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Diovan, also more commonly know by it's generic name Valsartan can be prescribed to treat high blood pressure and heart failure. Valsartan is an angiotensin receptor blocker (ARBs) and relaxes the blood vessels to allow easier blood flow while lowering high blood pressure to prevent strokes, heart attacks and kidney problems.
Take care to read all the paper work and information given to you by your pharmacist before starting treatment with Diovan. Diovan can be taken once or twice a day with or without food. The dosage and schedule is determined by your initial diagnosis, current condition, and how you respond to the treatment. Follow the directions given to you by your doctor in order to have a safe and effective treatment with Diovan.
Valsartan, the generic name for Diovan can induce allergic reactions. Make sure you go over any known allergies, any current medication, prior medical conditions, along with any supplementation you are taking before knowing if Diovan is right for you.
Dizziness can occur while taking Diovan. Make sure you do not operate heavy machines or a drive a vehicle until you are confident you can safely do so. Alcohol and cannabis can exasperate these effects. Additionally you can speak with your doctor on the acceptable limits of these substances while taking Diovan.
Common side effects can include:
back or leg pain
decreased sexual ability
dizziness or lightheadedness when rising from a lying or sitting position
flu-like symptoms (sudden lack of energy, fever, cough, sore throat)
If any side effects become severe while using Diovan contact your doctor or pharmacist for help managing these side effects.
Q: I read there is a liquid form of Valsartan, is there a difference?
A: Valsartan can come in liquid form, however, tablets ranging from 40mg to 320mg are more commonly prescribed. If your doctor has prescribed liquid Valsartan, follow the prescription and instructions given to you by your doctor.
Q: I take a lot vitamin supplements, is there a risk when taking Diovan?
A: Diovan can increase potassium levels in the body. It is a good idea to consult with your doctor about any and all supplementation and vitamins you are taking before knowing if Diovan is right for you. Take care to disclose any prior medical conditions, allergies and current medication to avoid interactions while taking Diovan.
Q: How should I store Diovan?
A: It should be stored at room temperature away from children and pets. Do not disposed unwanted medication in wastewater. Consult a local pharmacist for safe disposal instructions of unwanted or expired medication. Sometimes there are take back programs available locally for unused medication.
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