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Valsartan belongs to a class of drugs called angiotensin receptor blockers.
Valsartan is prescribed after heart attacks since Valsartan may reduce death in patients who developed congestive heart failure after a heart attack.
Valsartan is prescribed to treat high blood pressure (hypertension) and heart failure.
Valsartan is prescribed to treat high blood pressure and heart failure.
Valsartan works by blocking the hormone angiotensin thereby relaxing blood vessels, causing them to widen.
High blood pressure reduction helps prevent strokes, heart attacks, and kidney problems.
Valsartan is contraindicated if you have any of the following conditions:
- if you are allergic to ACE inhibitors (captopril, lisinopril);
- if you are allergic to Valsartan;
- if you have any other allergies;
- if you have high blood levels of potassium;
- if you have kidney disease;
- if you have liver disease;
- if you have severe dehydration (and loss of electrolytes such as sodium);
Do not take Valsartan with any of the following drugs:
- Cough-and-cold products;
- Diet aids;
- Naproxen for pain/fever reduction;
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs - NSAIDs;
- Potassium-sparing "water pills";
Valsartan side effects that you should report to your health care professional or doctor as soon as possible:
- Blurred vision;
- Change in the amount of urine;
- Dark urine;
- Decreased sexual ability;
- Itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat);
- Persistent sore throat;
- Severe dizziness;
- Severe nausea;
- Signs of infection;
- Stomach/abdominal pain;
- Trouble breathing;
- Unusual fatigue;
- Yellowing eyes or skin;
Valsartan is generally well-tolerated and side effects are rare.
The most common side effects include:
- Abdominal pain;
Patients may also:
- Allergic reactions;
- Experience hyperkalemia;
- Renal function;
Rhabdomyolysis (inflammation and destruction of muscles) and angioedema (swelling of soft tissues including those of the throat and larynx) are rare but serious side effects of Valsartan.
Reported Valsartan overdose symptoms are:
- Severe dizziness or fainting;
- Unusually fast or slow heartbeat;
Capsules: 40 milligrams,
Capsules: 80 milligrams,
Capsules: 160 milligrams,
Capsules: 320 milligrams.
The usual dose of Valsartan in patients with high blood pressure is 80 to 160 milligrams once daily. The maximum dose is 320 milligrams daily. Maximum blood pressure reduction occurs within 4 weeks. For congestive heart failure, the usual dose is 40 milligrams twice daily. The doses may be increased to 80-160 milligrams twice daily. The initial dose after a heart attack is 20 milligrams twice daily. The dose should be increased with a target of 160 milligrams twice daily if tolerated without side effects.
Administration of Valsartan with food decreases the absorption of Valsartan by about 40%, so it should be taken on an empty stomach.