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    Angiotensin-II Receptor Blockers/ARBs

    BOXED WARNING

    Pregnancy

    When pregnancy is detected, discontinue valsartan therapy as soon as possible. Women of child-bearing age should be made aware of the potential risk and valsartan should only be given after careful counseling and consideration of individual risks and benefits. When used during the second and third trimesters, drugs that affect the renin-angiotensin system (e.g., ACE inhibitors, angiotensin II receptor antagonists) reduce fetal renal function and increase fetal and neonatal morbidity and death. Resulting oligohydramnios can be associated with fetal lung hypoplasia and skeletal deformations. Other potential neonatal adverse effects include skull hypoplasia, anuria, hypotension, and renal failure. Retrospective data indicate that first trimester use of ACE inhibitors has been associated with a potential risk of birth defects. However, a much larger observational study (n = 465,754) found that the risk of birth defects was similar in infants exposed to ACE inhibitors during the first trimester, in infants exposed to other antihypertensives during the first trimester, and in those whose mothers were hypertensive but were not treated. Infants born to mothers with hypertension, either treated or untreated, had a higher risk of birth defects than those born to mothers without hypertension. The authors concluded that the presence of hypertension likely contributed to the development of birth defects rather than the use of medications. In rare cases when another antihypertensive agent cannot be used to treat a pregnant patient, serial ultrasound examinations should be performed to assess the intraamniotic environment. If oligohydramnios is observed, discontinue valsartan unless it is considered life-saving for the mother. It should be noted that oligohydramnios may not appear until after the fetus has sustained irreversible injury. Closely observe newborns with histories of in utero exposure to valsartan for hypotension, oliguria, and hyperkalemia. If oliguria or hypotension occurs, blood pressure and renal perfusion support may be required, as well as exchange transfusion or dialysis to reverse hypotension and/or support decreased renal function.

    DEA CLASS

    Rx

    DESCRIPTION

    Angiotensin II antagonist; used once daily for HTN; approved for CHF in patients who are intolerant to ACE inhibitors; additive efficacy with HCTZ; does not inhibit ACE; less likely to cause cough or angioedema than ACE inhibitors.

    COMMON BRAND NAMES

    Diovan

    HOW SUPPLIED

    Diovan/Valsartan Oral Tab: 40mg, 80mg, 160mg, 320mg

    DOSAGE & INDICATIONS

    For the treatment of hypertension.
    Oral dosage (tablet)
    Adults

    80 to 160 mg PO once daily initially when used as monotherapy in patients who are not volume-depleted. Max: 320 mg/day. Addition of a diuretic has a greater effect than dose increases beyond 80 mg/day.

    Adolescents 17 years

    80 to 160 mg PO once daily initially when used as monotherapy in patients who are not volume-depleted. Max: 320 mg/day. Addition of a diuretic has a greater effect than dose increases beyond 80 mg/day.

    Children and Adolescents 6 to 16 years

    1.3 mg/kg/dose PO once daily (Max: 40 mg/day) initially. Adjust dose based on clinical response. Max: 2.7 mg/kg/day (Max: 160 mg/day). Of note, exposure to valsartan with the extemporaneous oral suspension is 1.6 times greater than with the tablet; when the extemporaneous suspension is replaced by a tablet, the dose may need to be increased.

    Oral dosage (oral solution)
    Adults

    40 to 80 mg PO twice daily initially when used as monotherapy in patients who are not volume-depleted. Max: 320 mg/day. Addition of a diuretic has a greater effect than dose increases beyond 80 mg/day.

    Adolescents 17 years

    40 to 80 mg PO twice daily initially when used as monotherapy in patients who are not volume-depleted. Max: 320 mg/day. Addition of a diuretic has a greater effect than dose increases beyond 80 mg/day.

    Children and Adolescents 6 to 16 years

    0.65 mg/kg/dose PO twice daily (Max: 40 mg/DAY) initially. Adjust dose based on clinical response. Max: 1.35 mg/kg/dose PO twice daily (Max: 160 mg/DAY).

    For the reduction of cardiovascular mortality in stable patients with left ventricular failure or left ventricular dysfunction (LVD) following acute myocardial infarction.
    NOTE: The VALIANT trial has demonstrated comparable efficacy of valsartan versus captopril to reduce cardiovascular mortality in postmyocardial infarction patients with cardiac failure and/or left ventricular dysfunction. This study has also reported that the combination of valsartan with captopril increased the adverse events rate without improving survival.
    Oral dosage (tablet and oral solution)
    Adults

    20 mg PO twice daily initially. Initiate as early as 12 hours after a myocardial infarction. May titrate within 7 days to 40 mg PO twice daily. Subsequently, titrate to the target maintenance dosage of 160 mg PO twice daily, as tolerated. Consider dosage reduction if symptomatic hypotension or renal dysfunction occurs. Valsartan may be given with other standard post-myocardial infarction drug therapy including thrombolytics, aspirin, beta-blockers, and HMG CoA-reductase inhibitors.

    For the treatment of heart failure (NYHA class II to IV).
    Oral dosage (tablet)
    Adults

    Initially, 20 to 40 mg PO twice daily. Increase dose as tolerated, adjusting to the clinical response of the patient up to up to 160 mg PO twice daily. Guidelines recommend an angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB) in combination with an evidence-based beta blocker and aldosterone antagonist, in select patients, for patients with chronic reduced ejection fraction heart failure (HFrEF) NYHA class I to IV to reduce morbidity and mortality. In patients with prior or current symptoms of chronic HFrEF who are intolerant to angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors because of cough or angioedema, use of an ARB is recommended. Continued use of an ARB is recommended for those patients for whom subsequent angiotensin receptor-neprilysin inhibitor (ARNI) use is inappropriate. Use of an ARB may be considered to decrease hospitalizations for patients with preserved ejection fraction heart failure (HFpEF) and is reasonable to control blood pressure in HFpEF patients with hypertension.

    Oral dosage (oral solution)
    Adults

    Initially, 20 to 40 mg PO twice daily. Increase dose as tolerated, adjusting to the clinical response of the patient up to up to 160 mg PO twice daily. Guidelines recommend an angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB) in combination with an evidence-based beta blocker and aldosterone antagonist, in select patients, for patients with chronic reduced ejection fraction heart failure (HFrEF) NYHA class I to IV to reduce morbidity and mortality. In patients with prior or current symptoms of chronic HFrEF who are intolerant to angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors because of cough or angioedema, use of an ARB is recommended. Continued use of an ARB is recommended for those patients for whom subsequent angiotensin receptor-neprilysin inhibitor (ARNI) use is inappropriate. Use of an ARB may be considered to decrease hospitalizations for patients with preserved ejection fraction heart failure (HFpEF) and is reasonable to control blood pressure in HFpEF patients with hypertension.

    MAXIMUM DOSAGE

    Adults

    320 mg/day PO.

    Geriatric

    320 mg/day PO.

    Adolescents

    17 years: 320 mg/day PO.
    13 to 16 years: 2.7 mg/kg/day PO (Max: 160 mg/day).

    Children

    6 to 12 years: 2.7 mg/kg/day PO (Max: 160 mg/day).
    1 to 5 years: Not recommended.

    DOSING CONSIDERATIONS

    Hepatic Impairment

    No dosage adjustment is recommended for patients with mild to moderate hepatic impairment, but use with care. No dosage adjustment recommendations are available for patients with severe hepatic impairment.

    Renal Impairment

    CrCl more than 30 mL/minute: No dosage adjustment required.
    CrCl of 30 mL/minute or less: Safety and efficacy have not been established.
     
    Intermittent hemodialysis
    Valsartan is not removed by hemodialysis.

    ADMINISTRATION

    Oral Administration

    May administer without regard to food.

    Oral Liquid Formulations

    The commercially available valsartan oral solution is not therapeutically equivalent to the tablets. Additionally, the extemporaneous oral suspension is not equivalent to the tablets; when the suspension is replaced by a tablet, the dose of valsartan may have to be increased.
    Measure with a calibrated oral device to ensure accurate dosing.

    Extemporaneous Compounding-Oral

    Extemporaneous 4 mg/mL valsartan oral suspension
    Add 80 mL of Ora-Plus suspending vehicle to an amber glass bottle containing 8 intact valsartan 80 mg tablets (640 mg total); do not crush or break tablets prior to insertion in the bottle. Shake for at least 2 minutes.
    Allow the suspension to stand for at least 1 hour. Then, shake the suspension for at least 1 more minute.
    Add 80 mL of Ora-Sweet SF oral sweetening vehicle to the glass bottle and shake for at least 10 seconds.
    Prior to administering a dose, shake the suspension for at least 10 seconds.
    Storage: Store in the glass bottle at room temperature (30 degrees C or 86 degrees F) for up to 30 days or under refrigeration (2 to 8 degrees C or 35 to 46 degrees F) for up to 75 days.

    STORAGE

    Diovan:
    - Protect from moisture
    - Store between 68 to 77 degrees F, excursions permitted 59 to 86 degrees F

    CONTRAINDICATIONS / PRECAUTIONS

    General Information

    Valsartan is contraindicated in patients with a known hypersensitivity to valsartan or any of the product components.

    Heart failure, hypotension, hypovolemia, renal artery stenosis, renal failure, renal impairment

    Use valsartan with caution in patients with hypovolemia, including patients receiving high doses of diuretics. Intravascular volume depletion increases the risk of symptomatic hypotension. Correct volume depletion prior to the administration of valsartan and use great care in patients who exhibit signs of hypotension. Peak plasma concentrations of valsartan are higher after administration of the oral solution and may result in increased risk of hypotension compared to administration of tablets. Only use the oral solution in heart failure or post-myocardial infarction patients who are unable to swallow the tablets. If symptomatic hypotension occurs, place the patient in the supine position and, if necessary, give an intravenous infusion of normal saline. Transient hypotension is not a contraindication to further treatment; therapy can usually be continued once blood pressure has stabilized. Use valsartan with caution in patients whose renal function is critically dependent on the activity of the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAS) (e.g., patients with renal artery stenosis, chronic kidney disease, severe congestive heart failure, or volume depletion). Increases in serum potassium have been reported in patients with heart failure and are more likely to occur in patients with pre-existing renal impairment. Although these effects are usually minor and transient, dose reduction or discontinuation of valsartan may be required. To minimize hypotensive effects in patients with heart failure or left ventricular dysfunction post-myocardial infarction, initial doses are lower than those used in the treatment of hypertension. Valsartan is indicated for the treatment of heart failure in patients intolerant to ACE inhibitors (ACEIs); however, valsartan is not recommended to be used in combination with ACEIs due to unfavorable outcomes. A post hoc analysis of the Val-HeFT trial has shown that combined therapy with valsartan, an ACEI, and a beta-blocker is associated with an increased risk of heart failure morbidity and total mortality. The VALIANT study has also reported that the combination of valsartan with an ACEI (captopril) increased the rate adverse events without improving survival. These findings for combination angiotensin II antagonist and ACEI therapy are in contrast to the reported benefits of the CHARM-Added trial. ACEIs and valsartan, an angiotensin II (AG II) receptor antagonist, affect the RAS and have caused increases in serum creatinine. Although serum creatinine returns to baseline or stabilizes in most patients with continued use, oliguria, progressive azotemia, and rarely acute renal failure have occurred in this patient population. Because valsartan also affects the RAS, similar precautions are recommended. ACEIs have been associated with azotemia in patients with unilateral or bilateral renal artery stenosis. Although valsartan has not been studied in renal artery stenosis, similar effects to the ACEIs might be anticipated due to valsartan's pharmacology. Use of valsartan has not been studied in patients with severe renal impairment or renal failure (CrCl less than 10 mL/minute) and safety and efficacy are not established for those with a CrCl of 30 mL/minute or less. Renal function should be monitored in patients receiving valsartan.

    Hepatic disease

    Use valsartan with caution in patients with severe hepatic disease. Patients with mild to moderate hepatic impairment, including those with biliary obstruction, have significantly increased plasma valsartan concentrations (2-fold increase in AUC) compared to patients with normal hepatic function. Although no specific initial dosage adjustment is recommended, exercise care when dosing valsartan in these patients. Dosage increases should be made cautiously.

    Hyperkalemia

    Valsartan should be used with caution patients with hyperkalemia. Although hyperkalemia is infrequent with valsartan, angiotensin II blockade can elevate serum potassium concentrations by blocking aldosterone secretion and could worsen pre-existing hyperkalemia. Increases in serum potassium have been reported in patients with heart failure and may be more likely to occur in patients with pre-existing renal impairment. Patients should be instructed not to use potassium supplements or salt substitutes containing potassium without consulting the prescribing physician.

    ACE-inhibitor induced angioedema, angioedema

    Anaphylactic reactions (anaphylactoid reactions) and angioedema have been reported with angiotensin II receptor antagonists. Theoretically, angiotensin II receptor antagonists should be less likely than angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEIs) to precipitate angioedema because angiotensin II receptor antagonists do not cause accumulation of kinins. However, angioedema (swelling of lips and eyelids, facial rash) has been rarely reported in patients receiving angiotensin II receptor antagonists, including in patients with a prior history of ACE-inhibitor induced angioedema. While angiotensin II receptor antagonists have been suggested as potential alternatives to ACEIs for patients who experience angioedema due to a lower frequency of associated angioedema, the safety of angiotensin II receptor antagonists in patients with a prior history of ACE-inhibitor induced angioedema has not been definitively established. It is prudent to use substantial caution when prescribing valsartan in patients with a history of ACE-inhibitor induced angioedema. Some authors have recommended that angiotensin II receptor antagonists should be avoided in patients with a history of angioedema, especially those who experienced ACE-inhibitor induced angioedema.

    Black patients

    Although angiotensin II receptor antagonists are effective in reducing blood pressure in Black patients (a low renin population), there is generally a smaller antihypertensive response compared to other ethnic populations. A greater proportion of Black patients will attain blood pressure goals when angiotensin II receptor antagonists such as valsartan are combined with a diuretic.

