If you have high blood pressure or congestive heart failure, your healthcare provider may prescribe Diovan® (valsartan). This prescription medication can also help improve survival rates following a heart attack. It comes in the form of a tablet. Diovan is typically taken once or twice a day, depending on your healthcare provider's instructions.
As part of a class of drugs called angiotensin II receptor blockers, Diovan 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. Diovan also increases the efficiency of the heart.
Although most people tolerate Diovan tablets well, the medication is not suitable for everyone. For example, you may not be able to take Diovan if you have certain medical conditions, such as kidney disease, gallbladder problems, or diabetes. Before using this medication, make sure to talk to your healthcare provider about any other medical conditions you have and any other medications you are taking.
Tablets of Diovan are available in four strengths:
Diovan 40 mg
Diovan 80 mg
Diovan 160 mg
Diovan 320 mg.
(Click Diovan for a more in-depth look at how Diovan works to treat various conditions affecting the heart and blood vessels. This article also discusses potential side effects, general dosing guidelines, and important information to be aware of before using this medication.)
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
Last reviewed by: KristiMonson, PharmD;
List of references (click here):
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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