Drug Ratings for DIOVAN

Average Rating: 2.0 (668 Ratings)

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3/6/2001

 1  high blood pressure none Was taking 80mg. and it did not change my blood pressure at all. Dr. put me on 180 mg. of Diovan HCT. Will see in another month it that will work. M 45 30 days
1/20/2002
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 5  High Blood Pressure no side effects I was taking 160 mgs before a heart attack and afterwards reduced to 80 mgs per day taken combined with 50 mgs of Lopressor- blood pressure is perfect. Have taken Diovan for appox. three or four years. F 64
2/5/2002
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 5  blood pressure No side effects Brought my blood pressure down to normal within 2 weeks. F 53 2 years
6/9/2002

 2  high blood pressure eyes numb hoarse dizzy F 77 7 months
9/29/2002
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 4  high blood pressure M 57 1 years
11/27/2002

 4  to control high blood presssure I have a slight hoarsness to my voice. Diovan was prescribed in the place of Altace, which was also giveing my a hoarse voice. I wonder if this is the reaction of other patients. I find my self clearing my throat a lot. M 75 4 months
12/7/2002

 5  hypertension None. After taking several medications for hypertension, this one works the best for me. I experienced side effects with the other medications. I didn't with Diovan M 43
1/3/2003

 5  High Blood Pressure None F 50 1 times
4/20/2003

 4  Blood pressure Dizziness, hoarseness, sleepy M 50 5 weeks
4/29/2003

 4  Hypertension None Works ok,taking 160 mg daily M 50 5 months
7/20/2003
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3/21/2004

 2  High Blood Pressure My hair is falling out by the brushfull, and I could not find this side effect listed anywhere for Diovan. My Dr. thinks it is quite possible that Diovan is responsible. Diovan has brought my blood pressure down. F 53 4 months
3/26/2004

 4  hypertension No side effects with Diovan. Have had many side effects from other medications. Only problem it does not lower blood pressure enough by itself. Still searching for another drug that I don't have side effects from to take with the Diovan. F 56 365 days
4/20/2004

 3  hypertension Medicine helped my bp but caused hairloss. I have very thick hair but it thinned alot on this med. Dr didnt think that it caused it but when I stopped taking meds all my hair came back. Tried benicar but my face seemed puffy. Just switched to cozaar and am having other side effects but they seem to be getting better. Loved this medication except for the one side effect. I'm a woman and my hair is very important in making me feel good. Too bad diovan had this side effect because it was great in every other way!!! F 39 6 months
4/26/2004

 1  Blood Pressure I was on Toprol 100mg for a few year and it used to make me feel tired.I was given Diovan 160 mg two weeks ago. After a few days, I had feelings of extreme anxiety and palpitations. I also felt dizzy from time to time. The BP was under control though. I stopped Diovan and moved to Atacand. That seems to work better for me. M 42 10 days
5/25/2004

 5  high blood pressure none Tried a number of different types of medication for high blood pressure, and this is the only one where I had no side effects and that also effectively regulated my b/p. F 31 3 years
6/7/2004

 3  bring down a slightly elevated bp I am noticing that my hair is really thinning and have always had thick hair. I am also gaining weight even as i eat less and walk more.I am 40 pounds overweight. I am feeling a lot of ankle and foot pain and 'the blues'I also have dizziness and heart palpatations though not as much as on previous bp medicine.Have lower back pain around the kidney area often. my husband takes it and has no real problems except thinning hair.He is 30 pounds overweight. We have both been non-smokers and non- drinkers..we eat a fish and chicken diet with tons of fruit and vegetables...no illnesses except for slight elevation of b.p. (as our parents had before us) F 55
6/10/2004

 3  bring down a slightly elevated bp I am noticing that my hair is really thinning and have always had thick hair. I am also gaining weight even as i eat less and walk more.I am 40 pounds overweight. I am feeling a lot of ankle and foot pain and 'the blues'I also have dizziness and heart palpatations though not as much as on previous bp medicine.Have lower back pain around the kidney area often. my husband takes it and has no real problems except thinning hair.He is 30 pounds overweight. We have both been non-smokers and non- drinkers..we eat a fish and chicken diet with tons of fruit and vegetables...no illnesses except for slight elevation of b.p. (as our parents had before us) F 55
6/10/2004