    Pregnancy

    When pregnancy is detected, discontinue valsartan therapy as soon as possible. Women of child-bearing age should be made aware of the potential risk and valsartan should only be given after careful counseling and consideration of individual risks and benefits. When used during the second and third trimesters, drugs that affect the renin-angiotensin system (e.g., ACE inhibitors, angiotensin II receptor antagonists) reduce fetal renal function and increase fetal and neonatal morbidity and death. Resulting oligohydramnios can be associated with fetal lung hypoplasia and skeletal deformations. Other potential neonatal adverse effects include skull hypoplasia, anuria, hypotension, and renal failure. Retrospective data indicate that first trimester use of ACE inhibitors has been associated with a potential risk of birth defects. However, a much larger observational study (n = 465,754) found that the risk of birth defects was similar in infants exposed to ACE inhibitors during the first trimester, in infants exposed to other antihypertensives during the first trimester, and in those whose mothers were hypertensive but were not treated. Infants born to mothers with hypertension, either treated or untreated, had a higher risk of birth defects than those born to mothers without hypertension. The authors concluded that the presence of hypertension likely contributed to the development of birth defects rather than the use of medications. In rare cases when another antihypertensive agent cannot be used to treat a pregnant patient, serial ultrasound examinations should be performed to assess the intraamniotic environment. If oligohydramnios is observed, discontinue valsartan unless it is considered life-saving for the mother. It should be noted that oligohydramnios may not appear until after the fetus has sustained irreversible injury. Closely observe newborns with histories of in utero exposure to valsartan for hypotension, oliguria, and hyperkalemia. If oliguria or hypotension occurs, blood pressure and renal perfusion support may be required, as well as exchange transfusion or dialysis to reverse hypotension and/or support decreased renal function.

    Breast-feeding

    Breast-feeding should be avoided during treatment with valsartan because of the potential effects on postnatal renal development in the nursing infant. There are no data on the presence of valsartan in human milk, the effects on the breastfed infant, or the effects on milk production. Valsartan has not been evaluated by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP); however, the ACE inhibitors captopril and enalapril were classified by AAP recommendations as usually compatible with breast-feeding and may represent preferable alternatives in some patients. In addition, benazepril and quinapril are excreted in human breast milk in very small quantities; therefore, a clinically significant risk to a breast-feeding infant is not expected. Consider the benefits of breast-feeding, the risk of potential infant drug exposure, and the risk of an untreated or inadequately treated condition. If a breast-feeding infant experiences an adverse effect related to a maternally ingested drug, healthcare providers are encouraged to report the adverse effect to the FDA.

    Children, infants, neonates

    Use of valsartan is not recommended in neonates, infants, or children younger than 6 years. It is unknown whether postnatal use of valsartan before renal function maturation is complete has long-term deleterious effects on the kidney. In humans, maturation of glomerular filtration and tubular function may continue until approximately 2 years of age. In children and adolescents with hypertension where underlying renal abnormalities may be more common, monitor renal function and serum potassium closely. There is limited clinical experience with valsartan in pediatric patients with mild to moderate liver impairment. In a study of 90 children aged 1 to 5 years with hypertension, 2 deaths and 3 cases of liver function test elevations occurred during the 1-year open-label extension phase. These events occurred in a study population in which patients had significant comorbidities; a causal relationship has not been established. In a second study of 75 children aged 1 to 5 years, no deaths occurred during the 6-month trial duration; however, one case of elevated liver function tests occurred.

    Surgery

    In patients undergoing major surgery or during anesthesia with agents that lower blood pressure, valsartan may enhance hypotensive effects via angiotensin II blockade. Therefore, valsartan should be used with caution prior to surgery. If hypotension occurs during surgery and/or anesthesia and is considered to be due to blockade of angiotensin II formation, it can be corrected by volume expansion.

    Geriatric

    Greater sensitivity to the hypotensive effects of valsartan is possible in geriatric patients due to an age-related decline in renal function. The federal Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (OBRA) regulates medication use in residents of long-term care facilities (LTCFs). According to OBRA, antihypertensive regimens should be individualized to achieve the desired outcome while minimizing adverse effects. Antihypertensives may cause dizziness, postural hypotension, fatigue, and there is an increased risk for falls. Angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs) may cause angioedema, chronic persistent non-productive cough, and may worsen renal failure. Some agents require a gradual taper to avoid adverse consequences caused by abrupt discontinuation. There are many drug interactions that can potentiate the effects of antihypertensives. Combination therapy of an ARB with a potassium-sparing diuretic or potassium supplementation has the potential for life-threatening elevations of serum potassium.

    ADVERSE REACTIONS

    Severe

    hyperkalemia / Delayed / 2.0-2.0
    rhabdomyolysis / Delayed / 0-1.0
    oliguria / Early / Incidence not known
    azotemia / Delayed / Incidence not known
    renal failure (unspecified) / Delayed / Incidence not known
    angioedema / Rapid / Incidence not known
    anaphylactoid reactions / Rapid / Incidence not known
    teratogenesis / Delayed / Incidence not known
    vasculitis / Delayed / Incidence not known

    Moderate

    hypotension / Rapid / 0.1-7.0
    orthostatic hypotension / Delayed / 0-2.0
    neutropenia / Delayed / 1.9-1.9
    thrombocytopenia / Delayed / 0-1.0
    palpitations / Early / 0.2
    dyspnea / Early / 0.2
    edema / Delayed / 1.0
    impotence (erectile dysfunction) / Delayed / 0.2
    constipation / Delayed / 0.2
    blurred vision / Early / 1.0
    chest pain (unspecified) / Early / Incidence not known
    anemia / Delayed / Incidence not known
    hepatitis / Delayed / Incidence not known
    elevated hepatic enzymes / Delayed / Incidence not known
    bullous rash / Early / Incidence not known

    Mild

    dizziness / Early / 2.0-17.0
    diarrhea / Early / 1.0-5.0
    back pain / Delayed / 3.0-3.0
    fatigue / Early / 2.0-3.0
    arthralgia / Delayed / 3.0-3.0
    cough / Delayed / 2.6-2.6
    abdominal pain / Early / 2.0-2.0
    syncope / Early / 1.0
    headache / Early / 1.0
    rhinitis / Early / 1.0
    pharyngitis / Delayed / 1.0
    sinusitis / Delayed / 1.0
    asthenia / Delayed / 0.2
    myalgia / Early / 0.2
    muscle cramps / Delayed / 0.2
    pruritus / Rapid / 0.2
    rash / Early / 0.2
    dyspepsia / Early / 0.2
    xerostomia / Early / 0.2
    nausea / Early / 1.0
    flatulence / Early / 0.2
    paresthesias / Delayed / 0.2
    drowsiness / Early / 0.2
    vertigo / Early / 0.2
    insomnia / Early / 0.2
    anxiety / Delayed / 0.2
    alopecia / Delayed / Incidence not known
    anorexia / Delayed / Incidence not known
    vomiting / Early / Incidence not known

