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- What is valsartan, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
- What brand names are available for valsartan?
- Is valsartan available as a generic drug?
- Do I need a prescription for valsartan?
- What are the side effects of valsartan?
- What is the dosage for valsartan?
- Which drugs or supplements interact with valsartan?
- Is valsartan safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
- What else should I know about valsartan?
What is valsartan, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
Valsartan is an oral medication that is used to treat high blood pressure and congestive heart failure. It belongs to a class of drugs called angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs) which also includes irbesartan (Avapro), losartan (Cozaar), and candesartan (Atacand). Angiotensin, formed in the blood by the action of angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE), is a powerful chemical that attaches to angiotensin receptors found in many tissues but primarily on smooth muscle cells of blood vessels. Angiotensin's attachment to the receptors causes the blood vessels to narrow (vasoconstrict) which leads to an increase in blood pressure (hypertension ). Valsartan blocks the angiotensin receptor. By blocking the action of angiotensin, valsartan dilates blood vessels and reduces blood pressure. Valsartan was approved by the FDA in December 1996.
What brand names are available for valsartan?
Is valsartan available as a generic drug?
GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes
Do I need a prescription for valsartan?
What are the side effects of valsartan?
Valsartan is generally well-tolerated. The most common side effects are:
Other important side effects are:
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