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Can I stop taking Diovan (valsartan) or do I have to wean of it? I have been taking 80 mg for 2 weeks.

Can I stop taking Diovan (valsartan) or do I have to wean of it? I have been taking 80 mg for 2 weeks.

Talk to doctor: You should never stop a medication without discussing the decision with your doctor. He/she will advice if it is appropriate to stop, if you need an alternative, etc. ...Read more

Dr. Scott Keith
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Been taking Diovan 80mg daily for 8yrs for my BP. Cardiologist told me not to take the meds unless my BP is above 140/90. Should I stop my meds?

Been taking Diovan 80mg daily for 8yrs for my BP. Cardiologist told me not to take the meds unless my BP is above 140/90. Should I stop my meds?

Not entirely correct: Ideal BP for all is 120/80. Having said that, as u r young, and if no other co-morbidities, first line treatment for excess BP is lifestyle changes. In other words, after a concerted effort to limit your salt intake to <2000 mg/day, increasing your exercise (even waking 20-25 mins briskly) and effectuating even loss of 5 pounds of weight, BP will improve. Failing that and still excess BP, then med ...Read more

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Surgery on bi-cep tendon tear 1-2-15 takes nexium, (esomeprazole) diovan, Crestor, metformin and ibuprofen- when and what should he stop before surgery?

Surgery on bi-cep tendon tear 1-2-15 takes nexium, (esomeprazole) diovan, Crestor, metformin and ibuprofen- when and what should he stop before surgery?

None except the: Ibuprofen as the surgeon may not want have any extra surgical bleeding that aspirin or similar drugs like the NSAIDs as well as specific blood thinners like Coumadin (warfarin) and newer agents. ...Read more

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Is valsartan (generic form of diovan) available?

Is valsartan (generic form of diovan) available?

Not quite yet: The patents for valsartan and valsartan/hydrochlorothiazide are scheduled to expire in september 2012. Some company will certainly release a generic product quickly, but when it happens is up to the market and manufacturer. ...Read more

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Please describe the medication: diovan (valsartan)?

Antihypertensive: This drug is an angiotensin receptor blocker used to treat hypertension. It is considered helpful in promoting healing of the kidney tissue and is a good choice in persons who develop a cough on drugs called ace inhibitors (angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors). ...Read more

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My bp 146/111 from 184/111 I take diovan just started taking it a week ago?

Accurate reading: Be sure the you are taking the BP appropriately. By your provider. Calibrate your home machine as well. ...Read more

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What is your opinion on switching from Diovan (valsartan) 320 mgs to generic Valsartan 320 mgs? He had been on Diovan (valsartan) brand for many years, however, now more $

Same drug: Valsartan is generic Diovan (valsartan). Assuming the generic comes from a reputable pharmaceutical company, there should be no problem in switching. ...Read more

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What is Diovan (valsartan) hct used for?

Hypertension: Diovan hct (valsartan and hydrochlorothiazide) is a combination of an orally active, specific angiotensin ii receptor blocker (arb) acting on the at1 receptor subtype, and hydrochlorothiazide, a diuretic. It is used to treat high blood pressure. ...Read more

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Is Diovan (valsartan) a substitute for altace?

Yes: They have similar effects but work with a slightly different mechanism. For people who can't take altace, Diovan (valsartan) is often substituted. Diovan (valsartan) doesn't cause the cough that some people get with altace. ...Read more

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Which pharmacuetical company makes diovan (valsartan)?

Diovan (valsartan): In the us, uk and australia, valsartan is marketed by novartis under the trade name diovan. In pakistan, it is marketed by efroze under the trade name angiotan. In india, it is marketed by cipla under the trade name valtan and by torrent pharmaceuticals under the trade name valzaar. In egypt and in france, it is marketed by novartis under the name of tareg. In ukraine, it is marketed by Фарма Стар. ...Read more

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Can I take Diovan (valsartan) (12.5mg) per tablet, with yohimbe?

Can I take Diovan (valsartan) (12.5mg) per tablet, with yohimbe?

Probably: No contraindications that I see. Yohimbe is used by many to improve libido but being a supplement is not regulated by the fda so use with caution & please let your physician know how much & how often you are using it. ...Read more

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I'm interested in the possible side effects of diovan (valsartan)?

Variable.: Diovan (valsartan) is usually well tolerated. Common side effects may include: dizziness, low blood pressure, headache, diarrhea, fatigue and elevated potassium. Serious reactions are significantly less common but possible and include angioedema, renal failure, hepatitis ...Read more

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Want to change Diovan (valsartan) to another med, what else works with less side effects?

Side effects: Any medicine that you take has side effects and Diovan (valsartan) has a very good side effect profile. When you take any medicine to lower your blood pressure you may feel a little sluggish at first until your body gets used to the lower blood pressure. Since you didn't mention what the side effects are, you should discuss with your physician. ...Read more

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Diovan (valsartan) htc doesn't appear to be working well, b/p was 181/109 pulse 112. What is a better alternative for me?

Diovan (valsartan) htc doesn't appear to be working well, b/p was 181/109 pulse 112. What is a better alternative for me?

Add: With such reading, you will need to add medication not to replace. Betablockers would be a good addition for a patient with coronary disease. Work up recommended if heart rate is 112 at rest. Discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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On Diovan (valsartan) 320mg, just gone generic and prices has exploded, any suggestions on a replacement med that's similar. Works fairly well.

On Diovan (valsartan) 320mg, just gone generic and prices has exploded, any suggestions on a replacement med that's similar. Works fairly well.

HTN medications: There are multiplle drugs on the market including the generic for Diovan (valsartan). Is the Diovan (valsartan) generic too expensive as well. There may be a specific reason your doctor has you on Diovan (valsartan) for instance to protect your kidneys with renal disease or with diabetes.You need to consult with your doctor, see which medicine is best for you and your conditions, bring with you a list of meds insurance covers. ...Read more

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Okay to mix Diovan (valsartan) and methyldopa?

Yes: However, one has to ask why is Methyldopa being used? If the person is pregnant or has the potential of becoming pregnant, they should not be on diovan (valsartan). Methyldopa is rarely used as an antihypertensive anymore, except when the hypertensive patient is also pregnant. ...Read more

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Does diclofenac interact with diovan (valsartan)?

Does diclofenac interact with diovan (valsartan)?

Interaction: There is increased risk of kidney toxicity and possible decrease effectiveness of BP lowering of diovan (valsartan). Consider using Acetaminophen if possible. Discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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Are Diovan (valsartan) and benazepril compatible?

Are Diovan (valsartan) and benazepril compatible?

Yes: Yes, you can take both if prescribed by your doctor for hypertension. You do need regular blood tests to monitor your kidney function when on an anti-hypertensive medication. ...Read more

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Does taking Diovan (valsartan) hct affect diabetes?

Does taking Diovan (valsartan) hct affect diabetes?

Yes: Diovan (valsartan) is angiotensin receptor blocker used for the treatment of hypertension which may have beneficial effects on the kidneys of diabetics and helps decrease loss of protein in the urine. It should not be used in women who are pregnant or may become pregnant. Hct is a diuretic which is used for blood pressure control but it could increase blood sugar in some diabetics. There are generic arbs now. ...Read more

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Should you take xenical while taking diovan (valsartan)?

Should you take xenical while taking diovan (valsartan)?

No: Xenical is not a good medicine - avoid it. It blocks fat absorption including fat soluble vitamins like a, d, e, k & beta carotene. There are few reported cases of hypertension with xenical. ...Read more

Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
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Valsartan (Definition)

Angiotensin receptor blocking agent. ...Read more