Hypertension Treatment

Diovan HCT And Blood Pressure

What is Diovan HCT?

Diovan HCT is a tablet, which actually has two types of medicines in it.

What are the twin components in Diovan HCT?

Firstly, Diovan HCT is an ARB (Angiotensin II Receptor Blocker). Angiotensin II, a chemical found in the human body, causes the blood vessels to narrow. Diovan HCT can block the effects of Angiotensin II.

When the blood vessels narrow, the heart has to pump harder to get the blood to pass through them in order to reach the vital organs. This results in two types of reactions. The force of the blood against the walls of the blood vessels and the resistance to blood flow by the blood vessels. This kind of double force can be very harmful for a high blood pressure patient. And Diovan HCT helps in controlling this by not allowing the blood vessels to narrow.

In addition to this, Diovan HCT is also a diuretic, which means that it can elevate the rate of bodily excretions of sodium and water through urine.

What other things do I take care of while taking Diovan HCT?

Consult the doctor before you start taking Diovan HCT. Take the tablets as advised by your doctor. Maintain your usual food schedule and continue with your normal day-to-day activities. If you have to take any other medicine in addition to Diovan HCT, then consult your doctor first. Do not attempt any kind of self-medication.

A word of caution to the pregnant women — take Diovan HCT only with the consent of the doctor.

What are the side effects of Diovan HCT?

Common side effects of Diovan HCT are: headache, fatigue and dizziness. Any other side effect, and the report much reach your doctor immediately. 

What are the things I need to remember while taking Diovan HCT?

Track your blood pressure levels regularly and maintain a diary, indicating those. You should do this specifically, once you start your Diovan HCT course.