Q: My 86 year old mother has been taking Diovon HCT for about two years to control her blood pressure. For over 9 months she has developed itching and some times burning sensation all over her body. Could it be a side affect of this medicine?
A: Diovan (Valsartan) can cause itching. This is a known side effect. A reaction to a drug can occur at any time although they occur more frequently when a drug is first started. Her itching and burning may be related to a different medical problem. She should discuss this further with her doctor.