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Valsartan is licensed to treat high blood pressure and congestive heart failure, as well as to improve survival following a heart attack. It causes blood vessels to relax, which can lower blood pressure and increase the heart's efficiency. These effects can decrease the risks seen with long-term hypertension, as well as decrease hospitalizations and loss of life with CHF. Common valsartan side effects include fatigue, dizziness, and diarrhea.
What Is Valsartan?Valsartan (Diovan®) is a prescription medicine that has been licensed to treat several conditions related to the heart and blood vessels. It is part of a class of drugs called angiotensin II receptor blockers, or ARBs for short.
What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking valsartan if you have:
- Heart disease
- Liver disease
- Kidney disease or kidney failure
- Gallstones or other gallbladder problems
- Any allergies, including allergies to other angiotensin II receptor blockers, foods, dyes, or preservatives.
- Pregnant or trying to become pregnant (see Diovan and Pregnancy)
- On dialysis