What is Valsartan?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Diovan

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See also: Exforge Exforge HCT Hydrochlorothiazide-Valsartan

Valsartan is an angiotensin II receptor antagonist used in the treatment of high blood pressure, of congestive heart failure (CHF), and post-myocardial infarction (MI).

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Elevated blood pressure 89 30
High blood pressure (hypertension) 59 21
Protein in urine (proteinuria) 4 1
Congestive heart failure 2 1
General health 2 0
Support heart health 2 1

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 5
Moderate 2
Mild 7
None 41

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Valsartan

Side effect Patients
Dizziness 3
Dizziness with hypotension upon standing 1
Dry mouth 1
Elevated blood pressure 1
Frequent urination 1
Headache at start and with increased dose 1

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Valsartan

Dosage Patients
80 mg daily 15
160 mg daily 11
320 mg daily 10
40 mg daily 3
80 mg every other day 1
160 mg twice daily 1
80 mg every 6 months 1

Why patients stopped taking Valsartan

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 13
Other 6
Expense 3
Side effects too severe 3
Course of treatment ended 2
Did not seem to work 2
Change in health plan coverage 1
See all 24 patients who've stopped taking Valsartan

Duration

Currently taking Valsartan

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 3
2 - 5 years 12
5 - 10 years 8
10 years or more 17

Stopped taking Valsartan

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 3
1 - 6 months 3
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 10
5 - 10 years 4
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 53
Usually 2
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 3
Somewhat hard to take 1
A little hard to take 3
Not at all hard to take 48
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 3
$50-99 3
$25-49 8
< $25 24
Not specified 17

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Valsartan after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Lisinopril (Zestril) 3
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 1
Amlodipine (Norvasc) 1
Diltiazem (Cartia XT) 1
Hydrochlorothiazide-Valsartan (Diovan HCT) 1

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Patients stopped taking Valsartan and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Candesartan (Atacand) 1
Carvedilol (Coreg) 1
Losartan (Cozaar) 1
Metoprolol Succinate ER (Toprol XL) 1
Olmesartan (Benicar) 1

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9 patient evaluations for Valsartan

Jul 29, 2017 (Started Jan 22, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for elevated blood pressure)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 160 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: this remains my only high blood pressure medication and 'm very pleased with it.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Sep 30, 2016 (Started Jan 22, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for elevated blood pressure)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 160 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Diovan remains my most effective anti high blood pressure medication.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Mar 25, 2016 (Started Jan 22, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for elevated blood pressure)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 160 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: It remains very effective.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Sep 18, 2015 (Started Jan 22, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for elevated blood pressure)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 160 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: It continues to work well.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Mar 1, 2010 (Started Jan 22, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for elevated blood pressure)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 160 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: This drug replaced Avapro and is my primary anti-high blood pressure medication.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Jun 18, 2012 (Started Jun 13, 2002)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for elevated blood pressure)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 320 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Feb 19, 2012 (Started Jan 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for high blood pressure (hypertension))
  • Side effects
    Mild (sleepiness (at first only))
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 320 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
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