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Cozaar vs. Avapro

Are Cozaar and Avapro the Same Thing?

Cozaar (losartan) and Avapro (irbesartan) are angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs) used to treat hypertension.

Avapro is also sometimes given together with other blood pressure medications. Avapro is also used to treat kidney problems caused by type 2 (non-insulin-dependent) diabetes.

What Are Possible Side Effects of Cozaar?

Common side effects of Cozaar include:

Tell your doctor if you experience serious side effects of Cozaar including pain or burning when you urinate; pale skin, lightheadedness, shortness of breath, rapid heart rate, trouble concentrating; wheezing, chest pain; drowsiness, confusion, mood changes, increased thirst, loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting; swelling, weight gain, urinating less than usual or not at all; or high potassium (slow heart rate, weak pulse, muscle weakness, tingly feeling).

What Are Possible Side Effects of Avapro?

Common side effects of Avapro include:

  • dizziness,
  • lightheadedness, or
  • upset stomach as your body adjusts to the medication, as well as
  • diarrhea,
  • heartburn, or
  • tiredness.

What is Cozaar?

Cozaar (losartan) is an oral angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB) prescribed for the treatment of hypertension.

What are Avapro?

Avapro (irbesartan) is an angiotensin II receptor antagonist used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). Avapro is sometimes given together with other blood pressure medications. Avapro is also used to treat kidney problems caused by type 2 (non-insulin-dependent) diabetes.

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What Drugs Interact With Cozaar?

Cozaar may interact with diuretics (water pills), other blood pressure medications, lithium, celecoxib, or aspirin or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

What Drugs Interact With Avapro?

Avapro may interact with diuretics (water pills) or aspirin or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

How Should Cozaar Be Taken?

Dosing preparations of Cozaar are 25, 50, and 100 mg tablets. Drug interactions with Cozaar may occur with inhibitors of cytochrome P450, potassium- sparing diuretics, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Cozaar should not be used during pregnancy, and it is not known whether it is excreted in breast milk.

How Should Avapro Be Taken?

To treat hypertension the recommended starting dose of Avapro is 150 mg once daily. Patients requiring further reduction in blood pressure should be adjusted to 300 mg once daily. To treat nephropathy in type 2 diabetic patients, the recommended target maintenance dose is 300 mg once daily. Avapro may interact with diuretics (water pills), digoxin, or blood thinners. Tell your doctor all medications you use. Avapro is not recommended for use during pregnancy due to the risk for harm to the fetus. It is unknown if this drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.

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References
SOURCE:
RxList. Cozaar Side Effects Drug Center.
https://www.rxlist.com/cozaar-drug.htm#medguide
RxList. Avapro Side Effects Drug Center.
https://www.rxlist.com/avapro-drug.htm#medguide
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