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Side Effects of Aliskiren and Valsartan

In clinical studies of aliskiren and valsartan, side effects often included fatigue, symptoms of the common cold, and high blood potassium levels. In most cases, side effects of this medicine are mild and easily treated. However, more serious reactions may occur. Contact your healthcare provider immediately if you develop any potentially dangerous problems, such as fainting, hives, or swelling of the throat.

An Introduction to Side Effects of Aliskiren and Valsartan

As with any medicine, side effects are possible with aliskiren and valsartan (Valturna®). However, not everyone who takes the medication will have problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible aliskiren and valsartan side effects. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you.)
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.

Aliskiren and Valsartan Side Effects to Report

Some side effects with aliskiren and valsartan, while occurring infrequently, are potentially serious and should be reported to your healthcare provider. These include but are not limited to:
  • Swelling of the lips, mouth, tongue, or throat (known medically as angioedema)
  • Dizziness, lightheadedness, or fainting, which may be signs of low blood pressure (hypotension)
  • Seizures
  • Signs of high potassium levels (known medically as hyperkalemia), including:
    • Abnormal sensations, such as burning, tingling, or pricking
    • Muscle weakness
    • Nausea
    • An irregular heart rhythm (arrhythmia)
    • Slow heart rate (bradycardia)
  • Signs of an allergic reaction, including:
    • An unexplained rash
    • Hives
    • Itching
    • Swelling of the mouth or throat
    • Wheezing
    • Difficulty breathing.
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