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Cozaar is an effective medication which helps to fight with the symptoms of high blood pressure and to reduce the risk of stroke in people with hypertension. It is used in the treatment of kidney problems in people with type 2 diabetes. Cozaar acts by preventing the hormone angiotensin II from constricting the blood vessels, which tends to raise blood pressure.

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Cozaar is a perfect remedy, which helps to fight against the symptoms of high blood pressure and to reduce the risk of stroke in people with hypertension.

Its target is to treat kidney problems in people with type 2 diabetes.

Cozaar is also known as Losartan potassium, Cosart, Los-Po.

Cozaar acts by preventing the hormone angiotensin II from constricting the blood vessels, which tends to raise blood pressure. It is angiotensin II receptor antagonists.

Generic name of Cozaar is Losartan Potassium.

Brand name of Cozaar is Cozaar.

Dosage

Take Cozaar tablets orally with or without food.

Do not crush or chew it.

Take Cozaar once or twice a day at the same time.

If you want to achieve most effective results do not stop taking Cozaar suddenly.

Overdose

If you overdose Cozaar and you don't feel good you should visit your doctor or health care provider immediately. Symptoms of Cozaar overdosage: fainting, feeling lightheaded, rapid heartbeat.

Storage

Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F) away from moisture, light and heat. Keep container tightly closed. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date. Keep out of the reach of children in a container that small children cannot open.

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Do not take Cozaar if you are allergic to Cozaar components.

Do not take Cozaar if you're pregnant or you plan to have a baby, or you are a nursing mother. Cozaar can harm your baby.

Do not use Cozaar if you are taking salt substitutes or potassium supplements, other blood pressure medicine, diuretic (water pill).

It can be dangerous to use Cozaar if you suffer from or have a history of liver disease, kidney disease, heart failure.

If you want to achieve most effective results without any side effects it is better to avoid alcohol.

Avoid machine driving.

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To compare angiotensin II receptor blockade, angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibition and renin inhibition as pharmacological methods of inhibiting the renin-angiotensin system.

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: Enalapril treatment showed a positive effect on arterial pressure and SAPV. Pharmacological treatments associated with aerobic physical training, did not have synergistic effects in the studied parameters.

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Contralateral nephrectomy stimulates compensatory growth of the remaining kidney. Intensive growth is frequently associated with increased apoptosis. The proliferation and apoptosis of cultured rat mesangial cells isolated from the remaining kidney following contralateral nephrectomy were evaluated. The involvement of the renin-angiotensin system was concomitantly assessed.

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Studies suggest that statins have pleiotropic effects, such as reduction in blood pressure, and improvement in endothelial function and vascular stiffness.

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To assess the role of the AT1 receptor blocker and the angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor in cardiac remodeling induced by aortic stenosis in rats.

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Lipopolysaccharide increased calcineurin activity in myocytes over 1 to 24 h (t 1/2 = 4.8 h) with an EC(50) of 0.80 ng/ml LPS (p < 0.05, n = 4). The LPS (10 ng/ml) effects were mimicked by angiotensin II (Ang II) (100 nmol/l); both increased calcineurin activity and induced apoptosis without additive effects (p < 0.05, n = 5 to 9). Lipopolysaccharide and/or Ang II effects were prevented by 1 h pre-treatment with an Ang II type 1 receptor blocker (losartan, 1 micromol/l), calcineurin inhibitor (cyclosporin A, 0.5 micromol/l), calcium chelator (1,2-Bis(2-amino-5-fluorophenoxy)ethane-N,N,N',N'-tetraacetic acid tetrakis(acetoxymethyl) ester, 0.1 micromol/l), or by inhibiting sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) calcium (Ca)-ATPase (thapsigargin, 1 micromol/l) or SR calcium release channel (ryanodine, 1 micromol/l). Left ventricular apoptosis increased from 4 to 24 h after LPS (1 mg/kg intravenously) in vivo, but not in rats pre-treated with cyclosporin A (20 mg/kg/day subcutaneously) for 3 days (p < 0.05, n = 5).

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To examine the regulation by angiotensin II and by steroids of the expression of the angiotensin II AT1a and AT1b receptor genes in rat hearts.

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The pulmonary absorption of nine low-molecular-weight (225-430 Da) drugs (atenolol, budesonide, enalaprilat, enalapril, formoterol, losartan, metoprolol, propranolol and terbutaline) and one high-molecular-weight membrane permeability marker compound (FITC-dextran 10000 Da) was investigated using the isolated, perfused and ventilated rat lung (IPL). The relationships between pulmonary transport characteristics, epithelial permeability of Caco-2 cell monolayers and drug physicochemical properties were evaluated using multivariate data analysis. Finally, an in vitro-in vivo correlation was made using in vivo rat lung absorption data. The absorption half-life of the investigated drugs ranged from 2 to 59 min, and the extent of absorption from 21 to 94% in 2 h in the isolated perfused rat lung model. The apparent first-order absorption rate constant in IPL (ka(lung)) was found to correlate to the apparent permeability (P(app)) of Caco-2 cell monolayers (r = 0.87), cLog D(7.4) (r = 0.70), cLog P, and to the molecular polar surface area (%PSA) (r = -0.79) of the drugs. A Partial Least Squares (PLS)-model for prediction of the absorption rate (log ka(lung)) from the descriptors log P(app), %PSA and cLogD(7.4) was found (Q2 = 0.74, R2 = 0.78). Furthermore, a strong in vitro-in vivo correlation (r = 0.98) was found for the in vitro (IPL) drug absorption half-life and the pulmonary absorption half-life obtained in rats in vivo, based on a sub-set of five compounds.

