Capoten vs. Diovan

Are Capoten and Diovan the Same Thing?

Capoten (captopril) and Diovan (valsartan) are used to treat high blood pressure and heart failure.

Capoten is also used to prevent kidney failure due to high blood pressure and diabetes.

Diovan is also given post heart attack.

Capoten and Diovan belong to different drug classes. Capoten is an angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor and Diovan is an angiotensin II receptor blocker.

What Are Possible Side Effects of Capoten?

Common side effects of Capoten include:

What Are Possible Side Effects of Diovan?

Common side effects of Diovan include:

What Is Capoten?

Capoten (captopril) is an angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor prescribed for treating high blood pressure, heart failure, and for preventing kidney failure due to high blood pressure and diabetes. Capoten is available as a generic drug.

What Is Diovan?

Diovan is a prescription medicine called an angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB). It is used in adults to:

  • lower high blood pressure (hypertension) in adults and children, 6 to 16 years of age.
  • treat heart failure in adults. In these patients, Diovan may lower the need for hospitalization that happens from heart failure.
  • improve the chance of living longer after a heart attack (myocardial infarction) in adults.

Diovan is not for children under 6 years of age or children with certain kidney problems.


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What Drugs Interact With Capoten?

Capoten may interact with gold injections, lithium, potassium supplements, salt substitutes that contain potassium, drugs that can dilate blood vessels, aspirin or other NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) or diuretics (water pills). Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use.

What Drugs Interact With Diovan?

Diovan may interact with cyclosporine and ritonavir. Diovan may also interact with cyclosporine, diuretics (water pills), rifampin, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)

How Should Capoten Be Taken?

Capoten dose ranges from 25-150 mg two or three times daily.

How Should Diovan Be Taken?

Diovan is available as tablets for oral administration in strengths of 40, 80, 160 or 320 mg of valsartan. Usual beginning dose is a total of 80 mg per day, but this may vary. For children with pediatric hypertension (ages 6–16), the dose is weight based at 1.3 mg per Kg weight not to exceed 40 mg per day.


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FDA. Capoten Product Information.
Novartis. Diovan Product Information.

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