Q: What happens when you go off Diovan blood pressure med. cold turkey?
A: Unlike some blood pressure medicines, stopping Diovan (valsartan) abruptly will not cause a sudden increase in blood pressure. Rebound high blood pressure is not a problem with this drug. Keep in mind, this drug is also used to treat heart failure and to reduce death from a heart attack. Depending upon why you are taking the drug, stopping it suddenly could get you into trouble fairly quickly. It is best to discuss stopping medication with your doctor. If your reason for stopping is difficulty in paying for your medicine, there are assistance programs for people in need. Refer to this page on Diovan.com.