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We compared the antihypertensive and renoprotective effects of the angiotensin II receptor antagonist losartan and the calcium channel blocker verapamil in the rat with chronic renal failure. One month after five-sixths nephrectomy, male WKY rats were treated for 2 months with either losartan or verapamil. Both resulted in a similar reduction in blood pressure: from 147.1 to 112 mm Hg in losartan-treated and from 155 to 118 mm Hg (p = NS) in verapamil-treated rats. Losartan improved the creatinine clearance (difference + 17.1% as compared with + 6.6% for verapamil, p = 0.039) and prevented the increase in proteinuria: 12.26 +/- (SE) 2.33 mg/day before and 18.48 +/- 2.19 mg/day (p = NS) after therapy in the losartan-treated and 17.27 +/- 2.73 mg/day before and 32.27 +/- 10.29 mg/day after therapy (p = 0.0484) in the verapamil-treated group. In addition, losartan resulted in minimal mesangial proliferation and significantly less glomerular sclerosis and thickening of the small arterial and arteriolar walls. The changes in interstitial fibrosis and tubular hypertrophy, however, were similar in both the verapamil- and losartan-treated groups. Treatment with losartan 1 month after five-sixths nephrectomy in male WKY rats resulted in reduced blood pressure, similar to that of the verapamil-treated group. However, despite similar antihypertensive properties, losartan improved creatinine clearance and reduced proteinuria. The losartan-treated group also had a marked reduction in mesangial proliferation and less glomerular sclerosis and less reduced vascular wall thickness in renal small arteries and arterioles. However, losartan did not totally eliminate nephrosclerosis. The tubular and interstitial changes were fewer in the losartan-treated group. Thus losartan has an additional, although only partial, renoprotective effect when compared with verapamil.

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The present study utilized electrophysiological techniques to determine the effects of subfornical organ (SFO) stimulation on the activity of neurons in the paraventricular nucleus (PVN) projecting to the spinal cord. Single-unit recordings were obtained from 79 PVN neurons antidromically identified as projecting to the intermediolateral cell column (IML). Antidromically evoked action potentials showed a mean latency of 94.6 +/- 5.3 ms and a mean threshold for activation of 1.58 +/- 0.11 mA. Electrical stimulation of SFO (100 microA-1.5 mA, 0.1 ms) resulted in excitatory responses in 18 of the 27 neurons tested (67%). Peristimulus histogram analysis of such effects demonstrated a duration of < 50 ms in 14 of the 18 cells so influenced (78%), whereas the remaining 4 cells (22%) showed excitatory responses with a longer duration. Systemic administration of the nonpeptidergic angiotensin II (ANG) type 1 (AT1) receptor antagonist losartan (3 mg/kg) blocked the long-duration excitatory responses in 100% (3 of 3) of the cells tested but was without effect on the short-duration excitations (0 of 5). Twenty-two identified PVN neurons were also tested for their responses to systemic ANG (20-500 ng), which had no observable effect on the activity of any of these cells. These data demonstrate that neurons in SFO provide excitatory input to PVN cells that project to the IML. One of the neurotransmitters responsible for communication in this pathway is ANG.

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MSA involvement with PVN on water and sodium homeostasis and arterial pressure modulation utilizing ANGII receptors is suggested.

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Angiotensin (Ang) (1-9) is the renin-angiotensin-system peptide found in the plasma of healthy volunteers and after angiotensin-converting-enzyme inhibitors therapy. In vitro experiments proved that Ang-(1-9) may be produced from Ang I. In our study, we tried to expand the poor data about the in vivo properties of Ang-(1-9). We revealed that Ang-(1-9) enhanced electrically stimulated arterial thrombosis in the carotid artery of Wistar rats. Losartan, a selective blocker of AT1 receptor for Ang II, abolished the prothrombotic activity of Ang-(1-9). This peptide increased plasma level of fibrinogen, augments fibrin generation, and similarly to Ang II, potentiated collagen induced platelet aggregation. Using HPLC, we found that after incubation of Ang-(1-9) with platelet homogenates or after intravenous administration this peptide is converted to Ang II. We concluded that Ang-(1-9) exerts an Ang II-like prothrombotic effect due to the conversion to Ang II in the circulatory system of rats and that platelets are involved in this process.

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The open-label phase III study will include 291 patients with MFS and proven FBN1 gene mutations, with aortic root dilation (z-score > or =2.5). The patients will be randomized to nebivolol, losartan and the combination of the two drugs. The primary end point is the comparative evaluation of the effects of losartan, nebivolol and the association of both on the progression of aortic root growth rate. Secondary end points include the pharmacokinetics of the two drugs, comparative evaluation of serum levels of total and active TGF-beta, quantitative assessment of the expression of the mutated gene (FBN1, both 5' and 3'), pharmacogenetic bases of drug responsiveness. The quality of life evaluation in the three groups will be assessed. Statistical evaluation includes an interim analysis at month 24 and conclusive analyses at month 48.

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Induction of streptozotocin (STZ) diabetes in hypertensive rats transgenic for the mouse ren-2 gene (TGR) has been described as a model of progressive diabetic nephropathy. We investigated the long-term course of STZ diabetes in TGR and appropriate Sprague-Dawley control rats (SD) and tested the role of angiotensin-dependent hypertension by treating rats with the angiotensin II type 1 receptor blocker losartan (1 mg.kg(-1).day(-1)) via osmotic minipumps. Five weeks after STZ injection, diabetes developed in TGR and SD. Urinary albumin excretion was increased by diabetes and, to a much higher degree, by hypertension. The effects of hypertension and diabetes were not additive, and only the effects of hypertension were ameliorated by losartan. A similar pattern was observed for cell proliferation and macrophage infiltration in the kidney. In contrast, the effects of hypertension and diabetes on glomerular collagen IV accumulation were additive 5 wk after STZ injection. In a long-term study for 20 wk after STZ, survival was better in STZ-treated TGR than in normoglycemic TGR, whereas all SD survived. Impaired creatinine clearance and increased macrophage infiltration as well as glomerular and interstitial matrix deposition were prominent in TGR compared with SD, regardless of the presence or absence of diabetes. In conclusion, STZ diabetes in TGR may be useful to study glomerular and interstitial matrix deposition early in the course of diabetes. However, the long-term course of this animal model resembles severe hypertensive nephrosclerosis, rather than progressive diabetic nephropathy.