 5  Hypertension None M 60 1.5 years
6/26/2004

 4   None F 48 1 years
7/19/2004

 4  Hypertension None F 48 1 years
7/19/2004

 1  lower blood pressure Bladder pressure felt terrible. If I took other medications (ie... tylenol or vioxx) with diovan, my bladder had sharp pains shoot through my pelvic region and lower back. F 43 8 months
8/24/2004

 1  high blood pressure Started taking diovan on a Saturday, by Tuesday morning I was very weak, dizzy, had trouble breathing and was easily confused. The paramedics measured my blood pressure at 250/195. By the time that I reached the hospital, I was feeling better having only been given oxygen. They determined that I did not have a heart attack and did a CT scan on my aorta and found it to be normal. I have had similiar attacks on three different ARBs. I am writing this in hopes of finding other people who have had similiar experiences on ARBs. M 43 3 days
8/26/2004
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 4  high blood pressure M 49 6 times
9/1/2004

 2  high blood pressure It seemed to be a cumulative effect, since I have been on 160 mg. Diovan for 18 months. I found myself extremely fatigued, had to have naps in the afternoon and evening to get through the day. Also had difficulty concentrating and focusing on a job at hand. The 160mg. Diovan only lowered my BP to the 150's. When I added 1250 mg. of garlic a day, it brought it down 10 points. A second garlic brought it down another 10, and a third another 10, till my BP was in the 130's. I have now quit the Diovan and am amazed at how awake I feel. I am working with a naturopathic doctor to find a non-drug method of addressing the high BP. ANY lifestyle change that lowers my BP is worth it rather than being reduced to constant fatigue and stupidity by a medication! F 59 18 months
10/4/2004
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 5  Hypertention Few if any. Just a bit of intestinal distress occassional. Good drug, no ACE cough, moved BP from 140/103 to 120/73 in weeks with 160mg. M 51 6 months
10/19/2004

 2  hbp I'm not sure if it's the Diovan but I've had diaherra for 5 days, I've noticed more hair on my clothes and bed. I have lots of hair, but I won't be happy if I lose too much of it! I feel dizzy and disoriented, not a lot of energy. Occassional headaches. I've only been taking Diovan for about 30 days, so it may too early to rate. But, my bp dropped from 170/100 to 160/94 in that time frame. I'm taking 80 mg 1 x per day. Previously took Atenolol and Lotensin, had to go off those due to terrible effects like cough, weight gain, got really sick. F 45 1 months
11/5/2004

 2  hbp I'm not sure if it's the Diovan but I've had diaherra for 5 days, I've noticed more hair on my clothes and bed. I have lots of hair, but I won't be happy if I lose too much of it! I feel dizzy and disoriented, not a lot of energy. Occassional headaches. I've only been taking Diovan for about 30 days, so it may too early to rate. But, my bp dropped from 170/100 to 160/94 in that time frame. I'm taking 80 mg 1 x per day. Previously took Atenolol and Lotensin, had to go off those due to terrible effects like cough, weight gain, got really sick. F 45 1 months
11/5/2004

 3  hypertension M 45 2 years
11/14/2004

 1  hypertension Drug lowered my blood pressure with no apparent side effects until about a year later. On a routine insurance exam, my GGT liver enzimes were high. Diovan was my only medication. After changing medication to Lotensin, my GGT slowly ( six months) returned to normal. M 58 1 years
11/19/2004

 3  Hypertension I seem to have increasing fatigue. Dr. started me with hctz, then added 80mg Diovan, then increased to 160/12.5 Diovan HCT, now I am taking 2 160/12.5 Diovan HCT daily. BP at the start of treatment was 184 over 106. It now averages 116 over 69. I guess the treatment is successful. However, I was so tired over the past several days I just quit taking it. I am feeling better and I'm not sure if I will continue with it. F 63 4 months
11/28/2004

 3  High Blood Pressure cold/allergy symptoms, joint pain in hands & fatigue. 80 mg of diovan drastically reduced my blood pressure but side effects didn't go away after 2 months so had to go off it. F 39 2 months
12/15/2004

