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.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or trying to become pregnant (see Diovan and Pregnancy)
- On dialysis
Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you are currently taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Do not take any salt substitutes containing potassium or potassium supplements without first discussing it with your healthcare provider.
(Click Warnings and Precautions With Valsartan for more information, including information on who should not take the drug.)