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We have investigated the contribution of the renin-angiotensin system to the damage caused by 40-min global ischemia in the isolated rat heart. A converting enzyme inhibitor, enalaprilat (70 nM), an angiotensin II receptor antagonist, compound 89 (2 microM), and an inhibitor of rat renin, CGP 44099A (20 nM), given before ischemia reduced the median duration of ventricular fibrillation on reperfusion to a similar extent (5.53, 5.72, and 5.14 min, respectively, compared to 13.98 min in the control group) but had no effect on creatine phosphokinase release (22.2 +/- 2.6, 22.1 +/- 6.8, and 24.1 +/- 3.6, IU/30 min, respectively, compared to 19.9 +/- 1.9 IU/30 min) or recovery or left ventricular developed pressure (67 +/- 6, 73 +/- 7 and 71 +/- 6%, respectively, compared to 66 +/- 3% after 30 min reperfusion). The increase in coronary resistance and left ventricular diastolic pressure on reperfusion was not affected by any of the agents. All three agents also tended to reduce the duration of ventricular fibrillation when given only on reperfusion. We conclude that angiotensinogen is present in the rat heart and it is converted to angiotensin I by a renin or a renin-like aspartic proteinase. The angiotensin I is converted to angiotensin II by converting enzyme. The angiotensin II formed is an important mediator of postreperfusion ventricular fibrillation in the isolated rat heart but does not contribute to the reduction in mechanical function produced by global ischemia in this preparation.

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Multiple data suggest that the renin-angiotensin system contributes to the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis. The atherogenic effect of the renin-angiotensin system can only in part be explained by the influence of its effector angiotensin II on blood pressure, smooth muscle cell (SMC) growth, or antifibrinolytic activity. Because chronic inflammation of the vessel wall is a hallmark of atherosclerosis, we hypothesized that angiotensin II may elicit inflammatory signals in vascular SMCs. Human vascular SMCs were stimulated with angiotensin. Inflammatory activation was assessed by determination of interleukin-6 (IL-6) release into the culture medium, detection of IL-6 mRNA by RT-PCR, and demonstration of activation of nuclear factor-kappaB in electrophoretic mobility shift assays. Angiotensin II concentration-dependently (1 nmol/L to 1 micromol/L) stimulated IL-6 production by SMCs via activation of the angiotensin II type 1 receptor (demonstrated by the inhibitory action of the receptor antagonist losartan). Angiotensin I increased IL-6 production by SMCs, too. This effect was inhibited by captopril and ramiprilat, suggesting conversion of angiotensin I to angiotensin II by angiotensin-converting enzyme in SMCs. Steady-state mRNA for IL-6 was augmented after stimulation with angiotensin II, suggesting regulation of angiotensin-induced IL-6 release at the pretranslational level. Moreover, the proinflammatory transcription factor nuclear factor-kappaB, which is necessary for transcription of most cytokine genes, was also activated by angiotensin II. Pyrrolidine dithiocarbamate suppressed angiotensin II-induced IL-6 release, a finding compatible with involvement of reactive oxygen species as second messengers in cytokine production mediated by angiotensin. The data demonstrate the ability of angiotensin to elicit an inflammatory response in human vascular SMCs by stimulation of cytokine production and activation of nuclear factor-kappaB. Inflammatory activation of the vessel wall by a dysregulated renin-angiotensin system may contribute to the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis.

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Alterations in lung angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) activity in monocrotaline (MCT)-induced pulmonary hypertension in rats have suggested a pathophysiologic role for angiotensin II (AII) in pulmonary vascular remodeling. ACE inhibitors suppress MCT-induced pulmonary hypertension; however, losartan, an angiotensin type 1 (AT1) receptor antagonist, was without impact. The present study examined AII receptor binding characteristics by radioligand binding during the development of MCT-induced pulmonary hypertension. Saturation binding isotherms for [125I]AII binding to membrane preparations from rat lung were performed at 4, 10, and 21 days following a single injection of MCT (60 mg/kg) or saline vehicle. Right ventricular hypertrophy, an index of pulmonary hypertension, increased at 21 days post-MCT. Saturation binding isotherms revealed a single, high affinity site for [125I]AII binding in lung membranes from MCT-treated and control rats, with no change in receptor affinity or density during the development of pulmonary hypertension. Competition displacement binding demonstrated that the AT1 receptor predominates in lung membranes from control rats, with no alterations in AII receptor subtype distribution following MCT treatment. In summary, these results suggest that the AT1 receptor subtype predominates in rat lung and does not contribute to the development of MCT-induced pulmonary hypertension.

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This study demonstrated the therapeutic efficacy of both ACE-I and AT1aR-A for preventing the development of both acute and immunologically relevant colitis.

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Renal sympathetic stimulation of plasma renin activity (PRA) and sodium reabsorption was examined in conscious dogs before and during intrarenal angiotensin II (ANG II)-type 1 receptor blockade with losartan (Dup-753) and converting enzyme inhibition. In uninephrectomized dogs, renal function and PRA responses to 14% blood volume depletion (BVD) were measured. BVD was utilized to activate renal sympathetic outflow in the absence of hypotension. In eight vehicle-treated dogs, 14% BVD increased PRA from 1.38 +/- 0.32 to 2.79 +/- 0.66 ng ANG I.ml-1 x h-1 and decreased urinary sodium excretion (UNaV) from 85.1 +/- 11.3 to 45.4 +/- 7.5 mueq/min. During losartan (n = 6) and captopril (n = 5) infusion, plasma renin responses were enhanced in response to 14% BVD (1.93 +/- 0.48 to 5.74 +/- 2.25 and 3.03 +/- 0.73 to 9.19 +/- 1.94 ng ANG I.ml-1 x h-1, respectively), whereas antinatriuretic responses were similar to vehicle-infused dogs. Thus, neurogenic antinatriuresis is not mediated by secondary generation of ANG II, since UNaV decreased similarly to control in all conditions of ANG II blockade. Tonic intrarenal and/or circulating ANG II synthesis of dogs on a normal sodium diet inhibit neurogenic stimulation of renin release, since PRA responses were enhanced after blockade of ANG II.

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Anti-inflammatory agents do not reduce the aortic dilatation rate in Marfan mice, but possibly increase aortic damage. Currently, the most promising therapeutic drug in Marfan syndrome is losartan, by blocking the angiotensin II receptor type 1 and thereby inhibiting pSmad2 signaling.

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Comparing patients on high-dose ARB (n = 63) with those on normal dose ARB (n = 43), normal dose ACEI (n = 61) and low-dose ACEI (n = 40), patients on high Dose ARB had significantly higher eGFR (p < 0.0005) and lower proteinuria (p < 0.005) at the end of the study. The loss in eGFR was 0.7 ml/min/year for high-dose ARB compared to 3.2 - 3.5 ml/ min/year for the other 3 groups (p = 0.0005). There were more patients on high-dose ARB with improvement in eGFR compared to other 3 groups (p < 0.001).

