Diovan HCT Uses

How Does Diovan HCT Work?

Diovan HCT is a combination of two medicines -- Diovan® and hydrochlorothiazide. Diovan is a newer type of blood pressure medicine known as an angiotensin II receptor blocker, or ARB for short. As the name implies, Diovan blocks angiotensin II receptors. This decreases the effectiveness of a chemical known as angiotensin II, which normally causes blood vessels to narrow (constrict). By blocking the effects of angiotensin II, Diovan causes blood vessels to relax.
 
Hydrochlorothiazide is a diuretic, which is commonly referred to as a "water pill." It works by increasing the amount of salt and water the kidneys remove from the blood. This extra salt and water is passed out through the urine. By increasing the amount of water removed from the blood, hydrochlorothiazide causes a decrease in blood volume.
 
Because of its combined effects, Diovan HCT causes a greater drop in blood pressure than when either medicine is used alone.
   

Diovan HCT Uses in Children

There are no approved uses of Diovan HCT in children.
 

Off-Label Diovan HCT Uses

On occasion, a healthcare provider may recommend Diovan HCT for treating a condition other than those listed above. This is called an "off-label" use. At this time, there are no universally accepted off-label Diovan HCT uses.
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