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How should I take Diovan HCT?

You should take the blood pressure drug Diovan HCT (valsartan and hydrochlorothiazide) exactly as your doctor tells you to. Do not take more or less, or take it more or less frequently than prescribed. Your doctor will probably tell you to take one Diovan HCT pill each day, at the same time every day, with or without food.

When you start taking Diovan HCT, your doctor may prescribe a low dose -- typically, a pill containing 160 milligrams (mg) of valsartan and 12.5 mg hydrochlorothiazide. If your blood pressure has not dropped enough after a week or two, your doctor may adjust your dose. He or she may make periodic dose adjustments to find an amount that will work best to reduce your blood pressure with minimal side effects.

You shouldn't stop taking Diovan HCT without talking to your doctor, even if you feel well. Diovan HCT controls your blood pressure but doesn't cure the problem; unless you've made lifestyle changes, your blood pressure is likely to go back up once you stop your medication. You may continue to feel fine while your risk for serious problems rises.

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