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What is Diovan used for?
Diovan is a medication that is used to treat high blood pressure and heart failure. High blood pressure adds to the workload of the heart and arteries. If it continues for a long time, the heart and arteries may not function properly. Lowering blood pressure can reduce the risk of strokes and heart attacks. Diovan is also prescribed after heart attacks since it may reduce deaths in patients who developed congestive heart failure after a heart attack; it reduces hospitalizations in patients with congestive heart failure.
You can buy Diovan HCT (Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide) online at My Drug Center. We have the Diovan HCT generic, called Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide, available for purchase as well.
How does Diovan HCT work?
Diovan HCT is an oral medication that contains a combination of Valsartan and Hydrochlorothiazide. It belongs to a class of d rugs called angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs). The Valsartan dosage in the medication works by blocking the angiotensin receptor, which relaxes the blood vessels to improve blood flow to the heart and arteries. The Hydrochlorothiazide dosage in the medication works by blocking salt and water reabsorption in the kidneys, which increases the output of urine containing increased amounts of water and salt. The combination of Valsartan and Hydrochlorothiazide reduces blood pressure more than either drug alone.
Before taking Diovan HCT or the Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide generic, read all the instructions and paper work that given to you by your pharmacist. Take your Diovan dosage orally once a day. Make sure you take it at the same time each day to create a routine for yourself and to ensure an even spread of the Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide dosage in your system. This medication should be taken on a regular basis to have optimal results. The Diovan HCT dosage that you take will depend on your condition and your age. Take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not change or increase your dose. You should continue taking this medication even if you feel well.
Diovan HCT or the generic alternative may contain medical and non medical ingredients that could cause an allergic reaction. Consult with your doctor about any known allergies before taking Diovan. Speak with your doctor about any known medical conditions relating to liver disease, severe loss of body water, mineral or salt imbalances. Tell your doctor about any current medications or supplementation to avoid interactions or unwanted side effects of Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide.
This medication may increase your potassium levels. Before using potassium supplements or salt substitutes that contain potassium, consult your doctor or pharmacist.
While taking Diovan you may feel dizzy, drowsy or experience blurred vision. Alcohol and Cannabis can exasperate these side effects. Avoid operating heavy machinery, driving a motor vehicle, or performing other dangerous activities until you know how Diovan affects you. The drug can cause sleepiness and may worsen your ability to make decisions, think clearly, or react quickly. Additionally you can speak with your doctor about acceptable limits for these substances while taking Diovan.
Some common Diovan HCT side effects include:
Headache, dizziness, fatigue, abdominal pain, cough, diarrhea and nausea
Some other Diovan HCT side effects include:
Hyperkalemia, impotence, reduced renal function, and allergic reactions
If any side effects of Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide become unmanageable speak with your doctor or pharmacist for help in managing any side effects. For any serious side effects that occur speak with your doctor right away for further treatment options.
Q: What happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?
A: A relapse in symptoms may occur depending on the severity of the condition, and you may experience side effects. You should speak to your doctor before you stop taking this medication.
Q: What is the best dosage to take for Diovan?
A: You doctor will be able to determine the best Diovan HCT dosage from the initial diagnosis.
Q: What happens if I miss a dose?
A: You should take the missed dose as soon you realize you have forgotten. If the missed dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, take the next schedule dose to avoid overlapping.
Q: What is the best way to store this medication?
A: This medication is stored at room temperature, and should be kept away from children and pets.
Q: How do I dispose of this medication?
A: Do not throw away this medication in wastewater. Some medication can be thrown away in dry waste, and some require a little preparation for disposal. If you are uncertain how to dispose of this medication speak with your pharmacist to safely dispose any unwanted or experienced medication.
Q: Is this medication safe to use while pregnant or breastfeeding?
A: Speak with your doctor about the risk associated with using this drug while pregnant. It is uncertain if this drug can pass into the breast milk of nursing mother. Consult your doctor to understand the risk in using this medication while breastfeeding.
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