Diovan is used to treat hypertension. It might also be used for patients who cannot tolerate a type of medicines called ACE inhibitors for heart failure.
Following the dosage instructions of your doctor is the best way to use any medication. If you are unsure or do not remember the instructions then you may read the medicine label for more detailed information.
It is very important that you complete the dosage schedule and do not interrupt it in between without seeking prior consultation from your doctor.
Taking your medication at the same time each day is a tried and tested method to avoid missing any doses.
Despite your best attempts at remembering, if you still miss out on a dose, then take it as soon as you remember about it. But keep in mind that you will have to adjust your next dose by spacing it out by 4 to 5 hours. If this is not possible, then the best thing to do would be to skip the missed dose and continue with your normal dosage schedule.
Never try to compensate for the missed dose by taking a double dose together. It may cause adverse effects.
Store Diovan at room temperature. You may also store it at for a limited time. Always keep it in a cool dark place that is not directly exposed to sources of heat or moisture and sunlight. Protect it from kids and pets.
An overdose of Diovan may have adverse effects that require immediate medical attention. Contact the nearest emergency poison control center immediately if you notice effects like low blood pressure and an abnormally slow or rapid heartbeat.
Discuss your past/current medical history like allergies, pregnancy, or breast-feeding in detail with your doctor before beginning treatment with any new medication. If you are using any herbal supplements or over the counter medication, including vitamin pills, then mention it to your doctor.
Diovan may cause light headedness or fainting spells when you first start taking the drug. So please avoid alcohol while using Diovan. Also, avoid undertaking any tasks which require mental alertness (driving, handling heavy machinery etc).
If you are expecting a child or are planning to have a child in the near future, then consult your doctor before using Diovan to discuss any possible threats to the unborn baby. Diovan causes fatal harm to the foetus if it is used in the last six months of pregnancy.
If you are a nursing mother and breast feed your baby, then too, seek consultation before using Diovan as some drugs are excreted in the breast milk and may enter the baby.
Most medications have some kind of side effects associated with them. The commonest of these side effects are temporary and mild and fade away without any special attention.
These include headache, dizziness, fatigue , abdominal pain, cough, diarrhea, nausea, hyperkalemia, impotence, reduced renal function and allergic reactions.
However, in some cases, these mild side effects may persist or become bothersome. In such cases, seek medical attention.
Also, in some rare cases, it may lead to severe side effects like rhabdomyolysis (inflammation and destruction of muscles) and angioedema (swelling of soft tissues including those of the throat and larynx)
Seek medical attention if you notice any of these side effects.
Side effects that are not listed here may also occur.