Valsartan Hctz Tab 160/12.5mg
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|Generic For||Valsartan HCTZ|
|Generic Name||Valsartan HCTZ|
Valsartan Hctz is a combination medicine containing two active ingredients namely valsartan and hydrochlorothiazide. The combination of medicine mainly used for the treatment of hypertension or high blood pressure. Lowering high blood pressure helps prevent strokes, kidney problems, and heart attacks. This medicine has Valsartan, an angiotensin II receptor antagonist that prevents the blood vessels from narrowing which improves blood flow and lowers blood pressure. In comparison, Hydrochlorothiazide is a diuretic that causes you to produce more urine, which helps you get rid of excess salt and water.
Do not take Valsartan Hctz 160/12/5 mg if you have a known allergy to Valsartan. To make sure that this medicine is safe for you, inform your doctor in advance if you have any of these conditions: congestive heart failure, kidney disease (or if you are on dialysis), liver disease, or if you are dehydrated.
In rare cases, the combination of medicine can lead to a condition which results in the breakdown of skeletal muscle tissue, causing kidney failure. Seek medical attention right away if you have unexplained muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness especially if you also have a fever, unusual fatigue, and dark colored urine.
Valsartan Hctz 160/12.5mg is a pregnancy category D drug. Do not take if you are a pregnant woman. If you become pregnant during the treatment with this medicine, stop taking it and contact your doctor immediately. Valsartan can cause injury or death of an unborn baby if pregnant women take it in the second or third trimester. Use of effective birth control is recommended while taking this medicine. It is not known whether Valsartan can pass into breast milk and harm a nursing baby. Do not take this medicine without your doctor’s advice if you are breastfeeding. The medicine may increase your potassium levels. Hence, avoid potassium supplements or salt substitutes that contain potassium while taking this medicine.
Side effects associated with Valsartan Hctz tablet 160/12.5 mg are dizziness, lightheadedness, swelling in ankles or feet, or flushing. If any of these effects persist or deteriorate, get medical attention right away. A serious side effect is unlikely. However, if you get any serious side effect like fast, irregular, or rapid heartbeat, or fainting, or any other serious side effect, seek medical attention immediately.
Read the prescription before you start taking the combination of medicine. Call your doctor if you still do not understand how and when to take this cholesterol-lowering drug. The dosage of Valsartan Hctz may depend on a range of factors like age, sex, drug allergies, or seriousness of the condition among several other factors. Your doctor will determine your dosage after examining you properly. Remember to follow your doctor’s advice properly for best results.