The recommended starting valsartan dose for most people with high blood pressure is either 80 mg or 160 mg once daily. People with congestive heart failure are recommended to take a starting valsartan dosage of 40 mg twice daily. The starting dose following a heart attack is 20 mg twice daily, which your healthcare provider may increase every couple of weeks up to a target dose of 160 mg twice daily. Talk with your healthcare provider, nurse, or pharmacist if you are unsure about anything related to your dosage or valsartan dosing in general.
- The medical condition you are being treated for
- Your weight (for children)
- Other medical conditions you may have
- Other medications you may be currently taking
- How you respond to valsartan.
As always, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
Valsartan Dosing for High Blood PressureThe recommended starting dosage of valsartan for most adults with high blood pressure (hypertension) is either valsartan 80 mg or valsartan 160 mg once a day. Based on the blood pressure response and/or valsartan side effects, the dosage may be increased or decreased. With each change in dosage, it may take several weeks to see valsartan's full effect on lowering blood pressure. Most people require a final dose of valsartan 80 mg to 320 mg, either as one daily dose or two smaller doses.
For children age 6 to 16 years old, the recommended valsartan dose is based on weight. The recommended starting dose is valsartan 1.3 mg per kg once daily (about 0.6 mg per pound once daily), up to a maximum of 40 mg per day. Your child's healthcare provider may adjust your child's valsartan dose as necessary. Even though valsartan comes only in tablets, your pharmacist can make a Diovan liquid for your child, which may be necessary if your child cannot swallow tablets or if the right dose cannot be obtained with the tablets.