Diovan for Children

Diovan® (valsartan) is a prescription medication used for the treatment of various conditions that affect the heart and blood vessels. It is approved to treat high blood pressure in children as young as six years old. If your child cannot swallow tablets (or if the right Diovan dosage cannot be obtained using the tablets), your pharmacist can make a Diovan suspension (liquid) for you.
When using this medicine in children, the Diovan dosage will be based on several factors, such as weight, the condition being treated, existing medical conditions, and other medications the child is taking (including non-prescription medications, vitamins, and supplements). The recommended starting dose of Diovan for children (age 6 to 16 years old) is 1.3 mg per kg once daily (about 0.6 mg per pound once daily), up to a maximum of 40 mg per day. Your child's healthcare provider may adjust your child's Diovan dose as necessary.
Diovan works by decreasing the effectiveness of a chemical known as angiotensin II, which normally causes blood vessels to narrow (constrict). By blocking the effects of angiotensin II, Diovan causes blood vessels to relax, which can lower blood pressure.
(Click Diovan Uses and Diovan Dosage to learn more about children and Diovan. These articles also discuss specific Diovan uses and cover some general dosing guidelines for this medication.)
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