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What do you advise if I'm on high blood pressure medicine (diovan (valsartan) hct).is it safe for me to drink chamomile tea everyday?

What do you advise if I'm on high blood pressure medicine (diovan (valsartan) hct).is it safe for me to drink chamomile tea everyday?

Diovan (valsartan) and tea: The answer to your question is "Yes", it is safe. Remember that you are taking a diuretic, HCT. If you drink too much tea, or other fluid, you will counter act the diuretic effect of the HCT. Good luck. ...Read more

Dr. Ronald Krauser
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Hypertension (Definition)

A blood pressure reading has two numbers: a systolic blood pressure and a diastolic blood pressure. The systolic blood pressure is the maximum pressure the blood exerts on the vessels when the heart is beating. The diastolic blood pressure is the pressure the blood exerts on the vessels in between heartbeats. Hypertension, or high blood pressure, begins when the systolic blood pressure remains above 140 or when the diastolic blood pressure remains above 90. Hypertension can be a result of increased blood flow through vessels or increased resistance to ...Read more


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Of the high blood pressure medicines diovan, (valsartan) Benicar or avapro, which has the least side effects?

Of the high blood pressure medicines diovan, (valsartan) Benicar or avapro, which has the least side effects?

All pretty low: These are all angiotensin receptor blockers, a class of medications with particularly low incidences of adverse effects. They have some variability in efficacy. Follow kidney function, potassium levels and blood pressure. ...Read more

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Beside haemorrhoids, I suffer high blood pressure. Can Diovan (valsartan) (or benicar) and daflon (or vericort) be taken together (in term of interaction)?

There is no interact: We do not use daflon in us as it is not available but there is no reason why you you can not use them together, if it is available wherever you are. ...Read more

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Help please! Is chamomile tea good to lower blood pressure?

Help please! Is chamomile tea good to lower blood pressure?

Chamomile: Although chamomile can be very relaxing & has many positive health benefits, I have not seen any literature that supports its use for treatment of high blood pressure. ...Read more

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Is there any other medicine besides Co-Diovan for high blood pressure which is more effective?

Is there any other medicine besides Co-Diovan for high blood pressure which is more effective?

Yes.: There are many Calcium channel blockers, angiotensin receptor blockers, diuretics, beta blockers, and ACE inhibitors, each with advantages and disadvantages. Consult with your doctor for the one that is best suited for your case. ...Read more

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Can I gym while I am on exforge (amlodipine and valsartan) high blood pressure tablets?

Can I gym while I am on exforge (amlodipine and valsartan) high blood pressure tablets?

Yes if under control: Your doctor will tell you if your BP is controlled enough and stable enough but yes, people with controlled hypertension should stay active as tolerated with moderate aerobics and strengthening. Just have to avoid dehydration which would make the BP overreact to the meds. ...Read more

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I have high blood pressure problem and I take valsartan 40 every night since last year. Does it heart my body?

I have high blood pressure problem and I take valsartan 40 every night since last year. Does it heart my body?

No: The medicine has been well-studied in so many patients for many patient years and has been without problem in those who tolerate it. It is one of those that have proven to decrease LVH in those with hypertension and its type is used widely in patients with diabetes for kidney protection. ...Read more

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What to do if I have high blood pressure which would not be go down and except for the pills co-diovan. Can you suggest such a natural alternative?

What to do if I have high blood pressure which would not be go down and except for the pills co-diovan. Can you suggest such a natural alternative?

NO: Lose weight if you're over-weight. Don't smoke or use excessive alcohol. Avoid salt. Exercise regularly. Take your medicines. There are no other "natural" alternatives. The consequences of poorly controlled HTN are: renal failure, stroke, heart failure and heart attack. Overall life expectancy is shortened. ...Read more

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I have high blood pressure, TMJ & panic attacks & taking Diovan (valsartan) 80mg. Can I have a tattoo or will this cause interaction with my medicine.?

No interactions: While there is no interaction with the diovan, (valsartan) I don't know if tattooing would trigger your panic attacks. In addition, you may want to purchase your own tattoo needle and ink to take to the tattoo parlor with you. Tattooing is a risk factor for hepatitis c infection as well as other health concerns. ...Read more

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I've had a kidney remove because of cancer. I have been on Diovan (valsartan) hc t for a number of years because oof high blood pressure. Should I be concerned ab?

I've had a kidney remove because of cancer. I have been on Diovan (valsartan) hc t for a number of years because oof high blood pressure. Should I be concerned ab?

Talk to your doc: You may want to talk to your doctor about this. Now, that you have only one remaining kidney- I should say that there are a lot of other blood pressure medication that you can take besides diovan (valsartan). However, ultimately decision is between you and your doctor. You doctor has to choose the one that is going to be the best for your condition. ...Read more

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Female 49 diovan (valsartan) for high blood pressure. I was running 2/1 intervals. I got chest tightness kept running it got tighter. I stopped it went away.???

