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Novartis Receives FDA Approval for Valturna(R), a Single-Pill Combination of valsartan and aliskiren, to Treat High Blood Pressure
Date:9/17/2009

lable in two strengths as tablets containing aliskiren and valsartan: 150 mg/160 mg and 300 mg/320 mg.

Valturna is a prescription medication for adults containing two medicines in one tablet that work together to lower blood pressure when one is not enough. Valturna may also be used as the first medicine if your doctor decides you are likely to need more than one. Tekturna and Diovan may be used to treat high blood pressure. Tekturna may be used alone or in combination with other high blood pressure medicines. Tekturna has not been adequately studied in combination with the maximum doses of a class of medicines called ACE inhibitors.

Important Safety Information

IMPORTANT WARNING: Valturna, Tekturna, or Diovan may harm an unborn baby, causing injury and death. If you get pregnant, stop taking Valturna, Tekturna, or Diovan and call your doctor right away. If you plan to become pregnant, talk to your doctor about other medicines to treat your high blood pressure before taking Valturna, Tekturna, or Diovan.

Tell your doctor about all of your medical conditions, including kidney or liver problems. Also, tell your doctor about all medicines you take, including those to treat fungal infections, atorvastatin, cyclosporine, and potassium-containing medicines, supplements, or salt substitutes containing potassium.

If you develop an allergic reaction involving swelling of the face, lips, throat and/or tongue that may cause difficulty in breathing or swallowing, stop taking Valturna or Tekturna and contact your doctor immediately.

Your blood pressure may get too low if you also take water pills, are on a low-salt diet, get dialysis treatments, have heart problems, or get sick with vomiting or diarrhea. Lie down if you feel faint or dizzy. Call your doctor right away.

The most serious side effects with Diovan are low blood pre
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