Cozaar is a first-choice medication used to lower blood pressure, protect against stroke, and slow down the worsening of kidney problems in those with type two diabetes. Cozaar is an angiotensin II receptor blocker, or ARB medication.

Cozaar works by blocking substances that cause blood vessels to tighten, meaning Cozaar relaxes blood vessels, resulting in lower blood pressure and increased supply of blood and oxygen to the heart. You must be at least six years of age to be prescribed Cozaar.

Precautions and Warnings of Cozaar

Before beginning Cozaar, please speak with your doctor to determine if this is the right treatment plan for you. If you have any of the following, or other, pre-existing conditions, please inform your doctor before being prescribed Cozaar. If you have any concerns about previous medical history or your lifestyle, please speak with your doctor to see if Cozaar is right for you.

  • Pregnancy: Cozaar can cause serious to fatal harm to an unborn child. Do not take Cozaar if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. If you are prescribed Cozaar and become pregnant or think you could be, stop taking it immediately and speak to your doctor at once about a different treatment plan.
  • Breastfeeding: There are no current studies on infant risk while using Cozaar. Please speak to your doctor if you are currently breastfeeding or plan to. Your doctor can decide the best route of treatment.
  • Alcohol or Tobacco Consumption: Alcohol or tobacco consumption can create interactions while taking Cozaar. Please consult with your doctor on the best treatment plan with Cozaar if you are frequently consuming alcohol or tobacco.

Side Effects of Cozaar

If you find yourself having an allergic reaction including but not limited to rash, itching or swelling of the face, tongue, or throat, severe dizziness, or trouble breathing, stop taking Cozaar immediately and seek emergency medical services.

Below is not an extensive list, but are commonly reported side effects while taking Cozaar. If you have any concerns about side effects you are experiencing, get in contact with your doctor.

  • Dizziness
  • Lightheadedness
  • Low blood pressure
  • Low blood sugar
  • Diarrhea
  • Back pain
  • Cold symptoms, stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat
  • Stomach Pain
  • Tiredness or exhaustion

Drug Interactions with Cozaar

Before being prescribed Cozaar, please speak with your doctor of all other prescription medications you take to determine if Cozaar is right for you. Cozaar can interact with other medications, your doctor may need to adjust your dosage or find another treatment plan for you based on other prescription medications.

This is not an extensive list of medications that may have bad interactions with Cozaar. Please speak with your doctor about your current prescription medications to determine if Cozaar is right for you.

If you take any of the following medications, please bring awareness to your doctor about their ability to impact your prescription to Cozaar:

  • Aliskrien
  • Benazepril
  • Ceritinib
  • Lithium
  • Enalapril
  • Trimethoprim
  • Ramipril
  • Spironolactone
  • Triamterene
  • NSAIDs
  • Heart or blood pressure medications

Strengths and Dosages of Cozaar

Cozaar begins at 25mg up to 100mg daily. Cozaar is given in the form of a tablet or suspension.

Your dosage is based on your age, and your doctor will determine based on your age, reason you need the prescription, and other medications you take. Your medication dosage will be adjusted as your body becomes used to the medicine in the system.

Cost of Cozaar in America

The average cost of Cozaar is around $150+. This depends on the dosage, number of tablets at a time, and more. Please speak with your doctor or pharmacist if you are worried about the financials. Cozaar is the name brand of  a generic medication known as Losartan, which costs on average $11 for 15.

FAQs of Cozaar

What is Cozaar used for?

Cozaar is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension)

How does Cozaar work?

Cozaar relaxes your blood vessels, allowing blood to flow more easily. This results in a higher supply of blood and oxygen flowing.

How long does Cozaar take to work?

Cozaar regularly begins working within several hours. You should expect to see your blood pressure begin lowering within weeks.

How long does Cozaar stay in your system?

Cozaar stays in your system for several days before being completely cleared from your system. The Cozaar half life is approximately 2 hours, and the metabolite half-life is 6-9 hours.

When does Cozaar go generic?

Cozaar has a generic name, Losartan. You can ask your doctor to be prescribed the generic brand to be a more cost effective option.

Who makes Cozaar?

Cozaar is made by Merck & Co.

What Class of drug is Cozaar?

Cozaar is in the drug class called angiotensin II receptor blockers, known as ARBs.

What time of day should I take Cozaar?

Morning time is recommended for taking Cozaar, but you can take it at any time as long as you are consistent with the timing. If you are unsure, consult your doctor.

How long should I wait to recheck my blood pressure after taking Cozaar?

It can take at the earliest a week to recognize a change in your blood pressure, but you can expect up to 3-7 weeks for a change in blood pressure. Consult your doctor on when they recommend you check your blood pressure after beginning Cozaar.

Does potassium affect Cozaar?

Cozaar likely will raise your potassium levels. By consuming heavy foods, you are at risk of consuming dangerously high levels of potassium. Please speak with your doctor about if you should change your diet when beginning Cozaar.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The information provided here is for educational purposes only and is not intended to serve as medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment recommendations. It should not be taken as an endorsement of any specific medication or treatment. Individual health conditions and responses to treatment can vary greatly; therefore, this information should not be seen as a guarantee of safety, suitability, or effectiveness for any particular individual. Always consult with a healthcare professional for personalized medical advice and before making any decisions regarding your health or treatment plans.

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