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Six months after switching from the prior antihypertensive agent(s) to a single tablet formulation of LOS/HCTZ, the overall serum UA concentration (sUA) increased from 6.0 ± 1.6 mg/dL to 6.2 ± 1.6 mg/dL (p=0.029). The urinary UA/creatinine (Cr) ratio increased from 0.45 +/- 0.21 to 0.50 +/- 0.25 (p=0.014), and the fractional excretion of UA (FEUA) also increased, from 7.1 +/- 3.6 to 7.0 +/- 4.3, p=0.04). Multivariate regression analyses of the basal parameters showed the change in sUA (ΔUA) to correlate with the basal sUA (β=-0.483, p<0.001), estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) (β=-0.202, p=0.007) and systolic BP (β=0.147, p=0.038). In addition, the ΔUA also correlated with the changes in the estimated glomerular filtration rate (ΔeGFR) (β=-0.332, p<0.001). When the patients were classified into two groups depending on their basal sUA, those with a basal sUA ≥ 7 mg/dL exhibited a decrease in their sUA, whereas the rest of those with a sUA <7 mg/dL experienced an increase. Furthermore, patients who had previously been treated with LOS alone had a greater increase in the sUA than those treated with an angiotensin II blocker (ARB) other than LOS alone.

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It is well established that angiotensin II can enhance sympathetic nervous system function by activating prejunctional angiotensin II type I (AT1) receptors located on sympathetic nerve terminals. Stimulation of these receptors enhances stimulus-evoked norepinephrine release, leading to increased activation of vascular alpha 1-adrenoceptors and consequently to enhanced vasoconstriction. In the present study, the effects of several chemically distinct nonpeptide angiotensin II receptor antagonists were evaluated on pressor responses evoked by activation of sympathetic outflow through spinal cord stimulation in the pithed rat. Stimulation of thoracolumbar sympathetic outflow in pithed rats produced frequency-dependent pressor responses. Infusion of sub-pressor doses of angiotensin II (40 ng/kg/min) shifted leftward the frequency-response curves for increases in blood pressure, indicating augmented sympathetic outflow. Furthermore, pressor responses resulting in spinal cord stimulation were inhibited by the peptide angiotensin II receptor antagonist, Sar1, Ile8 [angiotensin II] (10 micrograms/kg/min). These results confirm the existence of prejunctional angiotensin II receptors at the vascular neuroeffector junction that facilitate release of norepinephrine. The nonpeptide angiotensin II receptor antagonist, eprosartan (0.3 mg/kg i.v.), inhibited the pressor response induced by spinal cord stimulation in a manner similar to that observed with the peptide antagonist, Sar1, Ile8[angiotensin II]. In contrast, equivalent doses (0.3 mg/kg i.v.) of other nonpeptide angiotensin II receptor antagonists, such as losartan, valsartan, and irbesartan, had no effect on spinal cord stimulation of sympathetic outflow in the pithed rat. Although the mechanism by which eprosartan, but not the other nonpeptide angiotensin II receptor antagonists, inhibits sympathetic outflow in the pithed rat is unknown, one possibility is that eprosartan is a more effective antagonist of prejunctional angiotensin II receptors that augment neurotransmitter release. Because eprosartan is more effective in inhibiting sympathetic nervous system activity compared to other chemically distinct nonpeptide angiotensin II receptor antagonists, eprosartan may be more effective in lowering systolic blood pressure and in treating isolated systolic hypertension.

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There is controversy about the effect of certain drugs on cystatin C (CysC) concentrations, which would limit the usability of CysC for estimation of glomerular filtration rate (GFR) in patients with renal disease. Seventy-one children (ages 2.6 months to 18 years) with renal disease and on at least one study medication (tacrolimus, cyclosporine, mycophenolate mofetil, corticosteroids, fosinopril, ramipril and enalapril, losartan, cotrimoxazole) were tested in 85 nuclear medicine GFR clearance studies with simultaneous CysC determinations. We analyzed the relationship between the dose per kilogram and the ratio of the measured GFR to the CysC-derived GFR, with a ratio of 1 resembling agreement. A non-zero slope in linear regression analysis was considered significant for a drug effect on CysC. No significant relationship was found between the doses of the medication and the cystatin C GFR for any of the medications. Only cotrimoxazole showed a GFR ratio that was significantly lower than 1, which may be related to small numbers; otherwise the value was always 1. CysC provides accurate data for calculating GFR independent of the drug doses studied and avoids the use of methods of direct GFR measurement.

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We aimed to study the mechanisms and the significance of the influence exerted by the renin-angiotensin buy cozaar online system (RAS) on the pineal melatonin production. Pineal melatonin and other indoles were determined by HPLC with electrochemical detection after angiotensin AT1-receptor blockade with Losartan in vivo or in cultured glands. N-acetyltransferase (NAT) activity was radiometricaly measured. To test the in vivo relevance of the local RAS, pineal melatonin and its indole precursors were determined in transgenic rats with inhibited production of angiotensinogen exclusively in astrocytes, TGR(ASrAOGEN). Tryptophan hydroxylase (TPH) and NAT mRNA levels were determined by real-time RT-PCR. Pineal melatonin content was significantly decreased by AT1-receptor blockade in vivo, in cultured glands and in TGR(ASrAOGEN) (35%, 32.4% and 17.5% from control, respectively). Losartan produced a significant decrease of pineal 5-hydroxytryptophan, serotonin, 5-hydroxyindole acetic acid and N-acetylserotonin in pineal cultures. Also, the pineal content of the precursor indoles in TGR(ASrAOGEN) rats was significantly lowered. The reduction of 5-hydroxytryptophan levels by 33-75% in both in vivo and in vitro studies suggests a decreased activity of TPH. Moreover, the TPH mRNA levels in TGR(ASrAOGEN) rats were significantly lower than control rats. On the other hand, NAT activity was unaffected by Losartan in pineal culture and its expression was not significantly different from control in TGR(ASrAOGEN) rats. Our results demonstrate that a local pineal RAS exerts a tonic modulation of indole synthesis by influencing the activity of TPH via AT1-receptors.

