And valsartan is just as effective as other medications for high blood pressure like ramipril and other angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors.
And if you've had to stop taking ACE inhibitors because of side effects like a bothersome cough, Valsartan can be a better option for you. It's commonly prescribed as an alternative treatment for people who couldn't tolerate ACE inhibitors.
Valsartan can be used in combination with other medications to create fixed-dose combinations for treating high blood pressure, which include:
- Hydrochlorothiazide and valsartan, available as the brand-name drug Co-Diovan and as a generic medication.
- Amlodipine and valsartan, available under the brand name Exforge and as a generic drug.