AFib Valsartan Medications

afib valsartan medications

Atrial Fibrillation is the most common cardiac arrhythmia. As of right now, no current therapies can help control this condition. Existing experimental studies suggest that angiotensin II-receptor blockers (ARBs) may influence atrial remodelling. In addition, some clinical studies suggest that it may help prevent atrial fibrillation (AFib). AFib Valsartan Medications are angiotensin II-receptor blockers and may be an option you may consider if you are suffering from AFib.

More About AFib Valsartan Medications

Valsartan is an oral medication that treats high blood pressure and congestive heart failure (CHF). Angiotensin, formed in the blood by the action of angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE), is a powerful chemical that attaches to angiotensin receptors. Valsartan blocks this receptor, preventing hypertension and the narrowing of blood vessels. The drug dilates blood vessels and reduces blood pressure.

Side effects of AFib Valsartan Medications:

  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Cough
  • Diarrhea

Other important side effects may be:

  • Allergic Reaction
  • Hyperkalemia
  • Impotence
  • Reduced Renal Function

That being said, these effects are reversible. Various reports show that ibuprofen, indomethacin, and naproxen can ultimately reduce the effects of ARBs. Ibuprofen include: advil, motrin, medipren, nuprin, and pediacare fever reducer.

How to Take AFib Valsartan Medications

The usual dosing that physicians prescribe to patients is 80 – 160 mg once daily. The maximum dose is 320 mg daily. With this dosage, maximum blood pressure reduction occurs within 4 weeks. For patients that suffer from congestive heart failure, the usual dose is 40 mg twice daily. The initial dosage for a patient is 20 mg twice a day. The dosage is usually increased to 160 mg twice a day when side effects are present.

Drug Interactions

Combining Valsartan with a diuretic.

Drugs such as:

  • Spironolactone (Aldactone)
  • Potassium supplements
  • Triamterene
  • Amiloride

Combining Valsartan with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) in patients who are older, or with poor kidney function, is not advised. This combination can cause reduced kidney function and ultimately, kidney failure.

Please note that capsules should be kept at room temperature around 15-30 degrees Celcius or 59-90 degree fahrenheit.

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