Valsartan is used in the treatment of hypertension, heart failure, heart attack and diabetic kidney disease.
How it Works
Valsartan is an angiotensin receptor blocker. It is also called an angiotensin-II receptor antagonist, or an AIIRA. Valsartan relaxes the blood vessels which lowers the blood pressure and also reduces the workload of the heart. Valsartan works by blocking the effect of a chemical called angiotensin II. Angiotensin II works by blood vessels to narrow, so by blocking its effect valsartan allows the blood vessels to relax and widen. The pressure within the blood vessels is then reduced and it is easier for the heart to pump blood around the body. Valsartan also helps to protect the heart following a heart attack.
Common Side effects
Patients who take Valsartan may suffer from such side effects;
Increased potassium level in blood