Active Ingredient: Valsartan is an active component, which is an angiotensin II receptor blocker used alone or in combination with other agents. It treats hypertension and reduces cardiovascular mortality after myocardial infarction. This active component is an angiotensin-receptor blocker that may be used to treat a variety of cardiac conditions such as hypertension, diabetic nephropathy and heart failure. It lowers blood pressure by antagonizing the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system. It competes with angiotensin II for binding to the type-1 angiotensin II receptor (AT1) subtype and prevents the blood pressure promoting effects of angiotensin II.
Indications: Valsartan composed medicine is indicated to treat high blood pressure and heart failure. This drug is also approved to improve the chance of living longer after a heart attack. In people with heart failure, it also lowers the chance of having to go to the hospital for heart failure. Diovan is an angiotensin receptor blocker that works by relaxing blood vessels so that blood can flow more easily. It prevents strokes, heart attacks, and kidney problems.
Action Mechanism: This medicine belongs to a class of drugs called angiotensin receptor blockers. Angiotensin, formed in the blood by the action of angiotensin-converting enzyme is a powerful chemical that attaches to angiotensin receptors found in many tissues but primarily on smooth muscle cells of blood vessels. This show attachment to the receptors causes the blood vessels to narrow which leads to an increase in blood pressure. Diovan blocks the angiotensin receptor that works blocking the action of angiotensin and dilates blood vessels and reduces blood pressure.
Dosages: This medication is available in dosages as mentioned below:
- 40 mg: It is to be taken once or twice a day with or without food as directed by the doctor
- 80 mg: This tablet must be taken once or twice as directed by the doctor
- 180 mg: Consume this tablet once or twice with or without food as advised by the doctor
Note: Seek the medical help if feel sick with vomiting or diarrhea, sweating more than usual while taking this medicine.
What is Diovan?
Diovan (valsartan) is a type of blood pressure medication called an ARB (angiotensin II receptor antagonist). Diovan keeps blood vessels from narrowing, which lowers blood pressure and improves blood flow.
What is Diovan used for?
Diovan is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension) in adults and children who are at least 6 years old. It is sometimes given together with other blood pressure medications.
How to consume Diovan?
Take Diovan at the same time(s) each day, with or without food.
How long does it take for complete treatment with Diovan?
It may take 2 to 4 weeks of using this medicine before the blood pressure is under control. Keep using this medicine as directed, even if you feel well. High blood pressure often has no symptoms. One might need to use blood pressure medicine for the rest of the life.
What happens if the medicine is consumed in excess?
Overdose can lead to low blood pressure and high heart rate, causing symptoms such as dizziness, fainting, sweating, chest pain, or a fast heartbeat. Heart failure and shock could occur.
What should be avoided while taking Diovan?
Drinking alcohol can enhance certain side effects of valsartan. Avoid using potassium supplements or salt substitutes unless the doctor has told to. Avoid getting up too fast from a sitting or lying position, or one might feel dizzy.