As a blood pressure medicine, Diovan works by blocking certain receptors in the body (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. By lowering blood pressure, Diovan can decrease the risks that are seen with long-term high blood pressure.
This medication comes in the form of a tablet and is typically taken once or twice a day. Although most people tolerate this medication well, it is not suitable for everyone. Before starting treatment with this blood pressure medicine, Diovan warnings and precautions should be fully reviewed with your healthcare provider. Potential side effects of Diovan include fatigue, diarrhea, and dizziness.
(Click Diovan to learn more about this blood pressure medication. This article also discusses the effects of Diovan on the body, lists potential side effects of the drug, and explains what to tell your healthcare provider before starting treatment.)
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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Diovan [package insert], East Hanover, NJ: Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation;2012 October.
Food and Drug Administration, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. Electronic orange book: Approved drug products with therapeutic equivalence evaluations. FDA Web site. Available at: http://www.fda.gov/cder/ob/.
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