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Exforge HCT is a medication that lowers high blood pressure. It contains a combination of three different medications that help to relax the blood vessels and decrease blood volume, effects that can help reduce blood pressure and help with water retention. At this time, there are no uses of Exforge HCT approved for children or teens.
Exforge HCT® (amlodipine-valsartan-hydrochlorothiazide) is a prescription medication approved for treating high blood pressure (hypertension). It is a combination medication that contains hydrochlorothiazide, valsartan (Diovan®), and amlodipine (Norvasc®).
While Exforge HCT is not recommended as the first medication to try when treating high blood pressure, it can be very useful for treating high blood pressure that has not responded adequately to other medications.
A blood pressure reading consists of two numbers, for example 120/80. The top number is known as the systolic blood pressure, and the bottom number is the diastolic blood pressure. High blood pressure is defined as an average blood pressure higher than 140/90 with multiple blood pressure readings.
High blood pressure treatment (including blood pressure medication) can decrease the risk of developing health problems, such as a stroke, heart disease, or congestive heart failure, that occur with long-term high blood pressure (see Effects of High Blood Pressure).
However, medications are not a cure for high blood pressure. Exercise and diet are also important for controlling high blood pressure (see High Blood Pressure Diet and Exercise and High Blood Pressure for more information).