Last update: Aug. 28, 2020

Valsartan

Low Risk for breastfeeding


Moderately safe. Probably compatible.
Mild risk possible. Follow up recommended.
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Valsartan is an angiotensin II receptor antagonist with actions similar to those of losartan.
It is indicated in the treatment of hypertension, left ventricular dysfunction after myocardial infarction and in heart failure.
Oral administration once or twice a day.

At latest update, relevant published data on excretion into breast milk were not found.

A high protein-binding capacity makes excretion into breast milk unlikely. In addition, a low oral bioavailability makes difficult the absorption towards the infant's plasma from ingested milk, except in prematures or newborns who may show an increased absorption.

Until more data on this medication is available, safer alternative drugs are preferred (Malachias 2016, Rowe 2013), especially in premature babies or during the neonatal period.

Alternatives

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Other names

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Tradenames

Main tradenames from several countries containing Valsartan in its composition:

Pharmacokinetics

Variable Value Unit
Oral Bioavail. 23 - 39 %
Molecular weight 436 daltons
Protein Binding 97 %
VD 0,24 l/Kg
pKa 8,15 -
Tmax 2 - 4 hours
T1/2 6 - 9 hours

References

  1. Malachias MV, Figueiredo CE, Sass N, Antonello IC, Torloni MR, Bortolotto MRF L. 7th Brazilian Guideline of Arterial Hypertension: Chapter 9 - Arterial Hypertension in pregnancy Arq Bras Cardiol. 2016 Abstract Full text (link to original source) Full text (in our servers)
  2. Rowe H, Baker T, Hale TW. Maternal medication, drug use, and breastfeeding. Pediatr Clin North Am. 2013 Feb;60(1):275-94. Abstract
  3. AEMPS. Valsartán. Ficha técnica. 2009 Full text (in our servers)
  4. MHRA. Valsartan. Drug Summary. 2009 Full text (in our servers)
  5. Tamargo j, Caballero R, Gómez R, Núñez L, Vaquero M y Delpón E. Características farmacológicas de los ARA-II. ¿Son todos iguales?. Rev Esp Cardiol Supl. 2006;6:10C-24C. 2006 Full text (in our servers)

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