive (Angiotensin II receptor blocker)
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Cozaar tablets 50mg contain losartan, an angiotensin II receptor blocker (ARB) used to treat hypertension in people with high blood pressure, also heart failure and to prevent progression of kidney damage in type-2 diabetes.

Cozaar general information

What is Cozaar used for?

Cozaar tablets 50mg are used to treat hypertension, which is high blood pressure when at rest; particularly if you have left ventricular hypertrophy, which is when the heart works harder due to high blood pressure, causing thickening of the left pumping chamber of the heart. Although there are usually no other symptoms, high blood pressure increases risk of cardiovascular disease and Cozaar tablets reduce the risk of stroke and heart attack, by lowering blood pressure to normal resting levels. This helps the heart to cope better, reducing symptoms of breathlessness on exertion and also increasing life expectancy. Cozaar tablets 50mg are also used to treat patients with heart failure, which is when the heart muscles are weakened and cannot pump efficiently; and patients who have had a heart attack, to improve survival and prevent further damage to the heart. Cozaar tablets 50mg are also used to help prevent the progression of kidney disease in people with type-2 diabetes in which the kidneys are severely damaged and there is protein in the urine, this reduces the need for dialysis or transplantation.

How does Cozaar work?

Cozaar tablets 50mg contain losartan, an angiotensin II receptor blocker (ARB), which acts by blocking the binding of the hormone angiotensin II to its receptor in a variety of tissues including vascular smooth muscle (blood vessel walls) and kidney cells. Angiotensin II is a naturally produced hormone that has several actions involved in regulating blood pressure, which is the force needed to pump blood around the body; as well as regulating fluid balance, the amount of water removed from the blood by the kidneys. Angiotensin II causes salt (sodium and potassium) and water retention by the kidneys, and causes blood vessels to constrict (narrow); this increases blood volume while at the same time reducing blood vessel volume, which increases blood pressure. Losartan in Cozaar tablets 50mg blocks the binding of Angiotensin II to its receptor, preventing its pressor actions (blood pressure increasing) resulting in dilation (widening) of blood vessel and increased amount of salt and water removed by the kidneys into the urine, which lowers blood pressure. Reducing blood pressure reduces the workload on the heart and reduces risk of cardiovascular disease; as well as helping to damaged kidneys work more efficiently to reduce loss of protein into the urine.

What does Cozaar contain?

Cozaar tablets 50mg contain the active ingredient losartan potassium, an angiotensin II receptor blocker (ARB), which is used to lower blood pressure. They also contain microcrystalline cellulose, lactose hydrous, pregelatinised starch, magnesium stearate, hydroxypropyl cellulose, hypromellose, carnauba wax, titanium dioxide. The 50 mg tablet also contains indigo carmine aluminium lake (FD&C blue No. 2).

What doses of Cozaar are available?

Cozaar tablets are available from Inhouse Pharmacy in 3 doses: 12.5mg, 50mg and 100mg in packets of 30 tablets.

Treating hypertension (high blood pressure) with Cozaar

Cozaar tablets 50mg contains losartan, an angiotensin II receptor blocker (ARB) that is used to treat hypertension, which is high blood pressure when at rest, particularly if you have left ventricular hypertrophy, which is when the heart works harder due to high blood pressure, causing thickening of the left pumping chamber of the heart. Although there are usually no other symptoms, high blood pressure increases risk of cardiovascular disease, including stroke and heart attack. Losartan in Cozaar tablets 50mg blocks the action of angiotensin II, a naturally produced hormone that has several actions involved in regulating blood pressure, and works by preventing the binding of angiotensin II to its receptor in vascular smooth muscle (blood vessel walls), where it causes constriction (narrowing); and in the kidneys, where it causes salt and water retention. Cozaar tablets 50mg increase urine volume, decreases blood volume and increases blood vessel volume, all of which reduce the force needed for the heart to pump blood around the body, and lowers blood pressure. Lowering blood pressure helps the heart to cope better, reducing symptoms of breathlessness on exertion and also increasing life expectancy in people with high blood pressure, who are at risk of cardiovascular disease.

Cozaar for treating congestive heart failure

Cozaar tablets 50mg contains losartan, an angiotensin II receptor blocker (ARB) that is used to treat heart failure, which is when the heart muscles are weakened and cannot pump efficiently. Losartan in Cozaar tablets 50mg helps widen blood vessels and reduce the force needed for the heart to pump blood around the body. This helps weakened heart muscle to work more efficiently and reduces symptoms of breathlessness on exertion.

What are the side effects of Cozaar?

The most commonly reported side effects when taking Cozaar tablets 50mg include: dizziness, fatigue, palpitations, upper respiratory tract infections, like sinusitis or pharyngitis, cough, increased blood potassium levels.

When should Cozaar not be used?

You should not use Cozaar if you:
  • are allergic to losartan or any ingredients in Cozaar tablets 50mg
  • are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breast-feeding
  • have liver or kidney disease
  • are taking medications that interact with Cozaar, including: other antihypertensives like ACE inhibitors, diuretics like furosemide, potassium-sparing diuretics like spironolactone, potassium tablets or potassium-containing salt substitutes, lithium for mood swings, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, the antifungal fluconazole

How should Cozaar be taken?

You should take your Cozaar tablets 50mg with a glass of water, with or without food once a day, at the same time each day. The dose you take depends on what you are being treated for and your doctor’s recommendation. It may take up to 3-6 weeks for Cozaar tablets 50mg to become effective in reducing your blood pressure; they will help control your blood pressure but will not cure it, so you should continue to take your Cozaar tablets 50mg for as long as your doctor recommends, to keep your blood pressure down to normal levels.

How long should you take Cozaar?

Cozaar tablets 50mg will help control your blood pressure but will not cure it, so you should continue to take your Cozaar tablets 50mg for as long as your doctor recommends, to keep your blood pressure down to normal levels.

Missed dose of Cozaar

If you miss a dose of Cozaar tablets 50mg take it as soon as you remember, unless it is time to take the next dose, then skip the missed dose. Do not take a double dose.

How should Cozaar be stored?

You should keep your Cozaar tablets 50mg in their blister packs until use and store below 30°C in a cool dry place.



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