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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Cozaar
Cozaar Side Effects
Answer: Very few, usually. Kidney function should be checked on an occasional basis. There are several listed in the Physicians Desk Reference, but in my experience patients usually don't know that they are taking the medication. There are reports of rashes and renal decline, but both are very uncommon.
Answer: Cozaar is a relatively new release in the class of ACE inhibitors (angio-tensin converting enzyme). The major advantage is the lack of cough with this drug versus the usual ACE inhibitor. The cough is one of the most bothersome side effects and one of the major reasons that people discontinue the drug. This class in general has few side effects and is its major advantages over other classes of drugs. Other side effects can be diarrhea(2.4%), dizziness(3.5%), nausea and dyspepsia(1.3%), and myalgia(1.0%). Even though the number of patients with side effects is small, if you are the 1% the side effects may cause discontinuation of the drug.