Losartan and Hydrochlorothiazide (Systemic)
Brand Names : Hyzaar
Proper Use of This Medicine
works best if there is a constant amount in the blood. To help keep this amount
constant, do not miss any doses and take the medicine at the same time each
In addition to the use of the medicine your doctor has prescribed, treatment
for your high blood pressure may include weight control and care in the types
of foods you eat, especially foods high in sodium. Your doctor will tell you
which of these is most important for you. You should check with your doctor
before changing your diet.
Many patients who have high blood pressure will not notice any signs of
the problem. In fact, many may feel normal. It is very important that you
take your medicine exactly as directed
you keep your appointments with your doctor even if you feel well.
Remember that this medicine will not cure your high blood pressure but
it does help control it. Therefore, you must continue to take it as directed
if you expect to lower your blood pressure and keep it down. You may have to take high blood pressure medicine for the rest of your life
. If high blood pressure is not treated, it can cause serious problems
such as heart failure, blood vessel disease, stroke, or kidney disease.
This medicine may be taken with or without food.
Dosing - The dose of these medicines will be different
for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or
the directions on the label
. The following information includes only
the average doses of this medicine. If your dose is different,
do not change it
unless your doctor tells you to do so.
The number of tablets that you take depends on the strength of the medicine.
Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time
allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend
on the medical problem for which you are taking losartan and hydrochlorothiazide
dosage form (tablets):
For high blood pressure:
Adults - 1 tablet once a day. Your doctor may increase your dose
Children - Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
Missed dose - If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as
soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the
missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.
Storage - To store this medicine:
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store away from heat and direct light.
Do not store in the bathroom, near the kitchen sink, or in other
damp places. Heat or moisture may cause the medicine to break down.
Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed. Be sure
that any discarded medicine is out of the reach of children.