User Reviews for Losartan
Also known as: Cozaar
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Reviews for Losartan to treat High Blood Pressure
"Losartin has been very effective controlling my BP. Started @ 100mg which made me extremely tired and lethargic. I cut back to 75mg (1 50mg/ 1 25mg.) I am experiencing intermittent dry cough and extremely dry mouth during the night. After 4 years, I am beginning to experience some of the other documented side effects like dizziness and stiff/sore muscles. However, I have had fewer side effects with Losartan than other BP meds. (I am 69 with enlarged aorta)"
FigEater June 29, 2015
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"I have been very healthy my entire life thank God until last year that my blood pressure starting going up. Doctor prescribed Metoprolol and Lisinopril. Started coughing constantly that ended up at the ER thinking I had pneumonia. ER Dr switched Lisinopril for Losartan Potassium. Leg and back pain is unbearable to the point that I cannot almost stand and even walk. I am afraid of falling. Dizzy and tired. No need to have this quality of life. Dangerous side effects even worse than what I felt when BP started going up. It has to be something better than this."
Lita 86 years old (taken for 1 to 6 months) June 27, 2015
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"It has helped to lower blood pressure, but over the year + I've been taking it, I've experienced a 40 pound weight gain, severe pain in joints, muscles in legs and feet, ache in leg bones, tingling in hands and feet, very stuffy sinuses - very swollen, difficulty getting to sleep and/or staying asleep, general weakness and sluggishness, sometimes extreme exhaustion. Seeing Dr this week, hoping we can find a better solution."
Busy Grandma (taken for 1 to 2 years) May 30, 2015
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"Was on 100mg Metoprolol 10mg Lisinopril but Lisinopril caused intestinal angioedema (OUCH), so I was switched to 50mg of Losartan 5mg Bystolic. Felt SO MUCH BETTER better right away. Didn't lower my BP as much as other drugs, but enough to be 120/75 regularly (unmedicated would be 150/100 ). Have lost some excess weight, crave protein and have to eat frequently otherwise I get hypoglycemic very quickly. My ribs are a little sore and I get stitches quite often, but it's a minor annoyance compared to how Lisinopril made me feel. No cough or swelling here, which seem to be common side effects. I would recommend this drug."
nckhella (taken for 1 to 6 months) May 22, 2015
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"Effective at controlling my blood pressure, but I have experienced the heavy legs and joint pain mentioned by others. I am a heavy exerciser and 65, so that accounts for some of the joint pain, I suppose. One benefit is that I'm having sex 4-5 times per week since starting the medication."
Your Honor May 12, 2015
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"After taking Losartan 50mg.I observed I have recurring hacking cough, and its worst at night before going to bed. I had x ray, and all is normal. The doctor gave me cough med/ suppressant, antacid, because, he said, may be acid reflux, but cough still persisted. After some research, found out, the cough and sneeze, stuffy nose, are some of the side effects of Losartan. I will request doctor to change it to Cozaar, and see the difference."
Joe Allan April 4, 2015
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"I think I have every side effect imaginable with Lorsartan HCT. Loose stools, anxiety, depression, no energy, body aches to the point it's hard to exercise, weight gain, I'm on 100/25 mg's. I'm 62 year old female. It somewhat keeps blood pressure down, and I will be talking to primary care dr about adjusting dose or trying something else. I'm too young and energetic to feel this bad."
3D March 29, 2015
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"Medicaid landed me with new doctor. Took me off Inderol despite no side effects. He felt it outdated and blood pressure still too high. Learned after Losartan made me very sick caution is advised in giving to patient with my medical issues. Have SLE lupus, Raynaud's, Gerds, Migraines, Osteo, Edema, prone to Ulcers, Bronchitis, Pneumonia, suffer frequent joint pain. Severe side effects from Losartan sent me to ER by day 3. Legs weak and wobbly to point of nearly falling, extreme severe knotted cramps in feet lasting over half hour that spread with sharp stinging pain over entire body, severe pressure around head, minor trembling, severe joint pain, total exhaustion. Also dry eyes and mouth, constant peeing. Bad drug! Dangerous!"
Angry Lupus Lady March 21, 2015
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Cozaar (losartan): "Blood pressure dropped sharply and nicely. Able to halve the dose after a week. Very noticeable pedal edema during medication and after stopping the medication due to excellent response and the disfiguring foot and lower leg swelling.."
macinyart March 16, 2015
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"55 year old male. Dr. Put me on 50mg Losartin after a brief trial period with another medicine that caused a cough. The 50mg dose of Losartin seemed to be working fine for the past several years. Had a blood pressure episode about three months ago where blood pressure suddenly elevated to dangerous levels. After trip to emergency room my Dr. put me on 100mg of LosartinHTZ in the morning along with 50mg of Atenolol which is taken at night. Started feeling very tired, developed an irritating cough, had fluid in my ear, gained weight and developed a ringing in my ears. I really felt like I was dying. Legs felt heavy and I was just not feeling like myself. Appointment with Dr. next week to hopefully change meds."
