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Composition for STARVAL

Valsartan(80 mg)

food interaction for STARVAL

alcohol interaction for STARVAL

pregnancy interaction for STARVAL

lactation interaction for STARVAL

It can be taken with or without food, but it is better to take Starval 80 mg capsule at a fixed time.
Interaction with alcohol is unknown. Please consult your doctor.
Starval 80 mg capsule is unsafe to use during pregnancy.
There is positive evidence of human fetal risk, but the benefits from use in pregnant women may be acceptable despite the risk, for example in life-threatening situations. Please consult your doctor.
Starval 80 mg capsule is probably safe to use during breastfeeding. Please consult your doctor.


Valsartan(80 mg)


Starval 80 mg capsule is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension), prevention and treatment of heart attack (myocardial Infarction) and heart failure; when heart is unable to pump sufficient blood. It is also used in kidney disease due to diabetes.

How it works

Starval 80 mg capsule belongs to group of medicines called angiotensin-II receptor inhibitors. Angiotensin II is a chemical that causes muscles surrounding the blood vessels to contract, thereby narrowing the blood vessels. Starval 80 mg capsule blocks the action of angiotensin II resulting in relaxation of blood vessels, and thus, reduces blood pressure.

Common side effects

Abdominal pain, Cough, Diarrhoea, Dizziness, Dizziness on standing, Fainting, Headache, Heart failure, Increased potassium level in blood, Increased creatinine level in blood, Renal failure, Renal impairment, Vertigo, Weakness, Fatigue


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Expert advice for STARVAL

  • Do not drive because you may feel sleepy or dizzy while being treated with valsartan.
  • Do not start or continue valsartan, if you are dehydrated due to sickness, diarrhea or use of diuretics.
  • Do not take valsartan, if you have history of swelling of eyes and lips (angioedema) or any disease of the heart (eg. ischemic heart disease, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, cardiogenic shock, or heart attack).
  • Avoid taking valsartan if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Frequently asked questions for STARVAL


Q. Is valsartan an ace inhibitor, beta blocker, statin, blood thinner, or ARB?
Valsartan is not an ace inhibitor, beta blocker, statin, or blood thinner drug. It is an angiotensin-II receptor blocker (ARB).

Q. Is valsartan the same as Diovan?
Yes, Diovan is the brand name for valsartan.

Q. Is valsartan generic?
Yes, valsartan is a generic drug.

Q. Can I take valsartan with Tylenol (acetaminophen), Viagra (sildenafil), Advil (ibuprofen) or amlodipine?
Valsartan should not be given with Advil. It is not reported to interact with Tylenol, Viagra, or amlodipine. Please follow the advice of the doctor regarding their simultaneous use.

Q. Does valsartan cause weight gain, cough, dry mouth, insomnia, itching, hair loss, erectile dysfunction (ED), or lower heart rate?
Valsartan may cause cough, weight gain, erectile dysfunction, or lower heart rate. It generally not been shown to cause dry mouth, insomnia, itching, or hair loss. Please consult your doctor if you experience these side effects.

Q. Is valsartan safe?
Valsartan is relatively safe if used at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor.


Content on this page was last updated on 20 April, 2015, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)