Generic Name: Valsartan + Hydrochlorothiazide Brand Name(s): Valsartan + Hydrochlorothiazide.

Uses

What is Valsartan-Hydrochlorothiazide used for?

Valsartan-Hydrochlorothiazide is commonly used to treat high blood pressure. Lowering high blood pressure helps prevent strokes, heart attacks, and kidney problems. This product contains two medications: valsartan and hydrochlorothiazide. Valsartan is an angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB) and works by relaxing blood vessels so that blood can flow more easily. Hydrochlorothiazide is a “water pill” (diuretic) that causes you to make more urine, which helps your body get rid of extra salt and water.

How should I take Valsartan-Hydrochlorothiazide?

Use valsartan and hydrochlorothiazide as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.

  • Take with or without food.
  • Take this medicine at the same time of day.
  • To gain the most benefit, do not miss doses.
  • Keep taking valsartan and hydrochlorothiazide as you have been told by your doctor or other health care provider, even if you feel well.

This medicine may cause you to pass urine more often. To keep from having sleep problems, try to take before 6 pm.

Drink lots of noncaffeine liquids unless told to drink less liquid by your doctor.

How do I store Valsartan-Hydrochlorothiazide?

Valsartan-Hydrochlorothiazide is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store Valsartan-Hydrochlorothiazide in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of Valsartan-Hydrochlorothiazide that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.

You should not flush Valsartan-Hydrochlorothiazide down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.

Precautions & warnings

What should I know before using Valsartan-Hydrochlorothiazide?

Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to this medicine or any other medicines. Also tell your health care professional if you have any other types of allergies, such as to foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals. For non-prescription products, read the label or package ingredients carefully.

Is it safe during pregnancy or breast-feeding?

There are no adequate studies in women for determining risk when using this Valsartan-Hydrochlorothiazide during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking this Valsartan-Hydrochlorothiazide. This Valsartan-Hydrochlorothiazide is pregnancy risk category D according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

FDA pregnancy risk category reference below:

  • A=No risk,
  • B=No risk in some studies,
  • C=There may be some risk,
  • D=Positive evidence of risk,
  • X=Contraindicated,
  • N=Unknown

Side effects

What side effects can occur from Valsartan-Hydrochlorothiazide?

Dizziness or lightheadedness may occur as your body adjusts to the medication. If either of these effects lasts or gets worse, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.

To reduce the risk of dizziness and lightheadedness, get up slowly when rising from a sitting or lying position.

Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.

This product may cause a loss of too much body water (dehydration) and salt/minerals. Tell your doctor right away if you have any symptoms of dehydration or mineral loss, including: extreme thirst, very dry mouth, muscle cramps/weakness, fast/slow/irregular heartbeat, confusion.

Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including: fainting, decrease in vision, eye pain, symptoms of a high potassium blood level (such as muscle weakness, slow/irregular heartbeat), signs of kidney problems (such as change in the amount of urine).

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.

Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.

Interactions

What drugs may interact with Valsartan-Hydrochlorothiazide?

Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor’s approval.

Some products that may interact with this drug include: aliskiren, dofetilide, lithium, drugs that may increase the level of potassium in the blood (such as ACE inhibitors including benazepril/lisinopril, birth control pills containing drospirenone).

Some products have ingredients that could raise your blood pressure or worsen your heart failure. Tell your pharmacist what products you are using, and ask how to use them safely (especially cough-and-cold products, diet aids, or NSAIDs such as ibuprofen/naproxen).

This medication may interfere with certain laboratory tests (including parathyroid function), possibly causing false test results. Make sure laboratory personnel and all your doctors know you use this drug.

Valsartan-Hydrochlorothiazide may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.

Does food or alcohol interact with Valsartan-Hydrochlorothiazide?

Valsartan-Hydrochlorothiazide may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.

What health conditions may interact with Valsartan-Hydrochlorothiazide?

Valsartan-Hydrochlorothiazide may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.

For people with a sulfonamide allergy: Don’t take this drug. Tell your doctor about all of your allergies.

For people with dehydration or low salt levels: This drug may lower your blood pressure too much. It may also increase your risk of kidney failure.

For people with poor kidney function: This drug decreases your kidneys’ ability to filter your urine. If you have poor kidney function, taking this drug may make your kidney function worse. If you have severe kidney disease, you shouldn’t use this drug.

For people with glaucoma: This drug may cause temporary glaucoma. If you have glaucoma, this drug may make your condition worse.

For people with diabetes: This drug can change your blood sugar levels. Your doctor may need to adjust the dose of your diabetes medications.

For people with high cholesterol: This drug can raise your cholesterol levels.

For people with liver disease: If you have liver disease, use this drug with caution. The levels of this drug may build up in your body if your liver doesn’t work well. This may cause more side effects.

Dosage

The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using this Valsartan-Hydrochlorothiazide.

What is the dose of Valsartan-Hydrochlorothiazide for an adult?

All possible dosages and forms may not be included here. Your dose, form, and how often you take it will depend on:

  • Your age
  • The condition being treated
  • How severe your condition is
  • Other medical conditions you have
  • How you react to the first dose

What is the dose of Valsartan-Hydrochlorothiazide for a child?

The dosage has not been established in pediatric patients. It may be unsafe for your child. It is always important to fully understand the safety of the drug before using. Please consult with your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

How is Valsartan-Hydrochlorothiazide available?

Valsartan-Hydrochlorothiazide is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

  • Tablet

What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?

In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of Valsartan-Hydrochlorothiazide, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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Review Date: January 2, 2018 | Last Modified: January 2, 2018

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