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.
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.
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.