Compare Diovan vs. Atacand

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

Diovan
(valsartan)

Atacand
(candesartan)

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.Lowers blood pressure. Atacand (candesartan) is a good blood pressure-lowering medicine that protects your kidneys and has few side effects.
Reviews & ratings
Filter group. All currently selected
Filter group. All currently selected
5.19Diovan
Reviews for Diovan
65%
of people (All ages) say Diovan is worth it
54%
say it works well
15%
say it's a big hassle
431 reviews
Have you used Diovan (valsartan)?
Worth itNot sureNot worth it

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

Have you used Atacand (candesartan)?
Worth itNot sureNot worth it
Side effects
DiovanAtacand
  • 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 »
  • Upper respiratory infection 2%
  • Dizziness 1%
  • Back pain 1%
  • Sore throat 1%
  • Runny nose 1%
More Atacand side effects »
How it works
DiovanAtacand
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.Atacand (candesartan) is an angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB). It relaxes blood vessels by blocking a chemical that usually makes blood vessels tighter. This lowers your blood pressure and allows more blood and oxygen to get to your heart and other organs.
Type of medication
DiovanAtacand
Prescription onlyPrescription only
Available as
DiovanAtacand
  • Pill
  • Pill
Used for
DiovanAtacand
Risk factors for serious side effects
DiovanAtacand
  • Women of childbearing age
  • African descent
  • Current kidney problems
  • Medicine that increase potassium
  • Use of salt substitute
Detailed Diovan (valsartan) risks & warnings »
  • Women of childbearing age
  • Infants less than one year old
  • History of kidney problems
  • African descent
  • Current kidney problems
Detailed Atacand (candesartan) 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
DiovanAtacand
  • Requires routine blood tests to check kidney function.
  • Protects kidney function, which is especially useful for people with diabetes or mild-to-moderate kidney disease.
  • Atacand (candesartan) can hurt your kidneys. If you already have some degree of kidney damage, Atacand (candesartan) could make it worse. It's important to get blood work done to check your kidney function before starting Atacand (candesartan), and at least once a year while you're still on it.
  • You'll need to have blood tests done regularly since Atacand (candesartan) can affect your kidneys and potassium levels.
  • Protects kidney function, which is especially useful for people with diabetes or mild-to-moderate kidney disease.
Upsides and benefits
DiovanAtacand
  • 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.
  • Atacand (candesartan) lowers your risk of heart attack and stroke.
  • It works similar to ACE inhibitors (like lisinopril), but it doesn't have the same side effects like coughing and facial swelling.
  • Protects kidney function, which is especially useful for people with diabetes or mild-to-moderate kidney disease.
  • It's recommended for people with heart failure since it lowers the risk of death and further damage to your heart.
  • Can be used in children older than 12 months.
Downsides and risks
DiovanAtacand
  • Requires a yearly blood test to see how the medicine is affecting your body.
  • Not safe to use if you're pregnant.
  • You'll need to get yearly blood tests while taking Atacand (candesartan) to see how it is affecting your body.
  • It's not safe to use Atacand (candesartan) if you're pregnant.
  • Atacand (candesartan) can cause the level of potassium in your blood to go up.
  • You'll need to get medical help if you notice any unusual swelling around your head and neck.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
DiovanAtacand
  • 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.
  • Atacand (candesartan) can make you feel a little dizzy for the first few days.
  • You'll need to have blood tests done regularly since Atacand (candesartan) can affect your kidneys and potassium levels.
  • Don't eat a lot of foods that are high in potassium or use salt substitutes that contain potassium.
  • Tell your doctor about any dizziness or muscle weakness that doesn't go away after the first few days.
  • Don't take Atacand (candesartan) if you're pregnant.
Learn more
More about DiovanSide effectsReviews & ratingsAlternativesFDA package insert
Have you used Diovan (valsartan)?
Worth itNot sureNot worth it
More about AtacandSide effectsReviews & ratingsAlternativesFDA package insert
Have you used Atacand (candesartan)?
Worth itNot sureNot worth it