Diovan HCT Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide and/or alternatives
Diovan HCT is a combination drug used to treat conditions of high blood pressure, either as a monotherapy or with other medications. The two active ingredients present in Diovan HCT are valsartan and hydrochlorothiazide. Valsartan belongs to the group of angiotensin receptor antagonists. It works by preventing the action of certain chemicals which lead to constriction of blood vessels. Hydrochlorothiazide is a water pill which reduces fluid retention by preventing excessive salt being absorbed by the body. The generic name of Diovan HCT is Valsartan and Hydrochlorothiazide.
Patients who want to buy Diovan HCT will find it available as oral tablets in the following strengths: 80/12.5mg, 160/12.5mg, 160/25mg, 320/12.5mg and 320/25mg. The inactive ingredients constituting this medicine are: titanium dioxide, magnesium stearate, colloidal silicon dioxide, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, talc, polyethylene glycol, crospovidone, microcrystalline cellulose, and iron oxides.
Indications & Dosage of Diovan HCT
Diovan HCT is indicated in the treatment of hypertension (high blood pressure) in adults. The Dosage of Diovan HCT tends to be highly individualized based on medical history, other medications which are co-administered, age and health requirements. Patients who buy Diovan HCT should administer this medicine exactly as prescribed by the doctor. Diovan HCT tablets should be taken once a day with or without food. Diovan HCT tablets should be stored at normal room temperature.
Side Effects & Interactions of Diovan HCT
There may be several adverse reactions from using Diovan HCT. Some of the common side effects of Diovan HCT are:
- Flu symptoms like cough, sore throat, stuffy or runny nose
- Stomach troubles like diarrhea and abdominal pain
- Dry mouth, loss of appetite
- Back ache
The following serious side effects of Diovan HCT should be immediately reported to a doctor:
- Vision problems
- Eye pain
- Swelling of body parts
- Irregularities in breathing, heartbeat
- Pounding heartbeat, chest pain
- Unusual weight gain
- Fainting or similar experiences
- Irregularities in urination
- Increased thirst
It is extremely necessary for patients to inform their doctor regarding all the drugs being used by them to avoid serious health threats due to negative interactions of Diovan HCT. Some of the drugs this medicine is known to interact with are: other medications for controlling blood pressure, diuretic pills, lithium, aspirin and similar NSAIDs , steroids, diabetes medicines, insulin, rifampin, narcotic medications, barbiturates, muscle relaxants, celecoxib, colestipol and potassium or other salt supplements.
Alcohol interacts with Diovan HCT and reduces its efficiency.
Warnings & Precautions of Diovan HCT
Diovan HCT is a pregnancy category D drug, which implies that it may cause death or birth defects in a fetus if taken during pregnancy.
Diovan HCT may pass into breast milk and lactating women should take doctor’s advice before using this medicine.
Diovan HCT may interfere with thyroid test results and may need to be stopped for a while if such tests are being performed.
Even though it is essential for all patients to disclose their medical history to their doctors, patients who have the following conditions should exercise special caution and always consult with a doctor before using Diovan HCT :
- Kidney or liver disorder
- Allergic to penicillin or sulpha drugs
- Prone to dehydration
- Congestive heart failure.
- Mineral imbalances (especially magnesium and potassium)
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