6 to 16 years:
Initial dose: mg/kg once daily (up to 40 mg)
Maintenance dose: up to mg/kg (up to 160 mg) once daily titrated according to patient response
If the calculated dosage does not correspond to the available tablet strengths, or if children are unable to swallow tablets, the use of a suspension (which can be prepared from the tablets) is recommended. The Diovan dose may need to be increased if the suspension is replaced by a tablet.
No data are available in pediatric patients either undergoing dialysis or with a glomerular filtration rate less than 30 mL/min.
Elevated levels of LDL cholesterol and triglycerides are strongly associated with a high risk of cardiovascular disease. While there remains some controversy over just how much the elevated cholesterol levels and triglyceride levels themselves directly cause heart disease, there is no controversy about this: If your cardiovascular risk is elevated you need to reduce it; and further, the measures you take to lower your abnormal lipid levels will also lower your cardiac risk. So, let the experts argue about the mechanisms by which cholesterol and triglycerides are associated with heart disease. You should concentrate on taking the steps proven to lower your own, individual risk.