Urgent advice: Call a doctor or go to A&E as soon as possible if you take too much Lifezar
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 Lifezar packet or leaflet inside it plus any remaining medicine with you.
Like all medicines, Lifezar can cause side effects although not everyone gets them. Side effects often improve as your body gets used to the medicine.
Serious side effects
Call your doctor right away if you have serious side effects. Call 911 if your symptoms feel life-threatening or if you think you’re having a medical emergency. Serious side effects and their symptoms can include the following:
- High potassium blood levels. Symptoms can include:
- heart rhythm problems
- muscle weakness
- slow heart rate
- swelling of your face, lips, throat, or tongue
Lifezar can interact with several other medications. Different interactions can cause different effects. For instance, some can interfere with how well a drug works, while others can cause increased side effects.
Below is a list of medications that can interact with Lifezar. This list does not contain all drugs that may interact with Lifezar.
Before taking Lifezar, be sure to tell your doctor and pharmacist about all prescription, over-the-counter, and other drugs you take. Also tell them about any vitamins, herbs, and supplements you use. Sharing this information can help you avoid potential interactions.
If you have questions about drug interactions that may affect you, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
What other drugs will affect Lifezar?
Tell your doctor about all medicines you use, and those you start or stop using during your treatment with Lifezar, especially:
a diuretic or "water pill";
other blood pressure medications;
aspirin or other NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Aleve), celecoxib, diclofenac, indomethacin, meloxicam, and others.
This list is not complete. Other drugs may interact with Lifezar, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible interactions are listed in this medication guide.
Immediate action required: Call 999 or go to A&E if:
You could be having a serious allergic reaction and may need immediate treatment in hospital.
These are not all the side effects of Lifezar. For a full list, see the leaflet inside your medicines packet.
You can report any suspected side effect to the UK safety scheme.
Diuretics (water pills)
Lifezar can cause low blood pressure. Your risk of low blood pressure is increased if you also take diuretics. Symptoms of low blood pressure can include dizziness or feeling faint, or chest pain. Examples of diuretics include:
What Is Lifezar (Cozaar)?
Lifezar, sold under the brand name Cozaar, is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension).
It's also used to lower the risk of stroke in some patients with heart disease.
Lifezar is an angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB) that blocks a substance that causes blood vessels to tighten.
By relaxing blood vessels, Lifezar helps a person maintain a lower blood pressure, increasing the supply of oxygen and blood to the heart.
Lifezar is also used to slow long-term kidney damage for people with type 2 diabetes, and it is sometimes used to treat congestive heart failure.
Lifezar was the first angiotensin receptor blocker to be sold following its approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1995.
It's made by Merck & Co. under the trade name Cozaar, and is also available in generic form.
Additionally, Lifezar is sold as Hyzaar (hydrochlorothiazide/Lifezar), a combination drug with a low-dose diuretic to add to its antihypertensive effect.
Rated Lifezar (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.
Before taking Lifezar
Some medicines are not suitable for people with certain conditions, and sometimes a medicine can only be used if extra care is taken. For these reasons, before you start taking Lifezar it is important that your doctor knows:
- If you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
- If you know you have a blockage of the artery which supplies blood to your k >