Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives : Difficulty breathing, swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. In rare cases, valsartan can cause a condition that results in the breakdown of skeletal muscle tissue, leading to kidney failure. Call your doctor right away if you have muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness especially if you also have fever, nausea or vomiting, and dark colored urine. Stop using valsartan and call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as: Eye pain, vision problems, feeling like you might pass out, chest pain, fast or pounding heartbeats, numbness or tingling, or swelling, weight gain. Less serious side effects may include: runny or stuffy nose, sore throat, cough, back pain, diarrhea, constipation, dry mouth, stomach pain, loss of appetite, mild itching, skin rash, sleep problems (insomnia), headache, dizziness, anxiety, tired feeling weakness or impotence, loss of interest in sex, or trouble having an orgasm.
Diovan® (valsartan) is indicated for the treatment of hypertension, to lower blood pressure. Lowering blood pressure reduces the risk of fatal and nonfatal cardiovascular events, primarily strokes and myocardial infarctions.