Cozaar General Information
Cozaar belongs to a new group of medicines, called angiotensin II receptor antagonists.
Cozaar is the only medicine in its class proven to lower the chance of stroke.
Cozaar is used:
• alone or with other blood pressure medicines to lower high blood pressure (hypertension);
• to lower the chance of stroke in patients with high blood pressure and a heart problem called left ventricular hypertrophy;
• to slow the worsening of diabetic kidney disease (nephropathy) in patients with type 2 diabetes who have or had high blood pressure.
In type 2 diabetic patients with protein in the urine, Cozaar has been shown to reduce the need for dialysis or kidney transplantation.
Cozaar is not addictive.
Follow the directions for using this medicine provided by your doctor. Take Cozaar exactly as directed.
Cozaar is generally taken once daily.
Take Cozaar at about the same time each day. Taking your tablet(s) at the same time each day will have the best effect. It will also help you remember when to take the tablets.
Swallow Cozaar with a glass of water or other liquid. It does not matter whether you take Cozaar before or after food.
Continue taking Cozaar for as long as your doctor prescribes.
If you miss a dose of Cozaar, take it as soon as you remember. If it is close to your next dose, do not take the missed dose. Just take the next dose at your regular time.
Keep Cozaar at room temperature. Protect from light.
Store at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 to 30 degrees C) away from heat and light.
Do not store in the bathroom.
Cozaar Possible Side Effects
Infrequent side effects such as dizziness, diarrhea, stomach upset, stuffed nose or dry mouth may occur the first several days as your body adjusts to the medication.
If any of these effects persist or worsen, contact your doctor.
Unlikely to occur but report promptly abdominal pain, persistent sore throat, muscle weakness, unusual fatigue, joint or muscle aches, fever or major change in the amount of urine eliminated.
In the unlikely event you have an allergic reaction to this drug, seek immediate medical attention.
Symptoms of an allergic reaction include rash, itching, swelling, dizziness or breathing trouble.
If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
Tell your doctor your medical history, including any pre-existing kidney or liver disease, congestive heart failure, diabetes or any allergies, especially drug allergies.
To avoid dizziness and lightheadedness when rising from a seated or lying position, get up slowly.
Also limit your intake of alcoholic beverages which will aggravate these effects.
Use caution performing tasks requiring alertness if this medication causes you to feel dizzy.
Caution is advised when this drug is used in the elderly.
This medication can cause harm to a fetus and its use is not recommended during pregnancy.
Consult your doctor before using this medication.
It is not known if this drug is excreted into breast milk.
Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
Cozaar Missed Dose
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as remembered; do not take it if it is near the time for the next dose, instead, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule.
Do not "double-up" the dose to catch up.
Tell your doctor of all over-the-counter or prescription medication you may take including any other drugs for blood pressure (e.g., diuretics-"water pills").
Do not take any over-the-counter medication for allergies or cough or colds without consulting your doctor or pharmacist.
Many of the products contain ingredients which may interact with the effects of this medication.
Also, tell your doctor of any aspirin or aspirin-like pain or fever medications that you use and of other drugs that can cause kidney problems such as amphotericin, gentamicin, etc.
Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.