Lotensin

Lotensin Medication Information:

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Lotensin 5 mg
Lotensin 10 mg
Lotensin 20 mg

Using LOTENSIN safely

What does your doctor need to know about you?

To decide whether you can take LOTENSIN safely, your doctor must know whether you have certain medical conditions. Before taking LOTENSIN, make sure your doctor knows if you have:

  • allergic reactions to drugs

  • kidney disease

  • previously taken medications, especially diuretics (“water pills”)

  • other medical problems.

Do not take LOTENSIN if you have or previously had a condition involving hoarseness, swelling of the face, mouth, hands, or feet, or sudden breathing problems.

LOTENSIN contains lactose (milk sugar). If you have severe lactose intolerance, tell your doctor before taking LOTENSIN.

You are pregnant or breast-feeding or thinking of becoming pregnant?

Taking LOTENSIN during pregnancy can cause injury and even death to your baby. This medicine should not be used during pregnancy. If you become pregnant while taking LOTENSIN, stop the medication and report to your doctor as soon as possible. It is possible that LOTENSIN passes into breast milk. You should not breast-feed while taking LOTENSIN.

What about taking other drugs at the same time?

Please give your doctor precise information on any other drugs you may be taking, especially other drugs that lower blood pressure, drugs serving to remove fluids (diuretics, “water pills”) or potassium supplements (e.g., Slow K). Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken: lithium, a medicine used to treat some psychological conditions, indomethacin, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agent used to relieve pain and inflammation, insulin or oral anti-diabetics, or injectable gold for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis.

Salt substitute preparations

You should not take any salt substitutes containing potassium while using LOTENSIN. Read the label of these products to see if they contain potassium.


What are the side effects for Lotensin?

Along with its intended action, any medication, including LOTENSIN, may cause side effects. Most people do not have any problems with side effects, but if they do occur they may require medical attention.

During the first few days of LOTENSIN therapy, some patients may experience light-headedness or dizziness. If this happens to you it should be reported to your doctor. If your dizziness is severe and causes fainting, stop taking LOTENSIN and contact your doctor. Dizziness or lightheadedness may also occur during your LOTENSIN therapy if you experience an extreme loss of body water due to excessive sweating, inadequate fluid intake, vomiting or diarrhea.

In rare instances, patients who have been given an ACE inhibitor drug have developed swelling of the face, lips, tongue, ankles, wrists, or difficulty swallowing or breathing. In the event that you develop any of these symptoms, you should stop taking LOTENSIN and contact your doctor immediately.

The following reactions may also occur at the start of treatment with LOTENSIN: tiredness, drowsiness, nervousness, difficulty sleeping, feelings of anxiety, headache, stomach upset, palpitations, hot flushes and noises in the ears. These reactions often go away within 1 to 2 weeks of treatment. However, if these or any other problems appear and do not go away during treatment, you should report them to your doctor.

Please tell your doctor if any of the following happens:

  • a sign of infection (e.g., sore throat, fever)

  • “viral-like” symptoms (e.g., fever, a feeling of illness, muscle pain, rash, enlargement of glands), abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, jaundice (yellowing of skin and/or eyes), itching or any other unexplained symptoms that occur in the first weeks to months of therapy

  • coughing, sore throat, sinusitis

  • sad mood (depression)

  • pain in the chest.

Sometimes drugs for the treatment of high blood pressure may adversely affect your powers of concentration. Make sure you know how you react to LOTENSIN before you drive, use machines or do other tasks that require you to be alert.


How to take LOTENSIN

Always take your dose of LOTENSIN as directed by your doctor. Never change the dose unless told to do so. You can take your LOTENSIN before, during or after a meal since food will not decrease its effectiveness.

LOTENSIN will not cure high blood pressure, but it does help to control it. You must continue to take LOTENSIN as directed if you expect to lower your blood pressure and keep it down. It is important that your doctor check your progress at regular visits to make sure that this medicine is working the way it should.

Your doctor will tell you exactly how long you will need to take the tablets.

To help you to remember to take your medicine, try to take it at the same time each day. If you miss a dose, try to take the missed dose as soon as possible. If it is less than 10 hours until your next dose anyway, skip the missed dose and then go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at the same time.

If you have accidentally taken too many LOTENSIN tablets, talk to your doctor straight away. You might require medical attention.


Storage

Protect your tablets from heat (store at 15 to 30°C) and humidity.


 

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