Why was Cozaar recalled?

In December 2018, Torrent Pharmaceuticals began a voluntary recall of losartan due to the presence of small traces of known carcinogens.

Is Cozaar and losartan the same drug?

Losartan potassium is the generic name for the prescription medication sold under the brand name Cozaar.

What is the generic name for Cozaar?

Losartan (Cozaar) is available as a generic medication and may be significantly cheaper compared to the brand version.

Which brands of losartan have been recalled?

The affected lots of the voluntary recall by Legacy Pharmaceutical Packaging are the following: NDC 68645-494-54, losartan potassium tablets USP 50 mg, 30 count, Legacy Lot 180190, expires on 10/2020. NDC 68645-494-54, losartan potassium tablets USP 50 mg, 30 count, Legacy Lot 180191, expires on 10/2020.

Why is losartan not available 2022?

Name-brand and generic ´╗┐medication´╗┐s may pose long-term cancer risk. The recalled tablets were packaged in 90-count bottles and distributed to wholesalers and distributors across the U.S. and Puerto Rico from November 2019 to March 2022. Some expiration dates extend into 2024.

What foods should be avoided when taking losartan?

Potassium supplements, potassium-containing salt substitutes (No Salt, Morton Salt Substitute, and others), and even high-potassium foods (including Noni juice) should be avoided by those taking losartan, unless directed otherwise by their doctor.

What are the dangers of taking losartan?

Side effects include low blood pressure, high potassium levels in your blood, and kidney damage. If you have diabetes and are taking aliskiren, talk with your doctor before starting losartan.

Is brand name Cozaar recalled?

Recall of losartan potassium The brand name medication, Cozaar, which is manufactured by Merck, was not involved in the recall. The recall included both losartan potassium tablets USP and combination tablets containing both losartan and hydrochlorothiazide.

Is Cozaar still available?

Merck divested Cozaar to Organon. Their NDCs were changed in late-2021. Organon has Cozaar available. Torrent discontinued losartan tablets in late-2021.

Should I stop taking losartan because of recall?

Patients who are taking Losartan Potassium Tablets, USP and Losartan Potassium/Hydrochlorothiazide Tablets, USP should continue taking their medication, as the risk of harm to the patient’s health may be higher if the treatment is stopped immediately without any alternative treatment.

What is a good replacement for losartan?

Conclusions: Irbesartan is an appropriate substitution for valsartan or losartan.