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.