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Micardis vs. Cozaar

Are Micardis and Cozaar the Same Thing?

Micardis (telmisartan) and Cozaar (losartan) are angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs) used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension).

Micardis is sometimes given together with other blood pressure medications. Micardis is also used to reduce the risk of stroke, heart attack, or death from heart problems in people who are at least 55 years old with risk factors for serious heart disorders.

Side effects of Micardis and Cozaar that are similar include dizziness, back pain, stuffy nose, cough, stomach pain, diarrhea, headache, or tired feeling.

Side effects of Micardis that are different from Cozaar include lightheadedness, blurred vision, sinus pain, weakness, or skin rash.

Side effects of Cozaar that are different from Micardis include muscle cramps, leg pain, sleep problems (insomnia), and cold or flu symptoms such as sneezing, sore throat, and fever.

Both Micardis and Cozaar may interact with alcohol, diuretics (water pills), aspirin or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), potassium supplements or salt substitutes, lithium, or other blood pressure medicines.

Micardis may also interact with digoxin.

What Are Possible Side Effects of Micardis?

Common side effects of Micardis include:

  • dizziness,
  • lightheadedness,
  • blurred vision, or
  • back pain as your body adjusts to the medication.
  • Other side effects of Micardis include stuffy nose,
  • sinus pain,
  • cough,
  • stomach pain,
  • diarrhea,
  • headache,
  • tired feeling,
  • weakness, or
  • skin rash.

Tell your doctor if you have serious side effects of Micardis including:

  • fainting,
  • unusual change in the amount of urine, or
  • symptoms of a high potassium blood level (such as muscle weakness, slow/irregular heartbeat).

What Are Possible Side Effects of Cozaar?

Common side effects of Cozaar include:

  • diarrhea
  • stomach pain
  • muscle cramps
  • leg or back pain
  • dizziness
  • headache
  • sleep problems (insomnia)
  • tiredness, and
  • cold or flu symptoms such as stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat, fever, and cough

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 Is Micardis?

Micardis (telmisartan) is an angiotensin II receptor antagonist used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). Micardis is sometimes given together with other blood pressure medications. Micardis is also used to reduce the risk of stroke, heart attack, or death from heart problems in people who are at least 55 years old with risk factors for serious heart disorders.

What Is Cozaar?

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

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What Drugs Interact With Micardis?

Micardis may interact with diuretics (water pills), or digoxin. Tell your doctor all medications you are taking.

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).

How Should Micardis Be Taken?

Dosage of Micardis is individualized. The usual starting dose is 40 mg once a day.

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.

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References

FDA. Micardis Prescribing Information.
https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2011/020850s032lbl.pdf
DailyMed. Cozaar Product Information.
https://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/drugInfo.cfm?setid=5ac32c20-169d-475a-fc8a-934f758d6ab0

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