Compare Diovan vs. Lopressor

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

Diovan
(valsartan)

Lopressor
(metoprolol tartrate)

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 and controls heart rate. Lopressor (metoprolol tartrate) lowers high blood pressure, controls chest pain, and helps treat heart failure and heart attack. You need to take it with food and can't miss a dose.
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Reviews for Diovan (valsartan)
65%
of people (All ages) say Diovan (valsartan) is worth it
54%
say it works well
15%
say it's a big hassle
431 reviews
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Reviews for Lopressor (metoprolol tartrate)
62%
-3% worse vs. Diovan (valsartan)
47%
-7% worse vs. Diovan (valsartan)
15%
Same vs. Diovan (valsartan)
464 reviews
Have you used Lopressor (metoprolol tartrate)?
Worth itNot sureNot worth it
Side effects
DiovanLopressor
  • Dizziness 2%
  • Cough 1%
  • Viral infection 1%
  • Fatigue 1%
  • Abdominal pain 1%
  • Low blood pressure 5%
  • Diarrhea 1%
  • Joint pain 1%
  • Back pain 1%
  • Dizziness, postural 1%
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  • Tiredness 10%
  • Dizziness 10%
  • Low mood disorder 5%
  • Diarrhea 5%
  • Itching or skin rash 5%
  • Shortness of breath 3%
  • Slowed heart rate 3%
  • Low blood pressure 4%
More Lopressor side effects »
How it works
DiovanLopressor
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.Lopressor (metoprolol tartrate) is a beta blocker. It lowers blood pressure by slowing your heart rate, relaxing blood vessels, and lowering the body's fight-or-flight response.
Type of medication
DiovanLopressor
Prescription only
Prescription only
Available as
DiovanLopressor
  • Pill
  • Pill
Used for
DiovanLopressor
Risk factors for serious side effects
DiovanLopressor
  • Women of childbearing age
  • African descent
  • Current kidney problems
  • Medicine that increase potassium
  • Use of salt substitute
Detailed Diovan (valsartan) risks & warnings »
  • Suddenly stopping Lopressor (metoprolol tartrate)
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Diabetes
    • Heart failure
    • Major surgery requiring anesthesia
    • Asthma
    • COPD
    Detailed Lopressor (metoprolol tartrate) 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 animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

    Food
    DiovanLopressor
    No food related info.
    • You need to take Lopressor (metoprolol tartrate) with food twice a day for it to work best.
    Kidneys and liver
    DiovanLopressor
    • 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.
    No kidneys and liver related info.
    Pain
    DiovanLopressor
    No pain related info.
    • Makes pain episodes less frequent and makes it easier to be active without having chest pain.
    Upsides and benefits
    DiovanLopressor
    • 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.
    • A first-choice treatment to prevent chest pain (angina).
    • Makes pain episodes less frequent and makes it easier to be active without having chest pain.
    • A first-choice treatment for people who've had a heart attack.
    • Lopressor (metoprolol tartrate) lowers the risk of death during and after a heart attack.
    • Lopressor (metoprolol tartrate) is cheaper than the extended release version.
    Downsides and risks
    DiovanLopressor
    • Requires a yearly blood test to see how the medicine is affecting your body.
    • Not safe to use if you're pregnant.
    • You need to take Lopressor (metoprolol tartrate) with food twice a day for it to work best.
    • Taking Lopressor (metoprolol tartrate) may make you feel more tired or out of breath during exercise or your normal daily routines. This gets better for most people, but for some it may not go away.
    • Not a first-choice treatment for high blood pressure, unless you have heart failure or heart disease. It can also be added to other medicines if your blood pressure is still too high.
    • Can hide symptoms of low blood sugar if you're diabetic.
    • You can't miss doses. Stopping Lopressor (metoprolol tartrate) suddenly can cause your blood pressure to go up suddenly, which raises the risk of heart attack and stroke.
    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
    DiovanLopressor
    • 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.
    • You should take Lopressor (metoprolol tartrate) with or after meals.
    • Lopressor (metoprolol tartrate) can make you feel dizzy for the first few days. It can also cause fatigue and headaches.
    • Check your blood pressure 1 week after starting this medicine, and tell your doctor if it hasn't improved.
    • Can hide symptoms of low blood sugar. Be careful if you're diabetic.
    • Don't stop taking this medicine suddenly unless your doctor tells you to.
    • This is the immediate release version of the medication, so it needs to be taken twice a day. It's different from the extended release form: Toprol XL (metoprolol succinate).
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