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Diovan Hct

(Valsartan / Hydrochlorothiazide)

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Lowers blood pressure.

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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.

Upsides

  • 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.
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Downsides

  • 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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What to expect when you take Diovan Hct (Valsartan / Hydrochlorothiazide) for Lowers blood pressure

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Tips from our pharmacists
  • 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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Side effects for Diovan Hct (Valsartan / Hydrochlorothiazide)

From clinical trials of Diovan HCT / High blood pressure  ( 4634)

  • DizzinessDizziness6% for Diovan HCT vs.2% for placebo
  • Common coldCommon cold2% for Diovan HCT vs.2% for placebo
  • Low blood pressureLow blood pressure1% for Diovan HCT vs.0% for placebo

Risks and Warnings for Diovan Hct (Valsartan / Hydrochlorothiazide)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Women of childbearing age

    Diovan Hct (Valsartan / Hydrochlorothiazide) can cause birth defects or death to a fetus. If you are pregnant or considering having a baby, talk to your doctor about alternative medicines.

    This is a black box warning. The FDA requires this warning when there is a significant risk of serious or life-threatening effects that anyone taking the drug should consider.

Means that some groups have a high risk of experiencing this side effect

Tips from pharmacists and people taking Diovan Hct (Valsartan / Hydrochlorothiazide)

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Kidneys and liver
  • Upsides and downsides from our pharmacists
  • 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.
  • Tips from our pharmacists
  • Requires routine blood tests to check kidney function.
  • Risks from our pharmacists
  • 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.