Compare felodipine vs. Diovan

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

Plendil (felodipine)

Prescription only

Diovan (Valsartan)

Prescription only
Lowers blood pressure.

Plendil (felodipine) works well to lower blood pressure, but it may cause swelling in your arms and legs at higher doses.

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.

3.8/ 5 average rating with 431 reviewsforDiovan
Upsides
  • Plendil (felodipine) is a good option for people with high blood pressure.
  • Calcium channel blockers sometimes work better for people of African descent than other blood pressure lowering drugs.
  • 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
  • Plendil (felodipine) may not work as well as other calcium channel blockers.
  • It can lead to more swelling in your arms and legs when taken at higher doses.
  • You can't miss doses. Stopping Plendil (felodipine) could cause a sudden spike in blood pressure.
  • Plendil (felodipine) can't be crushed or cut into two.
  • 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
  • Extended release
  • Pill
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65%
saidit'sworth it
54%
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15%
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Side effects
8possible side effects
  • Headache
    10%
  • Swelling
    9%
  • Flushing
    5%
  • Racing heart beat
    4%
  • Weakness
    3%
  • Dizziness
    3%
  • Nausea
    2%
  • Colds or flu
    2%
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The Diovan (Valsartan) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and risk factors
  • Low blood pressure
    • Over age 65
  • Heart failure
    • Taking in combination with a beta-blocker
  • Special dosing requirements
    • Liver disease
    • Over age 65
  • Swelling in arms and legs
    • History of heart failure
    • History of kidney 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
    • Medicine that increase potassium
    • Use of salt substitute
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