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).

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Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Elevated blood pressure 86 28
High Blood Pressure (Hypertension) 49 12
Protein in urine (proteinuria) 4 1
CHF (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 4
Moderate 1
Mild 5
None 35

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Valsartan

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

Show all 10 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Valsartan

Dosage Patients
160 mg daily 12
80 mg daily 8
320 mg daily 7
160 mg twice daily 2
40 mg daily 1
40 mg twice daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Valsartan

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 11
Other 6
Expense 3
Side effects too severe 3
Course of treatment ended 2
Change in health plan coverage 1
Did not seem to work 1
See all 22 patients who’ve stopped taking Valsartan

Duration

Currently taking Valsartan

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 3
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 4
5 - 10 years 11
10 years or more 11

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 2
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 43
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 40
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 3
$50-99 3
$25-49 8
< $25 16
Not specified 15

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Valsartan after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Lisinopril (Zestril) 3
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 1
Amlodipine (Norvasc) 1
Diltiazem (Cardizem) 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
Metoprolol Succinate ER (Toprol XL) 1
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9 patient evaluations for Valsartan

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thjuland
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thjuland
Sex: M
Data Quality: 2 stars
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Mild
Cognition: moderate
Vision: none
Speech: none
Swallowing: mild
Upper limb: mild
Walking: moderate
I am: n
I have:
MS

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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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shell052169
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shell052169
Data Quality: 2 stars
  • Gender: M
  • Age: 48y
  • Duration: 36 yrs
PRO survey: PRO 3
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Moderate
  • Physical: Mild
Surgery type: Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS)
0 seizures
98 weeks ago
I am: g
I have:
Epilepsy

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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
freedom38
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freedom38
Data Quality: 0 stars
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 42
Condition: Systemic Lupus Erythematosus 10 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Unreported
  • Physical: Unreported
I have:
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

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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

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