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Diovan HCT is a medication that contains both generic forms of Valsartan and Hydrochlorothiazide to treat high blood pressure while preventing strokes, heart attacks, and kidney problems. Valsartan is classified as a angiotension receptor blocker (ARB) that relaxes the blood vessels to allow the blood to flow easily.Hydrochlorothiazide is a diuretic to help remove excess salt in the body through urination.
Diovan HCT is taken as a tablet orally once a day with or without food. To avoid frequent urination take Diovan HCT at least four hours before bed. Dose strengths can change based on the initial diagnosis and response to treatment.
Allow at least four to six hours before or after taking your daily dose of Diovan HCT if you have been prescribed additional cholesterol medication.
Valsartan and Hydrochlorothiazide can induce allergic reactions. Make sure you check with your doctor about known allergies, current medication, and any vitamin or herbal supplementation being taken to ensure a safe and effective treatment with Diovan HCT.
Speak with your doctor about prior medical history if you have had cases of gout, kidney or liver disease, lupus, or any mineral/water deficiencies before taking Diovan HCT.
Diovan HCT can effect your blood sugar levels. If you struggle with diabetes make sure you check your blood sugar levels regularly. Work with your doctor closely if you need to adjust diabetes medication while taking Diovan HCT.
While taking Diovan HCT you may be prone to dehydration and become more sensitive to sunlight. Limit your exposure to the sun and drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. Wear protective clothing and apply sun screen to unprotected areas to avoid sun burns.
Dizziness can be induced while taking Diovan HCT. Avoid driving or operating heavy machinery until you are certain that you can perform these actions safely. Alcohol or cannabis can exasperate the dizzying effects and should be avoided. Additionally you may speak with your doctor regarding the acceptable limits of these substances.
Some side effects can include:
back or leg pain
decreased interest in sexual activity
pins and needles sensation
swollen glands (in mouth)
If any side effect becomes too severe while taking Diovan HCT contact your doctor or pharmacist for help in managing the side effects. If you experience any serious side effects speak with your doctor for additional medical treatment.
Q: Can I take Diovan HCT if I am pregnant or breast feeding?
A: Diovan HCT can effect the growing fetus. If you are pregnant you should not take Diovan HCT. There is not enough medical data to know if the breast milk can be effected in nursing mothers. Speak with your doctor to understand the risk of using Diovan HCT while breast feeding.
Q: How should I store Diovan HCT?
A: This should be stored at room temperature away from children and pets. Avoid disposal of unwanted or expired medication in the wastewater. Contact a local pharmacist if there are questions on how to safely dispose of unwanted medication.
Q: There are different dosages for Diovan HCT, which one is right for me?
A: Diovan HCT comes in variety of doses to provide different levels of both the generic medications Valsartan and Hydrochlorothiazide. Your doctor will be able to prescribe the correct dosage based on the initial diagnosis and condition. Follow the doctors prescription to ensure a safe and effective treatment with Diovan HCT.
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