    DRUG INTERACTIONS

    Acarbose: (Moderate) Angiotensin II receptor antagonists (ARBs) may enhance the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by improving insulin sensitivity. In addition, angiotensin II receptor antagonists have been associated with a reduced incidence in the development of new-onset diabetes in patients with hypertension or other cardiac disease. Patients receiving an ARB in combination with antidiabetic agents should be monitored for changes in glycemic control.
    Acetaminophen; Chlorpheniramine; Dextromethorphan; Phenylephrine: (Moderate) The cardiovascular effects of sympathomimetics may reduce the antihypertensive effects produced by angiotensin II receptor antagonists. Well-controlled hypertensive patients receiving phenylephrine at recommended doses do not appear at high risk for significant elevations in blood pressure; however, increased blood pressure (especially systolic hypertension) has been reported in some patients.
    Acetaminophen; Chlorpheniramine; Dextromethorphan; Pseudoephedrine: (Moderate) The cardiovascular effects of pseudoephedrine may reduce the antihypertensive effects produced by angiotensin II receptor antagonists. Monitor heart rate and blood pressure.
    Acetaminophen; Chlorpheniramine; Phenylephrine; Phenyltoloxamine: (Moderate) The cardiovascular effects of sympathomimetics may reduce the antihypertensive effects produced by angiotensin II receptor antagonists. Well-controlled hypertensive patients receiving phenylephrine at recommended doses do not appear at high risk for significant elevations in blood pressure; however, increased blood pressure (especially systolic hypertension) has been reported in some patients.
    Acetaminophen; Dextromethorphan; Guaifenesin; Phenylephrine: (Moderate) The cardiovascular effects of sympathomimetics may reduce the antihypertensive effects produced by angiotensin II receptor antagonists. Well-controlled hypertensive patients receiving phenylephrine at recommended doses do not appear at high risk for significant elevations in blood pressure; however, increased blood pressure (especially systolic hypertension) has been reported in some patients.
    Acetaminophen; Dextromethorphan; Phenylephrine: (Moderate) The cardiovascular effects of sympathomimetics may reduce the antihypertensive effects produced by angiotensin II receptor antagonists. Well-controlled hypertensive patients receiving phenylephrine at recommended doses do not appear at high risk for significant elevations in blood pressure; however, increased blood pressure (especially systolic hypertension) has been reported in some patients.
    Acetaminophen; Dextromethorphan; Pseudoephedrine: (Moderate) The cardiovascular effects of pseudoephedrine may reduce the antihypertensive effects produced by angiotensin II receptor antagonists. Monitor heart rate and blood pressure.
    Acetaminophen; Dichloralphenazone; Isometheptene: (Moderate) Isometheptene has sympathomimetic properties. Patients taking antihypertensive agents may need to have their therapy modified. Careful blood pressure monitoring is recommended.
    Acetaminophen; Guaifenesin; Phenylephrine: (Moderate) The cardiovascular effects of sympathomimetics may reduce the antihypertensive effects produced by angiotensin II receptor antagonists. Well-controlled hypertensive patients receiving phenylephrine at recommended doses do not appear at high risk for significant elevations in blood pressure; however, increased blood pressure (especially systolic hypertension) has been reported in some patients.
    Acetaminophen; Pseudoephedrine: (Moderate) The cardiovascular effects of pseudoephedrine may reduce the antihypertensive effects produced by angiotensin II receptor antagonists. Monitor heart rate and blood pressure.
    Acrivastine; Pseudoephedrine: (Moderate) The cardiovascular effects of pseudoephedrine may reduce the antihypertensive effects produced by angiotensin II receptor antagonists. Monitor heart rate and blood pressure.
    Aldesleukin, IL-2: (Moderate) Angiotensin II receptor antagonists may potentiate the hypotension seen with aldesleukin, IL 2.
    Alemtuzumab: (Moderate) Alemtuzumab may cause hypotension. Careful monitoring of blood pressure and hypotensive symptoms is recommended especially in patients with ischemic heart disease and in patients on antihypertensive agents.
    Aliskiren: (Major) Most patients receiving the combination of two renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS) inhibitors, such as angiotensin II receptor antagonists (ARBs) and aliskiren do not obtain any additional benefit compared to monotherapy. In general, avoid combined use of RAAS inhibitors particularly in patients with CrCl < 60 mL/min. Closely monitor blood pressure, renal function, and electrolytes if aliskiren is combined with another RAAS inhibitor. Aliskiren-containing products are contraindicated in combination with ARBs in patients with diabetes mellitus. In the ALTITUDE trial, patients with type 2 diabetes and renal impairment, a population at high risk for cardiovascular and renal events, were given aliskiren in addition to ACE inhibitors or ARBs. The trial was stopped early because aliskiren was associated with an increased risk of non-fatal stroke, renal complications, hyperkalemia, and hypotension. In the Veterans Affairs Nephropathy in Diabetes (VA NEPHRON-D) trial, no additional benefit over monotherapy was seen in patients receiving the combination of losartan and lisinopril compared to monotherapy; however, there was an increased incidence of hyperkalemia and acute renal injury.
    Aliskiren; Amlodipine: (Major) Most patients receiving the combination of two renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS) inhibitors, such as angiotensin II receptor antagonists (ARBs) and aliskiren do not obtain any additional benefit compared to monotherapy. In general, avoid combined use of RAAS inhibitors particularly in patients with CrCl < 60 mL/min. Closely monitor blood pressure, renal function, and electrolytes if aliskiren is combined with another RAAS inhibitor. Aliskiren-containing products are contraindicated in combination with ARBs in patients with diabetes mellitus. In the ALTITUDE trial, patients with type 2 diabetes and renal impairment, a population at high risk for cardiovascular and renal events, were given aliskiren in addition to ACE inhibitors or ARBs. The trial was stopped early because aliskiren was associated with an increased risk of non-fatal stroke, renal complications, hyperkalemia, and hypotension. In the Veterans Affairs Nephropathy in Diabetes (VA NEPHRON-D) trial, no additional benefit over monotherapy was seen in patients receiving the combination of losartan and lisinopril compared to monotherapy; however, there was an increased incidence of hyperkalemia and acute renal injury.
    Aliskiren; Amlodipine; Hydrochlorothiazide, HCTZ: (Major) Most patients receiving the combination of two renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS) inhibitors, such as angiotensin II receptor antagonists (ARBs) and aliskiren do not obtain any additional benefit compared to monotherapy. In general, avoid combined use of RAAS inhibitors particularly in patients with CrCl < 60 mL/min. Closely monitor blood pressure, renal function, and electrolytes if aliskiren is combined with another RAAS inhibitor. Aliskiren-containing products are contraindicated in combination with ARBs in patients with diabetes mellitus. In the ALTITUDE trial, patients with type 2 diabetes and renal impairment, a population at high risk for cardiovascular and renal events, were given aliskiren in addition to ACE inhibitors or ARBs. The trial was stopped early because aliskiren was associated with an increased risk of non-fatal stroke, renal complications, hyperkalemia, and hypotension. In the Veterans Affairs Nephropathy in Diabetes (VA NEPHRON-D) trial, no additional benefit over monotherapy was seen in patients receiving the combination of losartan and lisinopril compared to monotherapy; however, there was an increased incidence of hyperkalemia and acute renal injury.
    Aliskiren; Hydrochlorothiazide, HCTZ: (Major) Most patients receiving the combination of two renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS) inhibitors, such as angiotensin II receptor antagonists (ARBs) and aliskiren do not obtain any additional benefit compared to monotherapy. In general, avoid combined use of RAAS inhibitors particularly in patients with CrCl < 60 mL/min. Closely monitor blood pressure, renal function, and electrolytes if aliskiren is combined with another RAAS inhibitor. Aliskiren-containing products are contraindicated in combination with ARBs in patients with diabetes mellitus. In the ALTITUDE trial, patients with type 2 diabetes and renal impairment, a population at high risk for cardiovascular and renal events, were given aliskiren in addition to ACE inhibitors or ARBs. The trial was stopped early because aliskiren was associated with an increased risk of non-fatal stroke, renal complications, hyperkalemia, and hypotension. In the Veterans Affairs Nephropathy in Diabetes (VA NEPHRON-D) trial, no additional benefit over monotherapy was seen in patients receiving the combination of losartan and lisinopril compared to monotherapy; however, there was an increased incidence of hyperkalemia and acute renal injury.
    Aliskiren; Valsartan: (Major) Most patients receiving the combination of two renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS) inhibitors, such as angiotensin II receptor antagonists (ARBs) and aliskiren do not obtain any additional benefit compared to monotherapy. In general, avoid combined use of RAAS inhibitors particularly in patients with CrCl < 60 mL/min. Closely monitor blood pressure, renal function, and electrolytes if aliskiren is combined with another RAAS inhibitor. Aliskiren-containing products are contraindicated in combination with ARBs in patients with diabetes mellitus. In the ALTITUDE trial, patients with type 2 diabetes and renal impairment, a population at high risk for cardiovascular and renal events, were given aliskiren in addition to ACE inhibitors or ARBs. The trial was stopped early because aliskiren was associated with an increased risk of non-fatal stroke, renal complications, hyperkalemia, and hypotension. In the Veterans Affairs Nephropathy in Diabetes (VA NEPHRON-D) trial, no additional benefit over monotherapy was seen in patients receiving the combination of losartan and lisinopril compared to monotherapy; however, there was an increased incidence of hyperkalemia and acute renal injury.
    Alkalinizing Agents: (Major) Products containing a potassium salt, including citric acid; potassium citrate; sodium citrate, should be used with caution in patients taking drugs that may increase serum potassium concentrations, such as angiotensin II receptor antagonists. Concurrent use can cause hyperkalemia, especially in elderly patients or patients with impaired renal function. Coadministration may also result in increases in serum creatinine in heart failure patients.
    Alogliptin; Metformin: (Moderate) Angiotensin II receptor antagonists (ARBs) may enhance the hypoglycemic effects of metformin by improving insulin sensitivity. In addition, angiotensin II receptor antagonists have been associated with a reduced incidence in the development of new-onset diabetes in patients with hypertension or other cardiac disease. ARBs may rarely reduce renal function, a risk factor for reduced renal clearance of metformin. Patients receiving these drugs together should be monitored for changes in renal function and glycemic control.
    Alpha-glucosidase Inhibitors: (Moderate) Angiotensin II receptor antagonists (ARBs) may enhance the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by improving insulin sensitivity. In addition, angiotensin II receptor antagonists have been associated with a reduced incidence in the development of new-onset diabetes in patients with hypertension or other cardiac disease. Patients receiving an ARB in combination with antidiabetic agents should be monitored for changes in glycemic control.
    Alprostadil: (Minor) The concomitant use of systemic alprostadil injection and antihypertensive agents, such as angiotensin II receptor antagonists (angiotensin receptor blockers, or ARBs), may cause additive hypotension. Caution is advised with this combination. Systemic drug interactions with the urethral suppository (MUSE) or alprostadil intracavernous injection are unlikely in most patients because low or undetectable amounts of the drug are found in the peripheral venous circulation following administration. In those men with significant corpora cavernosa venous leakage, hypotension might be more likely. Use caution with in-clinic dosing for erectile dysfunction (ED) and monitor for the effects on blood pressure. However, in clinical trials with alprostadil intracavernous injection, anti-hypertensive agents had no apparent effect on the safety and efficacy of alprostadil.
    Amifostine: (Major) Patients receiving angiotensin II receptor antagonists should be closely monitored during amifostine infusions due to additive effects. Patients receiving amifostine at doses recommended for chemotherapy should have antihypertensive therapy interrupted 24 hours preceding administration of amifostine. If the antihypertensive cannot be stopped, patients should not receive amifostine.
    Amiloride: (Major) Potassium-sparing diuretics, such as amiloride, should be used with caution in patients taking drugs that may increase serum potassium levels such as angiotensin II receptor antagonists. Concurrent use can cause hyperkalemia, especially in elderly patients or patients with impaired renal function. Coadministration may also result in increases in serum creatinine in heart failure patients.
    Amiloride; Hydrochlorothiazide, HCTZ: (Major) Potassium-sparing diuretics, such as amiloride, should be used with caution in patients taking drugs that may increase serum potassium levels such as angiotensin II receptor antagonists. Concurrent use can cause hyperkalemia, especially in elderly patients or patients with impaired renal function. Coadministration may also result in increases in serum creatinine in heart failure patients.
    Amobarbital: (Moderate) Concurrent use of amobarbital with antihypertensive agents may lead to hypotension. Monitor for decreases in blood pressure during times of coadministration.
    Amphetamine; Dextroamphetamine Salts: (Major) Amphetamines increase both systolic and diastolic blood pressure and may counteract the activity of some antihypertensive agents, such as angiotensin II receptor antagonists. Close monitoring of blood pressure or the selection of alternative therapeutic agents may be needed.
    Amyl Nitrite: (Moderate) Concomitant use of nitrates with other antihypertensive agents can cause additive hypotensive effects. Dosage adjustments may be necessary.
    Angiotensin II: (Moderate) Angiotensin II receptor antagonists may decrease the response to angiotensin II.
    Angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors: (Major) Most patients receiving the combination of two renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS) inhibitors, such as angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACE inhibitors) and angiotensin II receptor antagonists (ARBs) do not obtain any additional benefit compared to monotherapy. In general, avoid combined use of these drugs together. Closely monitor blood pressure, renal function, and electrolytes. Combination therapy has been associated with an increased risk of diarrhea, hypotension, syncope, hyperkalemia, and renal dysfunction resulting in dialysis, doubling of serum creatinine, and death. In the Ongoing Telmisartan Alone and in Combination with Ramipril Global Endpoint Trial (ONTARGET), the combination of ramipril 10 mg/day and telmisartan 80 mg/day did not provide a significant benefit in the prevention of death from cardiovascular causes, myocardial infarction, stroke, or hospitalization for heart failure compared to ramipril alone. There was, however, a significantly increased rate of renal dysfunction associated with combination therapy (13.5%) compared to ramipril (10.2%) or telmisartan (10.6%) alone and a significantly increased rate of hyperkalemia with combination therapy compared to ramipril (5.6% vs. 3.3%; p<0.001). Additionally, there was a significantly higher number of patients who discontinued therapy due to adverse reactions, including hypotensive symptoms (4.8% vs. 1.7%; p<0.001), syncope (0.3% vs. 0.2%; p=0.03), diarrhea (0.5% vs. 0.1%; p<0.001), and renal impairment (1.1% vs. 0.7%; p<0.001), from combination therapy compared to ramipril alone. In a separate analysis of the ONTARGET renal outcomes, the rate of the composite primary renal outcome of dialysis, doubling of serum creatinine, and death was similar with ramipril and telmisartan alone (13.5% vs. 13.6%, respectively), but was significantly higher with combination therapy (14.5%) compared to ramipril (p=0.037). In the CHARM-Added program, the combination of candesartan and an ACE-inhibitor resulted in an increased incidence of hypotension (22.6% vs. 13.8%), renal dysfunction (15% vs. 9%), and hyperkalemia (9.5% vs. 3.5%) compared to placebo combined with an ACE inhibitor. In the Veterans Affairs Nephropathy in Diabetes (VA NEPHRON-D) trial, no additional benefit over monotherapy was seen in patients receiving the combination of losartan and lisinopril compared to monotherapy; however, there was an increased incidence of hyperkalemia and acute renal injury. Patients receiving concomitant therapy with ACE inhibitors and ARBs should be closely monitored for renal dysfunction, hypotension, and hyperkalemia.
    Apomorphine: (Moderate) Patients receiving apomorphine may experience orthostatic hypotension, hypotension, and/or syncope. Extreme caution should be exercised if apomorphine is used concurrently with antihypertensive agents, or vasodilators such as nitrates.
    Apraclonidine: (Minor) Alpha blockers as a class may reduce heart rate and blood pressure. While no specific drug interactions have been identified with systemic agents and apraclonidine during clinical trials, it is theoretically possible that additive blood pressure reductions could occur when apraclonidine is combined with the use of antihypertensive agents. Patients using cardiovascular drugs concomitantly with apraclonidine should have their pulse and blood pressure monitored periodically.
