Warnings and Precautions With Valsartan and Hydrochlorothiazide
A few of the conditions you should let your healthcare provider know about before taking valsartan and hydrochlorothiazide include diabetes, gout, high cholesterol, and pancreatitis. Some other warnings and precautions with valsartan and hydrochlorothiazide include people who should not take the drug, as well as the safety of taking it while nursing or at the same time as you're taking potassium supplements or salt substitutes with potassium.
You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking valsartan and hydrochlorothiazide (Diovan HCT®) if you have:
- Heart disease, including congestive heart failure
- Liver disease, including cirrhosis
- Kidney disease or kidney failure
- Gallstones or other gallbladder problems
- Systemic lupus erythematosus (lupus or SLE for short)
- High cholesterol
- Fluid or electrolyte problems
- Any allergies, including allergies to other angiotensin II receptor blockers, foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you:
- Are pregnant or trying to become pregnant
- Are on dialysis
- Drink alcohol regularly
- Are breastfeeding.
Tell your healthcare provider about all of the medicines you are currently taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.