Drug interactions between Diovan HCT and metformin
|Diovan HCT (hydrochlorothiazide/valsartan)|
Interactions between your selected drugs
Talk to your doctor before using hydrochlorothiazide together with metFORMIN. Hydrochlorothiazide can increase blood sugar levels and interfere with diabetic control. You may need a dose adjustment or more frequent monitoring of your blood sugar to safely use both medications. Due to its effects on the kidneys, hydrochlorothiazide can also increase the risk of a rare but serious and potentially life-threatening condition known as lactic acidosis that may occasionally occur during treatment with metformin-containing products. Lactic acidosis is caused by a buildup of lactic acid in the blood, and is more likely to occur if you have kidney or liver disease, acute or unstable congestive heart failure, dehydration, or an excess intake of alcohol. You should seek immediate medical attention if you develop potential signs and symptoms of lactic acidosis such as fatigue, weakness, muscle pain, increasing drowsiness, abdominal pain or discomfort, fast or irregular heartbeat, difficult or rapid breathing, chills, and other unusual symptoms. It is important to tell your doctor about all other medications you use, including vitamins and herbs. Do not stop using any medications without first talking to your doctor.
Drug Interaction Classification
The classifications below are a guideline only. The relevance of a particular drug interaction to a specific patient is difficult to determine using this tool alone given the large number of variables that may apply.
|Major||Highly clinically significant. Avoid combinations; the risk of the interaction outweighs the benefit.|
|Moderate||Moderately clinically significant. Usually avoid combinations; use it only under special circumstances.|
|Minor||Minimally clinically significant. Minimize risk; assess risk and consider an alternative drug, take steps to circumvent the interaction risk and/or institute a monitoring plan.|
Do not stop taking any medications without consulting your healthcare provider.
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