    Aprepitant, Fosaprepitant: (Minor) Use caution if valsartan and aprepitant are used concurrently and monitor for a possible decrease in the efficacy of valsartan. After administration, fosaprepitant is rapidly converted to aprepitant and shares the same drug interactions. Valsartan is a CYP2C9 substrate and aprepitant is a CYP2C9 inducer. Administration of a CYP2C9 substrate, tolbutamide, on days 1, 4, 8, and 15 with a 3-day regimen of oral aprepitant (125 mg/80 mg/80 mg) decreased the tolbutamide AUC by 23% on day 4, 28% on day 8, and 15% on day 15. The AUC of tolbutamide was decreased by 8% on day 2, 16% on day 4, 15% on day 8, and 10% on day 15 when given prior to oral administration of aprepitant 40 mg on day 1, and on days 2, 4, 8, and 15. The effects of aprepitant on tolbutamide were not considered significant. When a 3-day regimen of aprepitant (125 mg/80 mg/80 mg) given to healthy patients on stabilized chronic warfarin therapy (another CYP2C9 substrate), a 34% decrease in S-warfarin trough concentrations was noted, accompanied by a 14% decrease in the INR at five days after completion of aprepitant.
    Aripiprazole: (Minor) Aripiprazole may enhance the hypotensive effects of antihypertensive agents.
    Asenapine: (Moderate) Secondary to alpha-blockade, asenapine can produce vasodilation that may result in additive effects during concurrent use of antihypertensive agents. The potential reduction in blood pressure can precipitate orthostatic hypotension and associated dizziness, tachycardia, and syncope. If concurrent use of asenapine and antihypertensive agents is necessary, patients should be counseled on measures to prevent orthostatic hypotension, such as sitting on the edge of the bed for several minutes prior to standing in the morning and rising slowly from a seated position. Close monitoring of blood pressure is recommended until the full effects of the combination therapy are known.
    Atazanavir: (Moderate) Concurrent use of atazanavir with valsartan may result in elevated valsartan serum concentrations. Valsartan is a substrate for the drug transporter organic anion transporting polypeptide (OATP1B1/1B3); atazanavir is an OATP1B1 inhibitor. Monitor for increased toxicities if these drugs are given together.
    Atazanavir; Cobicistat: (Moderate) Concurrent use of atazanavir with valsartan may result in elevated valsartan serum concentrations. Valsartan is a substrate for the drug transporter organic anion transporting polypeptide (OATP1B1/1B3); atazanavir is an OATP1B1 inhibitor. Monitor for increased toxicities if these drugs are given together. (Minor) Caution is warranted when cobicistat is administered with valsartan as there is a potential for increased valsartan concentrations. Valsartan is a substrate of organic anion transporting polypeptide (OATP)1B1. Cobicistat is an inhibitor of OATP.
    Baclofen: (Moderate) Baclofen has been associated with hypotension. Concurrent use with baclofen and antihypertensive agents may result in additive hypotension. Dosage adjustments of the antihypertensive medication may be required.
    Benzphetamine: (Moderate) Benzphetamine can increase both systolic and diastolic blood pressure and may counteract the activity of angiotensin II receptor antagonists. This represents a pharmacodynamic, and not a pharmacokinetic, interaction. Close monitoring of blood pressure, especially in patients who are taking antihypertensive agents, may be needed.
    Bosentan: (Moderate) Although no specific interactions have been documented, bosentan has vasodilatory effects and may contribute additive hypotensive effects when given with angiotensin II receptor antagonists. Losartan has no effect on plasma concentrations of bosentan. However, bosentan may theoretically induce the metabolism of losartan via CYP2C9 isoenzymes (clinical significance unknown).
    Brexpiprazole: (Moderate) Due to brexpiprazole's antagonism at alpha 1-adrenergic receptors, the drug may enhance the hypotensive effects of alpha-blockers and other antihypertensive agents.
    Brompheniramine; Carbetapentane; Phenylephrine: (Moderate) The cardiovascular effects of sympathomimetics may reduce the antihypertensive effects produced by angiotensin II receptor antagonists. Well-controlled hypertensive patients receiving phenylephrine at recommended doses do not appear at high risk for significant elevations in blood pressure; however, increased blood pressure (especially systolic hypertension) has been reported in some patients.
    Brompheniramine; Hydrocodone; Pseudoephedrine: (Moderate) The cardiovascular effects of pseudoephedrine may reduce the antihypertensive effects produced by angiotensin II receptor antagonists. Monitor heart rate and blood pressure.
    Brompheniramine; Pseudoephedrine: (Moderate) The cardiovascular effects of pseudoephedrine may reduce the antihypertensive effects produced by angiotensin II receptor antagonists. Monitor heart rate and blood pressure.
    Cabergoline: (Minor) Cabergoline has minimal affinity for adrenergic receptors; however, it has been associated with hypotension in some instances. Cabergoline should be used cautiously in those receiving antihypertensive agents.
    Calcium Phosphate, Supersaturated: (Moderate) Concomitant use of medicines with potential to alter renal perfusion or function such as angiotensin II receptor antagonists, may increase the risk of acute phosphate nephropathy in patients taking sodium phosphate monobasic monohydrate; sodium phosphate dibasic anhydrous.
    Canagliflozin; Metformin: (Moderate) Angiotensin II receptor antagonists (ARBs) may enhance the hypoglycemic effects of metformin by improving insulin sensitivity. In addition, angiotensin II receptor antagonists have been associated with a reduced incidence in the development of new-onset diabetes in patients with hypertension or other cardiac disease. ARBs may rarely reduce renal function, a risk factor for reduced renal clearance of metformin. Patients receiving these drugs together should be monitored for changes in renal function and glycemic control.
    Capecitabine: (Moderate) Use caution if coadministration of capecitabine with valsartan is necessary, and monitor for an increase in valsartan-related adverse reactions. Valsartan is a CYP2C9 substrate; capecitabine and/or its metabolites are thought to be inhibitors of CYP2C9. In a drug interaction study, the mean AUC of another CYP2C9 substrate, S-warfarin (single dose), significantly increased after coadministration with capecitabine; the maximum observed INR value also increased by 91%.
    Carbetapentane; Chlorpheniramine; Phenylephrine: (Moderate) The cardiovascular effects of sympathomimetics may reduce the antihypertensive effects produced by angiotensin II receptor antagonists. Well-controlled hypertensive patients receiving phenylephrine at recommended doses do not appear at high risk for significant elevations in blood pressure; however, increased blood pressure (especially systolic hypertension) has been reported in some patients.
    Carbetapentane; Diphenhydramine; Phenylephrine: (Moderate) The cardiovascular effects of sympathomimetics may reduce the antihypertensive effects produced by angiotensin II receptor antagonists. Well-controlled hypertensive patients receiving phenylephrine at recommended doses do not appear at high risk for significant elevations in blood pressure; however, increased blood pressure (especially systolic hypertension) has been reported in some patients.
    Carbetapentane; Guaifenesin; Phenylephrine: (Moderate) The cardiovascular effects of sympathomimetics may reduce the antihypertensive effects produced by angiotensin II receptor antagonists. Well-controlled hypertensive patients receiving phenylephrine at recommended doses do not appear at high risk for significant elevations in blood pressure; however, increased blood pressure (especially systolic hypertension) has been reported in some patients.
    Carbetapentane; Phenylephrine: (Moderate) The cardiovascular effects of sympathomimetics may reduce the antihypertensive effects produced by angiotensin II receptor antagonists. Well-controlled hypertensive patients receiving phenylephrine at recommended doses do not appear at high risk for significant elevations in blood pressure; however, increased blood pressure (especially systolic hypertension) has been reported in some patients.
    Carbetapentane; Phenylephrine; Pyrilamine: (Moderate) The cardiovascular effects of sympathomimetics may reduce the antihypertensive effects produced by angiotensin II receptor antagonists. Well-controlled hypertensive patients receiving phenylephrine at recommended doses do not appear at high risk for significant elevations in blood pressure; however, increased blood pressure (especially systolic hypertension) has been reported in some patients.
    Carbetapentane; Pseudoephedrine: (Moderate) The cardiovascular effects of pseudoephedrine may reduce the antihypertensive effects produced by angiotensin II receptor antagonists. Monitor heart rate and blood pressure.
    Carbidopa; Levodopa: (Moderate) Concomitant use of antihypertensive agents with levodopa can result in additive hypotensive effects.
    Carbidopa; Levodopa; Entacapone: (Moderate) Concomitant use of antihypertensive agents with levodopa can result in additive hypotensive effects.
    Carbinoxamine; Dextromethorphan; Pseudoephedrine: (Moderate) The cardiovascular effects of pseudoephedrine may reduce the antihypertensive effects produced by angiotensin II receptor antagonists. Monitor heart rate and blood pressure.
    Carbinoxamine; Hydrocodone; Phenylephrine: (Moderate) The cardiovascular effects of sympathomimetics may reduce the antihypertensive effects produced by angiotensin II receptor antagonists. Well-controlled hypertensive patients receiving phenylephrine at recommended doses do not appear at high risk for significant elevations in blood pressure; however, increased blood pressure (especially systolic hypertension) has been reported in some patients.
    Carbinoxamine; Hydrocodone; Pseudoephedrine: (Moderate) The cardiovascular effects of pseudoephedrine may reduce the antihypertensive effects produced by angiotensin II receptor antagonists. Monitor heart rate and blood pressure.
    Carbinoxamine; Phenylephrine: (Moderate) The cardiovascular effects of sympathomimetics may reduce the antihypertensive effects produced by angiotensin II receptor antagonists. Well-controlled hypertensive patients receiving phenylephrine at recommended doses do not appear at high risk for significant elevations in blood pressure; however, increased blood pressure (especially systolic hypertension) has been reported in some patients.
    Carbinoxamine; Pseudoephedrine: (Moderate) The cardiovascular effects of pseudoephedrine may reduce the antihypertensive effects produced by angiotensin II receptor antagonists. Monitor heart rate and blood pressure.
    Cariprazine: (Moderate) Orthostatic vital signs should be monitored in patients who are at risk for hypotension, such as those receiving cariprazine in combination with antihypertensive agents. Atypical antipsychotics may cause orthostatic hypotension and syncope, most commonly during treatment initiation and dosage increases. Patients should be informed about measures to prevent orthostatic hypotension, such as sitting on the edge of the bed for several minutes prior to standing in the morning, or rising slowly from a seated position. Consider a cariprazine dose reduction if hypotension occurs.
    Cetirizine; Pseudoephedrine: (Moderate) The cardiovascular effects of pseudoephedrine may reduce the antihypertensive effects produced by angiotensin II receptor antagonists. Monitor heart rate and blood pressure.
    Chlophedianol; Dexchlorpheniramine; Pseudoephedrine: (Moderate) The cardiovascular effects of pseudoephedrine may reduce the antihypertensive effects produced by angiotensin II receptor antagonists. Monitor heart rate and blood pressure.
    Chlophedianol; Guaifenesin; Phenylephrine: (Moderate) The cardiovascular effects of sympathomimetics may reduce the antihypertensive effects produced by angiotensin II receptor antagonists. Well-controlled hypertensive patients receiving phenylephrine at recommended doses do not appear at high risk for significant elevations in blood pressure; however, increased blood pressure (especially systolic hypertension) has been reported in some patients.
    Chloroprocaine: (Moderate) Local anesthetics may cause additive hypotension in combination with antihypertensive agents.
    Chlorpheniramine; Dextromethorphan; Phenylephrine: (Moderate) The cardiovascular effects of sympathomimetics may reduce the antihypertensive effects produced by angiotensin II receptor antagonists. Well-controlled hypertensive patients receiving phenylephrine at recommended doses do not appear at high risk for significant elevations in blood pressure; however, increased blood pressure (especially systolic hypertension) has been reported in some patients.
    Chlorpheniramine; Dihydrocodeine; Phenylephrine: (Moderate) The cardiovascular effects of sympathomimetics may reduce the antihypertensive effects produced by angiotensin II receptor antagonists. Well-controlled hypertensive patients receiving phenylephrine at recommended doses do not appear at high risk for significant elevations in blood pressure; however, increased blood pressure (especially systolic hypertension) has been reported in some patients.
    Chlorpheniramine; Dihydrocodeine; Pseudoephedrine: (Moderate) The cardiovascular effects of pseudoephedrine may reduce the antihypertensive effects produced by angiotensin II receptor antagonists. Monitor heart rate and blood pressure.
    Chlorpheniramine; Guaifenesin; Hydrocodone; Pseudoephedrine: (Moderate) The cardiovascular effects of pseudoephedrine may reduce the antihypertensive effects produced by angiotensin II receptor antagonists. Monitor heart rate and blood pressure.
    Chlorpheniramine; Hydrocodone; Phenylephrine: (Moderate) The cardiovascular effects of sympathomimetics may reduce the antihypertensive effects produced by angiotensin II receptor antagonists. Well-controlled hypertensive patients receiving phenylephrine at recommended doses do not appear at high risk for significant elevations in blood pressure; however, increased blood pressure (especially systolic hypertension) has been reported in some patients.
    Chlorpheniramine; Hydrocodone; Pseudoephedrine: (Moderate) The cardiovascular effects of pseudoephedrine may reduce the antihypertensive effects produced by angiotensin II receptor antagonists. Monitor heart rate and blood pressure.
    Chlorpheniramine; Phenylephrine: (Moderate) The cardiovascular effects of sympathomimetics may reduce the antihypertensive effects produced by angiotensin II receptor antagonists. Well-controlled hypertensive patients receiving phenylephrine at recommended doses do not appear at high risk for significant elevations in blood pressure; however, increased blood pressure (especially systolic hypertension) has been reported in some patients.
    Chlorpheniramine; Pseudoephedrine: (Moderate) The cardiovascular effects of pseudoephedrine may reduce the antihypertensive effects produced by angiotensin II receptor antagonists. Monitor heart rate and blood pressure.
    Clofarabine: (Moderate) Concomitant use of clofarabine, a substrate of OAT1 and OAT3, and valsartan, an inhibitor of OAT protein (OATP), may result in increased clofarabine levels. Therefore, monitor for signs of clofarabine toxicity such as gastrointestinal toxicity (e.g., nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, mucosal inflammation), hematologic toxicity, and skin toxicity (e.g. hand and foot syndrome, rash, pruritus) in patients also receiving valsartan.
    Clopidogrel: (Moderate) At high concentrations in vitro, clopidogrel inhibits the activity of CYP2C9. Thus, clopidogrel could increase plasma concentrations of drugs metabolized by this isoenzyme, such as valsartan. Although there are no in vivo data with which to predict the magnitude or clinical significance of this potential interaction, caution should be used when valsartan is coadministered with clopidogrel.
    Clozapine: (Moderate) Clozapine used concomitantly with the antihypertensive agents can increase the risk and severity of hypotension by potentiating the effect of the antihypertensive drug.
    Cobicistat: (Minor) Caution is warranted when cobicistat is administered with valsartan as there is a potential for increased valsartan concentrations. Valsartan is a substrate of organic anion transporting polypeptide (OATP)1B1. Cobicistat is an inhibitor of OATP.
    Cobicistat; Elvitegravir; Emtricitabine; Tenofovir Alafenamide: (Moderate) Caution is warranted when elvitegravir is administered with valsartan as there is a potential for decreased valsartan concentrations. Valsartan is a substrate of CYP2C9; elvitegravir is a CYP2C9 inducer. (Minor) Caution is warranted when cobicistat is administered with valsartan as there is a potential for increased valsartan concentrations. Valsartan is a substrate of organic anion transporting polypeptide (OATP)1B1. Cobicistat is an inhibitor of OATP.
    Cobicistat; Elvitegravir; Emtricitabine; Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate: (Moderate) Caution is warranted when elvitegravir is administered with valsartan as there is a potential for decreased valsartan concentrations. Valsartan is a substrate of CYP2C9; elvitegravir is a CYP2C9 inducer. (Minor) Caution is warranted when cobicistat is administered with valsartan as there is a potential for increased valsartan concentrations. Valsartan is a substrate of organic anion transporting polypeptide (OATP)1B1. Cobicistat is an inhibitor of OATP.
    Cocaine: (Major) Use of cocaine with antihypertensive agents may increase the antihypertensive effects of the antihypertensive medications or may potentiate cocaine-induced sympathetic stimulation.
    Cod Liver Oil: (Moderate) Fish oil supplements may cause mild, dose-dependent reductions in systolic or diastolic blood pressure in untreated hypertensive patients. Relatively high doses of fish oil are required to produce any blood pressure lowering effect. Additive reductions in blood pressure may be seen when fish oils are used in a patient already taking antihypertensive agents. (Moderate) High doses of fish oil supplements may produce a blood pressure lowering effect. It is possible that additive reductions in blood pressure may be seen when fish oils are used in a patient already taking antihypertensive agents.
    Codeine; Phenylephrine; Promethazine: (Moderate) The cardiovascular effects of sympathomimetics may reduce the antihypertensive effects produced by angiotensin II receptor antagonists. Well-controlled hypertensive patients receiving phenylephrine at recommended doses do not appear at high risk for significant elevations in blood pressure; however, increased blood pressure (especially systolic hypertension) has been reported in some patients.
    Co-Enzyme Q10, Ubiquinone: (Moderate) Co-enzyme Q10, ubiquinone (CoQ10) may lower blood pressure. CoQ10 use in combination with antihypertensive agents may lead to additional reductions in blood pressure in some individuals. Patients who choose to take CoQ10 concurrently with antihypertensive medications should receive periodic blood pressure monitoring. Patients should be advised to inform their prescriber of their use of CoQ10.
    Conivaptan: (Moderate) There is potential for additive hypotensive effects when conivaptan is coadministered with antihypertensive agents.