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Seventeen patients (ejection fraction < or = 40%) were included in the study group. At the start of the study, all participants were on chronic ACE inhibitors therapy. Fifty mg losartan was added to the buy cozaar online treatment and CPET was performed before and 6-8 months after starting losartan therapy. Sixteen patients with HF were included in the control group. CPET was performed once at the beginning and repeated 6-8 months later without any change in the treatment protocol. The change in CPET values (walk-time (WT), peakVO2, anaerobic threshold (AT), minute ventilation (VE), VE/VO2, peak heart rate (HR),VO2/HR) was investigated. In the losartan-treated group a significant increase was noted in WT (393 +/- 157 vs. 507 +/- 155 sec, p < 0.01); peak VO2 (1205 +/- 240 vs. 1330 +/- 253 ml/min, p < 0.05); and AT (794 +/- 131 vs. 895 +/- 177 ml/min, p < 0.05). In the control group exercise parameters did not change significantly. The change from baseline to follow-up between the two groups is statistically significant for WT and peak VO2 (114 +/- 94 vs. -58 +/- 134 sec, p < 0.0 1 and 125 +/-183 vs. -116 +/- 221 ml/min, p <0.01).

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To buy cozaar online compare the efficacy and the tolerability of three different strategies in the treatment of hypertension (low-dose combination, sequential monotherapy and stepped-care).

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Mesangioproliferative glomerulonephritis was induced in male Sprague-Dawley rats on a normal-protein diet. Treatment with a low-protein diet and/or maximally effective doses of enalapril or losartan was started one day after buy cozaar online disease induction. On the fifth day, 24-hour urine protein excretion was measured. On the sixth day, cortical kidney tissue was taken for periodic acid-Schiff staining. Isolated glomeruli were used for mRNA extraction or were placed in culture for determination of production of TGF-beta1, the matrix protein fibronectin, and the protease inhibitor plasmin activator inhibitor type 1 (PAI-1) by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay.

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Significant improvements in HRQoL were observed in elderly patients with symptomatic heart failure treated with losartan and captopril buy cozaar online long-term. A trend favouring losartan in the composite measure of drug tolerability/quality of life was not significant, but losartan was generally better tolerated than captopril in that significantly fewer losartan patients discontinued therapy.

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The incidence of cough related to the type 1 Ang II receptor antagonist losartan is significantly lower than that buy cozaar online observed with lisinopril, and similar to that observed with hydrochlorothiazide in patients with a rechallenged ACE inhibitor cough. Type 1 Ang II receptor antagonists represent a potential new treatment for hypertensive patients in whom ACE inhibitors are indicated, but who develop a cough with these agents.

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In addition to buy cozaar online reducing urinary protein excretion, losartan at 100 mg daily increases insulin sensitivity and improves glucose homeostasis in subjects with type 2 diabetic nephropathy.

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There were no significant differences among the 4 AMI groups in MI size (41.7% to approximately 43.4%, all P > 0. buy cozaar online 05). Compared with sham group, the left ventricular (LV) end diastolic pressure (LVEDP), volume (LVV), long and short axis length (L and D), as well as LV absolute and relative weight (LVAW and LVRW) in AMI group were all significantly increased (P < 0.05 to approximately 0.001); whereas the maximum left ventricular pressure rising and dropping rates (+/- dp/dt) and their corrected values by LV systolic pressure (+/- dp/dt/LVSP) were significantly reduced (all P < 0.001), indicating LVRM occurred and LV systolic and diastolic function impaired after AMI. Compared with AMI group, LVEDP, LVV, LVAW and LVRW were all significantly decreased (P < 0.05 to approximately 0.001); while +/- dp/dt/LVSP were significantly enhanced in all 3 treatment groups (P < 0.05 to approximately 0.001) except -dp/dt/LVSP in losartan group (P > 0.05). There were no significant differences in the above indices among the 3 treatment groups (all P > 0.05).

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Pioglitazone and losartan caused a shift to the right in contractile response to phenylephrine in all groups. The sensitivity of the aortic rings to phenylephrine was decreased in the buy cozaar online presence of pioglitazone and/or losartan in all groups. The contractile response of clonidine decreased in the presence of pioglitazone and/or losartan in the control, HT and DM groups.

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Intracerebroventricular (i.c.v.) angiotensin II (ANG II) increases vascular resistance and elicits a pressor response characterized by sympathetic nervous system activation (SNS component) and increased vasopressin (VP) secretion (VP component). This study examines the role of brain AT1 and AT2 ANG II receptors in mediating the pressor and renal hemodynamic effects of i.c.v. ANG II in conscious Sprague-Dawley rats. Mean arterial pressure, heart rate and renal vascular resistance responses to i.c.v. ANG II (100 ng in 5 microliters) were determined 10 min after i.c.v. injection of either the AT1 receptor antagonist, DuP 753 (1.0, 2.5, 5.0, 10.0 micrograms), the AT2 receptor ligand, PD 123319 (3.5 x [10(-6), 10(-4), 10(-2), 10(0)] micrograms), or both. In control rats, i.c.v. DuP 753 prevented the pressor response and the increase in renal vascular resistance that occurred following i.c.v. ANG II in a dose-dependent manner (P < 0.05), while i.c.v. PD 123319 was without affect. When the VP- and SNS components were studied individually, by preventing the SNS component with intravenous (i.v.) chlorisondamine or the VP component with a V1 receptor antagonist (i.v.) similar results were obtained; DuP 753 prevented the SNS component and significantly reduced the VP component. These results indicate that both buy cozaar online central ANG II pressor components are mediated primarily by brain AT1 receptors. However, doses of DuP 753 were more effective when combined with 3.5 micrograms of PD 123319 than when given alone (P < 0.05), suggesting that the pressor effects of i.c.v. ANG II may involve activation of multiple ANG II receptor subtypes.

cozaar 5 mg 2016-04-05

Male Wistar rats were randomly allocated to four groups: control, diabetic (DM), hypertensive (HT) and hypertensive diabetic (HT + DM) groups. Three weeks buy cozaar online after drug application, in vitro dose-response curves to phenylephrine (Phe) (10(-9)-10(-5) M) and clonidine (Clo) (10(-9)-10(-5) M) were recorded in aortic rings in the absence (control) and presence of pioglitazone (10 µM) and/or losartan (10 µM).

