Compare Nifedipine vs. Diovan

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

Procardia (Nifedipine)

Prescription only

Diovan (Valsartan)

Prescription only
Lowers blood pressure and controls heart rate.

Nifedipine works well to lower blood pressure and prevent chest pain, but you have to be okay with avoiding grapefruit. You can't miss doses, and you might get persistent swelling.

3.7/ 7 average rating with 26 reviewsforNifedipine
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.

5.2/ 7 average rating with 431 reviewsforDiovan
Upsides
  • A first-choice blood pressure treatment for many people.
  • Calcium channel blockers work especially well for African Americans to lower blood pressure.
  • You can take it alone or with other medicines to help lower blood pressure.
  • Lowers the risk of heart attack and stroke.
  • Prevents heart-related chest pain (angina) if you take it regularly.
  • Treats certain abnormal heart rhythms.
  • 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
  • Calcium channel blockers can cause swelling in your limbs. If this happens for you, it probably won't get better over time, so talk to your doctor about alternatives if it bothers you.
  • Women are more likely to have side effects (especially swelling) from Nifedipine than men.
  • You can't miss doses. Stopping Nifedipine suddenly can cause your blood pressure to go up suddenly, which raises the risk of heart attack and stroke.
  • Not a good medication for you if you love grapefruit. It can make Nifedipine have a stronger effect on your blood pressure.
  • Requires a yearly blood test to see how the medicine is affecting your body.
  • Not safe to use if you're pregnant.
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Dosage forms
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  • Extended release
  • Pill
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Reviews
26 
42%
think this treatment is worth it
31%
think this treatment works well
46%
think this treatment is a hassle

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431 
65%
think this treatment is worth it
54%
think this treatment works well
15%
think this treatment is a hassle

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Side effects
10possible side effects
  • Dizziness, lightheadedness, giddiness
    27%
  • Flushing
    25%
  • Headache
    23%
  • Weakness
    12%
  • Nausea, heartburn
    11%
  • Muscle cramps, tremor
    8%
  • Peripheral edema
    7%
  • Nervousness, mood changes
    7%
  • Palpitation
    7%
  • Dyspnea, cough, wheezing
    6%
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The Diovan (Valsartan) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and warnings
  • Intestinal blockage

    Taking anti-inflammatories, acid reducers in the stomach, anticholinergics, laxatives, levothyroxine

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Chest pain

    Taking beta-blockers

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Liver damage/jaundice

    History of cirrhosis

  • Congestive heart failure

    History of tight aortic stenosis

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Heart attack or increased chest pain

    Obstructive coronary artery disease

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  • Harm to fetus

    Women of childbearing age

  • Unusual tongue swelling

    African descent

  • Heart problems due to high potassium

    Current kidney problems

    ...and 2 more risk factors

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