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Diovan Medication - Uses & Side Effects

Valsartan is in a class of medications known as angiotensin II receptor antagonists. Valsartan is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. It is also used to treat heart failure in people who cannot take angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors. It works by blocking the action of certain chemicals that tighten the blood vessels, so blood flows more smoothly.

Diovan Dosage

  • For the treatment of High Blood Pressure, the usual starting dose is 80 or 160 milligrams or more once a day.
  • For the treatment of Heart Failure, the usual starting dose is 40 milligrams taken twice a day.

Uses of Diovan

  • Valsartan is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure.
  • It may also be used to treats other medical conditions those are listed in this medication guide.

Side Effects of Diovan

Before taken Diovan medicine, you should discuss the side effects with your doctor. If any develop or change in intensity, then you should inform your doctor as soon as possible. Because only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Diovan. Side effects may include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Back pain
  • Cough
  • Diarrhea
  • Fainting
  • Headache
  • Joint pain
  • Low blood pressure
  • Nausea
  • Rash
  • Sinus inflammation
  • Upper respiratory infections

Warnings and precautions before taking Diovan:

  • You should be used Diovan HCT with caution if you have a history of allergy or bronchial asthma, or suffer from the condition called lupus erythematosus.
  • If you have liver or kidney disease, Diovan and Diovan HCT must be used with caution.
  • If you are taking prescription and nonprescription medications, vitamins, nutritional supplements, and herbal products you are taking. Be sure to mention the following: angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors such as benazepril (Lotensin), then you should tell your doctor.

Drug Interaction :-If you are taking Diovan with certain other drugs, then the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. So it is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Diovan with the following:

  • Alcohol
  • Cholestyramine (Questran)
  • Glipizide (Glucotrol)
  • Insulin
  • Lithium (Lithobid, Lithonate)
  • Other blood pressure medications such as Cardizem, Lopressor, and Procardia
  • Phenobarbital
Overdose

After taken Diovan if you feel that overdose is suspected, then you should contact with your doctor immediately. Because it may lead to another serious effect. Symptoms of a Diovan overdose include

  • Dizziness
  • Weakness
  • Fainting


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