Lotensin is prescribed for the treatment of high blood pressure, congestive heart failure and chronic renal failure.
However, your doctor may also prescribe Lotensin for other conditions if found appropriate.
How to use Lotensin
The ideal way to use Lotensin is to follow the instructions of your doctor. An alternative way is to check the medicine label for dosage instructions.
Lotensin may be taken with or without a meal.
Preferably, Lotensin should be taken at the same time each day to help maintain a regular routine for taking it.
You must not stop taking Lotensin without consulting your doctor even if you attain relief after a short while post starting treatment.
It is important that you maintain a strict schedule for taking Lotensin to ensure that you do not miss any doses. But if you do, then you may take it as soon as you remember provided that you space out the next dosage accordingly.
On the other hand, if it is almost time for the next dose, then omit this dose and continue with your normal dosage schedule.
Never consume two doses to compensate for a missed dosage.
Store Lotensin between 59 to 77 degrees F (15 and 25 Degrees), at room temperature. Ensure that you protect it from direct exposure to heat/moisture/light and from the reach of children and pets.
Avoid storing Lotensin in the bathroom.
A Lotensin overdose may have certain adverse symptoms like low blood pressure which may require immediate medical attention. So please contact your doctor immediately if you suspect that the patient has overdosed on Lotensin.
Consult your doctor before using Lotensin if you have conditions like poor kidney function, abdominal pain, nausea or vomiting., if you have any kind of allergies to food items, medicines or other substances, if you are using some kind of herbal preparation, dietary supplement, prescription or non prescription drug.
Do not use Lotensin if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in it (read medicine label if unsure).
In extremely rare cases, Lotensin is known to cause a low white blood cell count which may lead to infections. Please contact your doctor if this occurs.
You must avoid taking alcoholic beverages while using Lotensin as it can increase the chances of becoming drowsy, faint or dizzy. Potentially hazardous tasks like driving, handling heavy machinery should also be avoided.
Do not use a salt substitute or a product with potassium in it without consulting your doctor first.
If you are pregnant or have plans for a pregnancy, then consult your doctor before using Lotensin as Lotensin may harm your fetus.
If you are breast feeding then please maintain caution as it is unknown whether Lotensin is passed into the breast milk. So please consult your doctor prior to using it.
Lotensin can interact with diuretics (water pills) and other blood pressure medicines to cause an excessive drop in blood pressure, which can result in symptoms of weakness, dizziness, and lightheadedness.
It can also interact with potassium supplements, potassium containing salt substitutes, and potassium conserving diuretics such as amiloride (Moduretic), spironolactone (Aldactone), and triamterene (Dyazide, Maxzide), Indomethacin (Indocin) and possibly other anti-inflammatory medications, lithium.
You must inform your doctor or your dentist about Lotensin before you undergo treatment or any emergency surgery.
You may be required to undergo certain lab tests while taking Lotensin. These tests are prescribed to monitor the progress as well as the severity of side effects. Please do not miss any lab appointments.