Diovan HCT Side Effects

While most people tolerate Diovan HCT well, others can have problems with this drug. Among the commonly reported side effects of Diovan HCT are the common cold and low potassium levels in the blood. Some adverse reactions should be reported to your healthcare provider right away, including vomiting, an unexplained skin rash, and difficulty breathing or swallowing.

An Overview of Diovan HCT Side Effects

As with any medicine, certain side effects are associated with Diovan HCT® (valsartan and hydrochlorothiazide). However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience problems. In fact, most people tolerate Diovan HCT well. If people do develop side effects, in many cases, they are minor, meaning they require no treatment or are easily treated by you or a healthcare provider.
 
Serious side effects can occur, but are less common.
 
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with Diovan HCT. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list of Diovan HCT side effects with you.)
 

Common Side Effects of Diovan HCT

Diovan HCT has been studied extensively in clinical trials, with thousands of people worldwide having been evaluated. In these studies, side effects are always documented and compared to those that occur in a similar group of people not taking the medicine. This way, it is possible to see what problems occur, how often they appear, and how they compare to the group not taking the medicine.
 
Based on these studies, the most common Diovan HCT side effects include:
 
  • Low potassium levels in the blood -- up to 3 percent of people
  • The common cold -- up to 2.4 percent of people.
 
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