Female 49 diovan (valsartan) for high blood pressure. I was running 2/1 intervals. I got chest tightness kept running it got tighter. I stopped it went away.???

Unclear question: Your question is unclear. If for any reason you believe prescribed medicine is causing you significant side effects it is OK to stop it and let your prescriber know. You will have to monitor your blood pressure, though. Are the intervals your heart beats, or part of the workout? ...Read more

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I was on Diovan (valsartan) hctz for high blood pressure. I was taken off of the hctz component and told because of high microalbumin level. Now BP is high. Help!

I was on Diovan (valsartan) hctz for high blood pressure. I was taken off of the hctz component and told because of high microalbumin level. Now BP is high. Help!

Proteinuria: I would ask your doctor about adding Cardizem to aid Diovan (valsartan) (d) in lowering your proteinuria (p) and BP and stop hctz. As you can see from the image, coronary heart disease (chd) and stroke (cva) are related to the severity of the p. It is similar in the case of renal disease. Using d or calcium channel blockers like Diltiazem can reduce bp, p and their serious cardiovascular consequences. ...Read more

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Should I be concerned if my blood pressure is still pretty high at 150/90 even though I am taking 160mg of Diovan (valsartan) with 12.5 of hctz?

Should I be concerned if my blood pressure is still pretty high at 150/90 even though I am taking 160mg of Diovan (valsartan) with 12.5 of hctz?

High BP: Being on medication with uncontrolled BP meds is a point you need to discuss with your physician (p). One of the things that you can bring up is that you are not on a maximum dose of Diovan (valsartan) (d). The maximum dose of d-hctz is 320 mg of d and 25 mg of hctz. Perhaps of you were increased to that dose, your BP would be controlled. Please discuss this point with your p to see if that will work. ...Read more

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Why would Diovan alleviate sore throat? I have hypertension. Also, I have suffered from sore throats all my life. A couple of years ago, Diovan was prescribed for the hypertension - the blood pressure went down and the sore throats went away. Recently

Why would Diovan alleviate sore throat? I have hypertension. Also, I have suffered from sore throats all my life. A couple of years ago, Diovan was prescribed for the hypertension - the blood pressure went down and the sore throats went away. Recently

This: This medication is in the class of drugs called arbs and work in the kidney and lungs. I can't really think of a way it would directly address a sore throat. I realize it works for you so I don't discount what you're telling us. If it a) decreases your blood pressure, b) isn't too expensive for you, c) causes no side effects and d) controls your blood pressure, you should definitely stick with the Diovan (valsartan) if it is the only thing that improves your throat symptoms. ...Read more

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Sleepytime & tension tamer tea by celestial seasoning, any risks for high blood pressure or drug interactions? Ragweed allergy should I avoid chamomile

Sleepytime & tension tamer tea by celestial seasoning, any risks for high blood pressure or drug interactions? Ragweed allergy should I avoid chamomile

No problem: I have not found any ingredient in these herbal tea which would cause hypertension. As for ragweed allergy, you are actually allergic to the airborne pollen and not to the flower itself. Even if the chamomile pollen in the flower cross-react with ragweed, it will be highly unlikely to cause you allergic symptoms given that the chamomile would have been subjected to processing and heating. ...Read more

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Diovan (valsartan) hct seems to lower my blood pressure too low when I take it?

Diovan (valsartan) hct seems to lower my blood pressure too low when I take it?

Possibly.: There are two medications in diovan/hct. Perhaps you do not need both or a lower dose. Consult your doctor as soon as possible. ...Read more

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My blood pressure has been out of control since my nek got hurt on lisinipril 20 mg and the ER gave me Diovan (valsartan) 80 mg to start are they ok tgthr?

Diovan (valsartan) and zestril: They may be ok together and you are not on maximum dose of either drug. The maximum dose of Lisinopril is 40 mg daily and the maximum dose of Diovan (valsartan) is 320 mg daily. Speak to your physician (p) about increasing one of the drugs to its maximum dose and see if that controls your bp. If not, ask your p to increase the other drug to its maximum dose to see if your BP can be controlled. Good luck. ...Read more

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Please comment on Diovan (valsartan) for blood pressure, any side effects?

Diovan (valsartan): Very effective anti hypertensive medication with excellent tolerability and side effect profile. Most patients do not experience any side effects. ...Read more

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I started a medicine (diovan) for high blood pressure a couple of weeks ago. I feel exhausted now and have dark circles around my eyes. Could the medication be causing this?

I started a medicine (diovan) for high blood pressure a couple of weeks ago. I feel exhausted now and have dark circles around my eyes. Could the medication be causing this?

NOT COMMON WITH DIOV: It is not common to have circles under the eyes but any blood pressure med can make you feel exausted
it is difficult to advice without knowing the dose of Diovan (valsartan) and your initial blood pressure reading and how long you have taken Diovan (valsartan) and what other meds you are taking
so check in with your doctor to see if you need to change your BP meds or something else is causing your symptoms. ...Read more

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I have high blood pressure and on htc exforge (amlodipine and valsartan) medication. Is it safe to take coq10 and. Fish oil? It has warning label if taken with a blood thinner?

