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Hi - Does anyone know why a doctor would prescribe Cozaar instead of Avapro when all the medical websites say that Avapro (irbesartan) or candesartan (I forgot the name brand for this one) lowers blood pressure better than Cozaar? Is it that the doctor just doesn't know this or is there some other reason? Thanks for replies.
Maybe his sales rep. works for the makers of cozaar. Some doctors have meds they prefer to prescribe over others. My mom's dr. hates lipitor and most always prescribe zocor.
Sister,

I'm with lane here.
Doctor's form long term relationships with certain drug companies because a particular company has been particularly "generous" with particular doctors. Thus a Cozaar pusher was probably well rewarded by Merck and thus automatically write Rx's with Merck's drugs topmost in his mind.
Such a doctor might be expected to choose ZOCOR for a statin and VIOXX for arthritis. If I sound cynical it's because I am.
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Hi - Does anyone know why a doctor would prescribe Cozaar instead of Avapro when all the medical websites say that Avapro (irbesartan) or candesartan (I forgot the name brand for this one) lowers blood pressure better than Cozaar? Is it that the doctor just doesn't know this or is there some other reason? Thanks for replies.


Candersartan is Atacand. Like everyone said, some drs. just prefer certain meds. Could be your insurance company, as mine has Atacand as a preferred drug, yet not Avapro. I am on Avapro, and when I asked my pharmacist if there was any price difference, he said the Atacand is only about 40 cents lower priced for a monts supply, so go figure????

My dr. gave me some samples of the Atacand as I complained about backaches, which I know Avapro can cause, but they didn't stop with the Atacand. Actually just about every ARB I looked up has backache as a side effect, and me being so sensative to meds., of course I get the lower backache. I can't take an Ace, as I get the horrid cough, so I guess I am stuck between a rock and a hard place. Still have no idea why insurance companies have a list of preferred drugs, especially when the price difference is only about a lousy 40 cents a month......... :confused:
Thath's still high. My grandmother said she went to get three prescriptions and paid $400 for a thirty day supply. I think she said it was cozaar, a diuretic and a cholesterol med. Boy that's a lot of money for pills.
Cozaar/losartan, which I THINK was the first, has 3 patents that expire in 2010 and one, for something called the polymorph formulation, that expires in 2014.