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 25
High blood pressure (hypertension) 57 19
Protein in urine (proteinuria) 4 1
Congestive heart failure 2 1
General health 2 0
Support heart health 2 1

Show all 18 reasons taken


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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe
4
Moderate
1
Mild
7
None
36

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Valsartan

Side effect Patients
Dizziness 2
Dizziness with hypotension upon standing 1
Dry mouth 1
Elevated blood pressure 1
Frequent urination 1
Headache at start and with increased dose 1

Show all 12 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Valsartan

Dosage Patients
80 mg daily 12
160 mg daily 9
320 mg daily 8
40 mg daily 2
160 mg twice daily 2
80 mg every other day 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
Less than 1 month 1
6 months - 1 year 3
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 8
5 - 10 years 7
10 years or more 15

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 46
Usually 2
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 1
A little hard to take 3
Not at all hard to take 43
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 3
$50-99 3
$25-49 8
< $25 17
Not specified 17

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Valsartan after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Lisinopril (Zestril) 4
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 1
Amlodipine (Norvasc) 1
Diltiazem (Cartia XT) 1
Hydrochlorothiazide-Valsartan (Diovan HCT) 1

Show all 9 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Valsartan and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Candesartan (Atacand) 1
Carvedilol (Coreg) 1
Metoprolol Succinate ER (Toprol XL) 1
Olmesartan (Benicar) 1
Spironolactone (Aldactone) 1
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8 patient evaluations for Valsartan

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

Dec 31, 2011 (Started Feb 15, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for elevated blood pressure)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 160 mg Daily
Cost: $100-199 monthly

Jan 22, 2009 (Started Feb 15, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for elevated blood pressure)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 160 mg Daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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