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Could taking Losartan mitigate( lessen) the effect of being infected by COVID 19. if you are infected . It seems it does

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    Your question does not make sense for a start.

    Secondly how does it seem it does? Back this up?

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      Hi mark , After reading Wiki about Losartan to which i have just been prescribed by Cardiologist only last friday i have been taken off Amlodipine for which been taking for roughly 20 years , and put on Losartan 50mg . so decided go on wiki to see about the effects of Losartan . but after reading , at bottom of page . there it is Losartan late in feb 2020 research mitigates the effect of covid 19 .

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    This doesnt really make a lot of sense, particularly as one of the common side effects of Losartan is upper respiratory infections. As the Covid19 virus is known to cause breathing problems and in some cases pneumonia, I cant see that a medication such as this would actually lessen the problem. Spurious claims like this do more harm than good. Best advice re corona virus - speak to a medical professional who knows what they are talking about.

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      Hi Loxie. i only have just been prescribed Losartan by cardiologist on Friday last . after years of taking Amlodipine for BP . Amlodipine was causing to much ankle swelling . so i decided , go on wiki to find out about the effects of Losartan 50mg . but right at bottom of page there it is. Losartan research seems to mitigate the effect of covid 19 . how i don't know . but up to now i have only taken two tablets of Losartan .

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      That's very interesting. Following your post I too went online to do some research into this as my partner is on meds for hypertension. There are a few research articles about the connection between ACE inhibitors and Covid19 - but conversely to what you found, it would appear the ones I read stated that there was an increased risk of being more severely affected by the virus as a result of being on those meds - have a look at 'ACE inhibitors as a potential risk factor for fatal Covid-19' the article I read was on the BMJ website. All very confusing and just shows how easy it is for us the general public to be given insufficient and imprecise advice.

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      Very up to date with that !

      Some hypotheses emerged in late February 2020 that AT1R blockers such as losartan may work to mitigate the symptoms of COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) infection

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      Hi loxie , The ATR 1 blocker . i think that means Angiotensin 1 receptor. not the Angiotensin 2 for which Amlodipine is for . maybe that's why i was given them , but i just might have become a guinea pig (hope not ) and the cardiologist knows what he's doing , if i'm still hear in a few weeks after my blood test to see if it working i'll get back to you .lol

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      in the meantime dont forget the hand sanitiser 😃 . I wish we'd get clear and precise info - my partner has been on BP meds for years. Last year he had a heart attack and some months later had quadruple bypass surgery. He also suffers from kidney stones frequently which affects his BP. Now our local doctors surgery has posted on their website today that a patient treated there on Tuesday has tested positive for corona virus and they've shut the centre for deep cleaning. We were both in there yesterday to pick up a doctors certificate for my partner who is off sick with a nasty other cold virus. We cant find out if we're supposed to self isolate or not as nobody is answering phones or email messages. Oh well, I have enough toilet paper for the next 14 days smile

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      Sorry to hear that Anthony, lung function problems are a known side effect of Losartan. We have been trying to get answers from our GP or NHS Direct on which meds have indicated higher risk for contracting or more serious outcomes with the new virus, to no avail. So I went online and read an article in the Lancet (hardly a publication not to be trusted) Part of it said the following:

      "Consequently, the increased expression of ACE2 would facilitate infection with COVID-19. We therefore hypothesise that diabetes and hypertension treatment with ACE2-stimulating drugs increases the risk of developing severe and fatal

      COVID-19".

      However, the answers we're getting from our GP practice is that it's nonsence and there's no evidence. They wont therefore consider a change of medication for my partner.

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      Hi Loxie . me to read same thing , when i was a child i spent 2 years in convalescent with TB . of the chest . iron lung ect ect. my window was never shut. and i have slept outside with snow falling . Lung Exercise's with Indian Clubs . that is them wooden skittle things. plus breathing exercise's . you would be surprised how many people don't know how to breath . People who Stutter . for one. have a look on you know who video to learn . just might help a bit .good luck tony

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      Singing (even if you're tone deaf) is apparently wonderful for increasing lung capacity, I was told when I was recovering from pneumonia and pleurisy some years ago to sing whilst I walked, as it would stop me from taking too shallow breaths and thus increase my lung capacity whilst at the same time preventing me from getting short of breath.

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      laughing here. I did get some very peculiar looks whilst wandering round the local park tunelessly belting out a chorus of 'the hills are alive' but now I can blame being old for being slightly crazy. 😃

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      Talking to a couple on the seafront when a guy approached us

      and introduced himself as Robert Hardman of the Daily Mail. I often see his

      articles. He asked us how the virus was affecting our lives and the four of

      spoke to him for about half an hour. He said the train from London was

      practically empty with the few passengers wearing masks and going to Gatwick.

      So we may be in the news tomorrow.

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