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. Reviews & ratings Everyone Men Women Filter group. All currently selected Everyone Men Women All ages 18-34 35-54 55+ Filter group. All currently selected All ages 18-34 35-54 55+
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-54% worse vs. felodipine
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Side effects felodipine Diovan
Upset stomach 3%
Colds or flu 2%
Runny nose 2%
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Viral infection 1%
Abdominal pain 1%
Back pain 1%
Dizziness, postural 1%
More Diovan side effects » How it works felodipine Diovan Plendil (felodipine) is a calcium channel blocker. It lowers blood pressure by relaxing heart tissue and lowering pressure in blood vessels, which causes your blood pressure to go down. 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 felodipine Diovan Prescription only Prescription only Available as felodipine Diovan Used for felodipine Diovan Risk factors for serious side effects felodipine Diovan › Over age 65 › Taking in combination with a beta-blocker › Liver disease › History of heart failure Detailed Plendil (felodipine) risks & warnings » › Women of childbearing age › African descent › Current kidney problems › Medicine that increase potassium › Use of salt substitute Detailed Diovan (valsartan) risks & warnings »
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.
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.
Food felodipine Diovan › Plendil (felodipine) can be taken without food or with a light low fat meal. No food related info.
Kidneys and liver felodipine Diovan No kidneys and liver related info. › 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. Upsides and benefits felodipine Diovan › 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 and risks felodipine Diovan › 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. Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication felodipine Diovan › Can cause swelling in your legs or ankles. › Can also cause swelling in your gums. › Plendil (felodipine) can be taken without food or with a light low fat meal. › Avoid grapefruit and grapefruit juice while taking Plendil (felodipine). › You might feel lightheaded or dizzy when first starting Plendil (felodipine). › 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. Learn more More about felodipine Side effects Alternatives FDA package insert More about Diovan Side effects Reviews & ratings Alternatives FDA package insert