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Diovan HCT is an angiotensin II receptor blocker used in the treatment of high blood pressure in adults. A combination of two different medications, Valsartan and Hydrochlorothiazide, Diovan HCT causes a significant drop in the blood pressure compared to other blood pressure medications. Diovan HCT is manufactured by the renowned pharmaceutical company Novartis Pharmaceuticals and has been indicated to treat hypertension in adults. Approved by majority of the drug regulatory authorities, Diovan HCT is a fast acting drug that starts showing its effects starting from the first dose. The safety and efficacy of the drug has not been studied for the children below the age of eighteen years of age, so it must not be prescribed to children below 18 years.
It is vital to take the drug as per doctor’s instructions and in prescribed dosage form. Some of the usage instructions associated with the drug are:
Doctors will determine the exact dosage for a patient by assessing several factors such as age, medical history, other medications, and severity of condition.
If a patient forgets to take prescribed dosage of Diovan HCT, they are recommended to take it as soon as they remember it. If it is time to take next dosage, skip the missed dosage and resume with normal dosing schedule. Taking two tablets in a day to compensate for the missed dose is not recommended.
If a patient has taken an over dosage of the drug they should call their doctor immediately. They can even call their local poison control center or emergency room immediately.
It is important to store the drug at room temperature between 15 and 30 degree Celsius. The drug should be stored out of the reach of children and pets. It is necessary to keep the drug away from direct light, heat and moisture.
Every patient must be aware of the warnings and precautions while taking this drug in order to minimize unwanted side effects and optimize the therapeutic outcomes. Patients suffering from other medical condition must consult the doctor prior taking Diovan HCT. Patients suffering from following medical conditions should discuss with doctor before taking Diovan HCT:
Intake of the drug in certain medical conditions is strictly not advised. Those conditions are:
Some common side effects are associated with Valsartan and Hydrochlorothiazide. However, the common side effects do not require medical intervention and these side effects disappear with the regular use of the drug. Some of the common side-effects of the drug are:
Severe side-effects may be experienced by few patients. On experiencing any of the severe side effects patients must immediately stop using the medication and report to the doctor. Some of the severe side effects of Diovan HCT include:
There are some medicines which may interact with this drug. Thus, patients are advice if they take any prescription, over-the-counter, herbal supplements they should consult the doctor before starting this medicine. Patients taking any of the following medicines must consult the doctor prior taking Diovan HCT: