To many, Valsartan is considered an important life-saving medication. It has been used to treat high blood pressure. It is also used to combat congestive heart failure. Even with all of its benefits, Valsartan still has its drawbacks.
Is Valsartan safe to use?
In most cases, Valsartan is relatively safe to use. It is used to treat life-threatening conditions, such as heart failure. We all know that high blood pressure can lead to heart attacks and possibly even strokes. These conditions can be deadly. If they don't end up killing an individual, they can be debilitating. Some people are left with partial paralysis after a stroke.
Valsartan isn't without its side effects
Many different medications have side effects. Unfortunately, Valsartan can cause side effects such as:
- Joint pain
- back pain.
- low blood pressure.
- High blood potassium, which can cause issues such as heart rhythm problems, muscle weakness, and slow heart rate.
Having too much potassium in the blood can be life-threatening, and can lead to hospitalization. It is important to monitor your blood potassium levels while taking Valsartan.
Having too low blood pressure can be dangerous as well. That is why it is important for women who are pregnant not to take Valsartan. Low blood pressure can harm the mother and the fetus as well.
The biggest safety concern with Valsartan
The biggest concern with Valsartan is over the discovery that it can contain elements that cause cancer. The issue is with Valsartan that has been manufactured in China and India. The Valsartan batches made from those factories were tested and found to contain N-nitrosodimethylamine, or NDMA, a cancer-causing substance.
Unfortunately, it doesn't stop there. Further tests revealed that Valsartan batches contained a second possible carcinogen, called NDEA or N-Nitrosodiethylamine. The FDA states that the presence of either of these known carcinogens in medications is unacceptable.
This is the reason that certain batches of Valsartan have been recalled. Their impurities can cause cancer. Some people take Valsartan for extended periods of time, which increases the likelihood that they will develop cancer.
One particular manufacturing facility has been targeted by the FDA. Mylan Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in Chodavaram Village, Vizianagaram, Andhra Pradesh, India is under investigation for having NDMA impurities in their products. They have received warning letters for not following protocol and guidelines for safely manufacturing these drugs.
If you are taking Valsartan or Losartan found on the recall list, it is important that you continue to take your medication until you can see a physician who may make other recommendations for you. It is never recommended to stop taking your medication.
What types of Cancer can these elements cause?
According to NCBI, these elements can cause liver cancer. They also cause tumors and other malignant types of cancers. They will cause tumors in different organs such as the tongue, lungs, pancreas, esophagus, bladder, kidney and liver.
Overall, Valsartan is a fairly safe product to use, except for its basic known side effects. However, foreign-made generics seem to contain known carcinogens. If possible, it may be wise to avoid foreign-made generic drugs until more rigorous testing methods are used to scrutinize foreign-made drugs. Drugs manufactured in other countries aren't held to the same standards that U.S. made drugs are.
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