valsartan, Diovan (cont.)

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PREGNANCY: When used in the second or third trimester of pregnancy , valsartan and similar drugs can cause injury and even death to the fetus. Valsartan should not be used during pregnancy. When pregnancy is detected, valsartan should be stopped as soon as possible.

NURSING MOTHERS: It is not known whether valsartan is secreted into human milk. Valsartan is secreted into the milk of rats.

SIDE EFFECTS: Valsartan is generally well-tolerated. The most common side effects include headache, dizziness, fatigue , abdominal pain, cough, diarrhea and nausea. Patients may also experience hyperkalemia, impotence, reduced renal function, and allergic reactions. Rhabdomyolysis (inflammation and destruction of muscle) and angioedema (swelling of soft tissues including those of the throat and larynx) are rare but serious side effects of valsartan.

Reference: FDA Prescribing Information


Last Editorial Review: 1/5/2012



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