Prescription Drug Coverage

Valsartan (Diovan) Medicare Coverage

You may be able to find Medicare plan options in your area that cover Valsartan or Diovan. Learn more about Valsartan and find Medicare Advantage plans in your area that cover other prescription drugs.
Chemical name: Valsartan

Brand name: Diovan

Typical dosage: 160mg

Typical type: Tablet1

Valsartan is a medication used to treat high blood pressure. Valsartan is available as a brand name or as a generic drug and comes as an oral tablet.

Valsartan is used to reduce high blood pressure. The brand name equivalent of Valsartan is called Diovan.

Valsartan is usually taken twice daily. Your doctor will likely adjust your dose to meet your blood pressure goals.

Valsartan helps your blood vessels relax, which keeps your blood pressure at a normal level.

Common side effects include dizziness, fatigue, stomach pain, back pain, joint pain, headache and flu-like symptoms.

How much does Valsartan cost with Medicare?

Valsartan coverage and costs may vary based on the specific plan you have, as well as what coverage stage you're in.

Contact your plan carrier or consult your plan formulary for more cost information.

Does Medicare cover Valsartan?

According to GoodRx, 99% of Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare Part D plans covered Valsartan in 2023.1

  • Medicare Advantage plans or Part D plans that cover Valsartan include copay amounts that can range widely from one plan to another. Plan members may also be responsible for meeting a deductible before the plan’s drug coverage kicks in.

  • Medicare Advantage plans that offer prescription drug coverage are called Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug Plans (MA-PD). 89% of 2024 Medicare Advantage plans include prescription drug coverage.2

  • Medicare prescription drugs plans each have their own formulary, or drug list, that details what prescription drugs are covered by the plan and how they are covered.

Drug coverage may vary based on plan availability. You may be able to find Medicare Advantage plan options in your area that cover Valsartan. We represent carriers such as Humana, UnitedHealthcare®, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Aetna, Cigna Healthcare, Wellcare, or Kaiser Permanente.

You can also compare Part D prescription drug plans available where you live and enroll in a Medicare prescription drug plan online when you visit

Additional information

You do not have to take Valsartan with food, but it may help prevent upset stomach if it makes you sick.

Valsartan helps to lower your blood pressure, but you may not be able to notice. Keep taking valsartan as your doctor prescribed even if you feel better.

Blood pressure medications like Valsartan can sometimes lower your blood pressure too much. Talk to your doctor if you experience any extreme dizziness or pass out. Talk to your doctor if you notice any swelling that isn’t normal for you.

Using Valsartan while pregnant can cause injury or death to the developing fetus. If you are planning on becoming pregnant or become pregnant while taking Valsartan, talk to your doctor about the safest way to discontinue Valsartan immediately.

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This article is for informational purposes only. It is not healthcare advice, treatment, or diagnosis. It is not an endorsement of or recommendation for this medication. Speak to your doctor or healthcare provider about your specific healthcare needs, including your prescription medications. Only take medication as directed by your doctor.

Coverage and costs of prescription medications will vary by Medicare plan. Not all plans are available in all areas.

Written by Hayden Gharibyar, Pharm.D.

1 GoodRx. Valsartan. Retrieved November 2023, from

2 Freed M, et al. (Nov 15, 2023). Medicare Advantage 2024 Spotlight: First Look. Kaiser Family Foundation.