Diovan (Oral)

Diovan is a medication prescribed to lower blood pressure and to treat heart failure. It keeps blood vessels from narrowing, which lowers blood pressure and improves blood flow. It is also used to reduce the risk of death after a heart attack. There are several common side affects of Diovan, which include dizziness, cold, cough, fatigue or stomach pain.

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Diovan (Oral) Drug and Prescription Information

Diovan (Oral)

Diovan (Oral) Medication Classification

VALSARTAN (By mouth)

Diovan (Oral) Brandname

Diovan

Diovan (Oral) is used for the Treatment

Valsartan (val-SAR-tan) Treats high blood pressure and heart failure.

When To Not Use Diovan (Oral)

You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to valsartan, or if you are pregnant.

How Should You Use Diovan (Oral)

Capsule, Tablet

  • Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine to take and how often. Your dose may need to be changed several times in order to find out what works best for you. Do not take more medicine or take it more often than your doctor tells you to.
  • You may take the medicine with or without food.
  • Carefully follow your doctor's instructions about any special diet.
  • Never share your medicine with anyone.
  • If a dose is missed:
  • If you miss a dose or forget to take your medicine, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to take the medicine and skip the missed dose.
  • Do not use extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.

Proper Diovan (Oral) Storage

Store Diovan (Oral) at room temperature away from sunlight and moisture unless otherwise stated by manufacturer's instructions or labelling. Keep Diovan (Oral) and all medications out of the reach of children.

What To Avoid While Using Diovan (Oral)

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are also using potassium supplements, salt substitutes, certain diuretics or "water pills" (such as amiloride, spironolactone, triamterene, Aldactazide®, Aldactone®, Dyazide®, Maxzide®, Midamor®, Moduretic®), or other blood pressure medicine (ACE inhibitors or beta-blockers such as Accupril®, Altace®, Lotensin®, Lotrel®, Monopril®, Prinivil®, Vasotec®, Zestril®, atenolol, metoprolol®, Toprol®).

Diovan (Oral) Warnings

  • Using this medicine while you are pregnant can harm your unborn baby. Use an effective form of birth control to keep from getting pregnant. If you think you have become pregnant while using the medicine, tell your doctor right away.
  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are breastfeeding, or if you have kidney disease, liver disease, or congestive heart failure.
  • This medicine may make you dizzy. Avoid driving, using machines, or doing anything else that could be dangerous if you are not alert.
  • If you stop using this medicine, your blood pressure may go up. High blood pressure usually has no symptoms. Even if you feel well, do not stop using the medicine without asking your doctor.

Diovan (Oral) Side Effects

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing
  • Change in how much or how often you urinate
  • Chest pain
  • Confusion, weakness, irregular heartbeat, shortness of breath, numbness or tingling in your hands, feet, or lips
  • Fast or slow heartbeat
  • Lightheadedness or fainting
  • If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
  • Dry cough
  • Headache
  • Unusual weakness or loss of strength

Diovan (Oral) Ratings

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2.5

Effectiveness: *****

Ease of Use: *

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Katie, Detroit Michigan - 05/18/2010

This is my first week of having taken Diovan. I have been out of work for 6 days with severe stomach pains, nausea and dizzyness.

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Effectiveness: **

Ease of Use: ***

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Linda, USA - 01/26/2009

For some reason I am having a ton of side effects right now. They are dizziness, spinning, even blurred vision and trouble sleeping. I have had some sexual function problems as well. I have been on this drug for six months so far. These have just started within the last two months and I don't know why. I was healthy before this started.

Diovan (Oral)
3.5

Effectiveness: ****

Ease of Use: ****

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true christian, Pennsylvania, USA - 10/28/2009

I have a dry mouth, and the muscle pain was so unbearable that I am now on a prescription medication for it. I do drink a lot of water, but no soda, coffee, or tea. I still have little urine output.