Brand Names : Diovan
Valsartan (val-SAR-tan) belongs to the class of medicines called angiotensin
II inhibitors. It is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension).
High blood pressure adds to the workload of the heart and arteries. If
it continues for a long time, the heart and arteries may not function properly.
This can damage the blood vessels of the brain, heart, and kidneys, resulting
in a stroke, heart failure, or kidney failure. High blood pressure may also
increase the risk of heart attacks. These problems may be less likely to occur
if blood pressure is controlled.
Valsartan works by blocking the action of a substance in the body that
causes blood vessels to tighten. As a result, valsartan relaxes blood vessels.
This lowers blood pressure.
This medicine is available only with your doctor's prescription, in the
following dosage form(s):
Capsules (U.S. and Canada)
Some commonly used brand names are:
In the U.S. -
In Canada -