Generic Name - Valsartan
Category - Antihypertensive medication
High blood pressure and heart failure
Valsartan is indicated for the treatment high blood pressure. Hypertension is a common disorder in which the blood pressure remains abnormally high.Valsartan is also used to treat heart failure in people who cannot take angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors. Genric Valsartan works by blocking the action of certain chemicals that tighten the blood vessels, so blood flows more smoothly.
Valsartan Contraindications and Drug Interactions
Valsartan is contraindicated in patients, who are hypersensitive to this drug, medications that belong to this class of drugs or had an allergic reaction to it in the past.
There are a number of medications that interact with Valsartan It is important to take the doctor's counsel if you are taking any of the following
Potassium salts and potassium supplements
Other blood pressure medications
The following information just highlights the general average dosage of Valsartan,
The usual recommended dosage of Valsartan for hypertension is, 80 mg once daily when used as monotherapy in patients who are not volume-depleted. Valsartan may be used over a dose range of 80 mg to 320 mg daily, administered once-a-day.
Valsartan Adverse Effects
Some of the most serious Valsartan side Effects include decreased amount of urine passed, confusion, dizziness, lightheadedness or fainting spells, fast or uneven heart beat, palpitations, or chest pain, decreased sexual function and unusual rashes.
This is not a complete list of all Side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Valsartan
Valsartan and Pregnancy
Valsartan should not be used during second or third triemesters of pregnancy. It may cause injury or even death to the unborn baby. Consult your doctor before taking this medication, if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant.
Valsartan and Breastfeeding
Valsartan passes into breast milk and may cause unwanted effect to nursing babies. Breastfeeding mothers should consult doctor before taking this medication.
Valsartan and Pediatric
The safety and effectiveness of Valsartan in pediatric patients have not been established.
Valsartan and Geriatric
Studies do not indicate any overall difference in the safety and effectiveness of Valsartan with relation to age.
The above information about Valsartan serves as an information resource only and is not intended to substitute professional medical advice, examination, diagnosis and treatment. Always seek the counsel of your doctor, physician or pharmacist before starting any new treatment or making changes to existing therapy.