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valsartan

Pronunciation: val SAR tan

Brand: Diovan

Diovan

slide 1 of 31, Diovan,

80 mg, egg, red, imprinted with NVR, DV

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Diovan

slide 2 of 31, Diovan,

160 mg, egg, orange, imprinted with NVR, DX

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Diovan

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320 mg, egg, purple, imprinted with DXL, NVR

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Diovan

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40 mg, oval, yellow, imprinted with NVR, DO

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Valsartan

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160 mg, oval, orange, imprinted with VS 160, LOGO

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Valsartan

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320 mg, oval, gray/purple, imprinted with VS 320, LOGO

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Valsartan

slide 7 of 31, Valsartan,

40 mg, oval, yellow, imprinted with NVR, DO

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Valsartan

slide 8 of 31, Valsartan,

320 mg, oval, gray/lavender, imprinted with NVR, DXL

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Valsartan

slide 9 of 31, Valsartan,

320 mg, oval, yellow, imprinted with 1070

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Valsartan

slide 10 of 31, Valsartan,

80 mg, oval, brown, imprinted with RX124

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Valsartan

slide 11 of 31, Valsartan,

160 mg, oval, pink, imprinted with RX125

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Valsartan

slide 12 of 31, Valsartan,

80 mg, round, red, imprinted with I, 8

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Valsartan

slide 13 of 31, Valsartan,

160 mg, oval, orange, imprinted with I, 67

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Valsartan

slide 14 of 31, Valsartan,

320 mg, oval, purple, imprinted with I, 76

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Diovan

slide 15 of 31, Diovan,

160 mg, egg, orange, imprinted with NVR, DX

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Diovan

slide 16 of 31, Diovan,

320 mg, egg, purple, imprinted with DXL, NVR

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Diovan

slide 17 of 31, Diovan,

40 mg, round, yellow, imprinted with NVR, DO

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Diovan

slide 18 of 31, Diovan,

80 mg, egg, red, imprinted with NVR, DV

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Valsartan

slide 19 of 31, Valsartan,

160 mg, oval, yellow, imprinted with 1069

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Valsartan

slide 20 of 31, Valsartan,

160 mg, egg, yellow, imprinted with 234, U

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Valsartan

slide 21 of 31, Valsartan,

160 mg, oval, yellow, imprinted with C4, C

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Valsartan

slide 22 of 31, Valsartan,

320 mg, egg, white, imprinted with 235, U

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Valsartan

slide 23 of 31, Valsartan,

320 mg, oval, yellow, imprinted with C5, C

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Valsartan

slide 24 of 31, Valsartan,

40 mg, oval, yellow, imprinted with V S, LOGO

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Valsartan

slide 25 of 31, Valsartan,

40 mg, oval, white, imprinted with 1067

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Valsartan

slide 26 of 31, Valsartan,

40 mg, oval, white, imprinted with 232, U U

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Valsartan

slide 27 of 31, Valsartan,

40 mg, capsule, yellow, imprinted with C I

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Valsartan

slide 28 of 31, Valsartan,

80 mg, round, pink, imprinted with VS 80, LOGO

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Valsartan

slide 29 of 31, Valsartan,

80 mg, oval, red, imprinted with 1068

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Valsartan

slide 30 of 31, Valsartan,

80 mg, egg, yellow, imprinted with 233, U

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Valsartan

slide 31 of 31, Valsartan,

80 mg, round, peach, imprinted with C3, C

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What is the most important information I should know about valsartan?

Do not use if you are pregnant. Stop using valsartan and tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant.

If you have diabetes, do not use valsartan together with any medication that contains aliskiren (a blood pressure medicine).

What is valsartan?

Valsartan is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension) in adults and children who are at least 6 years old. Valsartan is sometimes given together with other blood pressure medications.

Valsartan is also used in adults to treat heart failure, and to lower the risk of death after a heart attack.

Valsartan may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking valsartan?

You should not use valsartan if you are allergic to it.

If you have diabetes, do not use valsartan together with any medication that contains aliskiren (a blood pressure medicine).

You may also need to avoid taking valsartan with aliskiren if you have kidney disease.

Tell your doctor if you have ever had:

  • a heart condition other than one being treated with valsartan;
  • kidney disease;
  • liver disease;
  • if you are on a low-salt-diet; or
  • if you have ever had a severe allergic reaction to any blood pressure medication.

Do not use if you are pregnant. If you become pregnant, stop taking this medicine and tell your doctor right away. Valsartan can cause injury or death to the unborn baby if you take the medicine during your second or third trimester.

You should not breast-feed while using this medicine.

Valsartan should not be given to a child younger than 6 years old.

How should I take valsartan?

Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose. Use the medicine exactly as directed.

Take valsartan at the same time(s) each day, with or without food.

If a child taking valsartan cannot swallow a capsule whole, your pharmacist can mix the medicine into a liquid. Shake this liquid well just before you measure a dose. Measure the medicine carefully. Use the dosing syringe provided, or use a medicine dose-measuring device (not a kitchen spoon).

Your blood pressure will need to be checked often. Your kidney function may also need to be checked.

You may have very low blood pressure while taking valsartan. Call your doctor if you are sick with vomiting or diarrhea, or if you are sweating more than usual.

It may take 2 to 4 weeks of using this medicine before your blood pressure is under control. Keep using this medicine as directed, even if you feel well. High blood pressure often has no symptoms. You may need to use blood pressure medicine for the rest of your life.

Talk with your doctor if your symptoms do not improve after 4 weeks of treatment.

Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Take the medicine as soon as you can, but skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next dose. Do not take two doses at one time.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.

What should I avoid while taking valsartan?

Drinking alcohol can increase certain side effects of valsartan.

Do not use potassium supplements or salt substitutes unless your doctor has told you to.

Avoid getting up too fast from a sitting or lying position, or you may feel dizzy.

What are the possible side effects of valsartan?

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Also call your doctor at once if you have:

  • a light-headed feeling, like you might pass out;
  • swelling, rapid weight gain;
  • shortness of breath;
  • little or no urination;
  • pounding heartbeats or fluttering in your chest; or
  • high potassium level --nausea, weakness, tingly feeling, chest pain, irregular heartbeats, loss of movement.

Common side effects may include:

  • headache, dizziness, tired feeling;
  • flu symptoms;
  • stomach pain, diarrhea; or
  • back pain, joint pain.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What other drugs will affect valsartan?

Tell your doctor about all your other medicines, especially:

  • a diuretic (water pill) or other medicines that lower blood pressure;
  • cyclosporine;
  • lithium;
  • rifampin;
  • ritonavir;
  • heart medication; or
  • NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) --aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Aleve), celecoxib, diclofenac, indomethacin, meloxicam, and others.

This list is not complete. Other drugs may affect valsartan, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible drug interactions are listed here.

Where can I get more information?

Your pharmacist can provide more information about valsartan.

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

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