What Is Valsartan Used For?

How Does Valsartan Work?

Valsartan is part of a class of drugs called angiotensin II receptor blockers, or ARBs for short. As the names implies, valsartan blocks angiotensin II receptors. This decreases the effectiveness of a chemical known as angiotensin II, which normally causes blood vessels to narrow (constrict). By blocking the effects of angiotensin II, valsartan causes blood vessels to relax, which can lower blood pressure.

Valsartan Uses in Children

Valsartan is approved to treat high blood pressure in children as young as six years old. If your child cannot swallow tablets (or if the right valsartan dosage cannot be obtained using the tablets), your pharmacist can make a valsartan suspension (liquid) for you.

Off-Label Valsartan Uses

On occasion, a healthcare provider may recommend valsartan for treating a condition other than those listed above. This is called an "off-label" use. At this time, there are no universally accepted off-label valsartan uses.
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