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Valsartan is an angiotensin II receptor blocker (ARB) used to treat high blood pressure, heart failure, and to reduce the risk of stroke. It works by blocking the action of certain natural substances that tighten the blood vessels, allowing the blood to flow more smoothly and the heart to pump more efficiently.
Common side effects of valsartan include dizziness, headache, fatigue, nausea, diarrhea, and upper respiratory tract infection. More serious side effects may include chest pain, difficulty breathing, and swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Brand names associated with valsartan include Diovan, Exforge, and Entresto.
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