Valsartan is a generic drug used to treat high blood pressure and certain heart conditions. It is manufactured by licensed generic manufacturers. This product DOES NOT originate from Novartis and IS NOT authorized by Novartis, the owner and maker of the branded Diovan prescription pharmaceutical product.
Brand name: Diovan
Generic name: Valsartan and Hydrochlorothiazide
Used for: Treat high blood pressure
Alternatives: Altace, Benicar, Diovan HCT, Hyzaar
Availability: Brand and Novartis Diovan 40mg, 80mg, 160mg, 320mg; generic Valsartan in 40mg, 80mg, 160mg, 320mg
How Valsartan Works
Valsartan works by blocking a chemical that is produced in the body that causes the constriction of blood vessels. Valsartan causes a relaxation which results in a drop of blood pressure. This medication is used to treat mild to moderate high blood pressure, chronic heart failure and reduce the risk of death after a heart attack. Valsartan can be used alone or in combination with a diuretic. Valsartan is to be taken exactly as prescribed.
Generic Diovan vs Brand Diovan
Diovan is one the most common products ordered for high blood pressure. The chemical Valsartan is the active ingredient found in Diovan and in the generic Valsartan. Brand Diovan and generic Valsartan are identical in dose, strength, safety, efficiency and its intended use. The biggest difference is that the generic is not manufactured inside a Novartis facility. Valsartan is marketed by Novartis under the trade name Diovan. In India, it is marketed by CIPLA under the trade name Valtan and by Torrent Pharmaceuticals under the trade name Valzaar. If you have any concerns, feel free to contact us.
Valsartan Possible side effects
While taking Diovan or Valsartan you may experience side effects. Contact your doctor if any of the following side effects become bothersome or persistent:
• shortness of breath
• back pain
• joint pain
• abdominal pain
Before you begin to take Valsartan be sure to inform your doctor about any medical conditions or any other medications you are taking, as they may affect the way you should take this medication. Individuals with kidney or liver problems should be closely monitored by their physician as function of these organs may be affected while taking Valsartan. Women who are pregnant or breast-feeding should not take Valsartan.
The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
All prices are in US dollars.
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