What other medical problems may occur when I'm using Diovan HCT?

If you are taking Diovan HCT (valsartan and hydrochlorothiazide), a drug prescribed to treat high blood pressure, you should know that it can cause the following problems:
  • harm or even death to a developing fetus if you take it during pregnancy, especially during the second or third trimester.
  • flares or worsening of lupus in people who have the disease.
  • low blood pressure (hypotension), which can cause dizziness, fainting and other problems. Hypotension is more likely in people who take diuretics ("water pills"), have heart problems, follow a low-salt diet, drink alcohol, are on dialysis or have been sick with vomiting and/or diarrhea.
  • allergic reactions. These are more likely in people who have allergies in general, allergies to specific drugs or asthma. Do not take Diovan HCT if you have ever had an allergic reaction to sulfonamide drugs, penicillin, valsartan, hydrochlorothiazide or any ingredient in Diovan HCT tablets.
  • skin rashes.
  • eye problems. Call your doctor immediately if you experience eye pain or vision changes when taking Diovan HCT.
  • gout. Diovan HCT may raise levels of uric acid in the blood, causing gout in susceptible people.
In addition, Diovan HCT may worsen some conditions you already have. For instance, if you have kidney problems, they may become more severe if you take Diovan HCT. Tell your doctor immediately if you have changes in how often or how much you urinate, or if you experience unexplained weight gain or swelling in your feet, ankles or hands, because these are signs of possible kidney damage. If you have diabetes, Diovan HCT may alter the way your body manages blood sugar. Make sure your doctor knows that you have diabetes and the names of any drugs you take for it before you start treatment with Diovan HCT. Finally, Diovan HCT may cause a worsening of liver or gallbladder problems in some people.

Before taking Diovan HCT, give your doctor a detailed medical history. Once you start treatment with Diovan HCT, keep your doctor informed of any changes in your health status.

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