    Cyclosporine: (Moderate) Coadministration of cyclosporine and an angiotensin II receptor antagonist, like valsartan, may increase the risk of hyperkalemia and reduced renal function. In response to cyclosporine-induced renal afferent vasoconstriction and glomerular hypoperfusion, angiotensin II is required to maintain an adequate glomerular filtration rate. Inhibition of angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) could reduce renal function acutely. Several cases of acute renal failure have been associated with the addition of enalapril to cyclosporine therapy in renal transplant patients. Also, cyclosporine can cause hyperkalemia, and inhibition of angiotensin II leads to reduced aldosterone concentrations, which can increase the serum potassium concentration. Closely monitor renal function and serum potassium concentrations in patients receiving cyclosporine concurrently with valsartan. Additionally, valsartan is a substrate of the hepatic uptake transporter OATP1B1 and cyclosporine is an inhibitor of OATP. Coadministration may increase systemic exposure to valsartan. Patients should be monitored for adverse effects of valsartan.
    Daclatasvir: (Moderate) Systemic exposure of valsartan, a substrate of the drug transporter organic anion transporting polypeptides (OATP), may be increased when administered concurrently with daclatasvir, an OATP inhibitor. Taking these drugs together could increase or prolong the therapeutic effects of valsartan; monitor patients for potential adverse effects.
    Dapagliflozin; Metformin: (Moderate) Angiotensin II receptor antagonists (ARBs) may enhance the hypoglycemic effects of metformin by improving insulin sensitivity. In addition, angiotensin II receptor antagonists have been associated with a reduced incidence in the development of new-onset diabetes in patients with hypertension or other cardiac disease. ARBs may rarely reduce renal function, a risk factor for reduced renal clearance of metformin. Patients receiving these drugs together should be monitored for changes in renal function and glycemic control.
    Darunavir; Cobicistat: (Minor) Caution is warranted when cobicistat is administered with valsartan as there is a potential for increased valsartan concentrations. Valsartan is a substrate of organic anion transporting polypeptide (OATP)1B1. Cobicistat is an inhibitor of OATP.
    Darunavir; Cobicistat; Emtricitabine; Tenofovir alafenamide: (Minor) Caution is warranted when cobicistat is administered with valsartan as there is a potential for increased valsartan concentrations. Valsartan is a substrate of organic anion transporting polypeptide (OATP)1B1. Cobicistat is an inhibitor of OATP.
    Dasabuvir; Ombitasvir; Paritaprevir; Ritonavir: (Moderate) Coadministration of valsartan and regimens containing paritaprevir may result in elevated valsartan plasma concentrations. A valsartan dose reduction, and close monitoring for adverse events (i.e., hypotension and worsening renal function) are advised during coadministration. If adverse events are observed, consider further reductions in valsartan dose or an alternative to the angiotensin receptor blocker. Valsartan is a substrate of the organic anion transporting polypeptides (OATP) and paritaprevir is an OATP1B1 and OATP1B3 inhibitor. (Minor) Valsartan is a substrate of the hepatic efflux transporter MRP2 and ritonavir is an inhibitor of MRP2. Coadministration may increase systemic exposure to valsartan. Patients should be monitored for adverse effects of valsartan during coadministration.
    Desloratadine; Pseudoephedrine: (Moderate) The cardiovascular effects of pseudoephedrine may reduce the antihypertensive effects produced by angiotensin II receptor antagonists. Monitor heart rate and blood pressure.
    Dexchlorpheniramine; Dextromethorphan; Pseudoephedrine: (Moderate) The cardiovascular effects of pseudoephedrine may reduce the antihypertensive effects produced by angiotensin II receptor antagonists. Monitor heart rate and blood pressure.
    Dexmethylphenidate: (Moderate) Dexmethylphenidate can reduce the hypotensive effect of antihypertensive agents, including angiotensin II receptor antagonists. Periodic evaluation of blood pressure is advisable during concurrent use of dexmethylphenidate and antihypertensive agents, particularly during initial coadministration and after dosage increases of dexmethylphenidate.
    Dextromethorphan; Diphenhydramine; Phenylephrine: (Moderate) The cardiovascular effects of sympathomimetics may reduce the antihypertensive effects produced by angiotensin II receptor antagonists. Well-controlled hypertensive patients receiving phenylephrine at recommended doses do not appear at high risk for significant elevations in blood pressure; however, increased blood pressure (especially systolic hypertension) has been reported in some patients.
    Dextromethorphan; Guaifenesin; Phenylephrine: (Moderate) The cardiovascular effects of sympathomimetics may reduce the antihypertensive effects produced by angiotensin II receptor antagonists. Well-controlled hypertensive patients receiving phenylephrine at recommended doses do not appear at high risk for significant elevations in blood pressure; however, increased blood pressure (especially systolic hypertension) has been reported in some patients.
    Dextromethorphan; Guaifenesin; Pseudoephedrine: (Moderate) The cardiovascular effects of pseudoephedrine may reduce the antihypertensive effects produced by angiotensin II receptor antagonists. Monitor heart rate and blood pressure.
    Dextromethorphan; Quinidine: (Moderate) Quinidine can decrease blood pressure and should be used cautiously in patients receiving antihypertensive agents due to the potential for additive hypotension.
    Diazoxide: (Moderate) Additive hypotensive effects can occur with the concomitant administration of diazoxide with other antihypertensive agents. This interaction can be therapeutically advantageous, but dosages must be adjusted accordingly. The manufacturer advises that IV diazoxide should not be administered to patients within 6 hours of receiving beta-blockers, hydralazine, methyldopa, minoxidil, nitrites, prazosin, reserpine, or other antihypertensive agents.
    Diethylpropion: (Moderate) Diethylpropion has vasopressor effects and may limit the benefit of angiotensin II receptor antagonists. Although leading drug interaction texts differ in the potential for an interaction between diethylpropion and this group of antihypertensive agents, these effects are likely to be clinically significant and have been described in hypertensive patients on these medications.
    Digoxin: (Moderate) Caution should be exercised when administering digoxin with drugs that may cause a significant deterioration in renal function including angiotensin II receptor antagonists. A decline in glomerular filtration or tubular secretion may impair the excretion of digoxin. Close monitoring of serum digoxin concentrations is essential to avoid enhanced toxicity.
    Dihydrocodeine; Guaifenesin; Pseudoephedrine: (Moderate) The cardiovascular effects of pseudoephedrine may reduce the antihypertensive effects produced by angiotensin II receptor antagonists. Monitor heart rate and blood pressure.
    Diphenhydramine; Hydrocodone; Phenylephrine: (Moderate) The cardiovascular effects of sympathomimetics may reduce the antihypertensive effects produced by angiotensin II receptor antagonists. Well-controlled hypertensive patients receiving phenylephrine at recommended doses do not appear at high risk for significant elevations in blood pressure; however, increased blood pressure (especially systolic hypertension) has been reported in some patients.
    Diphenhydramine; Phenylephrine: (Moderate) The cardiovascular effects of sympathomimetics may reduce the antihypertensive effects produced by angiotensin II receptor antagonists. Well-controlled hypertensive patients receiving phenylephrine at recommended doses do not appear at high risk for significant elevations in blood pressure; however, increased blood pressure (especially systolic hypertension) has been reported in some patients.
    Drospirenone; Estradiol: (Moderate) Drospirenone has antimineralocorticoid effects and may increase serum potassium. The concurrent use of angiotensin II receptor antagonists (ARBs) may increase the risk of hyperkalemia, especially in the presence of renal impairment. Monitor serum potassium during the 1st month of drospirenone treatment if ARBs are used concurrently and thereafter as clinically indicated. Also monitor for any changes in blood pressure, fluid retention, or renal function.
    Drospirenone; Ethinyl Estradiol: (Moderate) Drospirenone has antimineralocorticoid effects and may increase serum potassium. The concurrent use of angiotensin II receptor antagonists (ARBs) may increase the risk of hyperkalemia, especially in the presence of renal impairment. Monitor serum potassium during the 1st month of drospirenone treatment if ARBs are used concurrently and thereafter as clinically indicated. Also monitor for any changes in blood pressure, fluid retention, or renal function.
    Drospirenone; Ethinyl Estradiol; Levomefolate: (Moderate) Drospirenone has antimineralocorticoid effects and may increase serum potassium. The concurrent use of angiotensin II receptor antagonists (ARBs) may increase the risk of hyperkalemia, especially in the presence of renal impairment. Monitor serum potassium during the 1st month of drospirenone treatment if ARBs are used concurrently and thereafter as clinically indicated. Also monitor for any changes in blood pressure, fluid retention, or renal function.
    Duloxetine: (Moderate) Orthostatic hypotension and syncope have been reported during duloxetine administration. The concurrent administration of antihypertensive agents and duloxetine may increase the risk of hypotension. Monitor blood pressure if the combination is necessary.
    Eltrombopag: (Moderate) Use caution and monitor blood pressure closely if eltrombopag and valsartan are coadministered. Eltrombopag is an inhibitor of the transporter OATP1B1. Drugs that are substrates for this transporter, such as valsartan, may exhibit an increase in systemic exposure if coadministered with eltrombopag.
    Elvitegravir: (Moderate) Caution is warranted when elvitegravir is administered with valsartan as there is a potential for decreased valsartan concentrations. Valsartan is a substrate of CYP2C9; elvitegravir is a CYP2C9 inducer.
    Empagliflozin; Metformin: (Moderate) Angiotensin II receptor antagonists (ARBs) may enhance the hypoglycemic effects of metformin by improving insulin sensitivity. In addition, angiotensin II receptor antagonists have been associated with a reduced incidence in the development of new-onset diabetes in patients with hypertension or other cardiac disease. ARBs may rarely reduce renal function, a risk factor for reduced renal clearance of metformin. Patients receiving these drugs together should be monitored for changes in renal function and glycemic control.
    Enflurane: (Moderate) General anesthetics can potentiate the hypotensive effects of antihypertensive agents.
    Ephedrine: (Moderate) The cardiovascular effects of sympathomimetics, such as ephedrine, may reduce the antihypertensive effects produced by angiotensin II receptor antagonists. Blood pressure and heart rates should be monitored closely to confirm that the desired antihypertensive effect is achieved.
    Eplerenone: (Major) Monitor serum potassium and serum creatinine concentrations within 3 to 7 days of initiating coadministration of eplerenone and angiotensin II receptor antagonists (ARBs). Hyperkalemia risk is increased when eplerenone is used with ARBs. Patients who develop hyperkalemia may continue eplerenone with proper dose adjustment; eplerenone dose reduction decreases potassium concentrations.
    Epoprostenol: (Moderate) Angiotensin II receptor antagonists can enhance the hypotensive effects of antihypertensive agents if given concomitantly. This additive effect may be desirable, but dosages must be adjusted accordingly.
    Ertugliflozin; Metformin: (Moderate) Angiotensin II receptor antagonists (ARBs) may enhance the hypoglycemic effects of metformin by improving insulin sensitivity. In addition, angiotensin II receptor antagonists have been associated with a reduced incidence in the development of new-onset diabetes in patients with hypertension or other cardiac disease. ARBs may rarely reduce renal function, a risk factor for reduced renal clearance of metformin. Patients receiving these drugs together should be monitored for changes in renal function and glycemic control.
    Estradiol Cypionate; Medroxyprogesterone: (Minor) Estrogens can induce fluid retention and may increase blood pressure in some patients; patients who are receiving antihypertensive agents concurrently with hormonal contraceptives should be monitored for antihypertensive effectiveness.
    Estradiol: (Minor) Estrogens can induce fluid retention and may increase blood pressure in some patients; patients who are receiving antihypertensive agents concurrently with hormonal contraceptives should be monitored for antihypertensive effectiveness.
    Etomidate: (Moderate) General anesthetics can potentiate the hypotensive effects of antihypertensive agents.
    Fenofibric Acid: (Minor) At therapeutic concentrations, fenofibric acid is a mild-to-moderate inhibitor of CYP2C9. Concomitant use of fenofibric acid with CYP2C9 substrates, such as valsartan, has not been formally studied. Fenofibric acid may theoretically increase plasma concentrations of CYP2C9 substrates and could lead to toxicity for drugs that have a narrow therapeutic range. Monitor the therapeutic effect of valsartan during coadministration with fenofibric acid.
    Fexofenadine; Pseudoephedrine: (Moderate) The cardiovascular effects of pseudoephedrine may reduce the antihypertensive effects produced by angiotensin II receptor antagonists. Monitor heart rate and blood pressure.
    Fish Oil, Omega-3 Fatty Acids (Dietary Supplements): (Moderate) Co-enzyme Q10, ubiquinone (CoQ10) may lower blood pressure. CoQ10 use in combination with antihypertensive agents may lead to additional reductions in blood pressure in some individuals. Patients who choose to take CoQ10 concurrently with antihypertensive medications should receive periodic blood pressure monitoring. Patients should be advised to inform their prescriber of their use of CoQ10. (Moderate) High doses of fish oil supplements may produce a blood pressure lowering effect. It is possible that additive reductions in blood pressure may be seen when fish oils are used in a patient already taking antihypertensive agents.
    Fluoxetine; Olanzapine: (Moderate) Olanzapine may induce orthostatic hypotension and thus enhance the effects of antihypertensive agents.
    Fospropofol: (Moderate) General anesthetics can potentiate the hypotensive effects of antihypertensive agents.
    Gemfibrozil: (Minor) Coadministration of valsartan and gemfibrozil may increase systemic exposure to valsartan. Valsartan is a substrate of the hepatic uptake transporter OATP1B1 and gemfibrozil is an inhibitor of OATP. Patients should be monitored for adverse effects of valsartan.
    General anesthetics: (Moderate) General anesthetics can potentiate the hypotensive effects of antihypertensive agents.
    Glipizide; Metformin: (Moderate) Angiotensin II receptor antagonists (ARBs) may enhance the hypoglycemic effects of metformin by improving insulin sensitivity. In addition, angiotensin II receptor antagonists have been associated with a reduced incidence in the development of new-onset diabetes in patients with hypertension or other cardiac disease. ARBs may rarely reduce renal function, a risk factor for reduced renal clearance of metformin. Patients receiving these drugs together should be monitored for changes in renal function and glycemic control.
    Glyburide; Metformin: (Moderate) Angiotensin II receptor antagonists (ARBs) may enhance the hypoglycemic effects of metformin by improving insulin sensitivity. In addition, angiotensin II receptor antagonists have been associated with a reduced incidence in the development of new-onset diabetes in patients with hypertension or other cardiac disease. ARBs may rarely reduce renal function, a risk factor for reduced renal clearance of metformin. Patients receiving these drugs together should be monitored for changes in renal function and glycemic control.
    Guaifenesin; Hydrocodone; Pseudoephedrine: (Moderate) The cardiovascular effects of pseudoephedrine may reduce the antihypertensive effects produced by angiotensin II receptor antagonists. Monitor heart rate and blood pressure.
    Guaifenesin; Phenylephrine: (Moderate) The cardiovascular effects of sympathomimetics may reduce the antihypertensive effects produced by angiotensin II receptor antagonists. Well-controlled hypertensive patients receiving phenylephrine at recommended doses do not appear at high risk for significant elevations in blood pressure; however, increased blood pressure (especially systolic hypertension) has been reported in some patients.
    Guaifenesin; Pseudoephedrine: (Moderate) The cardiovascular effects of pseudoephedrine may reduce the antihypertensive effects produced by angiotensin II receptor antagonists. Monitor heart rate and blood pressure.
    Haloperidol: (Moderate) In general, antipsychotics like haloperidol should be used cautiously with antihypertensive agents due to the possibility of additive hypotension.
    Halothane: (Moderate) General anesthetics can potentiate the hypotensive effects of antihypertensive agents.
    Hawthorn, Crataegus laevigata: (Moderate) Hawthorn, Crataegus laevigata may lower peripheral vascular resistance. Hawthorn use in combination with antihypertensive agents like the angiotensin II receptor antagonists may lead to additional reductions in blood pressure in some individuals. Patients receiving hawthorn concurrently with antihypertensive medications should receive periodic blood pressure monitoring.
    Heparin: (Minor) Concomitant use of valsartan with potassium-sparing diuretics, potassium salts, salt substitutes containing potassium, or other drugs that may increase potassium concentrations such as heparin may lead to increases in serum potassium.
    Hydralazine; Isosorbide Dinitrate, ISDN: (Moderate) Concomitant use of nitrates with other antihypertensive agents can cause additive hypotensive effects. Dosage adjustments may be necessary.
    Hydrochlorothiazide, HCTZ; Spironolactone: (Major) Potassium-sparing diuretics, such as spironolactone, should be used with caution in patients taking drugs that may increase serum potassium levels such as angiotensin II receptor antagonists. Concurrent use can cause hyperkalemia, especially in elderly patients or patients with impaired renal function. Coadministration may also result in increases in serum creatinine in heart failure patients.
