Valturna is licensed to treat high blood pressure in adults. A combination product, it contains two different medications that work together to lower blood pressure. This drug is often used for cases of high blood pressure that haven't responded well enough to just one medication. At this time, there are no approved "off-label" uses for Valturna.
What Is Valturna Used For?Valturna® (aliskiren and valsartan) is a prescription medication approved for treating high blood pressure (hypertension). It is a combination medication that contains valsartan (Diovan®) and aliskiren (Tekturna®).
In April 2012, it was decided that this medication should no longer be available, due to the risks it poses to people with diabetes or with moderate-to-severe kidney problems. Production will officially cease in July 2012.
Valturna can be useful for treating high blood pressure that has not responded adequately to other medications. It is also approved for use in people who will be unlikely to respond adequately to just one blood pressure medication, such as people with very high blood pressure, and for use in people already taking valsartan and aliskiren individually.
High blood pressure treatment can decrease the risk of developing health problems that occur with long-term high blood pressure, such as a stroke, heart disease, or congestive heart failure (see Effects of High Blood Pressure).
However, medications are not a cure for high blood pressure. Exercise and diet are also important for controlling blood pressure (see High Blood Pressure Diet and Exercise and High Blood Pressure for more information).