I have high blood pressure and on htc exforge (amlodipine and valsartan) medication. Is it safe to take coq10 and. Fish oil? It has warning label if taken with a blood thinner?

Sure: There's no reason you cant. Not sure of the indication/benefit. Remember even "natural remedies " have side efects, but no issue with taking them most of the time. ...Read more

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I have noticed that my blood pressure is different in each arm though, and I was wondering if that is normal. "i have been on blood pressure medication (diovan hct tab 320/25mg) for over a year now to help me with my migraines, and it also helps my blood p

I have noticed that my blood pressure is different in each arm though, and I was wondering if that is normal. "i have been on blood pressure medication (diovan hct tab 320/25mg) for over a year now to help me with my migraines, and it also helps my blood p

A: A difference in blood pressure from one arm to the other can be due to arterial disease, with hardening of the arteries leading to a narrowing of the blood vessel that supplies one of the arms; specifically the one with the lower blood pressure reading. This is generally seen in older patients with established vascular disease and is usually not dangerous. The blood pressure in the higher reading arm should be used when making decisions regarding medications for high blood pressure. Differential blood pressure readings, especially when lower in the left arm, can also be due to disease in the aorta, which can affect younger patients and can be very serious. From what you have described I would advise you to have this evaluated further. ...Read more

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Hi, I use amlodipine 5mg every night for my blood pressure and also valsartan 40. I know valsartan doesn't heart me but I'm afraid of amlodipine.

BP control: All medication a have potential for side effects including valsartan ; amlodipine. Both are very good medications for treatment of high blood pressure ; very well tolerated by most. Periodic evaluation by your prescribing physician is needed to make sure they are the right meds for you. Remember, the potential long term effects of untreated hypertension can be worse than most side effects of meds. ...Read more

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I used to take Benicar (olmesartan) HTC for blood pressure 40/12.5. Now he has me on Valsartan HTC. Which one is better as it relates to side effects? Why is Benic

I used to take Benicar (olmesartan) HTC for blood pressure 40/12.5. Now he has me on Valsartan HTC. Which one is better as it relates to side effects? Why is Benic

Well: They are very similar medicines in the same class medication like trading Coke or Pepsi. Ask your doctor what he made the change usually generic drug is the cheapest and just as effective ...Read more

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Valsartan and coversyl give lots of post nasal drip when I sleep and I get very congested. Is there an alternative/ better blood pressure med? Thanks

Valsartan and coversyl give lots of post nasal drip when I sleep and I get very congested. Is there an alternative/ better blood pressure med? Thanks

Stuffy nose: There reports of people taking perindopril (coversyl) complained of stuffy nose. But there is no clinical trial data to estiablish causative relationship. You can use hydrochlorothiazide for bleed pressure control. ...Read more

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A cat scan found that I had hydrocephalous. I have been having severe headaches daily. My blood pressure has been extremely high requiring myy Diovan (valsartan)?

A cat scan found that I had hydrocephalous. I have been having severe headaches daily. My blood pressure has been extremely high requiring myy Diovan (valsartan)?

Check with doctor: There is no question being asked, so not sure what to answer, but if blood pressure isn't controlled with diovan, (valsartan) may need to be adjusted, and if headaches are uncontrolled you should be seen. ...Read more

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How soon after you start taking high blood pressure medicine do you notice a difference?

How soon after you start taking high blood pressure medicine do you notice a difference?

Depends: We have many excellent blood pressure drugs available, but the onset of action and the time to stable response varies with the drug class and the specific drug. It has to do with pharmacologic and physiologic "half life" that is known. Some drugs have rapid onset but some may take many weeks. Compounding this is that combination agents are used to minimize side effects, adding complexity. ...Read more

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I wanted to know is it ok to take mega man ripped pack if your on high blood pressure medicine?

Yes: I went to the GNC wedsite and read the ingredients. You can take it with hbp meds. But be aware: it's just an expensive multivitamin with some aminoacids (protein building blocks). You can buy a generic multivitamin, have an egg for breakfast, and get all the same ingredients, and pay 1/10 the price. ...Read more

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What kind of medicine can you take for lower back pain while on high blood pressure medicine?

What kind of medicine can you take for lower back pain while on high blood pressure medicine?

Ask your doctor: There are many different types of medicine for back pain and many for high blood pressure. It is best to check with your doctor. A pharmacist can also give you information about drug interactions. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Gabor
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Blood Pressure (Definition)

Blood pressure is a measurement of the force placed on the blood vessels and is comprised of the "systolic" pressure (the top number on a blood pressure meter) which is the peak pressure when the heart is pumping, and the "diastolic" pressure (the bottom number on a blood pressure meter) which is the pressure during the resting phase ...Read more


Chamomile Tea (Definition)

Chamomile tea is a soothing herbal tea that may help you relax at bedtime. Pregnant women should avoid excessive chamomile because of ...Read more