Diovan Blood Pressure
Medication

Its Side Effects And Its Control Of Your Blood Pressure

Diovan blood pressure medication is an angiotensin receptor blocker that relaxes and widens your blood vessels, allowing your blood to flow more easily.  Its scientific name is Valsartan and is the number one prescribed medication that is well accepted by most blood pressure individuals.

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While Diovan HCT scientific name is valsartan and hydrochorothiazide, it is a combination of Diovan and a diuretic or water pill. Some people with high blood pressure need more than one medication to lower there measurements. 

By lowering your blood pressure automatically it takes the stress off your heart. 



Side Effects of Diovan And Diovan HCT

My experience with Diovan was not great.  Diovan did lower my blood pressure but I developed an incessant dry cough and cold feet. I was wearing sock to bed at night during the summer months!!!

At first my doctor kept saying it was not the medication until after nine months of constantly coughing and at my insistence I was taken off this medication.

Of course your doctor has the right to prescribe a medication that they think is the best one for you.  But, you have the right to have some input because it is your body that the drug is going into and you know when you body is not accepting a medication well.

So tell your doctor if you develop viral infection, dry mouth, drowsiness, confusion, seizures, muscle pain or cramps, muscle fatigue, abdominal pain and any allergic reactions.   Being aware of your medication side effects is very important.

Medications can be great, but they are not perfect, they all cause some sort of side effects and then you have those with side effects so severe you must discontinue taking them.

As soon as you start taking Diovan watch for changes to your body, though sometimes the side effects might not become apparent until months later. 



Questions To Ask Your Doctor

As brilliant as your doctor may be, sometimes they base their decision of certain medication on faulty information or it could be as simple as hearing more about a certain drug often.

So before just taking the little slip of paper prescribing Diovan blood pressure medication, have a discussion with your doctor and ask some of these questions:

  • Is this the only medicine that is right for me, or are there other choices?

  • How should I take this pill? How often? At what time? Before eating or after eating.

  • Are there any foods I should avoid while taking this medication?

  • Ask are there any supplements I should avoid while taking this drug?

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are taking any other drug, including hormones and recreational drugs.

  • Discuss any over-the-counter medicines you might be taking, like weight loss products.

The more informed your doctor is, the better the choice of the right medication that is unique to your condition will be prescribed.



Your Medical Conditions

Of great concern is if you are pregnant, then you must not take Diovan. The side effects will not only affect you, the mother but also your baby.

Other medical conditions that your doctor should be aware of before you start taking this medication are if you have liver or kidney problems or Lupus.

Of special notation Novartis states that Diovan blood pressure medication do not work well in lowering high blood pressure effectively for African Americans.




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