VALSARTAN;HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE (val SAR tan; hye droe klor oh THYE a zide) is a combination of a drug that relaxes blood vessels and a diuretic. It is used to treat high blood pressure.
Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. You can take it with or without food. If it upsets your stomach, take it with food. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take it more often than directed. Do not stop taking except on your doctor's advice.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
changes in vision
confusion, dizziness, light headedness or fainting spells
decreased amount of urine passed
difficulty breathing or swallowing, hoarseness, or tightening of the throat
fast or irregular heart beat, palpitations, or chest pain
nausea and vomiting
redness, blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin, including inside the mouth
swelling of your face, lips, tongue, hands, or feet
unusual rash, bleeding or bruising, or pinpoint red spots on the skin
worsened gout pain
yellowing of the eyes or skin
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
change in sex drive or performance
barbiturates like phenobarbital
corticosteroids like prednisone
diuretics, especially triamterene, spironolactone or amiloride
medicines for diabetes
NSAIDs, medicines for pain and inflammation, like ibuprofen or naproxen
potassium salts or potassium supplements
prescription pain medicines
skeletal muscle relaxants like tubocurarine
some cholesterol lowering medicines like cholestyramine or colestipol
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Protect from moisture. Keep container tightly closed. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
if you are on a special diet, like a low salt diet
immune system problems, like lupus
an unusual or allergic reaction to valsartan, hydrochlorothiazide, sulfa drugs, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
You must visit your health care professional for regular checks on your progress. Check your blood pressure regularly while you are taking this medicine. Ask your doctor or health care professional what your blood pressure should be and when you should contact him or her. When you check your blood pressure, write down the measurements to show your doctor or health care professional.
You must not get dehydrated. Ask your doctor or health care professional how much fluid you need to drink a day. Check with him or her if you get an attack of severe diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, or if you sweat a lot. The loss of too much body fluid can make it dangerous for you to take this medicine.
Women should inform their doctor if they wish to become pregnant or think they might be pregnant. There is a potential for serious side effects to an unborn child, particularly in the second or third trimester. Talk to your health care professional or pharmacist for more information.
You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this drug affects you. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells. Alcohol can make you more drowsy and dizzy. Avoid alcoholic drinks.
This medicine may affect your blood sugar. If you have diabetes, check with your doctor or health care professional before changing the dose of your diabetic medicine.
Avoid salt substitutes unless you are told otherwise by your doctor or health care professional.
This medicine can make you more sensitive to the sun. Keep out of the sun. If you cannot avoid being in the sun, wear protective clothing and use sunscreen. Do not use sun lamps or tanning beds/booths.
Do not treat yourself for coughs, colds, or pain while you are taking this medicine without asking your doctor or health care professional for advice. Some ingredients may increase your blood pressure.