For those who are treating diabetic nephropathy with losartan, dosing recommendations typically start at 50 mg once a day. Depending on your response to the medication, your healthcare provider may choose to alter your dosage accordingly. The recommended starting dosage for those with high blood pressure is 50 mg once daily, with a final daily dose between 25 mg and 100 mg. Children who are being treated for high blood pressure usually start with 0.7 mg per kilogram of body weight once a day.
Losartan Dosing: An Introduction
The dose of losartan potassium (Cozaar®) that your healthcare provider recommends will vary depending on a number of factors, including:
- The medical condition you are being treated for
- Other medical conditions you may have
- Other medications you may be currently taking
- How you respond to losartan.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
Losartan Dosage for High Blood Pressure
The recommended starting dose of losartan for most people with high blood pressure (hypertension) is losartan 50 mg once a day. Based on the blood pressure response and/or losartan side effects, the dosage may be increased or decreased. With each change in dosage, it may take several weeks to see the full effects of losartan on lowering blood pressure. Most people require a final dose of losartan 25 mg to 100 mg either as one dose or two smaller doses.
For children, the usual starting dose of losartan is 0.7 mg per kilogram of body weight once a day.
Losartan Dosing for Diabetic Nephropathy
The recommended starting losartan dosage for people with diabetic nephropathy is losartan 50 mg once a day. Based on whether losartan side effects occur, the dosage may be increased or decreased.