If you are taking Valsartan or a combination drug that includes Valsartan, you likely have many questions about what to do to protect your safety. It is recommended that you:
Valsartan is a prescription drug, called an angiotensin II receptor blocker (ARB), that’s used to treat high blood pressure, recent heart attacks, and heart failure. It works by blocking a substance in the body that causes blood vessels to tighten. Valsartan relaxes those blood vessels and lowers blood pressure, which increases the supply of blood and oxygen to the heart.
The main cause of concern for individuals using Valsartan is the chemical known as N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA). These types of chemicals are in a class called “genotoxic impurities” and have the potential to cause harm to individuals, even at low levels.
Chronic kidney disease (also known as chronic renal failure) is the gradual loss of kidney function due to damage to the kidneys that decreases their ability to extract waste from the blood, balance out the body’s fluids, and create urine for removal of waste from the bloodstream and body. The National Kidney Foundation estimates that nearly 30 million adults in America suffer from chronic kidney disease, and millions of other individuals are at increased risk of developing it, some possibly from taking PPIs sold by major pharmaceutical manufacturers.
Kidney disease is often detected using two simple tests, the first being a urine albumin and serum creatinine test, and the second a test of your blood pressure. A person who is suffering from kidney disease may find themselves sickened by a buildup of wastes in their blood. Additional complications from kidney disease include: