Covance (Losartan Potassium)
What is Covance (Losartan Potassium) used for?
Covance (Losartan Potassium) is an oral angiotensin II receptor antagonist used to treat patients suffering from hypertension. It operates by relaxing blood vessels in the body to allow easier circulation and reduce the amount of work required by the heart. This action may also make it useful for preventing strokes, heart attacks, or kidney damage caused by diabetes. Your physician may prescribe it to treat other unlisted conditions, as well.
How should I use Covance (Losartan Potassium)?
Covance (Losartan Potassium) should always be used according to your physician's instructions to get the most effective results from treatment. The normal dosage is one tablet taken each day, but your individual directions will depend on your current health, the condition being treated, and the severity of your symptoms. Swallow the tablets whole and unaltered along with a large glass of water. They may be taken with or without food, but a meal is recommended before use if you experience nausea. Do not crush, chew, or split the tablets before use to avoid destroying or altering the effects of their contents. Ask your physician any questions you have about the medicine to make sure you are using it correctly.
What are the side effects of Covance (Losartan Potassium)?
Side effects that may occur while using Covance (Losartan Potassium) include:
Stop using the medication and contact your physician immediately if you experience any serious or worrying side effects such as faintness, chest pain, difficulty breathing, sensitive skin, urinary retention, unusual swelling, weight gain, or high levels of potassium in the blood. These conditions may require lower doses, reduced frequency of application, or emergency medical attention in more serious cases.
Do not use Covance (Losartan Potassium) if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, lactose intolerant, if the patient is a child under six years old, or if you have severely decreased liver function. You are also recommended to inform your physician if you are elderly, have angioedema, severe heart failure, mitral valve stenosis, aortic stenosis, renal artery stenosis, decreased fluid volume in the body, hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy, decreased kidney function, or a history of decreased liver function. These conditions may require lower doses or reduced application frequency to prevent unexpected health problems from occurring.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Covance (Losartan Potassium). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have an allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.