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Precautions and Warnings With Aliskiren and Valsartan

If you have liver, kidney, or heart problems, you may need to be monitored closely while taking aliskiren and valsartan. Precautions and warnings for the drug also extend to people with high blood levels of potassium and women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. People who are allergic to any of the ingredients used in aliskiren and valsartan should not take it.

What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider Before Taking Aliskiren and Valsartan?

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.

 

Prior to taking aliskiren and valsartan (Valturna®), talk to your healthcare provider if you have:
 
  • Kidney disease, such as kidney failure (renal failure)
  • Liver problems, such as liver failure or cirrhosis
  • Heart problems, especially congestive heart failure (CHF) or a recent heart attack
  • High blood potassium (hyperkalemia)
  • Diabetes 
  • Any allergies, including to food, dyes, or preservatives.
     
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
 
  • Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
  • Breastfeeding.
     
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all of the medicines you take, including prescription and nonprescription medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
 
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