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What Is Losartan Used For?

How Does Losartan Work?

Losartan is part of a class of drugs called angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs for short). As the name of the drug class implies, losartan blocks angiotensin II receptors. This decreases the effectiveness of a chemical known as angiotensin II, which normally causes blood vessels to narrow (constrict). By blocking the effects of angiotensin II, losartan causes blood vessels to relax, which can lower blood pressure.

Is Losartan Used for Children?

Losartan has been approved for use in children ages six and older for the treatment of high blood pressure.

Is Losartan Used Off-Label?

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend losartan for treating a condition other than those listed above. This is called an "off-label" use. At this time, there are no universally accepted off-label losartan uses.
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