Losartan = Stomach Pain?

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I've been taking 25mg of Losartan every morning for the past 5 months. 4 months ago I had a discomfort in my lower left abdominal area, not a pain just discomfort. Now that same discomfort has begun to move around, lower left one day, lower right the next, upper right the next, and so on.  I have been doing some research and now find that Losartan may be the cause of this. I have tried most everything to alleviate the discomfort but nothing works. 

It doesn't matter what I eat it is no better or worse. 

It doesn't matter if I drink caffeine or not it is no better no worse.

I'm fully functional it is not debilitating at all, it's just uncomfortable.

When I have a bowel movement, it is no better or worse (sometimes it feels a little better but it's constantly there)

I'd say my level of discomfort is typically a 2 on a 1-10 scale.

Anyone who has had stomach pain related to Losartan, I would be interested in hearing your opinion as I am currently at a loss. Also, does it ever go away? I was taking Lisinopril but the damn cough was more than I wanted to deal with......

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    Hello Rusty! I'm on losartan 50mg but haven't notice abdominal discomfort but it could definitely be the cause of it, best thing you can do is talk to your doctor and get checked to see if there's something else causing you that problem, side effects usually go away within the first month of treatment.

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    Rusty, that’s a very low dose and I would be surprised if it was the cause of your discomfort.   Losartan is the BP pill that my pharmacist has said he hears the least complaints about from his patients.  It is certainly the only drug out of 8 that hasn’t given me any problems at the 50mg daily dose although if I increase it to 100mg I get an all over body itch. One thing I would recommend is to eat a small pot of ‘live’ yoghurt before taking the pill.   It will help to line your stomach from any possible pill side effect.  
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      I myself was on a tiny dose, it was working well re lowering blood pressure even at that dose, which was why i persisted despite other side effects, having had probs with other blood pressure drugs.. i also ate at least 2 small pots of yoghurt a day!  i have been told i am  medication sensitive. 
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      “I have been told I am medication sensitive”.  

      Snap, only the consultant has added the word “super” before “sensitive”!

      At my next consultation I am expecting trial of yet another pill to be added to the Losartan - the 9th or 10th trial pill - dreading it as the last one had me in A&E on a drip for uncontrollable diarrhoea.  I was told to continue it as the considered it was a bug (I knew it wasn’t but they were more concerned about the health he BP).  Eight days later, such bad nausea for 3 days (plus blurred vision and weakness) that I couldn’t eat.  Stopped the new pill (Hydralazine) and recovered back to normal.  I guess my stomach may have become a little sensitive as an idiot of a GP thought it would be okay to give me an extra week’s supply of Cefalexin for a UTI about 18 months ago - that landed me in hospital with Clostridium Difficile!  Pharmacist described the GP’s decision as “dangerous”!

      Please let me know if you find a drug that works without any side effects, Annie?!!!! 

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    Top of the side effects list although probably as in alphabetical order.

    More Common

    Abdominal or stomach pain

     

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      Agree top of side effects, i think because that is the most common ARB effect, was reading re Olmersartan, and how that was the worst ARB for these effects, some people having constant diarrhoea. i had only 2 periond of several days of this, tho the gut did not feel right until stopped and weeks had gone by , 6-8 weeks
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    Hi, i had possibly similar gut problems, worse at first , then that sort of calmed a bit over time but  it never went, and was, by the time i had to stop, (because of the other side effects including tight chest and breathing difficulties) i had sort of got used to it, and had not realised, once of was off it, and 2 months had gone by, how much that side effect had impacted my life, i now consider losartan the most awful of the drugs i have taken, even surpassing beta blockers.  i am still not over the sun sensitivity it seems to have started, Though this has been worsened by a few weeks of ACE. now off them . re losartan, hair loss was one symptom i did not notice at first as it seemed to be in patches, now it is growing back it is amazing how much is coming back.
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