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Ang II stimulates both hyperplasia and hypertrophy in vascular smooth muscle cells from human arteries. These growth effects are mediated via Ang II receptors of the AT1 buy cozaar online subtype that are linked to ERK-dependent signaling pathways.

cozaar xq dosage 2015-01-12

The classical view of the renin-angiotensin system (RAS) as a circulating endocrine system has evolved to organ- and tissue-based systems that perform paracrine/autocrine functions. Angiotensin II (Ang II), the dominant effector peptide of the RAS, regulates cellular growth in a wide variety of tissues in (patho)biological states. In 1996, we hypothesized that there exists a locally active RAS in the bone marrow affecting the growth, production, proliferation and differentiation of hematopoietic buy cozaar online cells. Evidences supporting this hypothesis are growing. Ang II, through interacting with Ang II type 1 (AT1) receptor stimulates erythroid differentiation. This stimulatory effect of Ang II on erythropoiesis was completely abolished by a specific AT1 receptor antagonist, losartan. AT1a receptors are present on human CD34(+) hematopoietic stem cells. Ang II increases hematopoietic progenitor cell proliferation and this effect was also blocked by losartan. Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) is involved in enhancing the recruitment of primitive stem cells into S-phase in hematopoietic bone marrow by degrading tetrapeptide AcSDKP. ACE inhibitors modified the circulating hematopoietic progenitors in healthy subjects. RAS may also affect pathological/neoplastic hematopoiesis. Renin has been isolated from leukemic blast cells. Higher bone marrow ACE levels in acute leukemic patients suggested that ACE is produced at higher quantities in the leukemic bone marrow. In this review, the 'State of the Art' of the local bone marrow RAS is summarized. A local RAS in the bone marrow can mediate, in an autocrine/paracrine fashion, some of the principal steps of hematopoietic cell production. To show a causal link between the components of RAS and the other regulatory hematopoietic growth factors is not only an academic curiosity. Elucidation of such a local bone marrow system may offer novel therapeutic approaches in pathologic/neoplastic conditions.

cozaar medication classification 2017-06-10

This article reviews the metabolic pharmacokinetic drug-drug interactions with the systemic antifungal agents: the azoles ketoconazole, miconazole, itraconazole and fluconazole, the allylamine terbinafine and the sulfonamide sulfamethoxazole. The majority of these interactions are metabolic and are caused by inhibition of cytochrome P450 (CYP)-mediated hepatic and/or small intestinal metabolism of coadministered drugs. Human liver microsomal studies in vitro, clinical case reports and controlled pharmacokinetic interaction studies in patients or healthy volunteers are reviewed. A brief overview of the CYP system and the contrasting effects of the antifungal agents on the different human drug-metabolising CYP isoforms is followed by discussion of the role of P-glycoprotein in presystemic extraction and the modulation of its function by the antifungal agents. Methods used for in vitro drug interaction studies and in vitro-in vivo scaling are then discussed, with specific emphasis on the azole antifungals. Ketoconazole and itraconazole are potent inhibitors of the major drug-metabolising CYP isoform in humans, CYP3A4. Coadministration of these drugs with CYP3A substrates such as cyclosporin, tacrolimus, alprazolam, triazolam, midazolam, nifedipine, felodipine, simvastatin, lovastatin, vincristine, terfenadine or astemizole can result in clinically significant drug interactions, some of which can be life-threatening. The interactions of ketoconazole with cyclosporin and tacrolimus have been applied for therapeutic purposes to allow a lower dosage and cost of the immunosuppressant and a reduced risk of fungal infections. The potency of fluconazole as a CYP3A4 inhibitor is much lower. Thus, clinical interactions of CYP3A substrates with this azole derivative are of lesser magnitude, and are generally observed only with fluconazole dosages of > or =200 mg/day. Fluconazole, miconazole and sulfamethoxazole are potent inhibitors of CYP2C9. Coadministration of phenytoin, warfarin, sulfamethoxazole and losartan with fluconazole results in clinically significant drug interactions. Fluconazole is a potent inhibitor of CYP2C19 in vitro, although the clinical significance of this has not been investigated. No clinically significant drug interactions have been predicted or documented between the azoles and drugs that are primarily metabolised by CYP1A2, 2D6 or 2E1. Terbinafine is a potent inhibitor of CYP2D6 and may cause clinically significant interactions with coadministered substrates of this isoform, such as nortriptyline, desipramine Trandate Medicine , perphenazine, metoprolol, encainide and propafenone. On the basis of the existing in vitro and in vivo data, drug interactions of terbinafine with substrates of other CYP isoforms are unlikely.

cozaar max dose 2016-12-09

This paper presents the rationale, trial design, and baseline characteristics of the study population. The study, which completed recruitment on 31 March 2005, is Norvasc Dosage Strengths event-driven and is estimated to accrue the target of 1710 adjudicated primary events during the latter half of 2008.

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Chronic CsA nephropathy was induced by administering CsA (30 mg/kg) to mice on a low-salt diet (LSD) for 4 weeks. A normal-salt diet (NSD) was used as the control. Reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction, western blot and immunohistochemistry were performed for Klotho and intrarenal RAS activity was measured using immunohistochemistry for angiotensinogen and renin. Oxidative stress Depakote Drug Abuse was measured with urinary excretion of 8-hydroxy-2'-deoxyguanosine (8-OHdG).

