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FDA Approves Diovan(R) for Treatment of High Blood Pressure in Children
Date:12/3/2007

ses arteries to constrict (tighten and narrow), an action that can cause high blood pressure.

In adults, Diovan is indicated for the treatment of hypertension when used alone or in combination with other high blood pressure agents. Diovan is also indicated for the treatment of heart failure (NYHA class II-IV). In clinically stable patients with left ventricular failure or left ventricular dysfunction following myocardial infarction, Diovan is indicated to reduce cardiovascular mortality.

Taking Diovan during pregnancy can cause injury and even death to an unborn baby. If you get pregnant, stop taking Diovan and call your doctor right away. Talk to your doctor about other ways to lower your blood pressure if you plan to become pregnant.

Do not take Diovan if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in this product.

Diovan is not recommended for treatment in children with glomerular filtration rate <30 mL/min/1.73 m(2).

The most serious side effects with Diovan are low blood pressure (hypotension) and kidney problems. Other side effects with Diovan have generally been mild. In hypertensive patients, the most common side effects with Diovan are headache and dizziness.

The most common side effects of Diovan when used to treat people after a heart attack which cause them to stop taking the drug include low blood pressure, cough, rash and high blood creatinine (decreased kidney function). When used to treat people with heart failure, the most common side effects include dizziness, low blood pressure and diarrhea.

Diovan is a prescription medication. Please see Important Product Information about Diovan at http://www.diovan.com.

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