Prescription onlyLower-cost generic available

Diovan

(Valsartan)

Prescription onlyLower-cost generic available
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Lowers blood pressure.

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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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Upsides

  • 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.
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Downsides

  • Requires a yearly blood test to see how the medicine is affecting your body.
  • Not safe to use if you're pregnant.

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

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Side effect rates for Diovan (Valsartan)

4885 From clinical trials of Diovan / After heart attack

    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

    Common concerns from people taking Diovan (Valsartan)

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    Pregnancy
    Kidneys and liver
    • 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.
    Weight
    • Causes weight gain and doesn't control systolic pressure.