Diovan is convenient to take and can be taken alone or with other blood pressure medications.
Below is some basic information about taking Diovan (valsartan) tablets.
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- What is the most important information I should know about Diovan?
Diovan can cause harm or death to an unborn baby. Talk to your doctor about other ways to lower your blood pressure if you plan to become pregnant. If you get pregnant while taking Diovan, tell your doctor right away.
- What is Diovan indicated for?
Diovan is indicated for the treatment of hypertension (high blood pressure). It is used to lower high blood pressure in adults, and children 6 to 16 years of age. It may be used alone or in combination with other antihypertensive agents.
Diovan is also indicated for the treatment of heart failure in adults. In a controlled clinical trial, Diovan significantly reduced hospitalizations for heart failure. There is no evidence that Diovan provides added benefits when it is used with an adequate dose of an ACE inhibitor.
Diovan is also used in adults to improve the chance of living longer after a heart attack (myocardial infarction).
- Who should not take Diovan?
Diovan is not for everyone. You should not take Diovan if you:
- Are allergic to any of the ingredients of this product.
- Are pregnant, breast-feeding, or planning to become pregnant.
- Is Diovan safe for use in children?
Diovan is indicated for the treatment of hypertension and is used to lower high blood pressure in children 6 to 16 years of age. Diovan is not for children under 6 years of age or children with certain kidney problems.
- What should I tell my doctor before taking Diovan?
Tell your doctor about all your medical conditions, including whether you:
- Are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. See What is the most important information I should know about Diovan?
- Are breast-feeding. Diovan may pass into your breast milk and can harm your baby. You should not take Diovan and breast-feed.
- Have a heart condition.
- Have liver problems.
- Have kidney problems.
- Have any allergies.
- Have ever had a reaction called angioedema, to another blood pressure medicine. Angioedema causes swelling of the face, lips, tongue and/or throat, and may cause difficulty breathing.
Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Especially tell your doctor if you are taking:
- Other medicines for high blood pressure or a heart problem.
- Water pills (also called "diuretics").
- Potassium supplements or are using a salt substitute containing potassium.
- Aspirin or other medicines called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (like ibuprofen or naproxen).
- Certain antibiotics (rifamycin group), a drug used to protect against transplant rejection (cyclosporine) or an antiretroviral drug used to treat HIV/AIDS infection (ritonavir). These drugs may increase the effect of valsartan.
- Lithium, a medicine used in some types of depression.
Keep a list of your medicines with you to show to your doctor or pharmacist before you start taking any new medicine. Your doctor or pharmacist will know what medicines are safe to take together.
- Can I take Diovan with other medications?
Be sure to inform your health care professional if you are taking or planning to take any other medication. Only your health care professional can decide if you can take Diovan along with other medications, including over-the-counter drugs. If you are pregnant, or plan to become pregnant, please contact your health care professional immediately. Especially tell your doctor if you are taking: other medicines for high blood pressure or a heart problem; water pills (diuretics); potassium supplements or a salt substitute containing potassium; or aspirin or other medicines called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs, like ibuprofen or naproxen); diabetes medicine including insulin; sleeping pills; or lithium, a medicine used in some types of depression.
- Can Diovan be taken with or without food?
Diovan can be taken with or without food.
- How should I take Diovan?
- Take Diovan exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Your doctor may change your dose if needed.
- It's important that you take your Diovan tablets every day or as directed by your health care professional, at the same time each day. Usually, Diovan is taken once daily for high blood pressure.
- Diovan can be taken with or without food.
- If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is close to your next dose, do not take the missed dose. Just take the next dose at your regular time.
- If you take too much Diovan, call your doctor or Poison Control Center, or go to the nearest hospital emergency room.
- Can I take Diovan if I am pregnant?
Diovan should be discontinued if you are pregnant, or plan to become pregnant, because it may cause harm or even death to the unborn child.
- Can I stop taking Diovan if I feel better?
No. Continue with therapy as directed by your doctor.
- What if I forget to take a dose?
If you forget to take a dose of Diovan, take the missed dose as soon as you remember—unless it is almost time for your next dose. In that case, skip the missed dose and take the next dose at your regular time. As with any medication, Diovan should be taken exactly as directed by your health care professional.
- Can Diovan be cut in half or crushed?
Do not cut or crush Diovan tablets unless directed by your health care professional.
- What are the possible side effects of Diovan?
Diovan may cause the following serious side effects:
- Injury or death to an unborn baby. See What is the most important information I should know about Diovan?
- Low Blood Pressure (Hypotension). Low blood pressure is most likely to happen if you also take water pills, are on a low-salt diet, get dialysis treatments, have heart problems, or get sick with vomiting or diarrhea. Lie down if you feel faint or dizzy. Call your doctor right away.
- Kidney problems. Kidney problems may get worse in people that already have kidney disease. Some people will have changes on blood tests for kidney function and may need a lower dose of Diovan. Call your doctor if you get swelling in your feet, ankles, or hands, or unexplained weight gain. If you have heart failure, your doctor should check your kidney function before prescribing Diovan.
The most common side effects of Diovan used to treat people with high blood pressure include:
- Flu symptoms
- Stomach (abdominal) pain
Side effects were generally mild and brief. They generally have not caused patients to stop taking Diovan.
The most common side effects of Diovan used to treat people with heart failure include:
- Low blood pressure
- Joint and back pain
- High blood potassium
Common side effects of Diovan used to treat people after a heart attack that caused them to stop taking the drug include:
- Low blood pressure
- High blood creatinine (decreased kidney function)
Tell your doctor if you get any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.
These are not all the possible side effects of Diovan. For a complete list, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
- What are the ingredients in Diovan?
Valsartan is the active ingredient in Diovan. The inactive ingredients of the tablets are colloidal silicon dioxide, crospovidone, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, iron oxides (yellow, black, and/or red), magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, polyethylene glycol 8000, and titanium dioxide.
- How do I store Diovan?
- Store Diovan tablets at room temperature between 59° and 86°F.
- Keep Diovan in a closed container in a dry place.
- Keep Diovan and all medicines out of the reach of children.
- General information about Diovan
Medicines are sometimes prescribed for conditions that are not mentioned in patient materials. Do not use Diovan for a condition for which it was not prescribed. Do not give Diovan to other people, even if they have the same symptoms you have. It may harm them.
If you would like more information about Diovan, talk with your health care professional. You can ask your doctor or pharmacist for information about Diovan that is written for health care professionals.
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