Diovan
DESCRIPTION

Diovan is an antihypertensive drug used to treat high blood pressure and lower the risk of heart failure.

How It Works

Diovan is a trade name for Valsartan, an antihypertensive drug belonging to class of drugs known as angiotensin II receptor blockers. Diovan can block an agent that causes blood vessels to constrict and narrow. When Diovan is consumed, the drug causes blood vessels to relax relieving blood pressure.

Uses

Diovan is mainly prescribed to treat high blood pressure (hypertension) and heart conditions arising as a result. High blood pressure puts excessive strain on the heart, which can lead to a fatal failure. Diovan may be used to reduce the risk of heart failure, or increase the chance of survival after a heart attack.

Dosage

Your doctor will prescribe you the correct dosage of Diovan to use.

Take Diovan exactly as the doctor prescribed it to you, even if you feel better. Patients suffering from hypertension do not always feel sick-like symptoms.

Read the patient information leaflet provided with the package before you start to use Diovan.

If you are prescribed Diovan for high blood pressure, take this drug once per day. Take each dosage the same time every day.

Adult patients with a history of heart failure or heart problems may need to take Diovan twice a day, at the same time each day.

You can take Diovan with or without food.

Do not miss doses. If you miss a dose, take it soon as you remember, but not too close to the next dose. Do not take two doses of Diovan at the same time.

Side Effects

Diovan is known to cause the following side effects:

Headache
Dizziness
Flu Symptoms
Stomach (Abdominal) Pain
Diarrhea
Joint And Back Pain
Tiredness
High Blood Potassium

Call your doctor if side effects persist or gets unbearably worse. Tell your doctor if Diovan is making you feel worse than before.

Precautions

Do not take Diovan if you are allergic to any of the listed ingredients in the drug.

Women who are pregnant, breastfeeding or are planning to become pregnant should not take Diovan.

Do not take Diovan if you have a previously diagnosed heart condition, liver problems or kidney problems. You may have to ask your doctor for a safer substitute if your medical history makes Diovan unsafe to take.

Diovan may react negatively with certain other types of medication. Diovan is not safe to take with other medicines for blood pressure or heart conditions, diuretics (also known as water pills), certain antibiotics, certain nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (like ibuprofen), and potassium supplements. Inform your doctor of all prescription and over-the-counter medications you may be taking.

Before taking Diovan, tell your doctor if you have ever had an angioedema reaction to another blood pressure medication. Angioedema reactions cause parts of the face to swell and make breathing difficult.

Self-Care

Diovan does not “cure” high blood pressure. If your doctor tells you to diet and exercise to manage your condition, then you must do so.

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