Lotensin is indicated for treatment of high blood pressure. It may be used alone or with other blood pressure medicines. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Use Lotensin as directed by your doctor. Take Lotensin with or without a meal. To help you remember to take Lotensin, take it around the same time each day. Drink plenty of fluids while taking Lotensin. Not drinking enough fluids or excessive sweating, diarrhea, or vomiting can lead to lightheadedness or fainting. For children who cannot swallow tablets, ask your doctor or pharmacist about preparing a suspension of Lotensin.
Before taking Lotensin, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if you have allergies to medicines, if you are allergic to any ingredient in Lotensin, if you have ever had liver or kidney problems, kidney transplantation, or diabetes, if you have systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE or lupus), scleroderma or a collagen vascular disease (ask your doctor if you are not sure), bone marrow suppression, low blood counts, low blood pressure, low blood sodium, high blood potassium, or narrowing or hardening of the arteries of the brain, or are dehydrated, if you are scheduled to have surgery or to receive anesthesia or kidney dialysis, if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or are breast–feeding. When Lotensin is used after the third month of pregnancy, it can cause injury or even death to the developing fetus. If you suspect that you could be pregnant, contact your doctor immediately. Lotensin is excreted in breast milk. Do not breast–feed while taking Lotensin. Some medicines may interact with Lotensin. Therefore tell your doctor of all prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement that you are taking. Lotensin may cause a dry, unproductive cough. This symptom usually stops after treatment with Lotensin is stopped. Before you have any medical or dental treatments, emergency care, or surgery, tell the doctor or dentist that you are using Lotensin. Do not use a salt substitute or a potassium supplement without checking with your doctor. Lotensin may affect your blood sugar. Id you are a diabetic check blood sugar levels closely and ask your doctor before adjusting the dose of your diabetes medicine. Lab tests may be performed to monitor your progress. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments. Lotensin is not recommended for use in children younger than 6 years of age. Safety and effectiveness in this age group have not been confirmed.
If you miss a dose take it as soon as you remember. However if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the Missed Dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one.
Possible Side Effects
Some of the Possible Side Effects are– Cough, dizziness, especially upon standing, headache, nausea, sleepiness, tiredness. Contact your doctor if any of these or other side effects occur. If you experience any of the following serious side effects, you should seek medical attention immediately– allergic reactions (rash, hives, difficulty breathing, tightness in the chest, swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue), chest pain, chills, fainting, fever, hoarseness, irregular or slow heartbeat, lightheadedness, sore throat, unusual stomach pain, yellowing of the skin or eyes.
Store Lotensin below 86 °F (30 °C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Lotensin out of the reach of children.
If overdose is suspected seek medical attention immediately. Some of the symptoms of Lotensin overdose are– dizziness, lightheadedness, especially upon standing, weakness.
Lotensin may cause drowsiness, dizziness, or lightheadedness. These effects may worsen if Lotensin is taken with alcohol or certain other medications. Use Lotensin with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to this drug. If your symptoms do not improve or if they worsen, contact your doctor. Lotensin should be used only by the patient for whom it has been prescribed. Do not take less or more or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor.
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