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Drug Information

What is Valsartan used for?

Valsartan is used for the treatment of high blood pressure. It also used to improve the heart function after an episode of a heart attack.

Valsartan may also be prescribed for other conditions as determined by the doctor.

How does Valsartan work?

Valsartan belongs to the class of drugs called angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs). This drug acts by inhibiting the action of angiotensin II that mediates vasoconstriction. Thus, it blocks the constriction of blood vessels and decreases the blood pressure.

How to take Valsartan?

The dosage and the drug form depend on the age, weight and medical condition of an individual. Take Valsartan as prescribed by your doctor.

Swallow the tablet whole. Do not crush or chew the tablet. Take the drug with or without food. However, taking the drug with food prevents stomach upset. Take Valsartan at the same time each day.

If you miss a dose of Valsartan, please take it immediately once you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for the missed dose.

The overdose symptoms of Valsartan may include:

  • Dizziness
  • Trouble breathing
  • Passing out

You must seek immediate medical care if you experience any of the above symptoms.

What are the drugs that interact with Valsartan?

Drugs that interact with Valsartan include the following:

  • Aliskiren
  • Amlodipine
  • Benazepril
  • Captopril
  • Codeine
  • Felodipine
  • Hydrochlorothiazide
  • Perindopril
  • Phenyl Salicylate
  • Phenylephrine
  • Quinapril
  • Ramipril
  • Sulfamethoxazole

This is not a comprehensive list of drug interactions. Consult your doctor to know more about other possible drug interactions.

What are the side effects of Valsartan?

The following are the most common side effects of Valsartan:

  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Diarrhoea
  • Stomach pain
  • Excessive tiredness
  • Blurred vision
  • Light-headedness

The following are the severe side effects and you may require immediate medical attention:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Unexplained weight gain
  • Hoarseness
  • Swelling of face, hand or feet
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Muscle weakness

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Please consult your doctor to know more about other possible side effects.

What special precautions should be followed while taking Valsartan?

  • Avoid using the medicine if you are allergic to Valsartan or similar drugs.
  • Do not drive or operate heavy machinery if Valsartan medication causes dizziness or blurred vision.
  • Avoid consumption of alcohol as it may worsen the side effects of Valsartan medicine.
  • Do not stop using the medication abruptly unless instructed by the doctor. Discontinuing the medication suddenly may cause the illness to return.
  • Keep the medication away from the reach of the children.
  • Avoid prolonged exposure to sun and performing strenuous exercises.

You are advised not to take Valsartan if

  • it has passed the expiry date of the medicine printed on the pack.
  • the foil or packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering or there is discolouration.

What should you tell your doctor before taking Valsartan?

  • Tell your doctor if you have any history of liver disease or dehydration.
  • Inform the doctor if you are taking any other drugs, OTC medications, herbal products or nutritional supplements.
  • Tell your doctor before taking Valsartan medicine during breastfeeding.
  • Inform your doctor if you are on low-salt or salt-free diet.

Frequently asked questions about Valsartan

  1. Is it safe to take Valsartan medication during pregnancy?
  2. No. It is not recommended to take Valsartan medicine during pregnancy as it can cause birth defects in the foetus.

  3. Do I need to be monitored for any laboratory parameters while taking Valsartan?
  4. It is required to get your blood pressure levels checked regularly while taking Valsartan medication.

  5. Is it safe to alter the dose of Valsartan?
  6. No. Altering the dose of Valsartan medicine is not advised as it can increase the risk of side effects.

  7. Is it safe to take Valsartan medication before undergoing a surgery?
  8. Consult your doctor before taking Valsartan medication prior to any scheduled surgery.

  9. Do I need to follow any dietary precautions while on Valsartan medication?
  10. Avoid consuming potassium-rich foods or taking potassium supplements, as Valsartan may increase your potassium levels.


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