Diovan HCT (Hydrochlorothiazide with Valsartan)

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I have been using DiovanHct 320/25 for almost 10years now and it works great for my BP. My blood pressure is usually around 110/75. After a recent blood exam my kidney function was pretty bad. My doctor wants to lower my dose of Diovan to 160mg with no Hct. Can either the Diovan or the Hct pose a risk to my kidneys?

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I have been using Diovan HCT for several years. My last dr. prescribed it and never did any checks on how it was affecting me. My new dr. did blood work and found my kidney levels way high and immediately stopped the HCT. My legs swell but I can never take a diuretic again. I was told to take meds that go through the liver and not the kidneys. I can only use Tylenol for pain. I may have to get off Diovan anyway, it costs way too much

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I switched to the generic form for cost reasons. The Losartin is in a different form every month. My blood pressure is in check but I feel aweful. Tired and aching. Now I get dizzy very easy. This is the first time I have noticed a sticker on the label that says this drug causes dizzziness. Just wandering if other people are having problems with the generic Diovan. It was costing me about $100 a month and the generic is about $8. That is a BIG difference.

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TheGeneric price has not taken effect in the DC area. Costco costs the same as CVS! Where are you getting yours?

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Didn't the manufacturer of Diovan HCT (Novartis) send you a coupon to get it at the generic price of $ 4.00 for 30 tabs? Look on the internet at the website or ask your pharmacist. They offered me the coupon to use. Novartis wants customers to continue taking their drug rather than the generic. In my opinion, from what I've read, Diovan is superior to the generic.

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WOW READ COMMENTS I WAS ON DIOVAN IN THE A M NORVASC AT NIGHT [NORVASC AT NIGHT BECAUSE IT MADE ME DIZZY] BP STILL RAN HIGH SO DR PUT ME ON 320 DIOVAN HCT [OFF NORVASC] DID GREAT BP IN CHECK FOR MONTHS BUT LATER SKIN WOULD APPEAR RED AND I FELT LIKE BUGS WERE CRAWLING IN MY HAIR AND ON MY SKIN[NOTHING THERE] SO BACK ON DIOVAN AND NORVAC NOW I AM EXTREMELY TIRED PUFFY BAGS UNDER MY EYES ANY SUGGESTIONS 71 YR OLD FEMALE

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Dear MediGuard Member,


Puffy eyes can be caused by many factors which may include stress, allergies, not getting enough sleep and other conditions. However, it has not been reported as a side effect by our MediGuard members. A side effect of Diovan and Norvasc is sleepiness which can cause puffy eyes. It is a good idea to discuss this symptom with your doctor to make sure something more serious is not going on.

Please let us know if you have any other questions.

Angela
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I have been taking Diovan hct 180 mg for 5 yrs. my blood pressure was very high. and for 5 years the diovan controlled it nicely. recently (the last three months). I have been tired and dizzy alot. I went to see my dr. and my blood pressure was low, very low. she changed my script to 80mg and took out the hct.. a month went by and my bp is still low. I have a bp meter at home and as advised I have been checking it twice a day. To control my BP I now take 80mg diovan ever 3 days. Is it normal to change bp so drastically? I am now 51 yrs old.

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I've been on Diovan HCT for almost 20 years. Over the last 3 or 4 years I have become very tired and sleep a lot but I'm sure there are other things happening in my life that are contributing to this. Plus I've added a gazillion homeopathic products that I've seen on Dr. Oz for energy and fat loss and weight control. Guess I need to find a Doc (haven't had a primary in 15 years). I'm 68 and still treating myself as though I were still 38.

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I've been taking Diovan 320/25 for several months and it controls my blood pressure very well. However, I have had what seems to be a cold four times since last September, each time symptoms are worse. The last incident included fever and a severe cough. Tested negative for the flu and blood work indicated that my white blood count was high. I have read that a side effect of the Diovan 320/25 is the common cold. I am also experiencing extreme fatigue. Has anyone else suffered what seems to be a cold while taking this medication? My doctor does not believe it is the Diovan.

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I have not experienced the cold symptoms but I do experience the extreme fatigue and sometimes I must take a nap. I have also experienced diarrhea after taking Diovan.I also take potassium chloride tablets (10 mg.) along with the Diovan 320/25.

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I take my Diovan HCT in the morning. Does anyone take it at night before going to bed? I heard somewhere to take BP meds in the evening. I'm going to my Dr. soon to ask, but anyone have any experience with taking meds in the evening?

I have MS, hypothyroid, hbp and depression so I'm on other meds too.

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I take Diovan HCT at night and it seems to work well. I take other meds in the morning.

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I sometimes take it in the evenings or at night. It tends to make me wake up a lot to go to the bathroom. That is why my doctor recommended I take it in the morning.

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I take my Diovan HCt in the morning because it has the diuretic in it. If yours has that then you may be making many trips during the night to the restroom.

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The HCT part means it has a diuretic in it. Don't take at night or you will be up all night in the bathroom!

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I take my bp meds at night per the advice of my doctor. He told me that most heart attacks occur in the early morning hours and that taking my medicine at night would be a great thing to help that from happening to me.

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I take Diovan at night before bed. If I take it in the morning I get dizzy and cnnot function. My doctor receommended taking it at night. My blood pressure is under control and has been for the last 5 years.

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I take my Diovan at bedtime and my blood pressure is very well controlled. I have been taking Diovan for 8 yrs. If I take it in the morning, it makes me fell dizzy so my doctor advised me to take it at night. Night time works well.

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I take Diovan HCT at night because taking it in the morning makes me dizzy. I have been taking Diovan HCT over 5 yrs and my blood pressure has been great.