    Hydrochlorothiazide, HCTZ; Triamterene: (Major) Potassium-sparing diuretics, such as triamterene, should be used with caution in patients taking drugs that may increase serum potassium levels such as angiotensin II receptor antagonists. Concurrent use can cause hyperkalemia, especially in elderly patients or patients with impaired renal function. Coadministration may also result in increases in serum creatinine in heart failure patients.
    Hydrocodone; Phenylephrine: (Moderate) The cardiovascular effects of sympathomimetics may reduce the antihypertensive effects produced by angiotensin II receptor antagonists. Well-controlled hypertensive patients receiving phenylephrine at recommended doses do not appear at high risk for significant elevations in blood pressure; however, increased blood pressure (especially systolic hypertension) has been reported in some patients.
    Hydrocodone; Potassium Guaiacolsulfonate; Pseudoephedrine: (Moderate) The cardiovascular effects of pseudoephedrine may reduce the antihypertensive effects produced by angiotensin II receptor antagonists. Monitor heart rate and blood pressure.
    Hydrocodone; Pseudoephedrine: (Moderate) The cardiovascular effects of pseudoephedrine may reduce the antihypertensive effects produced by angiotensin II receptor antagonists. Monitor heart rate and blood pressure.
    Ibuprofen; Pseudoephedrine: (Moderate) The cardiovascular effects of pseudoephedrine may reduce the antihypertensive effects produced by angiotensin II receptor antagonists. Monitor heart rate and blood pressure.
    Iloperidone: (Moderate) Secondary to alpha-blockade, iloperidone can produce vasodilation that may result in additive effects during concurrent use with antihypertensive agents. The potential reduction in blood pressure can precipitate orthostatic hypotension and associated dizziness, tachycardia, and syncope. If concurrent use of iloperidone and antihypertensive agents is necessary, patients should be counseled on measures to prevent orthostatic hypotension, such as sitting on the edge of the bed for several minutes prior to standing in the morning and rising slowly from a seated position. Close monitoring of blood pressure is recommended until the full effects of the combination therapy are known.
    Iloprost: (Moderate) Angiotensin II receptor antagonists can enhance the hypotensive effects of antihypertensive agents if given concomitantly. This additive effect may be desirable, but dosages must be adjusted accordingly.
    Incretin Mimetics: (Moderate) Angiotensin II receptor antagonists may enhance the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by improving insulin sensitivity. In addition, angiotensin II receptor antagonists have been associated with a reduced incidence in the development of new-onset diabetes in patients with hypertension or other cardiac disease. Patients receiving these drugs concomitantly should be monitored for changes in glycemic control.
    Indapamide: (Moderate) The effects of indapamide may be additive when administered with other antihypertensive agents or diuretics. In some patients, this may be desirable, but orthostatic hypotension may occur. Angiotensin II receptor antagonists tend to reverse the potassium loss, but not the serum uric acid rise associated with thiazide diuretic monotherapy.
    Insulins: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving angiotensin II receptor antagonists concomitantly with insulin for changes in glycemic control. Angiotensin II receptor antagonists may enhance the hypoglycemic effects of insulin by improving insulin sensitivity. In addition, angiotensin II receptor antagonists have been associated with a reduced incidence in the development of new-onset diabetes in patients with hypertension or other cardiac disease.
    Intravenous Lipid Emulsions: (Moderate) High doses of fish oil supplements may produce a blood pressure lowering effect. It is possible that additive reductions in blood pressure may be seen when fish oils are used in a patient already taking antihypertensive agents.
    Isocarboxazid: (Moderate) Additive hypotensive effects may be seen when isocarboxazid is combined with angiotensin II receptor antagonists. Careful monitoring of blood pressure is suggested during concurrent therapy of isocarboxazid with angiotensin II receptor antagonists. Patients should be instructed to rise slowly from a sitting position, and to report syncope or changes in blood pressure or heart rate to their health care provider during concurrent use of isocarboxazid and an angiotensin II receptor antagonist.
    Isoflurane: (Moderate) General anesthetics can potentiate the hypotensive effects of antihypertensive agents.
    Isoniazid, INH; Pyrazinamide, PZA; Rifampin: (Minor) Coadministration may increase systemic exposure to valsartan. Valsartan is a substrate of the hepatic uptake transporter OATP1B1 and rifampin is an inhibitor of OATP. Patients should be monitored for adverse effects of valsartan.
    Isoniazid, INH; Rifampin: (Minor) Coadministration may increase systemic exposure to valsartan. Valsartan is a substrate of the hepatic uptake transporter OATP1B1 and rifampin is an inhibitor of OATP. Patients should be monitored for adverse effects of valsartan.
    Isoproterenol: (Moderate) The pharmacologic effects of isoproterenol may cause an increase in blood pressure. If isoproterenol is used concomitantly with antihypertensives, the blood pressure should be monitored as the administration of isoproterenol can compromise the effectiveness of antihypertensive agents.
    Isosorbide Dinitrate, ISDN: (Moderate) Concomitant use of nitrates with other antihypertensive agents can cause additive hypotensive effects. Dosage adjustments may be necessary.
    Isosorbide Mononitrate: (Moderate) Concomitant use of nitrates with other antihypertensive agents can cause additive hypotensive effects. Dosage adjustments may be necessary.
    Ketamine: (Moderate) General anesthetics can potentiate the hypotensive effects of antihypertensive agents.
    Levodopa: (Moderate) Concomitant use of antihypertensive agents with levodopa can result in additive hypotensive effects.
    Levomilnacipran: (Moderate) Levomilnacipran has been associated with an increase in blood pressure. The effectiveness of angiotensin II receptor antagonists may be diminished during concurrent use of levomilnacipran. It is advisable to monitor blood pressure if the combination is necessary.
    Linagliptin; Metformin: (Moderate) Angiotensin II receptor antagonists (ARBs) may enhance the hypoglycemic effects of metformin by improving insulin sensitivity. In addition, angiotensin II receptor antagonists have been associated with a reduced incidence in the development of new-onset diabetes in patients with hypertension or other cardiac disease. ARBs may rarely reduce renal function, a risk factor for reduced renal clearance of metformin. Patients receiving these drugs together should be monitored for changes in renal function and glycemic control.
    Lisdexamfetamine: (Major) Amphetamines increase both systolic and diastolic blood pressure and may counteract the activity of some antihypertensive agents. Close monitoring of blood pressure or the selection of alternative therapeutic agents may be needed.
    Lithium: (Major) Angiotensin II receptor antagonists (ARBs) should be used very cautiously, if at all, in patients already receiving lithium. The risk of lithium toxicity is increased in patients receiving medications that may affect kidney function, such ARBs. These drugs decrease lithium clearance, possibly as a result of sodium depletion which leads to increased renal tubular reabsorption of lithium. If combination therapy cannot be avoided, begin with lower doses of lithium and be alert for evidence of lithium toxicity (e.g., nausea, vomiting, anorexia, drowsiness, dysarthria, tremor, confusion, lethargy, ECG changes, etc.). Consider reducing the lithium dosage in previously established patients and monitor lithium concentrations and patient response and tolerability. Conversely, clinicians should be alert to the possibility of loss of lithium effectiveness if ARBs are discontinued in a patient stabilized on lithium. According to the Beers Criteria, concurrent use of lithium and ACE inhibitors may result in a clinically important drug interaction particularly in older adults; the panel recommends avoiding concurrent use due to an increased risk of lithium toxicity. If the combination is medically necessary, monitoring of lithium concentrations is recommended.
    Loop diuretics: (Moderate) Coadministration of furosemide and Angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACE inhibitors) or angiotensin II receptor antagonists may result in severe hypotension and deterioration in renal function, including renal failure. Hyponatremia or hypovolemia predisposes patients to acute hypotensive episodes following initiation of ACE inhibitor therapy. While ACE inhibitors and loop diuretics are routinely administered together in the treatment of heart failure, if an ACE inhibitor is to be administered to a patient receiving furosemide, initial doses should be conservative.
    Lopinavir; Ritonavir: (Moderate) Concurrent use of lopinavir with valsartan may result in elevated valsartan serum concentrations. Valsartan is a substrate for the drug transporter organic anion transporting polypeptide (OATP1B1/1B3); lopinavir is an OATP1B1 inhibitor. Monitor for increased toxicities if these drugs are given together. (Minor) Valsartan is a substrate of the hepatic efflux transporter MRP2 and ritonavir is an inhibitor of MRP2. Coadministration may increase systemic exposure to valsartan. Patients should be monitored for adverse effects of valsartan during coadministration.
    Loratadine; Pseudoephedrine: (Moderate) The cardiovascular effects of pseudoephedrine may reduce the antihypertensive effects produced by angiotensin II receptor antagonists. Monitor heart rate and blood pressure.
    Lovastatin; Niacin: (Moderate) Cutaneous vasodilation induced by niacin may become problematic if high-dose niacin is used concomitantly with other antihypertensive agents. This effect is of particular concern in the setting of acute myocardial infarction, unstable angina, or other acute hemodynamic compromise.
    Lurasidone: (Moderate) Due to the antagonism of lurasidone at alpha-1 adrenergic receptors, the drug may enhance the hypotensive effects of alpha-blockers and other antihypertensive agents. If concurrent use of lurasidone and antihypertensive agents is necessary, patients should be counseled on measures to prevent orthostatic hypotension, such as sitting on the edge of the bed for several minutes prior to standing in the morning and rising slowly from a seated position. Close monitoring of blood pressure is recommended until the full effects of the combination therapy are known.
    Magnesium Sulfate; Potassium Sulfate; Sodium Sulfate: (Moderate) Use caution when prescribing sulfate salt bowel preparation in patients taking concomitant medications that may affect renal function such as angiotensin II receptor antagonists.
    Meglitinides: (Moderate) Angiotensin II receptor antagonists (ARB) may enhance the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by improving insulin sensitivity. In addition, angiotensin II receptor antagonists have been associated with a reduced incidence in the development of new-onset diabetes in patients with hypertension or other cardiac disease. Patients receiving an ARB in combination with antidiabetic agents should be monitored for changes in glycemic control.
    Mestranol; Norethindrone: (Minor) Estrogen containing oral contraceptives can induce fluid retention and may increase blood pressure in some patients; monitor patients receiving concurrent therapy to confirm that the desired antihypertensive effect is being obtained.
    Metformin: (Moderate) Angiotensin II receptor antagonists (ARBs) may enhance the hypoglycemic effects of metformin by improving insulin sensitivity. In addition, angiotensin II receptor antagonists have been associated with a reduced incidence in the development of new-onset diabetes in patients with hypertension or other cardiac disease. ARBs may rarely reduce renal function, a risk factor for reduced renal clearance of metformin. Patients receiving these drugs together should be monitored for changes in renal function and glycemic control.
    Metformin; Pioglitazone: (Moderate) Angiotensin II receptor antagonists (ARBs) may enhance the hypoglycemic effects of metformin by improving insulin sensitivity. In addition, angiotensin II receptor antagonists have been associated with a reduced incidence in the development of new-onset diabetes in patients with hypertension or other cardiac disease. ARBs may rarely reduce renal function, a risk factor for reduced renal clearance of metformin. Patients receiving these drugs together should be monitored for changes in renal function and glycemic control.
    Metformin; Repaglinide: (Moderate) Angiotensin II receptor antagonists (ARB) may enhance the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by improving insulin sensitivity. In addition, angiotensin II receptor antagonists have been associated with a reduced incidence in the development of new-onset diabetes in patients with hypertension or other cardiac disease. Patients receiving an ARB in combination with antidiabetic agents should be monitored for changes in glycemic control. (Moderate) Angiotensin II receptor antagonists (ARBs) may enhance the hypoglycemic effects of metformin by improving insulin sensitivity. In addition, angiotensin II receptor antagonists have been associated with a reduced incidence in the development of new-onset diabetes in patients with hypertension or other cardiac disease. ARBs may rarely reduce renal function, a risk factor for reduced renal clearance of metformin. Patients receiving these drugs together should be monitored for changes in renal function and glycemic control.
    Metformin; Rosiglitazone: (Moderate) Angiotensin II receptor antagonists (ARBs) may enhance the hypoglycemic effects of metformin by improving insulin sensitivity. In addition, angiotensin II receptor antagonists have been associated with a reduced incidence in the development of new-onset diabetes in patients with hypertension or other cardiac disease. ARBs may rarely reduce renal function, a risk factor for reduced renal clearance of metformin. Patients receiving these drugs together should be monitored for changes in renal function and glycemic control.
    Metformin; Saxagliptin: (Moderate) Angiotensin II receptor antagonists (ARBs) may enhance the hypoglycemic effects of metformin by improving insulin sensitivity. In addition, angiotensin II receptor antagonists have been associated with a reduced incidence in the development of new-onset diabetes in patients with hypertension or other cardiac disease. ARBs may rarely reduce renal function, a risk factor for reduced renal clearance of metformin. Patients receiving these drugs together should be monitored for changes in renal function and glycemic control.
    Metformin; Sitagliptin: (Moderate) Angiotensin II receptor antagonists (ARBs) may enhance the hypoglycemic effects of metformin by improving insulin sensitivity. In addition, angiotensin II receptor antagonists have been associated with a reduced incidence in the development of new-onset diabetes in patients with hypertension or other cardiac disease. ARBs may rarely reduce renal function, a risk factor for reduced renal clearance of metformin. Patients receiving these drugs together should be monitored for changes in renal function and glycemic control.
    Methamphetamine: (Major) Amphetamines increase both systolic and diastolic blood pressure and may counteract the activity of some antihypertensive agents, such as angiotensin II receptor antagonists. Close monitoring of blood pressure or the selection of alternative therapeutic agents may be needed.
    Methohexital: (Moderate) Concurrent use of methohexital and antihypertensive agents increases the risk of developing hypotension.
    Methylphenidate: (Moderate) Methylphenidate can reduce the hypotensive effect of antihypertensive agents such as angiotensin II receptor antagonists. Periodic evaluation of blood pressure is advisable during concurrent use of methylphenidate and antihypertensive agents, particularly during initial coadministration and after dosage increases of methylphenidate.
    Miglitol: (Moderate) Angiotensin II receptor antagonists (ARBs) may enhance the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by improving insulin sensitivity. In addition, angiotensin II receptor antagonists have been associated with a reduced incidence in the development of new-onset diabetes in patients with hypertension or other cardiac disease. Patients receiving an ARB in combination with antidiabetic agents should be monitored for changes in glycemic control.
    Milnacipran: (Moderate) Milnacipran has been associated with an increase in blood pressure. The effectiveness of antihypertensive agents may be diminished during concurrent use of milnacipran. It is advisable to monitor blood pressure if the combination is necessary.
    Milrinone: (Moderate) Concurrent administration of antihypertensive agents could lead to additive hypotension when administered with milrinone. Titrate milrinone dosage according to hemodynamic response.
    Naproxen; Pseudoephedrine: (Moderate) The cardiovascular effects of pseudoephedrine may reduce the antihypertensive effects produced by angiotensin II receptor antagonists. Monitor heart rate and blood pressure.
    Nateglinide: (Moderate) Angiotensin II receptor antagonists (ARB) may enhance the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by improving insulin sensitivity. In addition, angiotensin II receptor antagonists have been associated with a reduced incidence in the development of new-onset diabetes in patients with hypertension or other cardiac disease. Patients receiving an ARB in combination with antidiabetic agents should be monitored for changes in glycemic control.
    Nefazodone: (Minor) Although relatively infrequent, nefazodone may cause orthostatic hypotension in some patients; this effect may be additive with antihypertensive agents. Blood pressure monitoring is recommended. Dependent upon clinical response, dosage adjustments of either drug may be necessary.
    Nesiritide, BNP: (Major) The potential for hypotension may be increased when coadministering nesiritide with antihypertensive agents.
    Niacin, Niacinamide: (Moderate) Cutaneous vasodilation induced by niacin may become problematic if high-dose niacin is used concomitantly with other antihypertensive agents. This effect is of particular concern in the setting of acute myocardial infarction, unstable angina, or other acute hemodynamic compromise.
    Niacin; Simvastatin: (Moderate) Cutaneous vasodilation induced by niacin may become problematic if high-dose niacin is used concomitantly with other antihypertensive agents. This effect is of particular concern in the setting of acute myocardial infarction, unstable angina, or other acute hemodynamic compromise.
