Compare Avapro vs. Diovan

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Avapro
(Irbesartan)

Diovan
(Valsartan)

Coming soon.Lowers blood pressure. Diovan (Valsartan) is a good blood pressure-lowering medicine that protects kidney function like an ACE inhibitor, but with fewer side effects.
Find lowest prices
Powered by GoodRxSave on your next prescription. Be sure you’re getting the lowest price for your medication, even if you have insurance.
Reviews & ratings
Filter group. All currently selected
Filter group. All currently selected

Not enough reviews for this drug. Help someone out, leave a review!

Have you used Avapro (Irbesartan)?
Worth itNot sureNot worth it
Reviews for Diovan (Valsartan)
65%
35% vs. Avapro (Irbesartan)
54%
21% vs. Avapro (Irbesartan)
15%
15% vs. Avapro (Irbesartan)
427 reviews
Have you used Diovan (Valsartan)?
Worth itNot sureNot worth it
Side effects
AvaproDiovan

We haven’t found good data for Avapro side effects.

FDA side effect reports for Avapro »
  • Dizziness 8%
  • Low blood pressure 5%
  • Diarrhea 1%
  • High blood potassium 1%
  • Dizziness, postural 1%
  • Abdominal pain 1%
  • Positional low blood pressuren, postural 1%
  • Cough 1%
  • Back pain 1%
  • Joint pain 1%
More Diovan side effects »
How it works
AvaproDiovan
Coming soon.Diovan (Valsartan) is an angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB). It blocks a chemical that tightens blood vessels. This makes blood vessels relax, which lowers blood pressure and allows more blood and oxygen to get to your heart and other organs.
Type of medication
AvaproDiovan
Coming soon.
Antihypertensive
Angiotensin receptor blocker
Prescription only
Available as
AvaproDiovan
  • Pill
  • Pill
Used for (click to learn more)
AvaproDiovan
  • Diabetic nephropathy Hypertension
Risk factors for serious side effects
AvaproDiovan
Coming soon.
  • Women of childbearing age
  • African descent
  • Current kidney problems
  • Medicine that increase potassium
  • Use of salt substitute
Detailed Diovan (Valsartan) risks & warnings »
Pregnancy

Research studies with real people found harmful effects on unborn babies, but the benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

Research studies with real people found harmful effects on unborn babies, but the benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

Kidneys and liver
AvaproDiovan
No kidneys and liver related info.
  • Protects kidney function, which is especially useful for people with diabetes or mild-to-moderate kidney disease.
  • Requires routine blood tests to check kidney function.
Upsides and benefits
AvaproDiovan
Coming soon
  • A first-choice blood pressure treatment for many people.
  • Lowers the risk of heart attack and stroke.
  • Similar to ACE inhibitors (like Lisinopril), with fewer side effects like cough and swelling.
  • Protects kidney function, which is especially useful for people with diabetes or mild-to-moderate kidney disease.
  • Recommended for anyone with heart failure since it lowers the risk of death and further damage to your heart.
Downsides and risks
AvaproDiovan
Coming soon
  • Requires a yearly blood test to see how the medicine is affecting your body.
  • Not safe to use if you're pregnant.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
AvaproDiovan
Coming soon
  • Can cause dizziness in the first few days.
  • Check your blood pressure 1 week after starting this medicine, and tell your doctor if it hasn't improved.
  • Tell your doctor about any dizziness, fatigue, cough, or throat irritation that doesn't go away.
  • Requires routine blood tests to check kidney function.
  • Don't take it if you're pregnant.
Learn more
More about AvaproSide effectsReviews & ratingsFDA package insert
Have you used Avapro (Irbesartan)?
Worth itNot sureNot worth it
More about DiovanSide effectsReviews & ratingsAlternativesFDA package insert
Have you used Diovan (Valsartan)?
Worth itNot sureNot worth it