Diovan HCT (Valsartan / Hydrochlorothiazide)
Diovan HCT (Valsartan / Hydrochlorothiazide) is a prescription drug. It comes as an oral tablet. This drug is available as the brand-name drug Diovan HCT. It’s also available as a generic drug. Generic equivalent drugs usually cost less than the brand-name version. In some cases, they may not be available in every strength or form as the brand-name version. This drug is a combination of two drugs in a single pill. It’s important to know about all the drugs in the combination because each drug may affect you in a different way. This drug may be taken with other drugs that reduce blood pressure. These include beta blockers, angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors, calcium channel blockers, and diuretics. This drug is used to treat high blood pressure after you have tried other blood pressure medications. Valsartan belongs to a class of drugs called angiotensin II receptor blockers. Hydrochlorothiazide belongs to a class of drugs called diuretics. A class of drugs is a group of medications that work in a similar way. These drugs are often used to treat similar conditions. Valsartan blocks the action of angiotensin II, a chemical in your body that causes blood vessels to tighten and narrow. This helps to relax and widen your blood vessels, which lowers your blood pressure. Hydrochlorothiazide may work by removing sodium (salt) and water from your body. This helps reduce your blood pressure.
BEFORE USING THIS MEDICATION
You should not use Diovan HCT (Valsartan / Hydrochlorothiazide) if you are allergic to valsartan or hydrochlorothiazide, or if you have: decreased urination or are unable to urinate; or an allergy to sulfa drugs. If you have diabetes, do not use Diovan HCT (Valsartan / Hydrochlorothiazide) together with any medication that contains aliskiren (a blood pressure medicine). You may also need to avoid taking Diovan HCT (Valsartan / Hydrochlorothiazide) with aliskiren if you have kidney disease. Tell your doctor if you have ever had: an electrolyte imbalance (such as low levels of potassium or magnesium, or high levels of calcium in your blood); liver disease; kidney disease; gallstones; lupus; congestive heart failure; gout, or high levels of uric acid in your blood; asthma or allergies; high cholesterol or triglyceride levels; an allergy to penicillin; glaucoma; or if you are on a low-salt diet. Do not use it if you are pregnant. Stop using the medicine and tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant. Valsartan can cause injury or death to the unborn baby if you take the medicine during your second or third trimester. You should not breastfeed while using this medicine. Diovan HCT (Valsartan / Hydrochlorothiazide) is not approved for use by anyone younger than 18 years old.
HOW TO USE
Take Diovan HCT (Valsartan / Hydrochlorothiazide) by mouth with or without food as directed by your doctor, usually once daily. If this medication causes you to urinate more frequently, it is best to take it at least 4 hours before your bedtime to prevent having to get up to urinate. If you also take certain drugs to lower your cholesterol (bile acid-binding resins such as cholestyramine or colestipol), take this product at least 4 hours before or at least 4 to 6 hours after these medications. The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment. Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same time each day. Keep taking this medication even if you feel well. Most people with high blood pressure do not feel sick. Tell your doctor if you do not get better or if you get worse (for example, your blood pressure readings remain high or increase).
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. In rare cases, Diovan HCT can cause a condition that results in the breakdown of skeletal muscle tissue, leading to kidney failure. Call your doctor right away if you have unexplained muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness especially if you also have fever, unusual tiredness, or dark colored urine. Call your doctor at once if you have: a light-headed feeling, like you might pass out; eye pain, vision problems; an unusual skin rash; little or no urinating; jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes); easy bruising, unusual bleeding; a seizure; kidney problems–little or no urination, painful or difficult urination, swelling in your feet or ankles, feeling tired or short of breath; or signs of an electrolyte imbalance–dry mouth, increased thirst, confusion, feeling restless, vomiting, muscle pain or weakness, drowsiness, lack of energy, fast heartbeats, decreased urination. Common side effects include: cold symptoms such as stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat; dizziness; or headache.
What is the dosage for Diovan HCT (Valsartan / Hydrochlorothiazide)?
The recommended starting dose of Diovan HCT (Valsartan / Hydrochlorothiazide) is 80/12.5 to 160 mg/ 12.5 mg by mouth once daily. If blood pressure is not controlled, doses may be increased every 1 to 2 weeks to a maximum of 320 mg/25 mg per day.
Which drugs or supplements interact with Diovan HCT (Valsartan / Hydrochlorothiazide)?
Diovan HCT (Valsartan / Hydrochlorothiazide) can increase lithium (Lithobid, Eskolith) levels in the body. Patients may experience increased side effects of lithium like: Increased thirst, decreased heart rate, weakness, blurred vision, decreased concentration, ringing in the ears, patients should seek medical attention in cases of lithium toxicity. Diovan HCT (Valsartan / Hydrochlorothiazide) should be used with caution with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like naproxen (Naprosyn), ibuprofen (Motrin), meloxicam (Mobic), and celecoxib (Celebrex) because they can worsen kidney function and lower water removing effects of valsartan/hydrochlorothiazide.
HOW TO STORAGE
Store at room temperature away from light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medications away from children and pets.
Diovan HCT (Valsartan / Hydrochlorothiazide) is a combination of two prescription medications used to treat high blood pressure. Side effects, drug interactions, dosing, storage, and pregnancy safety information should be reviewed prior to taking any medication. Lowering high blood pressure helps prevent strokes, heart attacks, and kidney problems. This product contains two medications: valsartan and hydrochlorothiazide. Valsartan is an angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB) and works by relaxing blood vessels so that blood can flow more easily. Hydrochlorothiazide is a “water pill” (diuretic) that causes you to make more urine, which helps your body get rid of extra salt and water. Buy online at www.honeybeepharmacy.com. Honeybee Pharmacy was created to help Americans to have access to approved and affordable medications. HBP carries human medications as well as PetMeds at a fraction of the cost compared to the USA. Buy now and star saving today.
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