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What is Diovan?
Diovan (Valsotran) is a drug commonly used to treat blood pressure and heart conditions. It belongs to the class of drugs known as ARBs – angiotensin receptor blockers. Such blockers reduce blood pressure by reducing the secretion of vassopresin and aldosterone. They also cause vasolidation. Diovan is a monograph drug that was developed relatively recently, yet has already made a name for itself in the medical field.

What are the indications for using Diovan?
Diovan is usually prescribed for the following conditions:
• High blood pressure – a chronic state in the body when artery blood pressure is elevated beyond the norm. This creates great difficulty for the heart and often leads to various other conditions and adverse symptoms if left untreated.
• Congestive heart failure – an inability of the heart to sufficiently pump and circulate blood throughout the body. In most cases, it has another medical condition as its underlying cause and can even be fatal with time if untreated.
• Myocardial infarction – an event more commonly known as a heart attack. Most heart attacks are caused by blockages in the coronary arteries and patients who have them experience great pain in the chest area, sometimes accompanied by other symptoms.

Diovan has also been known to decrease the risk of developing diabetes type 2, a metabolic disorder characterized by a shortage of insulin in the body.

What is the dosage of Diovan?
Diovan comes in the form of tablets which are taken orally, usually in increments of 40mg. When treating hypertension in adults, the common dose ranges from 80 to 160mg per day, but some patients may require doses up to 320mg. As research shows, the first effects of treatment are felt within 2 weeks since starting and the optimal result is attained after 4 weeks. When treating hypertension in children, doses of up to 40mg a day are prescribed. When treating heart failure, the recommended dosage is 40mg twice a day and 20mg twice a day for post-myocardial infarction.

What are the contraindications for using Diovan?
First and foremost, you should not take Diovan if you are allergic or sensitive to it or its components. When treating diabetes, Diovan is not compatible with Aliskiren. Diovan is also known to lead to health problems when taken with potassium-sparing diuretics and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Diovan has an extremely dangerous effects on fetuses, so pregnant mothers must avoid this drug altogether.

What are the adverse effects of Diovan?
The most common side effects of Diovan are headache, dizziness, and fatigue.
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