Medications and Drugs
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) in adults and children who are at least 6 years old. Valsartan is also used in adults to treat heart failure, and to lower the risk of death after a heart attack.
Valsartan 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.
Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:
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)?
Do not use valsartan if you are pregnant. Stop using this medication and tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant. Valsartan can cause injury or death to the unborn baby if you take the medicine during your second or third trimester. Use effective birth control while taking valsartan.
You should not use this medication if you are allergic to valsartan. Before you take valsartan, tell your doctor if you have ever had a severe allergic reaction to any blood pressure medication.
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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