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Brand Names: Diovan

Generic Name: valsartan (Pronunciation: val SAR tan)

What is valsartan (Diovan)?

Valsartan is an angiotensin II receptor antagonist. Valsartan keeps blood vessels from narrowing, which lowers blood pressure and improves blood flow.

Valsartan is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). It is sometimes given together with other blood pressure medications.

Valsartan may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Diovan 160 mg tab

egg, orange, imprinted with NVR, DX

Diovan 320 mg

egg, purple, imprinted with DXL, NVR

Diovan 40 mg tab

round, yellow, imprinted with NVR, DO

Diovan 80 mg tab

egg, red, imprinted with NVR, DV

What are the possible side effects of valsartan (Diovan)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

In rare cases, valsartan can cause a condition that results in the breakdown of skeletal muscle tissue, leading to kidney failure. Call your doctor right away if you have muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness especially if you also have fever, nausea or vomiting, and dark colored urine.

Stop using valsartan and call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • eye pain, vision problems;
  • feeling like you might pass out;
  • chest pain, fast or pounding heartbeats;
  • numbness or tingling; or
  • swelling, weight gain.

Less serious side effects may include:

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is the most important information I should know about valsartan (Diovan)?

You should not use this medication if you are allergic to valsartan.

Drinking alcohol can further lower your blood pressure and may increase certain side effects of valsartan.

Do not use potassium supplements or salt substitutes while you are taking valsartan, unless your doctor has told you to.

Your blood pressure will need to be checked often. Visit your doctor regularly.

Keep using this medicine as directed, even if you feel well. High blood pressure often has no symptoms. You may need to use blood pressure medication for the rest of your life.

In rare cases, valsartan can cause a condition that results in the breakdown of skeletal muscle tissue, leading to kidney failure. Call your doctor right away if you have unexplained muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness especially if you also have fever, unusual tiredness, and dark colored urine.



Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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