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Generic Diovan is Now Available!

by Roni Shye on July 17, 2014 at 10:15 am

The long expected arrival of generic Diovan (valsartan) is finally here!

I know there has been a lot of anticipation for the release of this highly popular blood pressure medication and it is now finally available. Diovan combined with hydrochlorothiazide (Diovan HCT) has been available as generic valsartan/hctz for quite some time now, and there has been plenty of speculation as to when plain Diovan would make its generic debut.

What is valsartan used for?
Diovan (valsartan) is indicated for the treatment of high blood pressure, heart failure, and use post-heart attack.

What strengths is this medication available in?
Valsartan tablets, like Diovan, are available in the following strengths: 40 mg, 80 mg, 160 mg, and 320 mg.

How is valsartan usually taken?

The usual dose is 80 mg to 320 mg once daily.

What type of medication is valsartan?
Valsartan is considered an Angiotensin Receptor Blocker (also known as an ARB). ARBs work by blocking a natural substance in your body called angiotensin II from binding to receptors on blood vessels. This results in blood vessel relaxation and a decrease in blood pressure.

What are the most common side effects?

Some side effects include headache, dizziness or lightheadedness, nasal congestion, back and leg pain, and diarrhea.

Other important information to know about Diovan and valsartan:

There is a BLACK BOX WARNING for fetal toxicity. This means that this medication can cause fetal harm and must be discontinued if you find out you are pregnant.

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