How Amlodipine-Valsartan-Hydrochlorothiazide Works and Treatment Tips
Amlodipine-valsartan-hydrochlorothiazide contains three different medications. Amlodipine is a calcium channel blocker that helps to slow down the rate at which calcium moves into your blood vessel walls. This, in turn, helps to relax the vessels, which allows better blood flow and causes lower blood pressure.
Valsartan belongs to a class of drugs called angiotensin II receptor blockers. Angiotensin II is a naturally occurring chemical in the body that causes blood vessels to narrow (constrict). By blocking angiotensin II, valsartan helps to relax the blood vessels, lowering blood pressure.
Hydrochlorothiazide is a diuretic, which is commonly referred to as a "water pill." It works by increasing the amount of salt and water that 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 this effect, hydrochlorothiazide can lower blood pressure and also help with water retention.
Some general considerations include the following:
- Amlodipine-valsartan-hydrochlorothiazide comes in tablet form. It is usually taken by mouth once a day.
- You can take this drug either with a meal or on an empty stomach.
- Although it does not matter when you take this medication, it is a good idea to take it at the same time each day.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Amlodipine-valsartan-hydrochlorothiazide will not work if you stop taking it.