The reference site for Valsartan

Valsartan is mainly used for treatment of high blood pressure, congestive heart failure, and to increase the chances of living longer after a heart attack.

WHAT IS Valsartan?

Valsartan belongs to the class of medicines called angiotensin II inhibitors. It is used to treat high blood pressure.

This medicine is also used to treat heart failure, lower the need for hospitalization that happens from heart failure, and even treat left ventricular dysfunction after a heart attack.

Valsartan works by blocking the action of a substance in the body that causes blood vessels to tighten. As a result, valsartan relaxes blood vessels which in turn lowers the blood pressure.

 

Brand Name(s): Diovan
CAS nº: 137862-53-4
(val-SAR-tan)

 

 

Product Info

The sections below will provide you with more specific information and guidelines related to valsartan and its correct use. Please read them carefully.

FDA Information

In 2002, the US Food & Drug Administration approved a leading high blood pressure medicine Diovan® (valsartan) to treat heart failure in patients who are intolerant of angiotensin-converting-enzyme (ACE) inhibitors, a common type of heart failure therapy.

Valsartan, an angiotensin II receptor blocker (ARB), is the top-prescribed ARB franchise in the U.S. and the first drug in its class to obtain an indication beyond hypertension.

The FDA expanded the drug’s heart failure labeling. Valsartan can now be prescribed in a broader range of heart failure patients and is no longer limited to those intolerant of ACE inhibitors.

Why is this medication prescribed?

Valsartan belongs to the class of medications known as angiotensin II inhibitors. It is used to treat high blood pressure. It is also used to treat heart failure and it can lower the need for hospitalization that happens from heart failure. Valsartan can also treat left ventricular dysfunction after a heart attack. Left ventricular dysfunction occurs when the left ventricle (the main pumping chamber of the heart) stiffens and enlarges and can cause the lungs to fill with blood.

High blood pressure adds to the workload of the heart and arteries. If it continues for a long time, the heart and arteries may not function properly. This can damage the blood vessels of the brain, heart, and kidneys, resulting in a stroke, heart failure, or kidney failure. High blood pressure may also increase the risk of heart attacks. These problems may be less likely to occur if the blood pressure is controlled.

Valsartan works by blocking the action of a substance in the body that causes blood vessels to tighten. As a result, valsartan relaxes blood vessels which in turn lowers the blood pressure.

Other uses for this medicine

This drug may also be used to help protect the kidneys from damage due to diabetes.

However, it is important that you talk to your doctor about the possible risks of using this drug for your particular condition.

Dosage and using this medicine

The usual dose in patients with hypertension is 80 mg once daily, but doses of up to 320 mg daily have been used. In patients with congestive heart failure, twice daily dosing has been used.

The dose of valsartan will vary for each particular patients. Follow your doctor’s orders or the directions on the label.

Take valsartan with a full glass of water. Additionally, this medication can be taken with or without food.

What special precautions should I follow?

BEFORE TAKING VALSARTAN:

Tell your doctor if you have any of the following: kidney disease; liver disease; if you are on a salt-restricted diet or have high levels of potassium in your blood, or are taking a potassium supplement (e.g., K-Dur®, Klor-Con®, or others); or if you are taking a potassium-sparing diuretic such as amiloride (Midamor®), triamterene (Dyrenium®, Dyazide®, Maxzide®), or spironolactone (Aldactone®).

It is possible that you may not be able to take valsartan, or you may require a dosage adjustment or special monitoring, during treatment if you have any of the conditions listed above.

Valsartan is in the FDA pregnancy category D. This means that it is known to be harmful to an unborn baby. When used during the second and third trimesters of pregnancy, valsartan can cause injury and even death to the developing baby. Do not take valsartan if you are pregnant or could become pregnant during treatment.

Furthermore, it is not known whether valsartan passes into breast milk. Do not take valsartan without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

What should I do if I forget a dose?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and take only the next regularly scheduled dose.

Never take a double dose of this medication.

What side effects can this medication cause?

Some possible side effects from valsartan include:

headache
dizziness

Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:

diarrhea or upset stomach
dizziness
headache
insomnia
congestion
cough

If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately:

an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing, closing of the throat, swelling of the lips, tongue, face or hives)
little or no urine

Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.

What storage conditions are needed for this medicine?

Is is important to keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and always out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom).

Please remember to throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed. If necessary, you can talk with your pharmacist about the proper disposal of your medication.

In case of an emergency/overdose

In the case of an overdose, call your local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. If the victim has collapsed or is not breathing, call the local emergency services on 911.

Symptoms of overdose may include:

dizziness
weakness
fainting
fatigue

Product Images

PICTURES OF VALSARTAN PILLS

Below you will find images and specific information on the principal types of valsartan that exist, including their respective brand name(s), strength, inscription codes and manufacturers.

The information below includes general information and guidelines for patients taking this medication and should never be used to substitute professional medical advice that can be provided by a qualified physician or family doctor.

 

Name: DIOVAN®
Strength(s): 40 MG
Imprint: NVR | DO
Manufacturer: NOVARTIS

Name: DIOVAN®
Strength(s): 40 MG
Imprint: NVR | DO
Manufacturer: NOVARTIS

Name: DIOVAN®
Strength(s): 80 MG
Imprint: DV | NVR
Manufacturer: NOVARTIS

Name: DIOVAN®
Strength(s): 320 MG
Imprint: DXL | NVR
Manufacturer: NOVARTIS

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