Diovan is a mixture of two medicines; hydrochlorothiazide and valsartan. Valsartan belongs to the family of angiotensin receptor blocker which relaxes the blood vessels thus allowing easier blood flow. Meanwhile, hydrochlorothiazide is a diuretic which helps to get rid of excess salt and water in the body by encouraging increased urine production.
Primarily, Diovan is used for treating high blood pressure which in turn helps to prevent kidney problems, heart attacks, and strokes.
If you notice the following side effects when taking Diovan, make sure to contact a doctor:
- Lightheaded feeling
- Rapid weight gain
- Vision problems
- Eye pain
- Swelling in the hands and feet
- Unusual skin rash
- Pounding heartbeat
- Signs of electrolyte imbalance such as increased thirst, feeling restless, seizure, drowsiness, muscle pain, and drowsiness.
Other common side effects of Diovan HCT include a headache and dizziness.
How to take Diovan HCT
Make sure to closely follow the directions mentioned on your prescription label as your doctor might change your dose occasionally. You can take this with food and even on an empty stomach as well. Make sure not to change the dosage or the time for which Diovan is recommended.
While taking Diovan, you will need to have your blood pressure, and kidney function checked. You need to continue taking Diovan HCT even if you feel good since high blood pressure often occurs without any symptoms.
Diovan HCT for blood pressure is a part of a full treatment program which includes lifestyle changes, diet, regular blood pressure tests, other medicines, and exercise.
You should not take Diovan if you are allergic to hydrochlorothiazide, valsartan, or the other inactive ingredients present in it.
Before the doctor prescribes you Diovan, make sure he is familiar with your medical history. Inform him of:
- Liver disease
- Kidney disease
Since Diovan HCT can make you dizzy, avoid using it with marijuana or alcohol as this can make you increasingly dizzy. Avoid taking part in activities that require focus and attention and limit alcoholic beverages during your treatment with Diovan HCT.
Vomiting, diarrhea, and severe sweating increase the risk of dehydration and lightheadedness. Thus, make sure to report prolonged vomiting and diarrhea. Also, drink fluids to stay hydrated unless instructed by your doctor otherwise.
In the case of diabetes, Diovan HCT can have an effect on your blood sugar. Therefore, keep check of your blood sugar and share the results with your doctor so that he can adjust your diet, exercise program, and diabetes medicines accordingly.
Diovan HCT can make you increasingly sensitive to the sun. Therefore, limit the time you spend in the sun and avoid sunlamps and tanning booths. When going out, wear protective clothing and use sunscreen.
Diovan HCT can also have an effect on your potassium levels. However, before you use any salt substitutes for potassium or potassium supplements, consult a doctor.
Older adults might be increasingly sensitive to the side effects of Diovan HCT, particularly kidney problems and dizziness.
Diovan HCT is not recommended during pregnancy as it can harm the unborn baby. Similarly, it is unclear if valsartan passes into breast milk. On the other hand, hydrochlorothiazide passes into breast milk; however, it is unlikely to harm the infant. Consult a doctor before breastfeeding.