Novartis | Diovan (Medication)
Diovan/valsartan is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension) and heart failure. It is also used to improve the chance of living longer after a heart attack. Lowering high blood pressure helps prevent strokes, heart attacks, and kidney problems….
Diovan: Side Effects
The most common side effects of Diovan used to treat people with high blood pressure include: headache; dizziness; flu symptoms; tiredness; stomach (abdominal) pain.
The most common side effects of Diovan used to treat people with heart failure include: dizziness; low blood pressure; diarrhea; joint and back pain; tiredness; high blood potassium.
Common side effects of Diovan used to treat people after a heart attack which caused them to stop taking the drug include: low blood pressure; cough; high blood creatinine (decreased kidney function); rash….
Before taking Diovan, tell your doctor about all your medical conditions including whether you: have any allergies; have a heart condition; have liver problems; have kidney problems.
Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins and herbal supplements. Especially tell your doctor if you take: other medicines for high blood pressure or a heart problem; water pills; potassium supplements; a salt substitute; nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (like ibuprofen or naproxen); certain antibiotics (rifamycin group), a drug used to protect against transplant rejection (cyclosporin) or an antiretroviral drug used to treat HIV/AIDS infection (ritonavir). These drugs may increase the effect of valsartan.
During pregnancy and breastfeeding is not recommended to use this medicine without your doctor’s advice….