Aliskiren and Valsartan Dosage
Your healthcare provider will consider a number of factors when determining your dosage of aliskiren and valsartan, including your medical history and current medications. The drug comes as a tablet that is usually taken once a day. Food can affect the absorption of aliskiren and valsartan, so it's important to take it consistently, either with or without food.
An Introduction to Dosing With Aliskiren and ValsartanThe dosage of aliskiren and valsartan (Valturna®) your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- The severity of your high blood pressure
- How you respond to the medication
- Other medications you are taking
- Other medical conditions you have.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
In April 2012, it was decided that this medication should no longer be available, due to the risks it poses to people with diabetes or with moderate-to-severe kidney problems. Production will officially cease in July 2012.
As the name implies, aliskiren and valsartan combines two medications: aliskiren (Tekturna®) and valsartan (Diovan®). It is usually prescribed when one medication alone does not adequately control blood pressure, or is not predicted to adequately control blood pressure.
It is also a good option for people who are already taking both medications, who may benefit from taking fewer tablets and possibly lower costs by switching to the combination drug.
For people not currently taking both Diovan and Tekturna, the recommended starting dosage is aliskiren and valsartan 150/160 mg once daily, which contains 150 mg of aliskiren and 160 mg of valsartan.
If you are already taking both Diovan and Tekturna and are switching to aliskiren and valsartan, your healthcare provider will recommend an aliskiren and valsartan dose based on your current blood pressure and your dosages of Diovan and Tekturna.