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User Reviews for Hydrochlorothiazide/valsartan to treat High Blood Pressure

Also known as: Diovan HCT

Hydrochlorothiazide/valsartan has an average rating of 6.9 out of 10 from a total of 22 ratings for the treatment of High Blood Pressure. 50% of those users who reviewed Hydrochlorothiazide/valsartan reported a positive effect, while 14% reported a negative effect.

Hydrochlorothiazide/valsartan Rating Summary

6.9/10 Average Rating

22 ratings from 23 user reviews

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Reviews for Hydrochlorothiazide/valsartan

MS · Taken for 5 to 10 years July 8, 2019

“Have treated my high blood pressure with various ARBs for several years. The original RX of tradename Diovan HCT worked well for years. With the availability of generic valsartan I was dispensed the generic version of the combination. Coincidentally, side effects began-postural hypotension and just an odd feeling. Switched to Benicar HCT, after several months side effect began. The principle one was best described as an overall odd feeling. My MD went back to valsartan HCT and I have been on it since. I am experiencing the same odd feeling, dehydration and some postural hypotension. The effect on my bp has been very postive, but the side effects are bothersome enough to make me seek an alternative.”

7 / 10
MS · Taken for 5 to 10 years January 25, 2019

“Have shuffle between generic valsartan/25 mg hit and Benicar 20 & 25 mg HCT after years on Diovan HCT. Feel odd on both, worse on Benicar. Lightheaded, not quite normal feeling on both. I have side effects with generics I never had with branded products. Can’t explain. ARBs are best choice for me, but these side effects are a quality of life issue.”

7 / 10
Charlie · Taken for 10 years or more October 6, 2018

Diovan HCT (hydrochlorothiazide / valsartan): “I've been on Diovan 320/HCTZ 12.5 for over 10 yrs. It does control my BP, however I've been experiencing severe burning in my stomach upon lying down, which no GI Doctor can figure out, unexplained fatigue, and decreased libido.”

4 / 10
Alaska Garden Girl · Taken for 10 years or more April 5, 2018

“I have been taking 80/12.5 for years now. It works very well for me, I do not have any complaints.”

10 / 10
Txgirl1987 · Taken for 6 months to 1 year August 23, 2017

Diovan HCT (hydrochlorothiazide / valsartan): “I switched to this after having a bad cough with linsinopril. My BP is stable on this medication, however I do have low or borderline low sodium and potassium on this medication. Don't really have any other side effects. Just take in the morning, will make you pee!”

8 / 10
CarrieAnnHolcomb · Taken for less than 1 month June 21, 2017

“It was horrible for me it made me very nauseous to where I couldn't breathe as long as I was sitting down I was fine as soon as I stand up and start walking it would make me nauseous and out of breath after about 10 steps if I picked up anything heavy like a thing of laundry soap or a gallon of milk I felt like I was about to pass out so the very next day I didn't take and felt great and so about a week late to be safe and make sure that is what was causing my problems I tried the meds again and like clock work the same side effects”

ssims7 · Taken for less than 1 month December 6, 2015

Diovan HCT (hydrochlorothiazide / valsartan): “Been taking 320/12.5 one week. BP is still all over the scale. The only thing I have noticed is I have really strange dreams.”

5 / 10
paccy67 July 2, 2014

Diovan HCT (hydrochlorothiazide / valsartan): “Had taken Diovan 160mg and a separate water pill 12.5mg. Then my doctor switched me to Diovan HCT to save money. No good. Wound up with a severe rash. Switched back to the two pill system and now am fine.”

1 / 10
Anonymous December 29, 2011

Diovan HCT (hydrochlorothiazide / valsartan): “I have tried several medications for my high blood pressure since 2004; Diovan HCT is the ONLY medication that helps me feel better. The majority of medications I tried gave me terrible headaches. I have virtually no side effects when using Diovan HCT; the only issue I have is that I cannot be out in the sun for extended periods of time.”

9 / 10
JJBP October 26, 2011

Diovan HCT (hydrochlorothiazide / valsartan): “I've been taking Diovan 165mg/12.5mg daily for the last 5 years, since I was 56 yrs old and 200 pounds without any side effects on my case. Maybe some impotence now that I read other comments, but at 61 yrs it is normal for men to no longer be that sexually strong.”

9 / 10
Anonymous April 14, 2011

Diovan HCT (hydrochlorothiazide / valsartan): “I took this medication for about 4 years. At first, no noticeable side effects. However, I have regularly experienced severe mood swings, panic attacks, swollen and painful feet, and incontinence for the past 2-3 years. I stopped taking Diovan and within two weeks the foot pain and incontinence went away. I am now on a new medication and I haven't had any severe mood swings or panic attacks for the last two weeks. I am still adjusting to the new medicines (Cartia XT) and I feel a little light headed/dizzy. I didn't realize that I was an emotional wreck, it came on slowly and my family just thought I was going crazy. I think it must have been the Diovan because I am fine now and feeling like my old, calm, reasonable, rational self.”

