What VALZAAR 80MG is used for?
It is used to treat,
- High blood pressure
- Adult patients after a recent heart attack (between 12 hours and 10 days)
- Symptomatic heart failure in adult patients
Warning & Precautions
Talk to Doctor
Talk to your doctor before you take this medicine, if you:
- Are allergic to Valsartan or to any other ingredients of this medicine
- Have severe kidney or liver disease
- Are suffering from a narrowing of the kidney artery
- Have recently undergone kidney transplantation (received a new kidney)
- Have or are treated after a heart attack or for heart failure
- Suffer from aldosteronism (a disease in which your adrenal glands make too much of the hormone aldosterone)
- Have lost a lot of fluid (dehydration) caused by diarrhea, vomiting, or high doses of water tablets (diuretics)
Pregnancy & Breast Feeding
- VALZAAR 80MG is not recommended for mothers who are breast-feeding
- Ask your doctor for advice before taking this medicine if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant
Children & Adolescents
- This medicine is not for use in children below 6years of age
Driving & Using Machines
- Before you drive or use tools or operate machines, make sure you know how VALZAAR 80MG affects you
Tell your doctor if you are taking,
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines (NSAIDs) used for pain and inflammation
- Rifamycin used to treat bacterial infection
- Ciclosporin protect against transplant rejection
- Ritonavir used to treat HIV/AIDS infection
- Lithium used to treat some types of psychiatric illness
- Medicines that increase the amount of potassium in your blood such as potassium supplements or salt substitutes containing potassium, potassium-sparing medicines and heparin
- Other medicines used to treat heart problems
How to Use
- Always take this medicine exactly as your doctor has told you
- You can take this medicine with or without food
- Swallow the tablet with a glass of water
It can make you feel dizzy for the first few days. Rise slowly if you have been sitting or lying down for a long time.
Your doctor may get regular tests done to monitor the level of urea, creatinine, and potassium in your blood.
Avoid taking anti-inflammatory medicines such as ibuprofen along with this medicine without consulting your doctor.
- Do not take Valzaar 80 Tablet if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
- Do not stop taking it suddenly without talking to your doctor.
Use in children and adolescents (6 to 18 years of age) with high blood pressure
- In patients who weigh less than 35 kg the usual dose is 40 mg once daily
- In patients who weigh 35 kg or more the usual starting dose is 80 mg once daily
- Maximum dose is 320 mg
Use in adult patients after a recent heart attack:
- After a heart attack the treatment is generally started as early as after 12 hours, usually at a low dose of 20 mg twice daily
Use in adult patients with heart failure:
- Treatment starts generally with 40 mg twice daily
- Your doctor will increase the dose gradually over several weeks to a maximum of 160 mg twice daily
Use in adult patients with high blood pressure:
- The usual dose is 80 mg daily
If you take more VALZAAR 80MG
- If you have accidentally taken too many tablets, you may experience severe dizziness and/or fainting, contact your doctor or hospital immediately
If you forget to take VALZAAR 80MG
- If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember
- However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the dose you missed
- Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose
If you stop taking VALZAAR 80MG
- Stopping your treatment with VALZAAR 80MG may cause your disease to get worse
- Do not stop taking your medicine unless your doctor tells you to
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them
- Low blood pressure with or without symptoms such as dizziness and fainting when standing up
- Decreased kidney function (signs of renal impairment)
- Sudden loss of consciousness (syncope)
- Spinning sensation (vertigo)
- Severely decreased kidney function (signs of acute renal failure)
- Muscle spasms, abnormal heart rhythm (signs of hyperkalaemia)
- Breathlessness, difficulty breathing when lying down, swelling of the feet or legs (signs of cardiac failure)
- Abdominal pain
- Keep this medicine out of reach of children
- Store at room temperature (15-25°C)
- Do not use this medicine after the expiry date
A substantial decrease in blood pressure can be experienced within 2 weeks of starting Valzaar. The medicine may take up to 4 weeks to show its complete effects.
Q. Which medicine is considered safe for treating high blood pressure?
There are many blood pressure-lowering medicines which can be considered safe. Use of these medicines varies from person to person and can be based on various factors such as age, gender, other co-existing diseases, etc. For instance, a person below 55 years of age having no other co-existing disease may be prescribed angiotensin II receptor antagonists (ARAs) (e.g., Valzaar, losartan, olmesartan) or Angiotension Converting Enzyme (ACE) Inhibitors (e.g., ramipril, captopril, or enalapril) by the doctor.
Q. Is Valzaar bad for kidneys?
Valzaar does not generally affect the working of a proper functioning kidney. However, it should be cautiously used in patients who have existing severe kidney impairment (creatinine clearance <10 ml/min) and are on dialysis as there is limited data to support the safety of these patients. Q. Who should not be given Valzaar?
Valzaar should not be given to patients who are allergic to it, have severe liver disease, have diabetes, or impaired kidney function. Its use should be restricted if you are being treated with blood pressure lowering medicine containing aliskiren. It is important to know that a pregnant lady or one who intends to become pregnant should not use Valzaar.
Q. What class of drug is Valzaar?
Valzaar belongs to a group of medicines called angiotensin II receptor antagonists (ARAs). Angiotensin II is a substance in the body that causes vessels to tighten which leads to increase in blood pressure. Valzaar works by blocking the effect of angiotensin II. As a result, blood vessels relax and blood pressure is lowered.
Q. Does Valzaar cause weight gain?
No, Valzaar does not cause weight gain as a side effect. However, if your kidney function deteriorates, then your body may swell due to accumulation of water (fluid retention) because of which you may gain weight. Inform your doctor if you experience any unexplained weight gain or swelling in your feet, ankles, or hands.
Q. How long do I need to take Valzaar?
Continue taking Valzaar as long as your doctor has prescribed. Do not stop taking it even if you start feeling better. You may even have to take it life long, since Valzaar does not cure high blood pressure or heart failure but controls them.
Q. What is the most important information I should know about Valzaar?
Taking Valzaar during the last months of pregnancy can cause serious harm or even death of the unborn baby. Inform your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. Do not take Valzaar if you are pregnant. If you become pregnant while taking Valzaar, stop taking Valzaar and call your doctor immediately.
Q. Can I switch in between the brands of Valzaar, since currently the brand I am using is not available?
No, do not switch to a different Valzaar product unless your doctor says that you should. Since you have to take it daily, keep a stock of it. Each Valzaar product releases the medication differently in your body and cannot be used interchangeably.
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