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Sacubitril and valsartan

sak-yoo-bit-ril and val-sar-tan

What does it do?

Sacubitril and valsartan is used to treat heart failure. It reduces excess fluid in your body and relaxes blood vessels, which makes it easier for your heart to pump blood around your body.

How should you take it?

Take sacubitril and valsartan regularly as directed with a glass of water. You can take it with or without food.

What if you forget a dose?

If it is nearly time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your next dose at the usual time. Otherwise, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Do not take two doses at the same time.

Can you take other medicines?

Some medicines available without a prescription may react with sacubitril and valsartan including:

  • anti-inflammatories, such as diclofenac (e.g. Voltaren®), ibuprofen (e.g. Nurofen®), or aspirin (e.g. Disprin®, in doses used for pain relief). These can also be found in some cold and flu medicines (e.g. Nurofen Cold and Flu®).
  • potassium supplements (e.g. Span K®)

Tell your health professional about all medicines or treatments that you may be taking, including vitamins, herbal products or recreational drugs.

What side effects might you notice?

Side EffectsRecommended action

Swollen lips, tongue, throat or face

Tell your health professional immediately

Changes in heartbeat, muscle cramps or weakness

Tell your health professional

Cough

Tell your health professional if troublesome

Symptoms of low blood pressure such as dizziness or fainting

Stand up slowly. If it continues, or is severe, tell your health professional

If you notice any other effects, discuss them with your doctor or pharmacist.

Other information:

  • Before you start sacubitril and valsartan, you must stop another of your heart failure medicines (such as cilazapril, losartan or other medicines ending in 'pril' or 'artan'). Check with your health professional which medicine is stopping, and when to start taking sacubitril and valsartan. Return the medicine you are stopping to your pharmacy.
  • Tell your health professional if you have kidney problems, or if you have ever had angioedema (swollen lips, tongue throat or face).
  • Tell your health professional if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding.
  • You will need regular blood tests while taking sacubitril and valsartan to check if it is causing problems with your kidneys or the amount of potassium in your blood.

This leaflet contains important, but not all, information about this medicine.

Prepared by the PILs Committee at Christchurch Hospital, Canterbury District Health Board, New Zealand. February 2020

For more general information about this sheet and its contents, see: What does a My Medicines sheet cover?

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About My Medicines

My Medicines Patient Information Leaflets (PILs) contain important, but not all, information about the medicines they describe.

For more information about the sheets, see: What does a My Medicines sheet cover?

My Medicines is developed by a team at the Canterbury District Health Board. Our team is made up of doctors, pharmacists, and a non-medical person to help us keep to plain language. We also discuss our information with specialist health professionals or groups when needed