Valzaar - 80 mg (Valsartan)
US Brand Name Valsartan
Strength 80 mg
Generic Name Valsartan
Manufacturer Torrent Pharma
Pharmaceutical Form Tablet/s

What is Valzaar


This drug belongs to a family of angiotension II receptor antagonist which is mainly prescribed for the treatment of hypertension and high blood pressure. It stops blood vessels from narrowing which further increases the blood flow and reduces blood pressure. This drug holds a generic name Valsartan which is sold under various trade names including Valsartan and Valzaar (made by Torrent Pharma).



Important information about Valsartan


You should not take Valsartan (Valsartan, Valzaar) drugs if you have known allergy to it. To ensure that this drug is safe for you, let you doctor know if you have following conditions: congestive heart failure, kidney disease (or if you are on dialysis), liver disease, or if you are dehydrated. In some rare cases, Valsartan may results in the breakdown of skeletal muscle tissue, causing in kidney failure. Consult your doctor immediately if you have unexplained pain in muscles, tenderness, or weakness especially if you also have fever, unusual fatigue, and dark colored urine.


This drug belongs to pregnancy category D drug. If you become pregnant while being treated with this drug, stop taking it and contact your doctor immediately. Valsartan can harm your unborn baby and may also cause death if pregnant women take it in the second or third trimester. Use of an effective birth control measure is recommended while you are being treated with this medicine. It is not known whether this drug pass into the breast milk or cause harmful effects to the baby. Hence, do not take this medicine if you are breast feeding and always follow your doctor advice.



Before taking Valsartan


Before taking Valsartan, take care about all of the above mentioned precautions. Feel free to consult your doctor regarding the conditions you may suffer from and clear all the doubts about this medicine.



Dosage Information


Take Valsartan as per your doctor direction and always refer the medicine leaflet to get the detailed information. Do not alter the dosage until your doctor advices you to do so. Also, do not have this medicine after the prescription time is over. It can be taken with or without food. Always keep this medicine in a cool and dry place. It may take around 4 weeks of regular intake for Valsartan to reign in your blood pressure and show the effect.  You may have to take this medicine for a long time period, if you have not encountered any symptoms. High blood pressure doesn’t possess any outwardly signs.


During the intake of Valsartan, watch out the conditions like vomiting, excessive sweating or diarrhea because it might cause dehydration which results in low blood pressure. Consult your doctor as soon as you experience these fatal conditions.


What if you miss a dose- In case you miss a dose of Valsartan, take it as soon as you remember. Avoid the missed dose if the next dose time is close.  


Note: Valsartan dosage depends on lots of factors, your doctor may fix the dosage by examining you properly.  Strictly follow the dosage instruction prescribed by your doctor.



What if you overdose


In case of overdose, get emergency medical help or call your doctor immediately.



Things and activities to avoid


Avoid or limit the consumption of alcohol while beings treated with Valsartan. It can cause dizziness, to overcome this problem avoid getting up and lying suddenly. Valsartan may increase the level of potassium in your body. You should avoid the potassium supplements or salt substituent while being treated with Valsartan.



Side Effects


Some of the common side effects of this drug are dizziness, swelling in ankles or feet, flushing, or light headedness. If any of these conditions persists or deteriorate, seek medical attention right away. In case of serious side effects such as fast, irregular or rapid heartbeat, or fainting, contact your doctor immediately.



Interaction with other drugs


Many other drugs can interact with Valsartan and may cause some harmful effects. Some of drugs and related products are (OTC vitamin pills or other medicines, or herbal products), especially the following ones: other medicines that lower blood pressure, rifampin, ritonavir, aspirin or NSAIDs (ibuprofen, naproxen, or others), heart disease medication, a potassium supplement such as K-Dur, Klor-Con, salt substitutes that contain potassium, or a diuretic. Never start a new medication without your doctor permission.   

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