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Losartan

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Last updated: 06 May 2020
Published: 12 Aug 2020

4.1 Therapeutic indications

• Treatment of essential hypertension in adults and in children and adolescents 6-18 years of age.

• Treatment of renal disease in adult patients with hypertension and type 2 diabetes mellitus with proteinuria ≥ 0.5 g/day as part of an antihypertensive treatment (see sections 4.3, 4.4, 4.5 and 5.1).

• Treatment of chronic heart failure in adult patients when treatment with Angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors is not considered suitable due to incompatibility, especially cough, or contraindication. Patients with heart failure who have been stabilised with an ACE inhibitor should not be switched to losartan. The patients should have a left ventricular ejection fraction ≤ 40% and should be clinically stable and on an established treatment regimen for chronic heart failure.

• Reduction in the risk of stroke in adult hypertensive patients with left ventricular hypertrophy documented by ECG (see section 5.1 LIFE study, Race).

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