Losartan Weight Gain Side Effect?




Losartan Weight Gain Side Effect? Can you gain weight from using the anti-hypertension drug Losartan? Yes you can! It is not one of the more common side effects of the drug but it does happen. In fact, weight gain is listed by the Mayo Clinic as one of the less common side effects of Losartan. Interestingly, it is also worth noting that weight loss is listed as one of the rare side effects.

In either instance, whether you gained or lost weight following Losartan use, it is important that you should tell your doctor about it.

In terms of figures, what’s the rate or number of people gaining (or losing weight) from Losartan use? Currently, we have no data for those using the drug to treat high blood pressure. However, a 2001 study among patients who use Losartan to treat Type 2 diabetes found four (4) incidents of weight gain among 751 patients.

losartan weight gain side effects

Listed below are the more common side effects of Losartan. If you experience any of these, contact your doctor immediately:

  • abdominal or stomach pain
  • anxiety
  • bladder pain
  • bloody or cloudy urine
  • blurred vision
  • chills
  • cold sweats
  • coma
  • confusion
  • cool, pale skin
  • depression
  • difficult breathing
  • difficult, burning, or painful urination
  • dizziness
  • fast heartbeat
  • frequent urge to urinate
  • headache
  • increased hunger
  • irregular heartbeat
  • lower back or side pain
  • nausea or vomiting
  • nightmares
  • numbness or tingling in the hands, feet, or lips
  • pale skin
  • seizures
  • shakiness
  • shortness of breath
  • slurred speech
  • troubled breathing with exertion
  • unusual bleeding or bruising
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
  • weakness or heaviness of the legs

You should also contact your doctor ASAP if you experience any of the following RARE side effects of Losartan:

  • arm, back, or jaw pain
  • chest pain or discomfort
  • chest tightness or heaviness
  • dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up suddenly from a lying or sitting position
  • fainting
  • fast, irregular, pounding, or racing heartbeat or pulse
  • inability to speak
  • pain or discomfort in the arms, jaw, back, or neck
  • severe or sudden headache
  • sweating
  • swelling or puffiness of the face
  • temporary blindness
  • unsteadiness or awkwardness
  • weakness in the arm or leg on one side of the body, sudden and severe
  • weakness in the arms, hands, legs, or feet

Some drug effects do not need immediate medical attention as they may go away as your body adjusts to the medication. However, if the following Losartan side effects persists of continues, you should consult your doctor:

More common side effects that need medical attention if they persist:



  • body aches or pain
  • decreased vision
  • dry cough
  • ear congestion
  • loss of voice
  • nasal congestion
  • runny nose
  • sneezing
  • sore throat

Less common side effects that need medical attention if they persist:

  • Acid or sour stomach
  • back pain
  • belching
  • difficulty with moving
  • heartburn
  • increased sensitivity to pain
  • increased sensitivity to touch
  • indigestion
  • joint pain
  • lack or loss of strength
  • pain in the knees or legs
  • pain or tenderness around the eyes and cheekbones
  • stomach discomfort or upset
  • swollen joints
  • trouble sleeping
  • weight gain

Rare side effects which need medical attention if they persist:

  • ankle, knee, or great toe joint pain
  • bloated
  • change or loss of taste
  • depression
  • difficulty having a bowel movement (stool)
  • dry skin
  • excess air or gas in the stomach or intestines
  • full feeling
  • hair loss or thinning of the hair
  • hearing loss
  • increased sensitivity of the skin to sunlight
  • loss of appetite
  • passing gas
  • redness or other discoloration of the skin
  • severe sunburn
  • weight loss

Losartan Weight Gain Side Effect? Posted in Drug Side Effects. Published on 28 June 2017.