When is the best time to take losartan? What if I miss a dose of losartan?
Losartan (US and Canadian Brand name Cozaar) is an Angiotensin II Receptor Blocker. It is used to control high blood pressure. It basically causes blood vessels to relax and that lowers blood pressure.
I always tell patients the best time to take Losartan (sometimes also called losartan potassium) is when you will remember to take it. The most important thing is that you take it at about the same time each day. That will vary from person to person, morning or evening. Your doctor may want you to take it at a certain time each day if your blood pressure seems to peak at the same time each day. For the medication to work properly it must be taken on a regular basis. It is usually taken once a day, but sometimes take twice a day. Find a time that fits into your daily routine. If you seem to forget frequently you may benefit from a weekly pill box or even set an alarm in your phone to remind you each day. Losartan can be taken with or without food.
If you miss a dose, it is best to take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, just skip it. It would be wise to monitor your blood pressure and make sure the missed dose has not had a large effect on the blood pressure. The benefit of Losartan comes from taking it every day, it is not used just on an as needed basis.
If you accidentally take two doses, keep an eye on your blood pressure. There is the potential for hypotension, or low blood pressure. The drop in blood pressure could make you feel faint or dizzy. Contact your Pharmacist if you are uncertain how to proceed.
If you are experiencing any problems with Losartan be sure to speak with a licensed healthcare professional. As always, do not stop or change your medications with first speaking with your doctor or pharmacist.