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I am a 45 year old male who has been taking Losartan Potassium

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I am a 45 year old male who has been taking Losartan Potassium 50 mg for about 6 months now for high blood pressure. Over the past 5-7 days I have experienced slight swelling in my ankles and feet. This goes away when I elevate my feet. When I wake up in the morning the swelling is gone and does not return until mid afternoon. I have a scheduled appontment with my family doctor in 4 days. I guess I have two questions: 1) is foot and ankle swelling common for patients taking Losartan Potassium? 2) Should I not wait to see my family doctor and seek emergency treatment?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Nitika replied 2 years ago.

Hi,

Associated shortness of breath?

Pain in legs and feet?

Any bluish discoloration on lower limbs?

What is your current blood pressure?

Any urination problem?

History of prolonged hours of standing and sitting in same position?

 

Customer: replied 2 years ago.

 



  1. I have only experienced shortness of breath once briefly


 


some pain in my ankles - but it goes away


 


There is no bluish discoloration on my lower limbs


 


As of this morning BP was 118/83


 


No urination problems


 


I do stand and also sit for long periods of time


 

Expert:  Dr. Nitika replied 2 years ago.

Hi,
Thanks for providing more information.

Firstly as you have history of prolonged hours of standing and sitting so it can be a contributing factor in swelling.

So i recommend you to take short breaks of rest while doing work and do some stretching exercises.

Secondly,your blood pressure is fine,localized edema(swelling) is uncommon side effect of Losartan Potassium so your medication dosage can be adjusted by your doctor.

Apart from this,sudden fluid retention(swelling on ankles and feet) can be caused due to venous insufficiency,lymphatic obstruction,liver/kidney/heart pathology.

So further blood work including CBC,ESR,Liver function test,Renal function test,EKG should be advised by your doctor.

Elevate and exercises your legs.

And consult your doctor as per your appointment.

If you feel shortness of breath,redness in lower limbs,fast or irregular heartbeat,excessive swelling then visit ER.

 

 

 

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Customer: replied 2 years ago.

So, if blood work comes back indicating any of the causes mentioned above, can these be treated or prevented from happening again?

Expert:  Dr. Nitika replied 2 years ago.

Hi,

 

Thanks for the follow-up.

 

Sorry for late reply and inconvenience.

 

Most of these medical conditions are treated well if initial treatment should be given.

And some medications can be given for prevention.

So if you feel your symptoms are getting worse over the time then consult your doctor ASAP.

 

 

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