Valsartan (Diovan) – What You Need To Know
Brand Name: Diovan
What is Valsartan (Diovan) ?
Angiotensin II is a natural substance in your body that narrows your blood vessels, releases a hormone that increases the amount of sodium and water in your body, and can also thicken and stiffen the walls of your blood vessels and heart.
Valsartan also known by the brand name Diovan is an Angiotensin II receptor blocker, which helps to stop this damage within the blood vessels.
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How to use Valsartan (Diovan)
- Take Valsartan (Diovan) with or without food as prescribed on your medication bottle. Do not take more or less or for longer than recommended by your doctor.
- Valsartan (Diovan) comes with an extra leaflet. Discuss this information with your pharmacist if you have any questions.
- If you have trouble taking pills, talk to your doctor about a liquid option.
- Take Valsartan (Diovan) every day at the same time.
- If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible. Do not double your dose. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Valsartan (Diovan) .
What to know before using Valsartan (Diovan) :
Diabetics and those with kidney problems should not use Valsartan (Diovan) with any medication that contains Aliskiren (Amturnide, Tekturna, Tekamlo, Valturna).
- you are allergic to any ingredient in Valsartan (Diovan)
- if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
- If you are a child with with kidney problems or are on dialysis.
If any of the following conditions apply to you, discuss with your doctor before taking or changing your dosage of Valsartan (Diovan) :
- You are taking any medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplements
- Allergies to medicine, foods, or other substances
- A history of angioedema of any kind
- A history of heart problems, blood vessel problems, blood flow problems, liver or kidney problems, diabetes, or gallbladder problems
- A history of stroke or recent heart attack
- You are dehydrated or have low blood volume
- Have electrolyte problems or are on a low-salt (sodium) diet
- On dialysis
- Taking any another medicine for blood pressure or heart problems
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Valsartan (Diovan) . Discuss with your doctor if you are taking any of the following:
- Potassium-sparing diuretics
- ACE inhibitors
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
- Other blood pressure medications
- Cyclosporine, Rifamycins (rifampin), or Ritonavir
This list may not be complete. Speak with your doctor if you are going to take or change your dose of Telmisartan (Micardis).
Side effects of Valsartan (Diovan) :
Discuss with your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:
Less serious side effects include:
- Abdominal or stomach pain
- back pain
- blurred vision
- cold or flu-like symptoms
- difficulty with moving
- muscle pain or stiffness
- pain, swelling, or redness in the joints
- Hair loss
- thinning of the hair
The information about Valsartan (Diovan) comes from drugs.com
Valsartan (Diovan) Natural Alternatives:
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