About ALSARTAN H TABLET
ALSARTAN H TABLET belongs to the class of anti-hypertensives primarily taken to treat hypertension (high blood pressure) and reduce the risk of stroke in patients with high blood pressure. ALSARTAN H TABLET is a combination medication generally used when a single medicine is unable to control high blood pressure. Hypertension or high blood pressure is a life-long or chronic condition in which the force exerted against the artery wall becomes too high. It can lead to the risk of heart diseases, like heart attack and stroke.
ALSARTAN H TABLET is a combination of Losartan (angiotensin II receptor antagonist) and Hydrochlorothiazide (thiazide diuretic or water pill). Losartan is an angiotensin receptor blocker that helps to relax and widen the blood vessels (arteries) for easy blood flow to the whole body. Hydrochlorothiazide is a diuretic that prevents absorption of excess salt in the body, preventing fluid retention. Together it lowers blood pressure and prevents the risk of stroke, heart attack, and edema (fluid overload).
You can take ALSARTAN H TABLET with food or empty stomach. It should be swallowed whole with a glass of water. Your doctor will advise you how often you take your tablets based on your medical condition. You may experience upper respiratory infections, dizziness, feeling tired, nausea, diarrhea, back pain, and cold/flu symptoms like a cough in some cases. Most of these side effects of ALSARTAN H TABLET do not require medical attention and gradually resolve over time. However, if the side effects are persistent, reach out to your doctor.
Do not use potassium supplements or salt substitutes unless the doctor has told you. In rare cases, ALSARTAN H TABLET can cause a condition that results in the skeletal muscle problem, leading to further kidney failure. If you notice unexplained muscle pain, dark color urine, tenderness, or weakness, especially if you also have a fever or unexplained tiredness, immediately contact the doctor.
Do not use if you are pregnant, planning to get pregnant, stop taking ALSARTAN H TABLET, and tell your doctor right away. Besides this, you should not use the ALSARTAN H TABLET if you are unable to urinate. If you have diabetes, do not use ALSARTAN H TABLET with any medication that contains aliskiren (a blood pressure medicine). Before taking ALSARTAN H TABLET, tell your doctor if you have ever had liver disease, kidney failure, glaucoma (increased eye pressure), high or low magnesium or potassium levels in your blood, and allergies or asthma, lupus (an autoimmune disease), diabetes.
Uses of ALSARTAN H TABLET
Hypertension (high blood pressure), Prevention of stroke
ALSARTAN H TABLET is a combination of Losartan (angiotensin II receptor antagonist) and Hydrochlorothiazide (thiazide diuretic or water pill). Losartan is an angiotensin receptor blocker that helps to relax and widen the blood vessels (arteries). Hydrochlorothiazide is a diuretic that prevents absorption of excess salt in the body, preventing fluid retention. Together it lowers blood pressure and prevents the risk of stroke, heart attack, and edema (fluid retention).
Directions for Use
Side Effects of ALSARTAN H TABLET
Like all medicines, ALSARTAN H TABLET also has some side effects, though it is not mandatory for everyone to experience them. Common side effects of ALSARTAN H TABLET include dizziness, feeling tired, nausea, diarrhea, dehydration, back pain, and cold/flu symptoms. Most of these side effects of ALSARTAN H TABLET do not require medical attention and gradually resolve over time. However, if the side effects are persistent, reach out to your doctor.
In-Depth Precautions and Warning
ALSARTAN H TABLET should not be given to the people allergic to ALSARTAN H TABLET, have low blood pressure (less than 90 mm of Hg), have had a heart attack, kidney disease, liver disease, pregnant women, or planning to get pregnant and breastfeeding women. It should be used with caution in patients who have diabetes. Besides this, it is contraindicated in low blood pressure (hypotension), cardiogenic shock (sudden stopping of blood flow to the heart), and aortic stenosis (heart valve problem). ALSARTAN H TABLET can pass into breast milk, but its effect on the baby is not known. So, it is better to tell your doctor if you are taking ALSARTAN H TABLET and breastfeeding. Do not consume alcohol with ALSARTAN H TABLET as it may increase the risk of low blood pressure. Avoid potassium supplements with ALSARTAN H TABLET as it may lead to high potassium levels in the blood. Regular blood tests and blood pressure monitoring are recommended while taking ALSARTAN H TABLET. Drink a lot of fluids as ALSARTAN H TABLET can cause dehydration, so to avoid unpleasant side-effects, increase the intake of fluids.
Drug-drug interaction: This medicine may have an interaction with medicines used to treat mood disorders (lithium), medicines used to treat heart disorders (digoxin), antidiabetic medicines (metformin, insulin), medicines used to treat erectile dysfunction (sildenafil), medicines used to lower cholesterol levels (simvastatin), immunosuppressants (cyclosporine), and other anti-hypertensive medicines (aliskiren, enalapril, lisinopril, ramipril), NSAIDs (ibuprofen, naproxen), and antidiabetics (insulin, glipizide, pioglitazone, rosiglitazone).
Drug-food Interaction: ALSARTAN H TABLET may interact with high potassium-containing food and drinks. So, if you are using any of the OTC items, please tell your doctor.
Drug-Disease Interaction: The efficacy of ALSARTAN H TABLET is affected, and the disease condition may even worsen if taken in patients with a recent or history of heart attack, low blood pressure, low potassium level, low electrolytes (sodium, potassium, calcium, etc.), anuria (non-passage of urine), angioedema (an allergic condition with swelling under the skin), lupus (an autoimmune disease), kidney disease, liver disease, and diabetes.