What is diovan?
Diovan is an angiotensin II antagonist. Diovan contains valsartan. It is used to control high blood pressure in the body.
How diovan works in the indicated complaints?
Diovan is useful for treating hypertensive patients having sudden rise of blood pressure. It can treat patients with heart dysfunction and left ventricular hypertrophy.
Angiotensin II is an enzyme secreted in the body and is responsible for causing the constriction of the blood vessels and increases the blood pressure. Angiotensin II antagonist will prevent the action of angiotensin II and will dilate the blood vessels. Dilated blood vessels will lead to more filtration from the kidneys and the retained water will move out that will lower the blood pressure ultimately.
How diovan will interact with other drugs?
Various drugs can interact inside the body and can cause unusual reactive symptoms and adverse effects. The impact of these drugs on each other must be known to your doctor. Once you experience any unusual reactions after taking the drug with other prescribed drug, stop taking the medicine and tell your doctor about the strong symptoms your are experiencing.
Effects of diovan can increase with furosemide, other alpha and beta blockers. The action of diovan can reduce with Non Steroidal Anti Inflammatory Drugs or NSAIDs like diclofenac and ibuprofen. The potassium content in the blood serum will increase if potassium containing supplements are taken along with this drug.
What are the possible side effects of diovan?
Diovan can produce some side effects with or without combination with other drugs. These side effects can be common or rare depending upon the individual human being consuming this drug. Talk to your physician about the previous complaints you have suffered, your present life style, your food and habits and the drugs you are taking right now. Do tell about the herbal remedies and supplementations you have previously taken so that the side effects and possible adverse reactions can be prevented.
Side effects given here are collected by drug proving and can occur randomly on the individual basis some may experience no symptoms or very less symptoms depending upon your pathological state.
Gastrointestinal affections include
• liver disorders
• kidney dysfunction
What I must know about diovan?
Diovan can cause reactions when high doses or fatal levels of this drug are reached in the body and fatal effects can be present. Therefore, you must not take the excessive doses and must consult your doctor if you take it accidently. Please consult your physician before taking this drug.
What your physician should be told before you take diovan?
You must consult your physician about your past history. He must be told about every disease-mental or physical, you have suffered before and the adverse reactions, if experienced before. The doctor must know about the other prescriptions you have been on and drugs you are taking presently and if you have any kind of allergic reaction to specific substance should be revealed to the physician.
How to take this drug?
Don’t chew the tablet or break the extended release tablet swallow it as a whole. Take the drug as it was prescribed by the doctor and don’t exceed the dosage and amount of drug to be taken at a time. Consult your doctor if no improvement is felt and doesn’t repeat the drug too frequently.
What if I miss the dose of diovan?
You must take the drug at the same time or as prescribed before or after the meal. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and keep the time gap between two doses.
What are the precautions one must take?
You must avoid taking alcohol along with the drug as their can be excessive sedation and drowsiness. If you feel weak or drowsy don’t operate any heavy machinery or drive until the sedation subsides. You can experience the withdrawal symptoms like nausea. Don’t take any medicine without prescription.
What happens if you over dose diovan?
You can experience increased side effects like diarrhea, constipation, blurred vision, increased heart beat or tachycardia etc. seek your doctor’s advice if your experience any kind of abnormal symptoms after overdosing.
How to get more information about diovan?
You can consult your physician about the doubts and anxieties concerned with this drug. This drug is safe and has been proved in laboratories and through chemical researches. You may ask your pharmacist about the dosage and method of intake.
By John Sten Pharmacist
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