5 / 10
superstressed March 7, 2010

Diovan HCT (hydrochlorothiazide / valsartan): “After trying several high blood pressure medicines this has worked wonderfully to reduce the blood pressure and eliminate excess fluid and sodium. I take one pill 325/12.5 mg in the morning and have added Bystolic 10mg (another great medicine for HBP and Mitral Valve Prolapse) at night.”

9 / 10
karlhlewies December 19, 2009

Diovan HCT (hydrochlorothiazide / valsartan): “Diovan HCT induced disturbing psychedelic dreams and headache. There is an unpublished academic article on the web about how once daily dosing of Diovan may induce psychedelic dreams and that twice daily dosing may relieve the problem. Novartis, the manufacturer, doesn't list this troubling side-effect!”

3 / 10
Anonymous December 17, 2009

Diovan HCT (hydrochlorothiazide / valsartan): “I've been on Diovan HCT for about a year. I had previously been on lisinopril HCT also for high blood pressure for about 2 years before that, but began having side effects, which disappeared as soon as I switched to Diovan HCT. I haven't had any side effect issues with Diovan HCT other than rare lightheadedness when standing quickly which is not so intense as to cause any problem. And the big improvement for me in Diovan is that my blood pressure measured at home is much more evenly controlled. With lisinopril HCT my blood pressure would be high one day and low the next and the lightheadedness when standing quickly could be so intense that at times I felt close to blacking out. All in all, Diovan HCT is worth the higher cost to me over the generic lisinopril HCT.”

10 / 10
Rick Lo May 28, 2009

Diovan HCT (hydrochlorothiazide / valsartan): “I used to take Nifedipine 10 mg plus Metoprolol Tartrate 25mg (twice daily) to reduce my blood pressure. Nifedipine's effect caused fluctuation of blood pressure each day. A doctor recommend me to replace by taking 5 mg Amlodipine Besylate and 80 mg of Diovan (Valsartan) once each day. I took Metoprolol for couple of years already. The recent changes reveals two things, by stop taking Metoprolol, my heart beat is faster (new 68 and previously about 60) and I felt irregular heart beat. Now I doubt if I should discontinue Metoprolol as this medicine put my heart at ease. ”

3 / 10
ProfessorB April 17, 2009

Diovan HCT (hydrochlorothiazide / valsartan): “Diovan HCT worked well for me for almost three years, good blood pressure numbers, no side effects. However, I started getting fairly severe side effects (nervousness, anxiety, insomnia) that appeared over a period of about a month and disappeared the moment I stopped taking it. A Google search turned up several people had similar experiences. Now on Bystolic, which is doing the trick, so far without any side effects.”

4 / 10
8bells March 13, 2009

Diovan HCT (hydrochlorothiazide / valsartan): “I used Diovan with Metoprolol Tartrate. Had to discontinue the metoprolol because it was interfering with my breathing. Now I feel much better just on the Diovan.”

9 / 10
Anonymous March 5, 2009

Diovan HCT (hydrochlorothiazide / valsartan): “Controls blood pressure very well, but causes impotence. I understand the diuretic part (hydrochlorothiazide) is the culprit, but it's very effective otherwise.”

7 / 10
MVP1946 March 5, 2009

Diovan HCT (hydrochlorothiazide / valsartan): “I started using Diovan HCT as a lower cost alternative without evaluating side effects. After starting Diovan, my blood pressure was OK, but started suffering from "GOUT". Often I couldn't walk and I suffered extensively for 2 years without knowing that the uric acid was being created by the medicine. I changed doctors and the new doctor recommended other medicine. My Uric acid levels went back to normal and they have been fine for 2 years. It is a pleasure for Texan to eat meat again.”

4 / 10
Anonymous May 13, 2008

Diovan HCT (hydrochlorothiazide / valsartan): “After being on Diovan for three months I notice ankles are less swollen than in the past but continue to swell. I also take Arimidex, a cancer medicine. Diovan has proved to be the best medicine for me to date.”

9 / 10
Kathie924 April 6, 2008

Diovan HCT (hydrochlorothiazide / valsartan): “I have been on this only since December 2007, but it has made a difference in my life. No more swollen ankles, I sleep better at night, and I have more energy. Works great, with no side effects.”

10 / 10
Feel'n Better Age 49 March 29, 2008

Diovan HCT (hydrochlorothiazide / valsartan): “I am on a low dose, but have never had any problems with this drug and have been using it for several years now. My Dr. is very happy with it (prescribed by another Dr.) it does it's job. No more puffy ankles either! YAY!”

10 / 10
Anonymous March 19, 2008

Diovan HCT (hydrochlorothiazide / valsartan): “Works fine in controlling my BP with no noticeable side effects”

9 / 10

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