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What are amlodipine/valsartan/hydrochlorothiazide tablets?

Amlodipine-valsartan-hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) is a combination of three active ingredients in one medication, sold under the brand name Exforge HCT. Amlodipine is a calcium channel blocker that lowers high blood pressure and treats the pain of angina by relaxing arteries especially in the heart so that blood flow to the heart is increased. Valsartan is an angiotensin II receptor blocker (ARB, often called a 'sartan'), lowers high blood pressure by relaxing blood vessels. Hydrochlorothiazide is a diuretic that increases water excretion and decreases blood volume, lowering blood pressure.

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