Brand name: Diovan HCT
Generic name: Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ)
Used for: Treat blood pressure (hypertension)
Availability: Brand and Novartis Diovan HCT, generic Valsartan/HCTZ in 80 mg/12.5 mg, 160 mg/12.5 mg, 160 mg/25 mg, 320 gm, 12.5 mg, 320 mg/12.5 mg, 320 mg/25 mg
How Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide Works
Diovan Hct is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension), the primary active ingredients in Diovan HCT are Hydochlorothiazide and Valsartan. Hydrochlorothiazide is a thiazide diuretic that helps prevent the body from absorbing too much salt which may result in fluid retention. Valsartan, an angiotensin II receptor antagonist, prevents blood vessels from narrowing, lowering blood pressure and encouraging increased blood flow. Combined, hydrochlorothiazide and valsartan make up Diovan HCT, an effective and popular high blood pressure medication.
Generic Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide vs Brand Diovan HCT
The brand Diovan Hct and generic Valsarta/Hctz are identical in dose, strength, safety and its intended use. The biggest difference is the manufacturer. We currently have the brand from Turkey manufactured by Novartis and the generic comes from India and Canada. It may come from other countries around the world.
Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide Possible side effects
Always take Diovan HCT exactly as directed by a doctor. If any of the following signs of an allergic reaction (hives, labored breathing, or swollen face, lips, throat, and tongue) to Diovan HCT are exhibited, seek out emergency medical attention immediately. Cease use of Diovan HCT immediately and contact a medical professional if any of the following side effects are experienced:
• Confusion, convulsions
• Dry mouth
• Eye pain/problems with vision
• Increased thirst, irregular heartbeat
• Less frequent (or complete absence of) urination
• Light-headedness/fainting spells
• Sudden weight gain
• Yellowing of skin or eyes (jaundice)
Carefully monitor your symptoms, and consult with a doctor or pharmacist if you experience any of the following side effects:
• Back pain
• Diarrhea, drowsiness/dizziness, dry cough
• Nasal congestion
• Skin rash, stomach Pain
The preceding lists of possible side effects and allergic reactions are not necessarily complete. Always take all medications after you consult a medical professional, and if there ever seems to be any complications, contact a doctor immediately.
Avoid drinking alcohol while taking Diovan HCT. Alcohol may contribute to a lower blood pressure and can worsen certain side effects of the medication. Additionally, be careful and mindful about dehydration and overheating, particularly in hot weather and during times of exercise. Ask your doctor questions about what types of liquids should be consumed. This is particularly important for patients taking Diovan HCT as improper amounts of liquid consumption - both too little or too much - can be dangerous. Diovan HCT is known to have negative effects on individuals with specific conditions. Make sure you inform your doctor if you have:
• Allergy to sulfa drugs/penicillin
• Kidney or liver disease
• Low/high blood levels of potassium
The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
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