Valsartan in Different Forms
Valsartan is an ARB or angiotensin II receptor antagonist, also known as an angiotensin receptor blocker, which has a high affinity for type I angiotensin receptor. It blocks the action of angiotensin, thereby dilating blood vessels and reducing blood pressure. It is widely used for the control of high blood pressure in patients who are at least 6 years of age. In some cases, it can also be used for the treatment of heart failure and for reducing the risks of death following a heart attack. Sometimes, other medicines are combined together with it in order to achieve the desired results.
Available in the form of oral tablets, Amlodipine Valsartan tablets have Valsartan and Amlodipine as its active ingredients, with Amlodipine working as a calcium channel blocker. Amlodipine, in this medication, slows down the movement of calcium via the muscle cells found in walls of the heart and blood vessels, thereby relaxing the muscle cells and reducing the blood pressure.
Diovan Valsartan is available in the form of oral capsules, tablets and solution. This has only Valsartan as its major component, which works by blocking angiotensin II actions, thereby increasing the amount of fluid removed by the kidneys from the blood. In this way, the pressure and resistance inside the blood vessels is reduced and blood pressure is kept under control.
Valsartan vs Losartan
Losartan is another angiotensin II receptor blocker that can be used to treat high blood pressure. In case Valsartan does not prove to be effective to reduce your blood pressure, you can use Losartan instead. Both the medications have same ingredients and both are equally effective in controlling blood pressure. The one that successfully works for you depends on your medical condition, other medicines you are taking at present and your individual response to the treatment.