Effects of DiovanA blood pressure reading consists of two numbers -- for example: 120/80. The top number is known as the systolic blood pressure, and the bottom number is the diastolic blood pressure. During clinical studies in people taking Diovan, systolic blood pressure decreased by 6 to 9 mmHg, on average, and diastolic blood pressure decreased by 3 to 6 mmHg on average. Certain factors, such as dose, affected how much the blood pressure dropped.
By lowering blood pressure, Diovan can decrease the risks that are seen with long-term high blood pressure (see Effects of High Blood Pressure).
For people with congestive heart failure, the effects of the medication on the heart and blood vessels have been shown to decrease hospitalizations and loss of life.
When and How Do I Take It?Some general considerations for when and how to take Diovan include the following:
- The medication comes in tablet form. It is usually taken once or twice a day.
- Diovan may be taken with or without food.
- Your Diovan dosage should be taken at the same time each day to maintain an even level in your blood.
- For the medication to work properly, you have to take it as prescribed. Diovan will not work if you stop taking it.
Dosing InformationThe dose of Diovan your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- The medical condition being treated
- Your weight (for children)
- Other medical conditions you may have
- Other medications you may be taking
- How you respond to the drug.
As with any medication, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Diovan Dosage for more information.)