Compare felodipine vs. Diovan

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

Plendil
(felodipine)

Diovan
(valsartan)

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.
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Reviews for Plendil (felodipine)
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Reviews for Diovan (valsartan)
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+65% better vs. Plendil (felodipine)
54%
+54% better vs. Plendil (felodipine)
15%
-15% worse vs. Plendil (felodipine)
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Side effects
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  • Headache 1%
  • Flushing 3%
  • Upset stomach 3%
  • Weakness 1%
  • Colds or flu 2%
  • Runny nose 2%
  • Sneezing 2%
  • Rash 1%
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  • Cough 1%
  • Viral infection 1%
  • Fatigue 1%
  • Abdominal pain 1%
  • Dizziness 8%
  • Low blood pressure 5%
  • Diarrhea 1%
  • Joint pain 1%
  • Back pain 1%
  • Dizziness, postural 1%
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How it works
felodipineDiovan
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
felodipineDiovan
Prescription only
Prescription only
Available as
felodipineDiovan
  • Extended release
  • Pill
Used for
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Risk factors for serious side effects
felodipineDiovan
  • 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 »
Pregnancy

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
felodipineDiovan
  • Plendil (felodipine) can be taken without food or with a light low fat meal.
No food related info.
Kidneys and liver
felodipineDiovan
No 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.
Upsides and benefits
felodipineDiovan
  • 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
felodipineDiovan
  • 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
felodipineDiovan
  • 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.
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