Diovan (generic name: Valsartan) is a drug which is prescribed for the treatment of high blood pressure, also known as hypertension. High blood pressure is one of the risk factors that can increase the likelihood of developing heart disease, stroke and other serious conditions. It belongs to the group of drugs called angiotensin II receptor antagonists. It works by preventing the blood vessels from narrowing which promotes better blood flow and reduces blood pressure. It is also prescribed to patients after a heart attack to reduce the risk of death. High blood pressure (hypertension) is diagnosed by giving several blood pressure readings. If a reading is high, then a patient is usually monitored and given several blood pressure readings before a diagnosis is made and medication prescribed.
Valsartan is a generic drug used to treat certain cardiovascular disorders. It is manufactured by licensed generic manufacturers. This product DOES NOT originate from Novartis and IS NOT authorized by Novartis, the owner and maker of the branded Diovan prescription pharmaceutical product.
Diovan Side Effects:
As with any drug, there may be side effects from taking Diovan which may include headache, dizziness, insomnia, stomach pain, runny/stuffy nose, sore throat, coughing, diarrhea, constipation, change in appetite, back pain, anxiety, fatigue, feeling weak, impotence, changes in libido and dry mouth. More serious side effects may include feeling faint, chest pain, change in heartbeat, numbness, pins and needles, tingling, swelling of body parts and weight gain. If you experience any side effects you must seek immediate medical attention for safety.
You should follow the instructions of the doctor who prescribed Diovan to you. Dosage information and directions will also be printed on the pack or on the leaflet in the pack. Diovan comes in tablet form, and should be swallowed whole with water. Diovan can be taken with or without food. Diovan should be stored at room temperature away from direct sunlight and heat. Blood pressure readings will be taken throughout the course of your medication to monitor levels and ensure that the medication is working.
If you are allergic to any of the ingredients of Diovan, do not take it and inform your doctor. You should inform your doctor if you have any pre-existing medical conditions including liver or kidney disease, congestive heart failure or dehydration. You must also inform your doctor if you are taking any other medication, as they may interact with Diovan, including diuretics, patassiumsupplements, salt substitutes and other blood pressure medications. If you are pregnant, planning to conceive or breastfeeding you must inform your doctor as Diovan can cause harm to unborn and new born babies. Do not drink alcohol while taking Diovan as this can increase side effects. Diovan may in rare circumstances cause a condition which breaks down skeletal muscle tissue and leads to kidney failure.
The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
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