 3  Blood pressure Originally the dr put me on HCTZ which made me fairly ill, joint pain, depression, peeling skin on face, numbness in hands, extremly tired and difficulty walking. We changed about a month ago and I'm just trying diovan 80 mg, I still have joint pain but think my blood pressure is about 126/86. Wonder if I can get my dr to take me off all meds. I read side affects, and didn't think about the hair issue. I guess the lesson is do your research and never just think something is inside your head. F 39 2 months
12/24/2004

 3  hi blood pressure extreme anxiety and` palpitations...felt better upon discontinuing but my dr. was mad at me...has to be a better way...anxiety caused de-personalization and de-realization effects...just awful... 160 mgs reduced BP from 160/110 to 130/90...in approx. 2 weeks...cannot tolerate anxiety attacks... M 60 2 weeks
12/26/2004

 5  High BP None F 50 5 years
12/31/2004

 2  high blood pressure Some head ache, Main problem is I have unusually thick, coarse hair and in 6 months, it has thinned to an extreme state. Will stop taking it. Some dizziness and tiredness. F 65 6 days
1/21/2005

 2  high blood pressure None After some initial effect for about 3 months it had failed to control my high blood pressure at all. Also took it with HCT, the dose was 160mg. M 53 365 days
3/6/2005
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 3  High Blood Pressure Recently put on Diovan after 3 years on Norvasc. Did not reliaze the side effects of Norvasc until Sept 2004 and I had been living with almost all the standard Norvasc symptoms , this prompted the change to Diovan. I am currently experiencing the following and I not sure if the diovan is creating these effects: Constant back fatigue and pain soreness, Constant pulsating feeling in groin Muscle tension and tightness Does regulate my BP approx 135/80 I have sleep apnea and use a cpap machine M 44 60 days
3/11/2005
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 4  high BP After about 60 days of taking 40mg Diovan, started to have joint pain, first left knee, then left elbow, now left hip - seeing the doctor in a week. Did lower BP from 150 to 130's M 69 75 days
3/30/2005
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 3  Hypertension Noticed clothes fitting tighter and few pounds weight gain after 1 month on Diovan. Have not measured BP since starting the drug - initial reading 150/90 (Dr.s office). Also noticed dry skin, achy feet. Initially, had flu-like symptoms after 2 days on the drug. I have energy, but after exercising feel exhausted. M 43 30 days
4/1/2005

 4  High Blood Pressure None expect for weight gain around my waist. F 49 8 months
4/10/2005

 2  High blood pressure Fatigue, overall achy feeling, loss of sex drive but not performance, dulled sense of taste. It did lower my blood pressure but quality of life not worth it. Doctor switched me to Cozaar and side effects from Diovan have gone. So far blood pressure is staying down. Seems worthwhile to work with Dr. to find medication that works for you. M 45 3 months
4/29/2005

 2  Hypertension Started off with 80mg then upped to 160. No effect on bp (still 200+/114!) Yesterday upped to 320mg and added hctz. Hope this does some good. I liked the fact that there were little side effects at least at the lower dose but it's not working on lowering my bp at all. F 45 40 days
5/7/2005

 1  I am taking Diovan to reduce B/P I have had Dizzy Spells, Anxiety Attacks, inability to orgasm, Hair Loss and Weight Gain. Obviously, this is not the right hypertension med for me, although it did bring my B/P down into the normal range. F 56 3 months
5/18/2005
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 1  I am taking Diovan to reduce B/P I have had Dizzy Spells, Anxiety Attacks, inability to orgasm, Hair Loss and Weight Gain. Obviously, this is not the right hypertension med for me, although it did bring my B/P down into the normal range. F 56 3 months
5/18/2005
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 1  hypertension Taking 160mg of Diovan dramatically lowered my blood pressure. My doc said this was a M 56 30 days
6/2/2005

 1  hypertension Taking 160mg of Diovan dramatically lowered my blood pressure. My doc said this was a M 56 30 days
6/2/2005

 1  hypertension 160mg of Diovan lowered my blood pressure. Doc said this was a Contrary to the propoganda it's not a M 56 30 days
6/2/2005

 2  hypertension joint pains- increased after 3 weeks, stiffness on walking... chest pains approximately 3-4 hours after taking 80 mg but subsides. F 69 26 days
6/13/2005

