Medical conditions or symptoms
People who have any of the following conditions should speak to their doctor before taking Etan:
Rated Etan (Cozaar) for Diabetic Nephropathy Report
My husband died while on this drug. He experienced similar bad side effects as some on this forum. He was only 55 and had diabetes and high blood pressure. He died one hour after taking this medicine on 4-19-19 of this year on Good Friday. The death was put down as pulmonary cardiac arrest. I wish I had done an autopsy. I still have the pills that were taken off the market (only certain batches? why only certain ones I do not know). I cannot prove this was the cause but he had many of the bad side effects many have posted here.
What are the uses for Etan?
Etan is used for treating hypertension, reducing the risk of stroke in patients with hypertension, and left ventricular hypertrophy (over developed heart muscle), and treating people with type 2 diabetes, and hypertensive patients with diabetic nephropathy (kidney disease). Etan may be used alone or in combination with other drugs.
3. Who can and can't take Etan
Etan can be taken by adults aged 18 years and over.
Children aged 6 years and older can take it, but only to treat high blood pressure.
Your doctor may prescribe Etan if you've tried taking similar blood pressure-lowering medicines such as ramipril and lisinopril in the past, but had to stop taking them because of side effects such as a dry, irritating cough.
Etan isn't suitable for some people.
To make sure Etan is safe for you, tell your doctor if you:
- have had an allergic reaction to Etan or other medicines in the past
- have diabetes
- have heart, liver or kidney problems
- recently had a kidney transplant
- have had diarrhoea or vomiting
- have been on a low salt diet
- have low blood pressure
- are trying to get pregnant, are already pregnant or you are breastfeeding
Immediate action required: Call 999 or go to A&E if:
- you get a skin rash that may include itchy, red, swollen, blistered or peeling skin
- you're wheezing
- you get tightness in the chest or throat
- you have trouble breathing or talking
- your mouth, face, lips, tongue or throat start swelling
You could be having a serious allergic reaction and may need immediate treatment in hospital.
These are not all the side effects of Etan. For a full list, see the leaflet inside your medicines packet.
You can report any suspected side effect to the UK safety scheme.
How to use Etan POTASSIUM
Read the Patient Information Leaflet if available from your pharmacist before you start taking Etan and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Take this medication by mouth as directed by your doctor, usually once daily with or without food. The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment.
If you are using the liquid form of this medication, shake the bottle well before each dose. Carefully measure the dose using a special measuring device/spoon. Do not use a household spoon because you may not get the correct dose.
Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same time each day. It is important to continue taking this medication even if you feel well. Most people with high blood pressure do not feel sick.
Tell your doctor if your condition does not improve or if it worsens (for example, your blood pressure readings increase).
Rated Etan (Cozaar) for Hypertension Report
I took 25mg of Etan for about a year - seemed to do the job - then I had a period of very stressful things happening and my b/p went up - so my doctor increased it to 50 - seemed ok - then about 3 or 4 weeks after starting it - I started to feel terrible - really bad dizzy spells even when I was sitting the room would spin - very tired and weak - I went back to the 25mg and all those symptoms went away - will be asking my doctor for something else - my blood pressure is still down and I feel much better . I don't like this drug
Urgent advice: Call a doctor or go to A&E as soon as possible if you take too much Etan
If you need to go to your nearest hospital A&E department, do not drive yourself - get someone else to drive you or call for an ambulance.
Take the Etan packet or leaflet inside it plus any remaining medicine with you.
Like all medicines, Etan can cause side effects although not everyone gets them. Side effects often improve as your body gets used to the medicine.
2. Key facts
- Etan lowers your blood pressure and makes it easier for your heart to pump blood around your body.
- It's often used as a second-choice treatment if you had to stop taking another blood pressure-lowering medicine because it gave you a dry, irritating cough.
- If you have diarrhoea and vomiting from a stomach bug or illness while taking Etan, tell your doctor. You may need to stop taking it until you feel better.
- The main side effects of Etan are dizziness and fatigue, but they're usually mild and shortlived.
- Etan is not normally recommended in pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Talk to your doctor if you're trying to get pregnant, you're already pregnant or you're breastfeeding.
- Etan is also called by the brand name Cozaar.