Can Arginine Supplements Be Taken With Losartan?

In our latest question and answer, the pharmacist discusses the interaction between arginine supplements and losartan.

Question

Can I take total arginine with losartan 100mg?

Asked by Ginny On Jun 27, 2024

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Medical Content Reviewed By HelloPharmacist Staff

Published Jun 28, 2024
Last updated Jul 18, 2024

Answer

Hello and thanks for reaching out to us!

Our herbal-drug interaction checker does list an interaction between arginine and losartan, which can be found on our website (L-arginine - Losartan Potassium Interaction Details | HelloPharmacist).

The interaction is as follows:

  • L-arginine boosts nitric oxide, which helps widen blood vessels and can lower blood pressure.
  • When combined with certain blood pressure medications, the effects of widening blood vessels and lowering blood pressure can be stronger, increasing the risk of blood pressure dropping too low.

When your blood pressure drops too low, you may experience symptoms such as dizziness and drowsiness, and it also increases your risk of falling.

This interaction is simply a precaution to make you aware of the combined effects of losartan and arginine. If your blood pressure already runs low, it may be more of a concern compared to if you have normal blood pressure.

Arginine also tends to have only intermittent effects and doesn't appear to be long-lasting. So if you only take it as a workout supplement, the long-term risk might not be significant.

I highly recommend speaking with your doctor about whether or not combining losartan and arginine is safe for your medical situation.

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References

  • Blood pressure and metabolic changes during dietary L-arginine supplementation in humans, PubMed

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