Valsartan (Diovan) is called an angiotensin II receptor blocker (ARB), a type of drug used for treating hypertension, or high blood pressure. Angiotensin II, which is produced by the body, causes blood vessels to constrict, raising blood pressure. In patients with heart disease that can lead to congestive heart failure, in which the heart struggles to pump blood through narrow arteries. This causes fluid to back up and become congested in the lungs. Valsartan can help prevent heart attacks in certain patients by opening blood vessels, allowing the heart to pump blood through wide arteries at normal pressure, as well as keeping the coronary arteries open. The coronary arteries deliver oxygenated blood to the heart muscle, so keeping them open allows the heart tissue to get the oxygen it needs to pump. Lowering high blood pressure also protects against strokes and kidney damage.
Dosage of Valsartan
Valsartan is available in tablet form. The usual dose begins as 80 mg once a day or 40 mg twice a day, which may be increased to as high as 320 mg per day.
Common Side Effects
- Nausea and vomiting
- Joint or muscle pain
Cost of Valsartan
Valsartan starts at around $13 for 30 tablets, strength 160 mg.
Where to Get a Prescription for Valsartan
Valsartan is a prescription drug that needs to be prescribed by a licensed prescriber or physician. Did you know? QuickMD can treat your high blood pressure remotely through telemedicine and prescribe valsartan online. No insurance is needed.