losartan cozaar reviews 2016-03-14

The Na(+)/HCO(3)(-) cotransporter (NBC) plays an important role in intracellular pH (pH(i)) regulation in the heart. In the myocardium co-exist the electrogenic (eNBC) and electroneutral (nNBC) isoforms of NBC. We have recently reported that angiotensin II (Ang II) stimulated total NBC activity during the recovery from intracellular acidosis through a reactive oxygen species (ROS) and ERK-dependent pathway. In the present work we focus our attention on eNBC. In order to study the activity of the eNBC in isolation, we induced a membrane potential depolarization by increasing extracellular K(+) [K(+)](o) from 4.5 to 45 mM (K(+) pulse). This experimental protocol enhanced eNBC driving force leading to intracellular alkalization (0.19 ± 0.008, n=6 Coumadin 30 Mg ; data expressed as an increase of pH(i) units after 14 min of applying the K(+) pulse). This alkalization was completely abrogated by the NBC blocker S0859 (-0.004 ± 0.016*, n=5; * indicates p<0.05 vs control) but not by the Na(+)/H(+) exchanger blocker HOE642 (0.185 ± 0.04, n=4), indicating that we are exclusively measuring eNBC. The K(+) pulse induced alkalization was canceled by 100 nM Ang II (-0.008 ± 0.018*; n=5). This inhibitory effect was prevented when the myocytes were incubated with losartan (AT(1) receptor blocker, 0.18 ± 0.02; n=4) or SB202190 (p38 MAP kinase inhibitor, 0.25 ± 0.06; n=5). Neither chelerythrine (PKC inhibitor, -0.06 ± 0.04*; n=4), nor U0126 (ERK inhibitor, -0.07 ± 0.04*; n=4) nor MPG (ROS scavenger, -0.02 ± 0.05*; n=8) affected the Ang II-induced inhibition of eNBC. The inhibitory action of Ang II on eNBC was corroborated with perforated patch-clamp experiments, since no impact of the current produced by eNBC on action potential repolarization was observed in the presence of Ang II. In conclusion, we propose that Ang II, binding to AT(1) receptors, exerts an inhibitory effect on eNBC activity in a p38 kinase-dependent manner.

cozaar mg 2015-01-16

We demonstrate that collagenase and hyaluronidase-mediated degradation of tumor ECM affects the composition of collagen, hyaluronic acid and fibronectin. Consequently, AAVP diffusion, internalisation, gene expression and tumor cell killing were enhanced after enzymatic treatment. Our data suggest that enhancement of gene transfer Australian Viagra Online by the AAVP is solely attributed to ECM depletion. We provide substantial evidence that ECM modulation is relevant in clinically applicable settings by using 3D MCTS, which simulates in vivo environments more accurately.

cozaar 40 mg 2016-03-28

The plasma and cardiac renin-angiotensin systems may be activated after myocardial infarction. The myocardium may therefore be exposed to increased concentrations of angiotension II, which may contribute to myocardial injury. The purpose of this study was to identify the potential sites of action of angiotensin II in the infarcted heart. Myocardial infarction was induced in rats by left coronary artery ligation, and the hearts were removed for study after 18 h, 7 days, or 8 months Myambutol 500 Mg . The regional ventricular angiotensin II receptor density was assessed by [125I](Sar1,Ile8)angiotensin II binding and quantitative autoradiography. The [125I](Sar1,Ile8)angiotensin II binding was unchanged at 18 h, but was increased at 7 days in the infarcted region of the left ventricle (73.2 +/- 3.2 amol/mm2, mean +/- S.E.M.) compared with the non-infarcted region (1.6 +/- 0.2 amol/mm2, P < 0.0001) and with the left ventricular myocardium of sham-operated control animals (1.3 +/- 0.1 amol/mm2, P < 0.0001). The increased [125I](Sar1,Ile8)angiotensin II binding density was still present, but diminished, at 8 months after coronary ligation (49.0 +/- 5.7 amol/mm2, P < 0.0001 v control, P = 0.0058 v 7-day infarcts). The increased binding of [125I](Sar1,Ile8)angiotensin II was antagonised by losartan, an AT1 receptor antagonist, but not by an AT2 receptor antagonist. Microautoradiography of [125I](Sar1,Ile8) angiotensin II, and assessment of collagen deposition using picrosirius staining and immunostaining demonstrated that the regional increase in AT1 receptor density in the infarcted region of myocardium was associated with fibroblast infiltration and collagen deposition. The infarct scar and the cardiac fibroblasts within it express high levels of angiotension II receptors and therefore represent potential targets for the actions of angiotensin II after myocardial infarction.

cozaar tabs 2016-05-07

Angiotensin II (Ang II) plays a critical role in the pathophysiology of myocardial ischemia-reperfusion injury. We have recently shown that reoxygenation following a period of anoxia causes apoptosis of cultured human coronary artery endothelial cells (HCAECs). Ang II further enhances Antabuse Drug Information apoptosis of HCAECs via Ang II type 1 receptor (AT1R) activation. Recent studies suggest an important role of constitutive nitric oxide synthase (cNOS), Fas and bcl-2 proteins in apoptosis. This study was designed to examine the modulation of cNOS, and Fas and bcl-2 expression in HCAECs during exposure to anoxia-reoxygenation and Ang II.

cozaar 15 mg 2017-04-03

Age, the proportion of men, and baseline home BP levels did not differ significantly between Lasix 40mg Tab groups (total n = 232; age, 62.2 years; 50.9% men; home SBP/DBP, 151.6/90.0 mmHg). Significant differences in the BP-lowering effect and the stabilization time between ARBs were observed (P ≤ 0.02). The extent of BP-lowering effects of azilsartan 20 mg was significantly greater than that of valsartan 80 mg or irbesartan 100 mg (15.3 vs. 7.9 or 8.2 mmHg, respectively P ≤ 0.03). The stabilization time of losartan for home SBP was significantly longer than that of valsartan, irbesartan, or azilsartan (22.8 vs. 7.1, 4.7, or 7.1 days, respectively, P ≤ 0.01).

cozaar 100 mg 2017-12-02

Phosphorylation of the NF-kappaB subunit RelA at serine 536 (P-Ser(536)-RelA) was detected by immunoblot and immunohistochemical analyses. P-Ser(536)-RelA function was assessed using vectors that expressed mutant forms of RelA, cell-permeable blocking peptides, and assays for RelA nuclear transport and apoptosis. Levels of P-Ser(536)-RelA were compared with degree of fibrosis in liver sections from chronically injured rats and patients with hepatitis C virus-mediated fibrosis who had been treated with the AT1 antagonist losartan.

