Compare hydrochlorothiazide vs. Diovan HCT

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Microzide (hydrochlorothiazide)

Prescription only
Removes water from the body, which lowers blood pressure.

Microzide (hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ)) is a well-tolerated water pill that's often the first-choice treatment for mild high blood pressure.

4.5/ 7 average rating with 139 reviewsforhydrochlorothiazide
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.

5.1/ 7 average rating with 412 reviewsforDiovan HCT
Upsides
  • Does a good job getting rid of extra fluids in your body by making you urinate more.
  • A first-choice blood pressure treatment. Works especially well for people of African descent.
  • Lowers the risk of heart attack and stroke.
  • Good option if you have high blood pressure and heart failure.
  • Most people have very few side effects from Microzide (hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ)).
  • Can be good for patients with osteoporosis since it raises the body's level of calcium.
  • 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.
Downsides
  • Makes you urinate more often.
  • Microzide (hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ)) doesn't work well in people with severe kidney problems.
  • It can increase the risk of gout attacks in people with poor kidney function or a history of gout.
  • People with a sulfa allergy may be allergic to Microzide (hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ)).
  • 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.
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Reviews
139 
47%
think this treatment is worth it
31%
think this treatment works well
16%
think this treatment is a hassle

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412 
63%
think this treatment is worth it
52%
think this treatment works well
19%
think this treatment is a hassle

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Side effects
The Microzide (hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ)) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
2possible side effects
  • Dizziness
    6%
  • Common cold
    2%
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Risks and warnings
  • Dehydration and electrolyte imbalance

    Current electrolyte imbalance

    ...and 2 more risk factors

  • Severe allergic reactions

    History of sulfa allergies

  • Gout

    History of gout

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Vision problems

    History of sulfa or penicillin allergies

  • Higher blood sugars

    Diabetes

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  • Harm to fetus

    Women of childbearing age

  • Unusual tongue swelling

    African descent

  • Acute kidney failure

    History of kidney disease

  • Worsening lupus

    History of lupus

  • Increased lithium in the body

    Taking lithium

  • Acute nearsightedness or glaucoma

    Allergies to penicillin or sulfonamides

  • Gout

    History of gout

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Liver damage

    History of liver disease

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