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.
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Best available price for 30 (300mg) tablets of irbesartan
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Best available price for 30 (160mg) tablets of diovan
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Have you used Avapro (irbesartan)?
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Reviews for Diovan
65%
+35% better vs. Avapro
54%
+21% better vs. Avapro
15%
+15% better vs. Avapro
431 reviews
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Side effects
AvaproDiovan

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

FDA side effect reports for Avapro »
  • Cough 1%
  • Viral infection 1%
  • Fatigue 1%
  • Abdominal pain 1%
  • Dizziness 8%
  • Low blood pressure 5%
  • Diarrhea 1%
  • Joint pain 1%
  • Back pain 1%
  • Dizziness, postural 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
Prescription only
Available as
AvaproDiovan
  • Pill
  • Pill
Used for
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.
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