What is Diovan (valsartan) hct used for?

Hypertension. Diovan hct (valsartan and hydrochlorothiazide) is a combination of an orally active, specific angiotensin ii receptor blocker (arb) acting on the at1 receptor subtype, and hydrochlorothiazide, a diuretic. It is used to treat high blood pressure.

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Is Diovan (valsartan) hct safe women who are pregnant or breastfeeding?

Thumbs down. Diovan (valsartan) hct is a combination of Diovan (valsartan) and hydrochlorothiazide. Both Diovan (valsartan) and hydrochlorothiazide are not recommended during pregnancy or breastfeeding. Talk with your doctor about finding another choice for your high blood pressure. We want both you and your baby to be healthy. Read more...
No. Angiotensin receptor blocking agents are associated with fetal teratogenic abnormalities (as are acei agents) (example deafness). They should be avoided during pregnancy. Read more...

Does taking Diovan (valsartan) hct affect diabetes?

Yes. Diovan (valsartan) is angiotensin receptor blocker used for the treatment of hypertension which may have beneficial effects on the kidneys of diabetics and helps decrease loss of protein in the urine. It should not be used in women who are pregnant or may become pregnant. Hct is a diuretic which is used for blood pressure control but it could increase blood sugar in some diabetics. There are generic arbs now. Read more...

I take Diovan (valsartan) hct, can I subsitute this medication with hydralazine hcl?

Should not. These are not the same class of medications, so a substitution depends on the original indcation. Check with your prescribing physician. Read more...