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Diovan

(Valsartan)

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Lowers blood pressure.

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Prescription onlyLower-cost generic available

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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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  • 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.
  • 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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Side effects for Diovan (Valsartan)

From clinical trials of Diovan / After heart attack ( 4885)

  • Low blood pressureLow blood pressure1% for Diovan vs.0% for placebo

Manufacturers don’t say how common these side effects are

  • Cough
  • Increased blood creatinine
  • Rash

What to expect when you take Diovan (Valsartan) for Lowers blood pressure

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Tips from our pharmacists
  • 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.

Risks and Warnings for Diovan (Valsartan)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Women of childbearing age

    Diovan (Valsartan) can cause birth defects or death to a fetus. If you are pregnant or considering having a baby, talk to your doctor about alternative medicines.

    This is a black box warning. The FDA requires this warning when there is a significant risk of serious or life-threatening effects that anyone taking the drug should consider.

Means that some groups have a high risk of experiencing this side effect

Tips from pharmacists and people taking Diovan (Valsartan)

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The FDA category for this medication is D. It is advised that you: Weigh risks vs. benefits
Pregnancy
Kidneys & liver
  • Upsides and downsides from our pharmacists
  • Protects kidney function, which is especially useful for people with diabetes or mild-to-moderate kidney disease.
  • Tips from our pharmacists
  • Requires routine blood tests to check kidney function.
Weight gain or loss
  • Causes weight gain and doesn't control systolic pressure.
    Age: 68
    Gender: Man
    Taken for: High blood pressure