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Women who are expecting should not take Valturna (aliskiren and valsartan). A pregnancy Category D drug, this medication can cause serious problems when taken during pregnancy, including severe kidney problems, skull problems, and fetal death. It should be avoided unless no other alternatives are available and the mother's life is in danger.
Is It Safe to Take Valturna While Pregnant?Valturna HCT® (aliskiren and valsartan) is a prescription blood pressure medication. It is a combination product, containing aliskiren (Tekturna®) and valsartan (Diovan®). Valturna is generally considered unsafe for use during pregnancy.
What Is Pregnancy Category D?
Pregnancy, Valturna, and the Renin-Angiotensin SystemMany blood pressure medications (including Valturna) work by acting on the renin-angiotensin system. Such medications should be avoided during pregnancy in almost all situations, as they have been shown to cause serious problems, such as:
- Fetal and newborn death
- Low blood pressure of the fetus or newborn
- Skull problems
- Severe kidney problems.