Common Hypertension Drug Valsartan Can Trigger Cancer?

It is common for the medical fraternity to discover adverse pharmacoviiglance for medicines. Further, drugs and medications meant to control a particular disease may trigger other health problems. For this reason, it is important for the pharmaceutical industry to stay wary of the side-effects of medications.

Pharmaceutical companies have often intimated the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) about the toxicity of multiple medications. In a similar instance, an online pharma company, Valisure, has pointed to the cancer-inducing properties of valsartan. It is a medication to control blood pressure, and it contains heavy amount of dimethylformamide. Novartis is one of the several drug manufacturers who sell valsartan under their name. Valisure claimed that the presence of dimethylformamide in the drug is responsible for its cancer-causing action.

Use of Valsartan

Doctors prescribe valsartan for adults to control and manage hypertension. On the other hand, the medical fraternity has discussed the ill-effects of dimethylformamide. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), dimethylformamide could act as a human carcinogen. Valisure urged the FDA to review the action of dimethylformamide and impose limits on its intake. Further, Valisure stated that it knew of five pharma companies that produced valsartan.

FDA’s Take on New Claims

One of FDA’s spokespersons assured that the administration will investigate and evaluate Valisure’s claims. Meanwhile, the FDA also advised patients to continue with their regular blood pressure medications until further recourse. The administration suggested that the patients should not discontinue intake even after the medicine is recalled. Consequently, this could adversely impact health of patients who have used valsartan for years.

Morning Walks More Effective than Drugs for Hypertension

According to a recent study published in Hypertension journal about half hour walk could help in reducing blood pressure. Researchers at the University of Western Australia carried out this study and revealed how morning walks can replace medication.

Based on data from the charity Blood Pressure UK, about one-third adults have high blood pressure more than 140/90 mmHg. It also showed that more than 12 million people consume medicines for this condition in Britain.

Morning Exercise to Break Development of High Blood Pressure

For the study, researchers assessed 67 obese and overweight women and men between 55 and 80 years. People followed three different routines each lasting 8 hours to help scientists get a clear understanding of the effect of morning walks. In the first routine, participants needed to sit at a stretch for eight hours. In the second, participants took a 30-minutes-walk after working for an hour. Participants performed the same routine in the third slot, but interrupted every 30 minutes with a 3 minutes of light intensity walking. The results varied among participants who sat for long hours with the ones who took strides in regular intervals.
According to the lead of the study Michael Wheeler, blood pressure reduced in a similar if people took anti-hypertension medicines. He also added by saying, blood pressure increases with age which can be managed by a combination of exercise and medicine. Moreover, half hour morning exercise is also good for mental health according to the British Heart Foundation.