VALSARTAN

(val-sar’tan)
Diovan
Classifications:
cardiovascular agent; angiotensin ii-receptor (type at1) antagonist; antihypertensive
Prototype: Losartan
Pregnancy Category: C (first trimester); D (second and third trimesters)

 

NURSING IMPLICATIONS

Assessment & Drug Effects

  • Monitor BP periodically; take trough readings, just prior to the next scheduled dose, when possible.
  • Lab tests: Monitor liver function tests, BUN and creatinine, serum potassium, and CBC with differential, periodically.

Patient & Family Education

  • Inform physician immediately if you become pregnant.
  • Note: Maximum pressure lowering effect is usually evident between 2 and 4 wk after initiation of therapy.
  • Notify physician of episodes of dizziness, especially those that occur when making position changes.
  • Do not breast feed while taking this drug.

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