cozaar dosage 2016-10-09

This study aimed to investigate the possible effects of the vasoactive peptide angiotensin II (ANG II), secreted by bovine oviduct epithelial cells, on the in vitro phagocytic activity of polymorphonuclear leukocytes, specifically neutrophils, towards sperm. The measured concentrations of ANG II in oviduct flushes and conditioned medium from primary bovine oviduct epithelial culture ranged from 10(-10) to 10(-11)  M. In our experiments, neutrophils were incubated for 2 hr with ANG II (0, 10(-11) , 10(-10) , 10(-9) , and 10(-8)  M). Phagocytosis and superoxide production were then assessed by co-incubation of these neutrophils with sperm pretreated to induce capacitation, revealing a dose-dependent increase in both metrics by ANG II. This stimulatory effect of ANG II was eliminated by losartan, an angiotensin receptor type 1 (AGTR1) antagonist. ANG II also suppressed neutrophil transcription of angiotensin converting enzyme-1 (ACE) and AGTR1, but not AGTR2, suggesting the involvement of the AGTR1 receptor-mediated pathway in the response to sperm. Scanning electron microscopy further revealed that incubation of neutrophils with ANG II stimulated the formation of DNA-based extracellular traps for sperm entanglement. The addition of prostaglandin E2 at concentrations found in the oviduct suppressed the ANG II-stimulated phagocytic activity of neutrophils towards sperm. Thus the physiological levels of ANG II stimulate neutrophil phagocytosis of sperm in vitro, and suggest that an angiotensin/prostaglandin E2 system may fine-tune the local immune response that fosters sperm survival in the bovine oviduct. Mol. Reprod. Dev. 83: 630-639, 2016. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

cozaar lethal dose 2017-05-15

We report the relationship between 24-hour (24-h) blood pressure, autonomic function, and health-related quality of life (HRQOL) in normotensives and hypertensives. The aim of this study was to determine whether there is a relationship between 24-h blood pressure, autonomic function, and HRQOL during treatment with an angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB) in patients with hypertension. Thirteen patients with hypertension were randomly treated with losartan (25-50 mg, n = 5), candesartan (4-8 mg, n = 4), valsartan (80 mg, n = 1), telmisartan (40 mg, n = 2), and olmesartan (10 mg, n = 1), daily. 24-h ambulatory blood pressure (BP) was measured before treatment and 3 months after treatment. Sympathetic nervous activity (the ratio of low frequency to high frequency component (LF/HF)) and parasympathetic nervous activity (high frequency component (HF)) were calculated by analyzing heart rate variability. HRQOL was assessed using a medical outcome study short-form 36-item health survey (SF-36) questionnaire. All of the participants completed the study. Angiotensin receptor blocker treatment reduced 24-h mean BP (MBP) from 107 +/- 9 to 100 +/- 9 mmHg. 24-h MBP positively correlated with 24-h LF/HF in all subjects who received ARB (R = 0.568, p < 0.04). There were no differences in heart rate, serum albumin level, BUN level, creatinine level, potassium level, or HRQOL score. These findings indicated that ARB reduced BP; however, treatment with ARB did not affect the scores of HRQOL and the relationship between 24-h blood pressure and autonomic function.

cozaar dosage maximum 2015-06-04

An intracardiac production of aldosterone has been recently reported in rat. This production is increased both acutely and chronically by angiotensin II, observations suggesting that the heart contains a steroidogenic system that is regulated similarly to the adrenal one. Cardiac production of aldosterone is small compared with that of the adrenal, raising the question of its function in normal conditions. Moreover, the regulation of this synthesis in pathophysiologic states remains unknown. In an analysis of the effects of a one-month myocardial infarction (MI) on the cardiac steroidogenic system, it was observed that aldosterone-synthase mRNA and the aldosterone concentration were increased by 2- and 3.5-fold, respectively, in the noninfarcted part of the rat left ventricle. MI also induced a 1. 9-fold increase in the cardiac angiotensin II level. Losartan prevented these changes, and the MI-induced collagen deposition in noninfarcted area of the left ventricle was reduced by 1.6- and 2. 5-fold by both spironolactone and losartan treatments, respectively. Thus, these observations indicate that MI is associated with tissue-specific activation of myocardial aldosterone synthesis. This activation is mediated by cardiac angiotensin II via the angiotensin II type 1 (AT1) receptor, and the resultant increase of intracardiac aldosterone level may be involved in post-MI ventricular remodeling.

cozaar generic picture 2015-10-19

To assess whether angiotensin II (Ang II) modulates key enzymes of the cyclooxygenase (COX)-2/prostanoid pathway, including prostaglandin E synthase-1 (mPGES-1) and prostacyclin synthase (PGIS) in rat aortic adventitial fibroblasts in the presence or absence of an inflammatory stimulus [interleukin (IL)-1β].

cozaar and alcohol 2017-01-02

To study the effects of losartan (Los) and captopril (Cap) treatment on expression of cardiac angiotensin II (Ang) AT1 receptor mRNA in rats following myocardial infarction (MI).

cozaar medication picture 2017-07-24

Several new non-peptide, orally active, angiotensin II receptor antagonists have recently been developed which enable to block the renin-angiotensin system at the AT1 receptor site. In contrast to angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors, these antagonists do not interfere with the metabolism of kinins. The effect of these agents on renal function may thus potentially differ from those of ACE inhibitors. Therefore, the renal pharmacology of various angiotensin II receptor antagonists has been examined in normotensive subjects. In normotensive subjects, losartan and irbesartan have been shown to have no effect on glomerular filtration rate and to induce either no change or a modest increase in renal blood flow. These results were confirmed thereafter in hypertensive patients where losartan produced a renal vasodilation with no change in glomerular filtration. In healthy subjects, both losartan and irbesartan induce an acute increase in urinary sodium excretion. The natriuretic response to losartan is proportionally more important during salt-depletion. In contrast to other angiotensin II receptor antagonists, losartan has a unique property to increase uric acid excretion. In this paper we show that this property is due to the potent inhibitory effect of the parent compound of losartan on the urate/anion transport in the human renal proximal tubule.

cozaar renal dosing 2016-06-16

Our data show that the effects of losartan and amlodipine on the absolute mean reduction of blood pressure and proteinuria in non-diabetic nephropathy patients are similar between the different ACE or AGT genotypes. Although based on a small number of patients, the AGTR1-AA genotype was associated with a significantly higher reduction in diastolic blood pressure among losartan-treated patients. Additional studies are necessary to refute or confirm this association.