Compare Plendil vs. Diovan

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

Plendil
(Felodipine)

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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Reviews for Diovan (Valsartan)
65%
+15% vs. Plendil (Felodipine)
54%
+4% vs. Plendil (Felodipine)
15%
+35% vs. Plendil (Felodipine)
Side effects
PlendilDiovan

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

FDA side effect reports for Plendil »
  • Dizziness 8%
  • Low blood pressure 5%
  • Diarrhea 1%
  • High blood potassium 1%
  • Dizziness, postural 1%
  • Abdominal pain 1%
  • Positional low blood pressuren, postural 1%
  • Cough 1%
  • Back pain 1%
  • Joint pain 1%
More Diovan side effects »
How it works
PlendilDiovan
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
PlendilDiovan
Coming soon.
Antihypertensive
Angiotensin receptor blocker
Prescription only
Available as
PlendilDiovan
  • Extended release
  • Pill
Used for (click to learn more)
PlendilDiovan
  • Hypertension
Risk factors for serious side effects
PlendilDiovan
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 category
PlendilDiovan
CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

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.

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DFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

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.

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Alcohol
No specific alcohol-related info.No specific alcohol-related info.
Food
No specific food-related info.No specific food-related info.
Kidneys and liver
No specific 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.
Sex
No specific sex-related info.No specific sex-related info.
Sleep
No specific sleep-related info.No specific sleep-related info.
Weight
No specific weight-related info.No specific weight-related info.
Upsides and benefits
PlendilDiovan
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
PlendilDiovan
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
PlendilDiovan
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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