Valsartan, marketed under the name Diovan, is an oral medication frequently used in the management of people with high blood pressure. Farmington Drugs & Medical Supplies provides patients who need Valsartan prescriptions at our home pharmacy or via free local deliveries for prescription refills.
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Valsartan (Diovan), like irbesartan, losartan and telmisartan, belongs to a class of medications known as angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs). Valsartan is nonpeptide and acts on the AT1 receptor subtype much more strongly when compared to its effects on the AT2 receptor subtype. As Diovan, valsartan is indicated for use in certain patients in the treatment of hypertension, heart failure, and reduction of cardiovascular mortality in stable patients with left ventricular failure or left ventricular dysfunction following myocardial infarction. Valsartan also blocks any pressor effects from infusions of angiotensin II. Valsartan is sometimes prescribed in combination with another medication, hydrochlorothiazide, in a medication marketed as Diovan HCT. It is thought that the effect of valsartan with thiazide medications is approximately additive.
Valsartan – Side Effects
Valsartan, like other medications, can cause side effects when used. Side effects related to valsartan (Diovan) include low blood pressure, headache, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Valsartan can also cause viral infections and arthralgia. People with a prior hypersensitivity or allergy to valsartan should not use the medication. A valsartan recall was also issued starting in 2018 and additional efforts are being made to replace the supply. Valsartan (Diovan) and alcohol should not be used at the same time. Questions and concerns about valsartan use should be directed to one’s medical provider and doctor before starting the medication.
Valsartan 160 mg tablets are moderately affordable, costing approximately 60 cents per tablet at many pharmacies. Valsartan coupons may be available online and some insurance plans will cover the costs associated with a Diovan medication. Valsartan tablets should be stored at 25° C. Farmington Drugs & Medical Supplies takes pride in offering the most cost efficient services and prescriptions to our patients.
Valsartan (Diovan) is available as valsartan 40 mg, valsartan 80 mg, valsartan 160 mg and valsartan 320 mg tablets. Valsartan reaches peak levels in the plasma within 4 hours and has an elimination half-life of approximately six hours. Valsartan is primarily excreted in the feces but a small proportion is excreted in the urine. Valsartan itself is found as a white powder and is minimally soluble in water. If abruptly stopped, valsartan does not frequently cause abrupt rises in blood pressure.
Given the evolving nature of medicine and science, this information might not be accurate and should not be construed as medical advice or diagnosis / treatment recommendations. Please consult a licensed medical provider if you have additional questions.