 4  High blood pressure Bllod pressure decrease dramatically however, I gain about 10 pounds in month. I didn't see this listed as a side effect. F 48 6 weeks
6/29/2005

 1  Borderline Hypertension After approximately three weeks on Diovan (80 mg once per day) I begin to experience ocular obscurations (wavy lines and distortions to vision) in my left eye. These are sometimes referred to as ocular migraines. After six weeks I experienced a permanent partial loss of vision in my left eye - similar to the loss some individuals taking Viagra have reported recently. (Note: I have not taken Viagra or any similar drug.) At the time this vision loss occurred I had also been taking Tricor 48 mg for one month to lower blood Triglycerides. These are the only two prescription medications I have ever taken on a regular basis. I take one aspirin per day (325 mg) per physicians recommendation. I am otherwise generally healthy and exercise daily including bicycling, tennis, treadmill, etc M 62 6 weeks
7/11/2005

 3  Hypertension I am experiencing extreme drowsiness and lack of concentration. Also having occasional headaches and vision problems. I wake up in the morning with palpatations and what appears to be anxiety attacts. Although no weight gain, my clothes are fitting tighter around the waist. But I am so tired, I am not sure I will continue taking it. I will talk with my doctor about alternatives. My Doctor put me on Diovan 60Mg for 30 days and it reduced my BP from 160/85 to 132/84. He then put me on 180 MG and I have been taking it for about a week. That is when the mild symptoms that I experienced with the reduced dosage increased to the point that I am having difficulty functioning during the day. F 57 37 days
7/13/2005

 1  BP Insomnia got progressively worse each day taking it. Stopping the drug to get some rest. I do not recommend this product. M 45 4 days
7/19/2005

 4  high blood pressure none that i am aware of M 54 3 years
8/11/2005

 1  still am taking it Blurr vision, aches pains in lower back, shoulders, arms legs headaches,rnning nose,dry mouth,ringing of the right ear!! dizzy all the time, tired all the time! feel like crap! on this drug Diovan stinks! it might work in lowering blood presure, but it takes a toll on your body! When will Doctors read the side effects from these fricken drugs we are told to take!! M 52 2 years
8/11/2005

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8/12/2005

 1  High BP dizziness, abdominal discomfort/ pressure, bloating, coughing, reflux, anxiety and insomnia. My ordeal started with a complete physical exam on 1/31/05 (I was feeling fine). Dr. discoverd HBP and prescribed Diovan 160mg. Diovan did bring BP down, however, felt dizzy and lethargic. Presented symptoms to Dr. who assured me that my body was ôadjustingö to the new, low blood pressure and medicine.(BS!) By 5/1/05,was experiencing abdominal discomfort/ pressure, bloating, coughing, reflux, anxiety and insomnia. Presented syptoms to Dr. on 5/24/05 and was prescribed Ativan for anxiety. Went to emergency room on 6/10/05 because of HBP and anxiety and was prescribed Ativan & Ambien. Presented all the same symptoms to Dr. again on 6/20/05 and was diagnosed with Insomnia, GERD and Stress and was prescribed Trazadone (which I never took).Because of extreme gastric discomfort and dysfunction, underwent endoscopy, colonoscopy, ultrasound, blood and stool analysis on 8/2/05 - all results normal. On 8/5/05, stopped taking Diovan and within 24 hours, 90% of the above symptoms were gone. Dr. will never admit that Diovan caused these problems.....remember.... it's all about money !! Next class action lawsuit.... Diovan! M 58 5 months
8/13/2005
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 4  BP Weight gain, increased appetite, dry mouth, left eye is blurring, I am aware of my left eye most of the time; joint pain; hands get numb and tingly at night I don't know if associated or not, but I also have swelling in the joints, F 48 8 months
8/22/2005

 4  high blood pressure anxiety, dizzy with grey outs, light headed, slight nausea took 160/12.5 Diovan HCT worked way to well, lowered dose to 80/12.5 last 30 months, blood pressure has lowered effectively but the side affects are taking their toll. Taken in combination with Atenolol 50mg daily. Started taking the Diovan at night with hopes to sleep through side affects. M 48 1 years
8/23/2005

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