Active Ingredient: Valsartan
This medication is a peripheral vasodilatator with a hypotension effect. It specifically blocks angiotensin I receptors. Results of Valsartan activity may be observed in 2 hours after its intake, maximal effect is reached in 4-6 hours. Duration of its actions is over 24 hours. Valsartan is used to treat chronic heart failure (NYHA class III-IV). The medication in particular is prescribed after heart attacks.
Dosage and direction
Once a day together with food or before a meal. Maximal daily dose is 160 mg, usual dose is 80 mg daily. Depending on your condition dosage may change. Do not take this medication if it was not administered to you. Follow all directions of your doctor.
FDA pregnancy category D. Valsartan may be harmful to an unborn baby. Continue treatment with this medication even if you feel fine unless your doctor told you different. In rare cases, Valsartan can cause a condition that results in the breakdown of skeletal muscle tissue, which then leads to kidney failure. In this case such symptoms as fever, nausea, dark colored urine, muscle pain appear and you should inform your doctor immediately about it to avoid further complications.
Hypersensitivity, pregnancy, breastfeeding. The medication should be administered cautiously in patients with a biliary cirrhosis, bile duct obstruction, kidney failure, stenosis of kidney artery.
Possible side effect
Headache, dizziness, asthenia, insomnia, diarrhea, abdominal pain, vomit, coughing, running nose,impotence, reduced renal function, and allergic reactions.
Potassium-sparing diuretics, K+ medications, salts which contain K+ in interaction with Valsartan may facilitate development of hyperpotassemia. Diuretics in combination with Valsartan cause hypotention.
If you missed a dose take it as soon as you remember, but not if it is almost time of the next intake by your schedule. If it occured skip the missed dose. Do not try to compensate a missed dose by taking an extra one.
If you suppose that you overdosed Valsartan seek for immediate medical attention. Symptoms of overdose may include dizziness, increased heart rate, increased levels of potassium in the blood, kidney failure, Loss of consciousness.
Store Valsartan at room temperature, 15-30 C (59-86 F).
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