Lsdemme2001 (taken for 1 to 6 months) January 20, 2015
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Cozaar (losartan): "Cozaar did work better at lowering my pressure than the previous medication I was on which was metropolol however , it caused weight gain . A lot of it and fast . I quickly went off of it and chose something to help to help lower my blood pressure . So yes it works but becareful of the side effects"
Missris (taken for 1 to 6 months) January 8, 2015
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"I'm new to Losartan Potassium, but in the six days I've taken the 25 mg, my heart doesn't seem to be jumping out of my chest, my thinking seems clearer and my overall feeling of wellness is greatly improved. I don't have a monitor yet, but hopefully in a few days I will be able to confirm my pressure is back to normal."
pansydynamite November 23, 2014
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"100 Mg Losartan at night time in conjunction with Diltiazem in the AM. No issues and this does lower blood pressure and keeps it even. Seems to be calming also and helps memory."
Beamslider (taken for 1 to 6 months) November 17, 2014
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"The doctor put me on Losartan 100 mg maybe 6 months ago. I have always been hyperactive and maybe a bit attention deficit. The Losartan calmed me down and made my blood pressure run around 120/70, usually it ran 140/80 or more for bottom number. It made me go to the bathroom a lot and I also developed the irritating cough. My main complaint is my inability to think and learn things quickly. I am taking online college classes and always been smart in math and all subjects. Now I feel groggy, lazy, fuzzy and can't retain information. Doctor refuses to take me off, so I have cut pills to half. Some days I don't take them and feel much better. I know there are bad side effects if you quit the medicines all at once, so think I am going to change doctors."
Connie133 (taken for 6 months to 1 year) September 3, 2014
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"My Dr. switched me from Diovan HCT to Losartan because of costs. Losartan has worked well for keeping blood pressure steady. In addidtion, I have Type 2 Diabetes and take Cialis 5mg daily. Interestingly, Losartan has greatly helped with erections, as well. In doing further investigation, I have discovered that other men have had similar experiences. While not meant to be a medicine for erectile dysfunction, it has greatly helped men, especially when used in combination with Cialis."
Bear Guy August 19, 2014
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"I tolerated Losartan MUCH better than Lisinopril - with Lisinopril, I developed not so much the cough most everybody experiences, but a vasovagal response - like gagging, dry heaving, no matter what I was doing or where I was at, with no warning! So that was quickly discontinued at my request and I was placed on Losartan. Now I am on a double dose, since my blood pressure was at 168/114 on not only Losartan BUT atenolol - at 56 years young, nonsmoker, and just a bit too chunky, at 180 pounds - okay, well a lot of chunky, mostly because of eating too much Ben & Jerry's Chunky Monkey ice cream. Nevertheless, now I am chilled all the time and leg cramps at night. Nothing that interrupts my day or evening...."
Jobenheimer (taken for 2 to 5 years) May 5, 2014
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"I started taking Losartan about 3 weeks ago as a replacement for Lisiniprol, which made me cough all the time. Everytime I take Losartan, 50mg, I get a lot of abdominal and chest discomfort. It wasn't controlling my BP as well as the doctor wanted it to, so she upped my dosage to 100mg. That only led to increased thoracic discomfort, which I am not willing to endure on a daily basis. Moving on to try something else..."
Janypoo (taken for less than 1 month) March 20, 2014
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"Prescribe Losartan March 4th, 2014. Atenolol 50mg before that for the past 20 years just wouldn't get my pressure below 140/85. Within 1 day of starting this medication I casually commented to my wife that I felt like I had been beaten up. I couldn't for the life of me figure out why I felt so stiff and sore. The past three days I have felt like my heart is coming out of my chest. Complete loss of appetite. March 7th today and I called my Physician's office and told the receptionist what I was dealing with and explained I would no longer take the medication. This was my first visit to this particular Doctor due to relocating. Expecting a call tomorrow and hopefully go back to Atenolol with a higher dosage."
Marty G March 7, 2014
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"I've been taking Cozaar (aka Losartan) for over 10 years both 25mg and 50mg. A few years ago, I switched to a generic brand but developed dry cough problems immediately. I returned to the Cozaar brand and cough immediately went away. I had not heard of the weight gain problem mentioned here but it too has been a struggle as well. I do take several medicines including Lipitor 40 mg. I've found taking CoQ10 200 mg helps with joint pain, which I believe was attributed to Lipitor. Still trying to figure out what is causing my "heavy legs" when I jog for a few miles nowadays. Never had this issue before by pushing age 60 now, and as mentioned 25-30 lbs extra weight."
MikeinKaty (taken for 10 years or more) February 12, 2014
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