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What is Diovan used for?
Diovan is prescribed to treat high blood pressure and heart failure. High blood pressure is also known as hypertension; it adds to the workload of the heart and arteries. This medication is also prescribed for those with congestive heart failure or as a preventive step if you have already had a heart attack; it reduces hospitalizations in patients with congestive heart failure. Congestive heart failure can develop as a result of damage to your heart from a previous heart attack or other cardiac conditions. Any damage to your heart muscle is permanent and you may require long-term medication.
You can buy Diovan (Valsartan) online at My Drug Center. We also have the Diovan generic, called Valsartan, available for purchase as well.
How does Diovan work?
Diovan is available as tablets for oral administration. It contains the active ingredient Valsartan, which belongs to a class of drugs called angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs). The Valsartan dosage in the medication works by blocking the action of angiotensin, which relaxes the blood vessels. By doing this, the supply of blood and oxygen to the heart is increased and blood pressure is lowered as a result.
Before taking Diovan or the Valsartan generic, read all the instructions and paper work that given to you by your pharmacist. Take your Diovan dosage orally once a day. Make sure you take it at the same time each day to create a routine for yourself and to ensure an even spread of the Valsartan dosage in your system. This medication should be taken on a regular basis to have optimal results. The Diovan dosage that you take will depend on your condition and your age. Take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not change or increase your dose. You should continue taking this medication even if you feel well.
This medication may contain medical and non medical ingredients that could cause an allergic reaction. Consult with your doctor about any known allergies before taking Diovan. Speak with your doctor about any known medical conditions relating to liver disease, severe loss of body water, mineral or salt imbalances. Tell your doctor about any current medications or supplementation to avoid interactions or unwanted side effects of Valsartan.
This medication may increase your potassium levels. Before using potassium supplements or salt substitutes that contain potassium, consult your doctor or pharmacist.
While taking Diovan you may feel dizzy, drowsy or experience blurred vision. Alcohol and Cannabis can exasperate these side effects. Avoid operating heavy machinery, driving a motor vehicle, or performing other dangerous activities until you know how Diovan affects you. The drug can cause sleepiness and may worsen your ability to make decisions, think clearly, or react quickly. Additionally you can speak with your doctor about acceptable limits for these substances while taking Diovan.
Some common Diovan side effects include:
Headache, dizziness, lightheadedness, tiredness, flu symptoms, upper respiratory infection, diarrhea, cold symptoms (cough, runny or stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat), sinusitis, nausea, stomach pain, swelling, blurred vision, itching or skin rash, back pain, and joint pain.
Some serious Diovan side effects include:
Chest pain, fainting, palpitations, shortness of breath, weight loss, vomiting, and swelling of the skin, most often around the lips and eyes.
If any side effects of Valsartan become unmanageable speak with your doctor or pharmacist for help in managing any side effects. For any serious side effects that occur speak with your doctor right away for further treatment options.
Q: What happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?
A: A relapse in symptoms may occur depending on the severity of the condition, and you may experience side effects. You should speak to your doctor before you stop taking this medication.
Q: What is the best dosage to take for Diovan?
A: You doctor will be able to determine the best Diovan dosage from the initial diagnosis.
Q: What happens if I miss a dose?
A: You should take the missed dose as soon you realize you have forgotten. If the missed dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, take the next schedule dose to avoid overlapping.
Q: What is the best way to store this medication?
A: This medication is stored at room temperature, and should be kept away from children and pets.
Q: How do I dispose of this medication?
A: Do not throw away this medication in wastewater. Some medication can be thrown away in dry waste, and some require a little preparation for disposal. If you are uncertain how to dispose of this medication speak with your pharmacist to safely dispose any unwanted or experienced medication.
Q: Is this medication safe to use while pregnant or breastfeeding?
A: Speak with your doctor about the risk associated with using this drug while pregnant. It is uncertain if this drug can pass into the breast milk of nursing mother. Consult your doctor to understand the risk in using this medication while breastfeeding.
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