If you have congestive heart failure, Diovan® (valsartan) may help relieve your symptoms. This prescription medication is approved for treating congestive heart failure (as well as various other heart and blood vessel conditions) in adults.
Diovan works by blocking certain receptors in the body. 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. For people with congestive heart failure, Diovan can help decrease hospitalizations and loss of life.
(Click Diovan for a complete overview of using Diovan for congestive heart failure. This article also discusses how this medication works, lists potential side effects, and explains what to tell your doctor before using this medication.)
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
Last reviewed by: KristiMonson, PharmD;
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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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