Compare Diovan HCT vs. Benicar HCT

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Diovan Hct
(valsartan / hydrochlorothiazide)

Benicar Hct
(olmesartan / hydrochlorothiazide)

Lowers blood pressure. Diovan Hct (Valsartan / Hydrochlorothiazide) is a good 2-in-1 blood pressure-lowering medicine that protects kidney function like an ACE inhibitor, but with fewer side effects.Lowers blood pressure. Benicar HCT is a good 2-in-1 blood pressure-lowering medicine that protects kidney function like an ACE inhibitor, but with fewer side effects.
Reviews & ratings
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5.09Diovan HCT
Reviews for Diovan HCT
63%
of people (All ages) say Diovan HCT is worth it
52%
say it works well
19%
say it's a big hassle
412 reviews
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Reviews for Benicar HCT
57%
+6% better vs. Diovan HCT
45%
+7% better vs. Diovan HCT
30%
+11% better vs. Diovan HCT
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Side effects
Diovan HCTBenicar HCT
  • Dizziness 4%
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  • Dizziness 7%
  • Upper respiratory tract infection 7%
  • Hyperuricemia 2%
  • Nausea 3%
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How it works
Diovan HCTBenicar HCT
Diovan Hct (Valsartan / Hydrochlorothiazide) is a combination medicine. Valsartan (an angiotensin receptor blocker) lowers blood pressure by making blood vessels relax. Hydrochlorothiazide (a diuretic or water pill) lowers blood pressure and swelling by removing extra fluid from your body.Benicar HCT is a combination medicine. Olmesartan (an angiotensin receptor blocker) lowers blood pressure by making blood vessels relax. Hydrochlorothiazide (a diuretic or water pill) lowers blood pressure and swelling by removing extra fluid from your body.
Type of medication
Diovan HCTBenicar HCT
Prescription onlyPrescription only
Available as
Diovan HCTBenicar HCT
  • Pill
  • Pill
Used for
Diovan HCTBenicar HCT
Risk factors for serious side effects
Diovan HCTBenicar HCT
  • Women of childbearing age
  • African descent
  • History of kidney disease
  • History of lupus
  • Taking lithium
Detailed Diovan Hct (valsartan / hydrochlorothiazide) risks & warnings »
  • Women of childbearing age
  • African descent
  • History of lupus
  • Allergies to penicillin or sulfonamides
  • Prior history of impaired liver function
Detailed Benicar Hct (olmesartan / hydrochlorothiazide) risks & warnings »
Pregnancy

Research studies with real people found harmful effects on unborn babies, but the benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

Research studies with real people found harmful effects on unborn babies, but the benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

Kidneys and liver
Diovan HCTBenicar HCT
  • Diovan Hct (Valsartan / Hydrochlorothiazide) can cause kidney damage, especially if you already have a history of kidney disease. Talk to your doctor to discuss possible alternatives if this is a concern.
  • Requires routine blood tests to check kidney function.
  • Protects kidney function, which is especially useful for people with diabetes or mild-to-moderate kidney disease.
  • Requires routine blood tests to check kidney function.
  • Protects kidney function, which is especially useful for people with diabetes or mild-to-moderate kidney disease.
Upsides and benefits
Diovan HCTBenicar HCT
  • Combination medicine for people with high blood pressure. Doctors might prescribe it when you need more than one medicine to control your blood pressure.
  • The two drugs in Diovan HCT work together to lower blood pressure and remove extra water from your body.
  • Lowers the risk of heart attack and stroke.
  • Protects kidney function, which is especially useful for people with diabetes or mild-to-moderate kidney disease.
  • Recommended for anyone with heart failure since it lowers the risk of death and further damage to your heart.
  • Combination medicine for people with high blood pressure. Doctors might prescribe it when you need more than one medicine to control your blood pressure.
  • The two drugs in Benicar HCT work together to lower blood pressure and remove extra water from your body.
  • Lowers the risk of heart attack and stroke.
  • Protects kidney function, which is especially useful for people with diabetes or mild-to-moderate kidney disease.
  • Recommended for anyone with heart failure since it lowers the risk of death and further damage to your heart.
Downsides and risks
Diovan HCTBenicar HCT
  • Comes in fixed dosage strengths, so it's harder for your doctor to adjust your dose.
  • Makes you urinate more often.
  • Doesn't work as well in people with severe kidney problems.
  • Requires a yearly blood test to see how the medicine is affecting your body.
  • Not safe to use if you're pregnant.
  • Comes in fixed dosage strengths, so it's harder for your doctor to adjust your dose.
  • Makes you urinate more often.
  • Doesn't work as well in people with severe kidney problems.
  • Requires a yearly blood test to see how the medicine is affecting your body.
  • Not safe to use if you're pregnant.
  • Not available in less expensive generic form.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
Diovan HCTBenicar HCT
  • Makes you urinate more often, so avoid taking it at bedtime.
  • Can cause dizziness in the first few days.
  • Check your blood pressure 1 week after starting this medicine, and tell your doctor if it hasn't improved.
  • Tell your doctor about any dizziness, fatigue, cough, or throat irritation that doesn't go away.
  • Requires routine blood tests to check kidney function.
  • Don't take it if you're pregnant.
  • Makes you urinate more often, so avoid taking it at bedtime.
  • Can cause dizziness in the first few days.
  • Check your blood pressure 1 week after starting this medicine, and tell your doctor if it hasn't improved.
  • Tell your doctor about any dizziness, fatigue, cough, or throat irritation that doesn't go away.
  • Requires routine blood tests to check kidney function.
  • Don't take it if you're pregnant.
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