A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.
The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.
Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.
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Losartan HCTZ is taken by orally usually daily or as directed by your physician. It can be taken with or without food, and if it causes you to urinate more frequently, then it is better to take it at least 4 hours before bedtime so that you do not disrupt your sleep.
Do read the patient information leaflet available before you start taking Losartan HCTZ.
If you are taking drugs to lower your cholesterol level, then it is better to take losartan HCTZ at least 4 hours before or 4 to 6 hours after taking these cholesterol medications.
The dosage of this medication depends on how you respond to the treatment and the severity of your medical condition. Use this medication regularly and make sure you take it at the same time every day.
Let your doctor know if the condition becomes better or starts to worsen.
The ingredients in Losartan are:
Losartan HCTZ can cause serious damage to a fetus during pregnancy; therefore, it is important to prevent taking this drug when you’re pregnant.
Let your doctor know if you are allergic to losartan HCTZ.
Your doctor must know about your medical background and your family’s medical history.
Keep in mind that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she judged that the benefits of this medication outweigh the risk. Many people who use this medication do not have serious side effects; however, some side effects you may experience when using losartan HCTZ are: