Compare Diovan HCT vs. Benicar HCT

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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.
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Reviews for Diovan Hct (Valsartan / Hydrochlorothiazide)
63%
of people say Diovan Hct (Valsartan / Hydrochlorothiazide) is worth it
52%
say it works well
19%
say it's a big hassle
Reviews for Benicar Hct (Olmesartan / Hydrochlorothiazide)
58%
5% vs. Diovan Hct (Valsartan / Hydrochlorothiazide)
45%
7% vs. Diovan Hct (Valsartan / Hydrochlorothiazide)
30%
11% vs. Diovan Hct (Valsartan / Hydrochlorothiazide)
Side effects
Diovan HCTBenicar HCT
  • Dizziness 4%
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  • Dizziness 7%
  • Hyperuricemia 2%
More Benicar HCT side effects »
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
Antihypertensive
Angiotensin receptor blocker
Diuretic
Prescription only
Antihypertensive
Angiotensin receptor blocker
Diuretic
Prescription only
Available as
Diovan HCTBenicar HCT
  • Pill
  • Pill
Used for (click to learn more)
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
  • Allergies to penicillin or sulfonamides
  • History of gout
  • Current kidney problems
  • History of liver disease
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
    • History of gout
    • Current kidney problems
    • Prior history of impaired liver function
    Detailed Benicar Hct (Olmesartan / Hydrochlorothiazide) risks & warnings »
    Pregnancy category
    Diovan HCTBenicar HCT
    DFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

    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.

    See the FDA package insert
    DFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

    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.

    See the FDA package insert
    Alcohol
    No specific alcohol-related info.No specific alcohol-related info.
    Food
    No specific food-related info.No specific food-related info.
    Kidneys and liver
    • Doesn't work as well in people with severe kidney problems.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Doesn't work as well in people with severe kidney problems.
    • 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.
    Sex
    No specific sex-related info.No specific sex-related info.
    Sleep
    No specific sleep-related info.No specific sleep-related info.
    Weight
    No specific weight-related info.No specific weight-related info.
    Upsides and benefits
    Diovan HCTBenicar HCT
    • The two drugs in Diovan HCT work together to lower blood pressure and remove extra water from your body.
    • Combination medicine for people with high blood pressure. Doctors might prescribe it when you need more than one medicine to control your blood pressure.
    • 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.
    • The two drugs in Benicar HCT work together to lower blood pressure and remove extra water from your body.
    • Combination medicine for people with high blood pressure. Doctors might prescribe it when you need more than one medicine to control your blood pressure.
    • 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.
    • Not available in less expensive generic form.
    • 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.
    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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