Diovan is an ARB class drug. Many folks are put on these that can't handle the Ace cough.
• Diovan is in a class of drugs called angiotensin II receptor antagonists. Diovan prevents the constriction (narrowing) of blood vessels (veins and arteries).
• Diovan is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension) and heart failure.
• Diovan may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.
ACE inhibitors are drugs whose generic names almost always end in ----pril! (as in enalapril, captopril!)
ARB's end in ---sartan (losartan, irbesartan and valsartan<Diovan>)
ARB's and ACEI's are SUPPOSED to not interfere with erectile difficulty...my jury is out on that topic. Problem with the ARB's (and the ACEI's to a degree) is that they are weak hypertension drugs often precscribed with diuretics and then BOOM...again erectile difficulty...though NOTHING is as bad as the beta-blockers like atenolol.