Compare Zestoretic vs. Diovan

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Zestoretic
(Lisinopril / Hydrochlorothiazide)

Diovan
(Valsartan)

Lowers blood pressure. Lisinopril/hydrochlorothiazide is a good 2-in-1 blood pressure-lowering medicine that protects kidney function.Lowers blood pressure. Diovan (Valsartan) is a good blood pressure-lowering medicine that protects kidney function like an ACE inhibitor, but with fewer side effects.
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4.63Zestoretic
Reviews for Zestoretic (Lisinopril / Hydrochlorothiazide)
51%
of people (All ages) say Zestoretic (Lisinopril / Hydrochlorothiazide) is worth it
40%
say it works well
17%
say it's a big hassle
294 reviews
Have you used Zestoretic (Lisinopril / Hydrochlorothiazide)?
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Reviews for Diovan (Valsartan)
65%
+14% vs. Zestoretic (Lisinopril / Hydrochlorothiazide)
54%
+14% vs. Zestoretic (Lisinopril / Hydrochlorothiazide)
15%
+2% vs. Zestoretic (Lisinopril / Hydrochlorothiazide)
431 reviews
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Side effects
ZestoreticDiovan
  • Dizziness 6%
  • Headache 3%
  • Cough 3%
  • Fatigue 3%
  • Orthostatic effects 2%
  • Muscle weakness 1%
  • Diarrhea 1%
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The Diovan FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.

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How it works
ZestoreticDiovan
Lisinopril/hydrochlorothiazide is a combination medicine. Lisinopril (an ACE inhibitor) 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.Diovan (Valsartan) is an angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB). It blocks a chemical that tightens blood vessels. This makes blood vessels relax, which lowers blood pressure and allows more blood and oxygen to get to your heart and other organs.
Type of medication
ZestoreticDiovan
Antihypertensive
ACE inhibitor
Diuretic
Prescription only
Antihypertensive
Angiotensin receptor blocker
Prescription only
Available as
ZestoreticDiovan
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  • Pill
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ZestoreticDiovan
Risk factors for serious side effects
ZestoreticDiovan
  • Women of childbearing age
  • African descent
  • People requiring high flux dialysis
  • History of kidney disease
  • Current kidney problems
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  • Women of childbearing age
  • African descent
  • Current kidney problems
  • Medicine that increase potassium
  • Use of salt substitute
Detailed 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
ZestoreticDiovan
  • 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.
  • Zestoretic (Lisinopril / Hydrochlorothiazide) can cause severe allergic reactions, including death, to patients who required certain types of kidney dialysis. Talk to your prescriber if you are undergoing dialysis to discuss possible alternative medications.
  • Zestoretic (Lisinopril / 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.
  • 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.
Upsides and benefits
ZestoreticDiovan
  • 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 Lisinopril/hydrochlorothiazide work together to lower blood pressure, remove extra water from your body, and lower your 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.
  • A first-choice blood pressure treatment for many people.
  • Lowers the risk of heart attack and stroke.
  • Similar to ACE inhibitors (like Lisinopril), with fewer side effects like cough and swelling.
  • 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
ZestoreticDiovan
  • Comes in fixed dosage strengths, so it's harder for your doctor to adjust your dose.
  • Up to 1 in 10 people can get a dry cough with this medicine. It ranges from a mild tickle in the throat to a persistent hacking cough.
  • 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.
  • 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
ZestoreticDiovan
  • 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.
  • 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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