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Just switched my Diovan HCT to the a.m. due to frequency of urination at night. Have had no adverse effects for doing that. Other BP med switched to night - Inderal generic. BP is fine.

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I take DiovanHCT 320/25 and now I have tested low for blood sodium and chloride. I wonder if this is from the HCT and I am taking too much diuretic, since I am also taking Norvasc.

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i was on atacand and enapril for many yrs. blood press spiked up on and off a yr ago. practing phys put me on diovan hct 160/25. a yr later had blood work done. had high acid and sugar was high. neither was high a yr ago. went to kidney doc. took me off diovan. both sugar and acid droped off. had read that diovan will cause high acid and sugar. also no good if you take aleeve. ,with it.

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The diovan hct 160/12.5 x 2 per day is causing muscle spasms across my upper buttocks and hips. It is severe enough at times to make walking or exercising very difficult. I have been taking it for 2+ years. My doctor ignores my complaints as, 'he doesnt understand the drug can cause this type side effect'. Suggestions?

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The diovan hct 160/12.5 is causing extreme muscle pain and my goal is to change to another BP med. I have read QNEXA is a good choice with minimal side effects. What is your opinion and does anyone else use QNEXA?

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My doctor changed me from Diovan HCT 320-12.5 mg to Benicar HTC 20-12.5. The Diovan I felt was making me have fatique and low blood pressure. On the Benicar I am having rapid heart beats that is really making me fell jittery. He advised me to stop taking the Guanfacine 1mg at bedtime, but I still feel the same. What should I do?

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I was taking Benicar and had rapid heart beat as well and it also caused me to have depression and I was dizzy. I was on Diovan HCT and my doctor gave me some Benicar samples told me it was about the same as Diovan but I couldn't take it and now I'm back on Diovan.
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My doctor just presribed Diovan HCT 160/25 to replace Atacand HCT 32/12.5 that my insurance will no longer pay for. I have taken the Atacand for 13 years and am aprehensive about changing. Are these two medicines similar enough so as not to cause any adverse side effects when I change. What should I be looking for? I have had side effects from cholesterol drugs and many anitbiotics in the past.

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Dr changed me from Diovan which I had taken for over 10yrse a nd put me on Diovan HCT. I had no problem with urine output. Now seems urine more concentrated and not as much. Opinion please.

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my husband takes DIOVAN HCT 160MG/12.5 MG NOW THE PROBLEM IS ; he has a cold can he take herbal tea...it hasslippery elm and other types of herbs...can he or should he take it. We need help with this, the doctor who prescribed it is not his orignal doctor...it was a specialist he had seen for his heart.

thanks.

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Diovan HCT has worked well for me in lowering my blood pressure I was taking diovan hct 320/12.5 for 1yr, when I went to the doctor this week my bp was 112/70. I told her when i take it at home it will sometimes be 99/60. The doctor reduced my dosage to 160/12.5 and told me come back in 3 weeks. Hopefully I can remain at this dosage. Today's reading was 115/68 with the reduced dosage. Also my energy level has perked up.

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I have been taking Diovan/HCT for about 2 years now. I do have the side effect of tiredness. But I have tried several other HBP meds which gave me unbearable side effects; One caused me to have vertigo issues. All in all, I have learned that taking care of myself with a healthy diet, a fitness routine, and ensuring I get a good nights rest makes everything work together for the better of me!

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are still taking diovan/hct? i been taking it for a long x to but i dont have
any side of effect.

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I take the same med and I feel great my b/p stay around 119/77







56yr old blk male working in Afghanistan!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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I have been taken Diovan/HCT for the last 3 yrs ,Sleep like a baby but, I have from time to time expreienceing some urinary problem but did not tell my Doctor because after a few days it goes a way.What do you think?

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I have taken Diovan HCT for about 3 years now. I was on 160/ 12.5 it was the only one that lowered my blood pressure I had tried several different ones for months until Diovan. After a few years my blood pressure was too low so they cut the dose to 80 and removed the HCT. I swelled up like no tommorrow. My feet and ankles where painfully swullen when we where walking around Sturgis. (I didn't look very cool) They put me back on the HCT and it went back to normal. That is the only side effect of not taking them.

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I HAVE BEEN ON DIOVAN 160/25 FOR SEVERAL YEARS. IT SEEMS TO WORK WELL. I SEEM TO GET A LOT OF COLDS, BUT I DO TAKE A LOT OF MEDS I AM DIABETIC AND HAVE HYPOTHYROIDISM TOO.

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My doctor told me that some people blood pressure runs higher than others and this is normal;

How so you feel about this statement?

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I'm 57; have had very few problems, thank God; Diovan HCT is the only prescription I use. It seems to work well as far as controlling Blood pressure; at times I feel so tired though, wonder if maybe its side effects could cause this. I use to be full of energy - I just thought maybe it was my age kicking in. :) Let me know if anyone has had fatigue while taking this medication. Thanks

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I'm 52 and have been on Diovan for 6 years with "Chronic Fatigue" to the point I go to bed tired and wake up tired. Don't know what to do. My doctor tells me exercising may help, I wish I had the energy. Have you heard that prolong use can cause kidney problems. Do your doctor do lab test to check kidney functions?

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i have been taking this drug for 2 years . it is the only one to give me the numbers that my doctor feels indicate that my B/P is truely under control. I have had zero side effects.

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I have been taking 80/12.5 mg for two years. This is the only drug for my blood pressure that has not produced bothersome side effects for me. I've tried 4 others prior to Diovan HCT.

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