Drug Class: What is Diovan an why is it prescribed?
Drug Mechanism: How does Diovan work?
Dosage: How should you take Diovan
Possible food and drug interactions when taking Diovan
Special information on Diovan
Diovan side effects
|Drug Class: What is Diovan an why is it prescribed?|
|Generic Diovan is one of a new class of blood pressure medications called angiotensin II receptor antagonists. Generic Diovan works by preventing the hormone angiotensin II from narrowing the blood vessels, which tends to raise blood pressure. Generic Diovan may be prescribed alone or with other blood pressure medications, such as diuretics that help the body get rid of excess water. Generic Diovan HCT provides just such a combination. Generic Diovan HCT contains Generic Diovan plus the common diuretic hydrochlorothiazide. Generic Diovan also has a stimulative effect on the heart and is prescribed for heart failure in patients who can't tolerate another type of medication called ACE inhibitors.|
|Drug Mechanism: How does Diovan work?|
Generic Diovan (valsartan) is the second of a group of drugs known as angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs) and is similar to losartan (Cozaar). As such, it blocks the ability of angiotensin II to constrict or squeeze arteries and veins, thereby reducing blood pressure and reducing the pressure in the arteries that the heart must pump against.
The FDA approved Generic Diovan in December of 1996.
|Dosage: How should you take Diovan|
Generic Diovan can be taken with or without food. Try to get in the habit of taking the medicine at the same time each day--for example, before or after breakfast. You'll be less likely to forget your dose.
If you miss a Generic Diovan dose
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|Possible food and drug interactions when taking Diovan|
Check with your doctor before combining Generic Diovan with salt substitutes that contain potassium, or with diuretics that leave potassium in the body, including the following:
|Special information on Diovan|
Most important fact about Generic Diovan
Special precautions if you are pregnant or breastfeeding
Special warnings about Generic Diovan
If you have liver or kidney disease, Generic Diovan must be used with caution. Be sure the doctor is aware of either problem. Also let the doctor know if you suffer from gout or diabetes.
The safety and effectiveness of Generic Diovan have not been studied in children.
|Diovan side effects|
Why Generic Diovan should not be prescribed?
Do not take Generic Diovan while you are pregnant. Avoid Generic Diovan if they cause an allergic reaction.
Possible Generic Diovan side effects
Side effects of Generic Diovan may include:
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