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Common Side Effects

Aliskiren and valsartan has been studied thoroughly in clinical trials. In these studies, the side effects that occur in a group of people taking the drug are documented and are then compared to those that occur in another group of people taking a placebo (a "sugar pill" with no active ingredients). This way, it is possible to see what side effects occur, how often they appear, and how they compare to the placebo.
 
In these studies, the most common aliskiren and valsartan side effects included:
 
  • High blood potassium levels (hyperkalemia) -- in up to 4 percent of people
  • Fatigue -- up to 2.6 percent
  • Common cold symptoms (such as sore throat or runny nose) -- up to 2.6 percent
  • Diarrhea -- up to 1.4 percent
  • Upper respiratory tract infection -- up to 1.4 percent
  • Urinary tract infection (UTI), such as a bladder infection -- up to 1.4 percent
  • The flu -- up to 1.1 percent
  • A spinning sensation (vertigo) -- up to 1.1 percent.
     

Final Thoughts

You may experience some or none of the aliskiren and valsartan side effects listed in this article. Unfortunately, there is no way for your healthcare provider to know beforehand if you will have problems with a medicine that you have never tried.
 
Therefore, make sure to let your healthcare provider know if you develop any problems while taking this medication. Also, let your healthcare provider know if you develop something that "just does not seem right." While it may not be a side effect of aliskiren and valsartan, your healthcare provider will be able to diagnose and treat the problem.
 
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Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;
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