What should I know about Diovan HCT before taking it?

Nicole Basile
Nicole Basile on behalf of MDLIVE

You need to have regular blood tests to monitor your kidney function and electrolytes such as sodium and potassium while on the medication.  You also need to monitor your blood pressure.  You should not be pregnant or become pregnant while taking the medication as this medication can cause birth defects. You should not breast feed while taking the medication. Ask your doctor about the interactions of other medications, particularly if you are taking potassium pills, other diuretic medications, certain antibiotics, pain medications like ibuprofen. 


Before taking Diovan HCT there are some factors to consider. Tell your doctor whether you have any allergies or have had allergic reactions to any medications. Elderly adults may be more sensitive to this medication than those who are younger, while effects on children have not been studied. Inform your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, are taking any other medications, or have any other medical conditions. Discuss with your doctor about any requirements in taking the medication with food, tobacco, or alcohol. 

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