Diovan is commonly used to treat conditions related to the cardiovascular system, such as high blood pressure and congestive heart failure, and to help improve survival after a heart attack. It works by helping more blood flow from the heart to the rest of the body. Most people have no problems with Diovan, but side effects can include cough, diarrhea, and stomach pain.
What Is Diovan?Diovan® (valsartan) is a prescription medicine that has been licensed to treat several conditions related to the heart and blood vessels. It is part of a class of drugs called angiotensin II receptor blockers, or ARBs for short.
- Controlling high blood pressure (hypertension)
- Treating congestive heart failure
Helping to improve survival rates for people who have had a heart attack.
How Does It Work?Diovan is part of a class of drugs called angiotensin II receptor blockers. As you might expect, it blocks angiotensin II receptors. This decreases the effectiveness of a chemical known as angiotensin II, which normally causes blood vessels to narrow (constrict). By blocking its effects, Diovan causes blood vessels to relax, which can lower blood pressure.
Because of these effects, the medication also increases the efficiency of the heart. This means that the heart does not have to work as hard and more blood can be pumped out to the rest of the body. Both of these effects are helpful for a person with congestive heart failure.