Hair loss and high blood pressure are common so it's common to have questions about whether certain medications interact. Consider the blood pressure medication Valsartan (sometimes called Diovan) - can these two medications be used together?

Anyone woman considering taking these two medications together needs to talk to her physician as both spironolactone and Diovan are types of blood pressure pills - but more importantly BOTH have the potential to increase the levels of potassium levels in the blood. Increased potassium levels could have serious consequences, including effects on the muscles and heart. 

Valsaratan (Diovan) is a type of blood pressure medication known as an angiotensin receptor blocker. Increased levels of potassium in the blood is a rare side effect.

Spironolactone has many, many uses uses. It has been around for many years. It is a weak blood pressure medication and diuretic. At low doses, it has been used in treating heart failure for years. Dizziness and increased potassium levels are side effects. Spironolactone also has another interesting job - and that is to block the male type (androgen) hormones! So spironolactone is used in hormonally mediated issues such as acne, hair loss and excessive hair on the face.

But both are blood pressure pills and both can increase potassium levels in the blood - which could carry with it very serious consequences. Be sure to speak to your doctor if you should take spironolactone with Diovan. It's rare to use together. But if advised to use together  - very very careful monitoring with very frequent blood pressure checks and very frequent measuring of your blood potassium levels and kidney function (creatinine) would be advised.

Dr Donovan

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