    Nitrates: (Moderate) Concomitant use of nitrates with other antihypertensive agents can cause additive hypotensive effects. Dosage adjustments may be necessary.
    Nitroglycerin: (Moderate) Concomitant use of nitrates with other antihypertensive agents can cause additive hypotensive effects. Dosage adjustments may be necessary.
    Nitroprusside: (Moderate) Additive hypotensive effects may occur when nitroprusside is used concomitantly with other antihypertensive agents. Dosages should be adjusted carefully, according to blood pressure.
    Nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs: (Moderate) Nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) (including selective COX-2 inhibitors) may alter the response to Angiotensin II receptor blockers due to inhibition of vasodilatory prostaglandins. Among NSAIDs, indomethacin, naproxen, and piroxicam may have the greatest pressor effect, while the effects of sulindac and nabumetone may be significantly less. In patients who are elderly, volume-depleted (including those on diuretic therapy), or with compromised renal function who are being treated with NSAIDs, coadministration of angiotensin II receptor antagonists may result in further deterioration of renal function, including acute renal failure. These effects are usually reversible.
    Obeticholic Acid: (Moderate) Obeticholic acid may increase the exposure to valsartan. Valsartan is a substrate of OATP1B1 and obeticholic acid inhibits OAT1B1 in vitro. Caution and close monitoring is advised if these drugs are used together.
    Olanzapine: (Moderate) Olanzapine may induce orthostatic hypotension and thus enhance the effects of antihypertensive agents.
    Ombitasvir; Paritaprevir; Ritonavir: (Moderate) Coadministration of valsartan and regimens containing paritaprevir may result in elevated valsartan plasma concentrations. A valsartan dose reduction, and close monitoring for adverse events (i.e., hypotension and worsening renal function) are advised during coadministration. If adverse events are observed, consider further reductions in valsartan dose or an alternative to the angiotensin receptor blocker. Valsartan is a substrate of the organic anion transporting polypeptides (OATP) and paritaprevir is an OATP1B1 and OATP1B3 inhibitor. (Minor) Valsartan is a substrate of the hepatic efflux transporter MRP2 and ritonavir is an inhibitor of MRP2. Coadministration may increase systemic exposure to valsartan. Patients should be monitored for adverse effects of valsartan during coadministration.
    Oritavancin: (Moderate) Valsartan is metabolized by CYP2C9; oritavancin is a weak CYP2C9 inhibitor. Coadministration may result in elevated valsartan plasma concentrations. If these drugs are administered concurrently, blood pressure should be monitored closely.
    Oxymetazoline: (Major) The vasoconstricting actions of oxymetazoline, an alpha adrenergic agonist, may reduce the antihypertensive effects produced by angiotensin II receptor antagonists. If these drugs are used together, closely monitor for changes in blood pressure.
    Paliperidone: (Moderate) Paliperidone may cause orthostatic hypotension, thereby enhancing the hypotensive effects of antihypertensive agents. Orthostatic vital signs should be monitored in patients receiving paliperidone and angiotensin II receptor antagonists who are susceptible to hypotension.
    Pentoxifylline: (Moderate) Pentoxifylline has been used concurrently with antihypertensive drugs (beta blockers, diuretics) without observed problems. Small decreases in blood pressure have been observed in some patients treated with pentoxifylline; periodic systemic blood pressure monitoring is recommended for patients receiving concomitant antihypertensives. If indicated, dosage of the antihypertensive agents should be reduced.
    Phenelzine: (Moderate) Additive hypotensive effects may be seen when phenelzine is combined with angiotensin II receptor antagonists. Careful monitoring of blood pressure is suggested during concurrent therapy of phenelzine with angiotensin II receptor antagonists. Patients should be instructed to rise slowly from a sitting position, and to report syncope or changes in blood pressure or heart rate to their health care provider during concurrent use of phenelzine and angiotensin II receptor antagonists.
    Phenylephrine: (Moderate) The cardiovascular effects of sympathomimetics may reduce the antihypertensive effects produced by angiotensin II receptor antagonists. Well-controlled hypertensive patients receiving phenylephrine at recommended doses do not appear at high risk for significant elevations in blood pressure; however, increased blood pressure (especially systolic hypertension) has been reported in some patients.
    Phenylephrine; Promethazine: (Moderate) The cardiovascular effects of sympathomimetics may reduce the antihypertensive effects produced by angiotensin II receptor antagonists. Well-controlled hypertensive patients receiving phenylephrine at recommended doses do not appear at high risk for significant elevations in blood pressure; however, increased blood pressure (especially systolic hypertension) has been reported in some patients.
    Polyethylene Glycol; Electrolytes: (Moderate) Use caution when prescribing sulfate salt bowel preparation in patients taking concomitant medications that may affect renal function such as angiotensin II receptor antagonists.
    Polyethylene Glycol; Electrolytes; Ascorbic Acid: (Moderate) Use caution when prescribing sulfate salt bowel preparation in patients taking concomitant medications that may affect renal function such as angiotensin II receptor antagonists.
    Potassium: (Major) Potassium salts should be used with caution in patients taking drugs that may increase serum potassium levels such as angiotensin II receptor antagonists. Concurrent use can cause hyperkalemia, especially in elderly patients or patients with impaired renal function. Coadministration may also result in increases in serum creatinine in heart failure patients. Also, use caution when prescribing sulfate salt bowel preparation in patients taking concomitant medications that may affect renal function such as angiotensin II receptor antagonists.
    Pramlintide: (Moderate) Angiotensin II receptor antagonists (ARBs) may enhance the hypoglycemic effects of pramlintide by improving insulin sensitivity. In addition, angiotensin II receptor antagonists have been associated with a reduced incidence in the development of new-onset diabetes in patients with hypertension or other cardiac disease. Patients receiving an ARB in combination with pramlintide should be monitored for changes in glycemic control.
    Prazosin: (Moderate) razosin is well-known to produce a 'first-dose' phenomenon. Some patients develop significant hypotension shortly after administration of the first dose. The first dose response (acute postural hypotension) of prazosin may be exaggerated in patients who are receiving beta-adrenergic blockers, diuretics, or other antihypertensive agents. Concomitant administration of prazosin with other antihypertensive agents is not prohibited, however. This can be therapeutically advantageous, but lower dosages of each agent should be used.
    Procainamide: (Moderate) Procainamide can decrease blood pressure and should be used cautiously in patients receiving antihypertensive agents. Intravenous administration of procainamide is more likely to cause hypotensive effects.
    Procaine: (Moderate) Local anesthetics may cause additive hypotension in combination with antihypertensive agents.
    Propofol: (Moderate) General anesthetics can potentiate the hypotensive effects of antihypertensive agents.
    Pseudoephedrine: (Moderate) The cardiovascular effects of pseudoephedrine may reduce the antihypertensive effects produced by angiotensin II receptor antagonists. Monitor heart rate and blood pressure.
    Quinidine: (Moderate) Quinidine can decrease blood pressure and should be used cautiously in patients receiving antihypertensive agents due to the potential for additive hypotension.
    Rasagiline: (Moderate) Additive hypotensive effects may be seen when rasagiline is combined with angiotensin II receptor antagonists. Careful monitoring of blood pressure is suggested during coadministration. Patients should be instructed to rise slowly from a sitting position, and to report syncope or changes in blood pressure or heart rate to their health care provider.
    Repaglinide: (Moderate) Angiotensin II receptor antagonists (ARB) may enhance the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by improving insulin sensitivity. In addition, angiotensin II receptor antagonists have been associated with a reduced incidence in the development of new-onset diabetes in patients with hypertension or other cardiac disease. Patients receiving an ARB in combination with antidiabetic agents should be monitored for changes in glycemic control.
    Rifampin: (Minor) Coadministration may increase systemic exposure to valsartan. Valsartan is a substrate of the hepatic uptake transporter OATP1B1 and rifampin is an inhibitor of OATP. Patients should be monitored for adverse effects of valsartan.
    Risperidone: (Moderate) Risperidone may induce orthostatic hypotension and thus enhance the hypotensive effects of angiotensin II receptor antagonists. Lower initial doses or slower dose titration of risperidone may be necessary in patients receiving angiotensin II receptor antagonists concomitantly.
    Ritonavir: (Minor) Valsartan is a substrate of the hepatic efflux transporter MRP2 and ritonavir is an inhibitor of MRP2. Coadministration may increase systemic exposure to valsartan. Patients should be monitored for adverse effects of valsartan during coadministration.
    Selegiline: (Moderate) Additive hypotensive effects may be seen when selegiline is combined with angiotensin II receptor antagonists. Careful monitoring of blood pressure is suggested during coadministration. Patients should be instructed to rise slowly from a sitting position, and to report syncope or changes in blood pressure or heart rate to their health care provider.
    Sevoflurane: (Moderate) General anesthetics can potentiate the hypotensive effects of antihypertensive agents.
    SGLT2 Inhibitors: (Moderate) Patients receiving these drugs concomitantly should be monitored for changes in blood pressure, volume status, renal function, serum potassium and other electrolytes, and for glycemic control. When an SGLT2 inhibitor is initiated, mild diuresis and naturesis occurs, producing intravascular volume contraction. These effects may be additive to certain antihypertensive medications, such as the angiotensin II receptor antagonists (also known as angiotensin receptor blockers or ARBs). Patients with impaired renal function (eGFR less than 60 mL/minute/1.73 m2), low systolic blood pressure, or who are elderly may also be at a greater risk. Volume status should be assessed and corrected. In addition, some SGLT2 inhibitors, like canagliflozin, can increase serum potassium. Monitor serum potassium levels periodically and monitor for hyperkalemia. ARBs may also enhance the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by improving insulin sensitivity.
    Silodosin: (Moderate) During clinical trials with silodosin, the incidence of dizziness and orthostatic hypotension was higher in patients receiving concomitant antihypertensive treatment. Thus, caution is advisable when silodosin is administered with antihypertensive agents.
    Simeprevir: (Minor) Concomitant use of simeprevir and valsartan may result in increased valsartan plasma concentrations and side effects. Valsartan is metabolized by OATP1B1 in vitro and simeprevir is a OATP1B1 inhibitor. Monitor patients for adverse events such as hypotension, headache, and dizziness.
    Sodium Phosphate Monobasic Monohydrate; Sodium Phosphate Dibasic Anhydrous: (Moderate) Concomitant use of medicines with potential to alter renal perfusion or function such as angiotensin II receptor antagonists, may increase the risk of acute phosphate nephropathy in patients taking sodium phosphate monobasic monohydrate; sodium phosphate dibasic anhydrous.
    Sodium picosulfate; Magnesium oxide; Anhydrous citric acid: (Moderate) Use caution when prescribing sodium picosulfate; magnesium oxide; anhydrous citric acid in patients taking concomitant medications that may affect renal function such as angiotensin II receptor antagonists. In addition, use caution in patients receiving drugs where hypokalemia is a particular risk.
    Sofosbuvir; Velpatasvir; Voxilaprevir: (Moderate) Plasma concentrations of valsartan, an Organic Anion Transporting Polypeptides 1B1/1B3 (OATP1B1/1B3) substrate, may be increased when administered concurrently with voxilaprevir, an OATP1B1/1B3. Monitor patients for changes in blood pressure and increased side effects if these drugs are administered concurrently.
    Spironolactone: (Major) Potassium-sparing diuretics, such as spironolactone, should be used with caution in patients taking drugs that may increase serum potassium levels such as angiotensin II receptor antagonists. Concurrent use can cause hyperkalemia, especially in elderly patients or patients with impaired renal function. Coadministration may also result in increases in serum creatinine in heart failure patients.
    Sulfamethoxazole; Trimethoprim, SMX-TMP, Cotrimoxazole: (Moderate) Monitor for hyperkalemia if concomitant use of an angiotensin II receptor antagonist and trimethoprim is necessary. Hyperkalemia may be more significant in patients receiving IV trimethoprim. For those patients at higher risk of hyperkalemia (e.g., the elderly, patients with underlying disorders of potassium metabolism, and those with renal dysfunction), consideration of an alternate antibiotic may be warranted. Trimethoprim has a potassium-sparing effect on the distal nephron and may induce hyperkalemia, especially in those with pre-existing risk factors.
    Sulfonylureas: (Moderate) Angiotensin II receptor antagonists (ARBs) may enhance the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by improving insulin sensitivity. In addition, angiotensin II receptor antagonists have been associated with a reduced incidence in the development of new-onset diabetes in patients with hypertension or other cardiac disease. Patients receiving an ARB in combination with antidiabetic agents should be monitored for changes in glycemic control.
    Telithromycin: (Minor) Valsartan is taken up into human hepatocytes mainly by organic anion transporting polypeptide (OATP)1B1. Coadministration of valsartan with inhibitors of OATP, such as telithromycin may theoretically result in increased concentrations of valsartan.
    Tetracaine: (Moderate) Local anesthetics may cause additive hypotension in combination with antihypertensive agents. Use extreme caution with the concomitant use of tetracaine and antihypertensive agents.
    Thiazolidinediones: (Moderate) Angiotensin II receptor antagonists (ARBs) may enhance the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by improving insulin sensitivity. In addition, angiotensin II receptor antagonists have been associated with a reduced incidence in the development of new-onset diabetes in patients with hypertension or other cardiac disease. Patients receiving an ARB in combination with antidiabetic agents should be monitored for changes in glycemic control.
    Thiopental: (Moderate) Concurrent use of thiopental and alpha-blockers or antihypertensive agents increases the risk of developing hypotension.
    Thiothixene: (Moderate) Thiothixene should be used cautiously in patients receiving antihypertensive agents. Additive hypotensive effects are possible.
    Tizanidine: (Moderate) Concurrent use of tizanidine with antihypertensive agents can result in significant hypotension. Caution is advised when tizanidine is to be used in patients receiving concurrent antihypertensive therapy.
    Tolvaptan: (Major) In patients receiving tolvaptan for autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD), avoid coadministration of valsartan due to the potential for increased valsartan exposure. If use concurrently in patients with hyponatremia, monitor serum potassium concentrations after initiation of tolvaptan therapy in patients receiving angiotensin II receptor antagonists. Tolvaptan therapy results in an acute reduction in extracellular fluid volume which may result in increased serum potassium. In clinical studies, hyperkalemia was reported at a rate 1% to 2% higher when tolvaptan was administered with angiotensin II receptor blockers than when angiotensin II receptor blockers were administered with placebo. The oxobutyric acid metabolite of tolvaptan is an OATP1B1/3 inhibitor; valsartan is an OATP1B1/3 substrate.
    Tranylcypromine: (Severe) The use of hypotensive agents and tranylcypromine is contraindicated by the manufacturer of tranylcypromine because the effects of hypotensive agents may be markedly potentiated.
    Trazodone: (Minor) Due to additive hypotensive effects, patients receiving antihypertensive agents concurrently with trazodone may have excessive hypotension. Decreased dosage of the antihypertensive agent may be required when given with trazodone.
    Triamterene: (Major) Potassium-sparing diuretics, such as triamterene, should be used with caution in patients taking drugs that may increase serum potassium levels such as angiotensin II receptor antagonists. Concurrent use can cause hyperkalemia, especially in elderly patients or patients with impaired renal function. Coadministration may also result in increases in serum creatinine in heart failure patients.
    Trimethoprim: (Moderate) Monitor for hyperkalemia if concomitant use of an angiotensin II receptor antagonist and trimethoprim is necessary. Hyperkalemia may be more significant in patients receiving IV trimethoprim. For those patients at higher risk of hyperkalemia (e.g., the elderly, patients with underlying disorders of potassium metabolism, and those with renal dysfunction), consideration of an alternate antibiotic may be warranted. Trimethoprim has a potassium-sparing effect on the distal nephron and may induce hyperkalemia, especially in those with pre-existing risk factors.
    Yohimbine: (Moderate) Yohimbine can increase blood pressure and therefore can antagonize the therapeutic action of antihypertensive agents. Use with particular caution in hypertensive patients with high or uncontrolled blood pressure.
    Zafirlukast: (Minor) In vitro data indicate that zafirlukast inhibits the CYP2C9 and CYP3A4 isoenzymes at concentrations close to the clinically achieved total plasma concentrations. Until more clinical data are available, zafirlukast should be used cautiously in patients stabilized on drugs metabolized by CYP2C9 such as valsartan.
    Ziprasidone: (Minor) Ziprasidone is a moderate antagonist of alpha-1 receptors and may cause orthostatic hypotension with or without tachycardia, dizziness, or syncope. Additive hypotensive effects are possible if ziprasidone is used concurrently with antihypertensive agents.

