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What foods can interact with Diovan?

The blood pressure drug Diovan (valsartan) is not known to interact with any specific foods, but it may interact with certain supplements or condiments, raising your risk of health problems. Diovan is prescribed alone or in combination with other drugs for high blood pressure and heart failure, and to prolong life after heart attack. In some people, Diovan can cause blood levels of potassium to become abnormally high, a condition known as hyperkalemia. The condition is reversible, but if it's severe it can lead to dangerous drops in heart rate that can cause weakness and even collapse. Hyperkalemia is more likely to occur if you are taking Diovan in combination with other medications, if you are taking it to treat heart failure, or if you also take potassium supplements or use salt substitutes that contain potassium. Dehydration may also raise your risk for hyperkalemia, so talk to your doctor about ways to stay hydrated when you are taking this drug.

You should discuss any use of alcohol with your doctor. Diovan may cause dizziness and can make you tired, side effects that may be worsened by drinking alcohol.

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