Losartan potassium is an oral angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB) prescribed for the treatment of high blood pressure.
Side effects of Losartan Potassium
- stomach pain
- muscle cramps
- leg or back pain
- sleep problems (insomnia)
- tiredness, and
- cold or flu symptoms such as stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat, fever, and cough
Tell your doctor if you experience serious side effects of losartan including pain or fever when urinating; pale skin, lightheadedness, shortness of breath, rapid heartbeat, concentration problem; shortness of breath, chest pain; drowsiness, confusion, mood swings, increased thirst, loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting; swelling, obesity, less urination than normal or not; or high potassium (low heart rate, weak heart rate, muscle weakness, painful sensations)
Losartan During Pregnancy and Childbirth
Losartan should not be used during pregnancy, and it is not known whether it is extracted from breast milk.
What foods should be avoided when taking losartan?
However, in patients with kidney problems, losartan can elevate potassium to dangerously high levels. Your healthcare provider may decide to monitor your potassium levels and limit your intake of foods with high potassium content, such as orange juice, bananas, and tomatoes.
Why is losartan bad for you?
If it continues for a long time, the heart and arteries may not function properly. This can damage the blood vessels of the brain, heart, and kidneys, resulting in a stroke, heart failure, or kidney failure.
Is weight gain a side effect of losartan?
Tell your doctor if you experience serious side effects of Cozaar including pain or burning when you urinate; pale skin, lightheadedness, shortness of breath, rapid heart rate, trouble concentrating; wheezing, chest pain; drowsiness, confusion, mood changes, increased thirst, loss of appetite, nausea, and vomiting.
Does losartan cause memory loss?
Studies have shown that angiotensin II can affect neurons, particularly in brain regions involved in memory and cognition (such as the hippocampus and amygdala), and leave behind destructive and neurodegenerative effects, leading to disruptions in cognitive and memory performances.