What is Diovan?

Diovan is a brand medication that contains Valsartan, which belongs to a class of medications called angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs). It works by blocking the substances that constrict the blood vessels and hence more blood and oxygen can reach the heart. Diovan is also used with Hydrochlorothiazide, a diuretic, in a formulation called Co-Diovan. It is used for high blood pressure and heart failure.

How to use it?

Valsartan can be taken by mouth as tablets. 

For high blood pressure, 
The usual starting dose is 80mg once daily and can go up to 160mg if needed. The maximum daily dose is 320 mg once daily. 

For heart failure, 
The usual starting dose is 40mg twice daily and can go up to 160mg twice daily if necessary.

What are the side effects of Diovan?

Common side effects of Diovan include diarrhoea, dizziness, headache, high potassium levels, low blood pressure, and postural hypotension.

Who should not take Diovan?

  • Anyone who is allergic to any component of Diovan
  • Patients who are taking Aliskiren
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Where to buy Diovan in Hong Kong?

In Hong Kong, Diovan is a prescription only medicine, and requires a prescription from a doctor to be purchased in a pharmacy. It can also be obtained from doctors. To find a pharmacy near you, refer to the list of pharmacies (“Authorized Sellers of Poisons”) from the Hong Kong Department of Health.

For more information about drug names and ingredients, you can visit Hong Kong’s Drug Office at https://www.drugoffice.gov.hk

Need more information?

For detailed information about the use of Diovan in children, pregnancy and breastfeeding, and for questions about drug interactions, please check with your pharmacist or doctor.

Disclaimer: our goal is to provide you with the most relevant drug information and common dosage for Hong Kong. This information does not constitute medical advice. For specific treatment recommendations and advice, always discuss with your doctor or pharmacist, and follow the instructions included with your specific medicine.

Available dosage
  • 40mg / 80mg / 160mg / 320mg (Tablets)
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Angiotensin II Receptor Blockers (ARBs)
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