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Valsartan

INFORMATION

Uses

Valsartan is used in the treatment of increased blood pressure , heart failure, heart attack and diabetic kidney disease.

How it works

Valsartan relaxes blood vessels which lowers the blood pressure and also reduces the workload of the heart.

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

AVAILABLE MEDICINE

Expert advice

  • Valsartan may cause dizziness and lightheadedness. To avoid this, take the Valsartan at bedtime, drink plenty of water and get up slowly after sitting or lying down.
  • Avoid driving, if you feel dizzy after consuming Valsartan.
  • Avoid taking potassium supplements and potassium-rich foods such as banana and broccoli.
  • Notify your doctor immediately if you are or planning to become pregnant. 
  • Valsartan should be discontinued a day prior to the scheduled surgery.
  • Your doctor may recommend a change in the lifestyle to lower your blood pressure. It may include:
    • Maintain a normal body weight (body mass index, 18.5-24.9 kg/m2).
    •  Consume fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy products, and reduce saturated-total fat.
    • Reduce daily dietary sodium intake as much as possible, ideally to 65 mmol/day (1.5 g/day sodium or 3.8 g/day sodium chloride).
    • Regular aerobic physical activity (at least 30 minutes/day, most days of the week).
    • Limit alcohol consumption to less than or equal to 2 drinks per day (1oz or 30ml ethanol eg 24oz beer, 10 oz wine, or 3 oz 80-proof whiskey).

Frequently asked questions

Valsartan

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 29 November, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)