Taking Losartan and have on-going cough probs

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I am almost 52 years old and in relatively good health. I have a chronic kidney condition although my kidney function and BP is pretty good. My renal specialist put me on 25mg of Losartan daily to reduce BP in kidneys - more as a preventative measure to slow down progression of kidney disease.

In the past couple of years, I had a chest infection followed by a residual cough which last a year! My specialist did not mention that Losartan might be the cause. I had numerous antibiotics and eventually the cough subsided. I thought no more of it and have continued taking losartan to this day.

Two weeks ago, I got a chest infection which has left me with a tickly cough. I have coughed so much my ribs hurt.  I saw my renal specialist yesterday after not having been for over a year and a half. He suggested coming off the Losartan for a few days to see if the coughing subsides. He said that this drug can exacerbate respiratory infections. I'm going to see if it makes a difference.

Have other people experience coughing when taking losartan and what dosage? I think mine at 25mg isn't very much. Thanks for reading and looking forward to some responses (I hope!)

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    My husband started taking Losartan and the same day he developed a dry hacking cough that affects his throat - he coughs all night long and wakes up with sore ribs and a headache (It keeps me awake too but worried about him).  He had read that flu like symptoms were a side affect but had no idea it would be this bad.  Googled the drug and cough and found this thread. His dosage is very low 12.5mg a day!!  He decided to continue with the drug to see if the cough would subside.  It's been 2 weeks and if anything it's gotten worse.  We've both been up all night and he's drinking ginger and honey tea right now to soothe his throat.  He will probably stop taking the drug today.  

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    I've been taking Losartan for several years.  During this time I have bouts of dry cough.  I'm in a bout of it right now and it is driving me crazy since I'm having trouble sleeping or talking.  An Internet search indicates that dry cough is a rare, but possible side effect.  For example, see:

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2014204/

    My GP, who I respect a lot, seems to think that the Losartan is not the culprit.  But I intend to take a Losartan break to test that hypothesis.  I'll report back later on the results.

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    Hi curlylox , I changed from ramapril to Losartin 10 years ago because of a cough. Over the last 2 years I have had 5 lots of antibiotics and steroids for a cough. I have just had the last of investigations for it and am waiting for an appointment for results. No one has mentioned that it could be losartin and am wondering now if it is this medication! 
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    I went to my primary care doctor today to ask for an alternative to the 20mg losartan prescription I have been on for over a year. I have developed a dry hacking cough. I can control the cough by taking psudephed pepper and mucinex liquid cough syrup. a couple of times in the past year my doctor had to prescribe a steroid (prednisone) and a antibiotic (zithromax) to try and "kik" the terrible cough. the first time he did this it worked but the cough came back. the last time I saw my doctor I told him I am still coughing he said it had to be either acid reflux or an allergy. I have a referral to a allergist but have not gone yet. I was searching the net the other day and it said that about 7% of patients that take 20mg losartan develop a dry hacking cough. I asked my pharmacist and he suggests that I ask my doctor for a different prescription from another family than losartan. so I hope this resolves this on going aggravating issues. I also have developed some muscle ache and pain. I see that it might cause that too. hopping for the best

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