    PREGNANCY AND LACTATION

    Pregnancy

    When pregnancy is detected, discontinue valsartan therapy as soon as possible. Women of child-bearing age should be made aware of the potential risk and valsartan should only be given after careful counseling and consideration of individual risks and benefits. When used during the second and third trimesters, drugs that affect the renin-angiotensin system (e.g., ACE inhibitors, angiotensin II receptor antagonists) reduce fetal renal function and increase fetal and neonatal morbidity and death. Resulting oligohydramnios can be associated with fetal lung hypoplasia and skeletal deformations. Other potential neonatal adverse effects include skull hypoplasia, anuria, hypotension, and renal failure. Retrospective data indicate that first trimester use of ACE inhibitors has been associated with a potential risk of birth defects. However, a much larger observational study (n = 465,754) found that the risk of birth defects was similar in infants exposed to ACE inhibitors during the first trimester, in infants exposed to other antihypertensives during the first trimester, and in those whose mothers were hypertensive but were not treated. Infants born to mothers with hypertension, either treated or untreated, had a higher risk of birth defects than those born to mothers without hypertension. The authors concluded that the presence of hypertension likely contributed to the development of birth defects rather than the use of medications. In rare cases when another antihypertensive agent cannot be used to treat a pregnant patient, serial ultrasound examinations should be performed to assess the intraamniotic environment. If oligohydramnios is observed, discontinue valsartan unless it is considered life-saving for the mother. It should be noted that oligohydramnios may not appear until after the fetus has sustained irreversible injury. Closely observe newborns with histories of in utero exposure to valsartan for hypotension, oliguria, and hyperkalemia. If oliguria or hypotension occurs, blood pressure and renal perfusion support may be required, as well as exchange transfusion or dialysis to reverse hypotension and/or support decreased renal function.

    Breast-feeding should be avoided during treatment with valsartan because of the potential effects on postnatal renal development in the nursing infant. There are no data on the presence of valsartan in human milk, the effects on the breastfed infant, or the effects on milk production. Valsartan has not been evaluated by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP); however, the ACE inhibitors captopril and enalapril were classified by AAP recommendations as usually compatible with breast-feeding and may represent preferable alternatives in some patients. In addition, benazepril and quinapril are excreted in human breast milk in very small quantities; therefore, a clinically significant risk to a breast-feeding infant is not expected. Consider the benefits of breast-feeding, the risk of potential infant drug exposure, and the risk of an untreated or inadequately treated condition. If a breast-feeding infant experiences an adverse effect related to a maternally ingested drug, healthcare providers are encouraged to report the adverse effect to the FDA.

    MECHANISM OF ACTION

    Mechanism of Action: Valsartan antagonizes angiotensin II at the AT1 receptor subtype. Two angiotensin II receptors, AT1 and AT2, have been identified. While valsartan has about a 20,000-fold greater affinity for the AT1 subtype than the AT2 subtype, the AT2 subtype is not known to mediate cardiovascular homeostasis. Angiotensin II is the primary vasoactive hormone of the renin-angiotensin system and plays an important role in the pathophysiology of hypertension and congestive heart failure. Angiotensin II is a potent vasoconstrictor; which also stimulates the synthesis and release of aldosterone. By selectively blocking the AT1 receptor in tissues such as vascular smooth muscle and the adrenal gland, valsartan blocks the vasoconstrictor and aldosterone-secreting effects of angiotensin II. Thus, by blocking the effects of angiotensin II, valsartan decreases systemic vascular resistance without a marked change in heart rate. Circulating levels of both renin and angiotensin II rise 2- to 3-fold in response to blockade of AT1 receptors. Because valsartan does not inhibit ACE, it also does not inhibit the breakdown of bradykinin. Unlike losartan, valsartan has no effect on serum uric acid.

    PHARMACOKINETICS

    Valsartan is administered orally. Steady state Vd is small (17 L), indicating that valsartan does not distribute extensively into tissues. Approximately 95% is bound to serum proteins, primarily serum albumin. In vitro metabolism studies indicate the CYP2C9 is responsible for the formation of valeryl-4-hydroxy valsartan, the primary metabolite which accounts for about 9% of the dose. Valsartan is primarily recovered in the feces (83%) and urine (13%). Recovery is primarily unchanged drug, with only about 20% of the dose recovered as metabolites. After intravenous administration, plasma clearance is about 2 L/hour and renal clearance is 0.62 L/hour (about 30% of total clearance). The elimination half-life averages 6 hours.
     
    Affected cytochrome P450 isoenzymes and drug transporters: CYP2C9, OATP1B1, MRP2
    Valsartan does not inhibit CYP450 isoenzymes at clinically relevant concentrations. In vitro studies indicate CYP2C9 is the isoenzyme responsible for the formation of valeryl-4-hydroxy valsartan. An in vitro study with human liver tissue indicates that it is a substrate of the hepatic uptake transporter OATP1B1 and the hepatic efflux transporter MRP2.

    Oral Route

    AUC and Cmax increase linearly within increasing dose over the clinical dosing range; however, the antihypertensive dose-response curve is nonlinear, with proportionally small decreases in blood pressure attained with increased dosage. An oral dose of valsartan 80 mg inhibits the pressor effect of angiotensin II by about 80% at peak serum concentrations, with 30% inhibition persisting for 24 hours. Onset and peak effect of antihypertensive activity is 2 hours and 6 hours, respectively. The duration of antihypertensive activity is approximately 24 hours. Maximum reduction in blood pressure is generally achieved after 4 weeks with chronic dosing.
     
    Tablets
    Valsartan is rapidly absorbed, with peak plasma concentrations occurring 2 to 4 hours after oral administration. Absolute bioavailability is roughly 25% (range, 10% to 35%). The bioavailability of the extemporaneous suspension is 1.6 times greater than the bioavailability of the tablet. Administration of the tablet with food decreases the AUC by about 40% and the Cmax by about 50%.
     
    Oral solution
    For an equivalent dose, the commercially available oral solution has 86% higher Cmax and 25% higher AUC compared to the tablet. With the oral solution, Cmax is achieved 0.7 to 3.7 hours after administration. High-fat, high-calorie food decreases the AUC and Cmax by roughly 8% and 44%, respectively.