Exforge HCT is a combination medication used to treat hypertension, or high blood pressure. It contains three active ingredients: amlodipine, which is a calcium channel blocker; valsartan, which is an angiotensin II receptor blocker; and hydrochlorothiazide, which is a thiazide diuretic. Amlodipine works by relaxing the blood vessels, while valsartan blocks the action of a hormone that causes the blood vessels to narrow. Hydrochlorothiazide helps the body get rid of excess salt and water, which can also help lower blood pressure.
Exforge HCT is used to treat hypertension in adults who require treatment with all three active ingredients. It is usually prescribed when treatment with any of the individual drugs is not sufficient to control blood pressure.
How to take Exforge HCT:
Exforge HCT is taken orally, usually once daily, with or without food. The dosage will depend on the individual's condition and response to treatment. It is important to take Exforge HCT exactly as prescribed, and not to stop or change the dosage without consulting a healthcare provider.
Possible side effects of Exforge HCT:
Exforge HCT may cause some side effects, including:
Decreased sexual ability
If any of these side effects persist or worsen, inform your doctor immediately. Seek emergency medical attention if you experience any signs of an allergic reaction, such as hives, difficulty breathing, or swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Precautions and warnings for Exforge HCT:
Before taking Exforge HCT, inform your doctor if you have any medical conditions, such as kidney or liver disease, heart disease, or diabetes. Exforge HCT may interact with certain medications, including other blood pressure medications, potassium supplements, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). It is important to inform your doctor of all medications and supplements you are taking.
Exforge HCT may cause dizziness, especially when rising from a sitting or lying position. To avoid falls or injuries, rise slowly when getting up from a seated or lying position.
Exforge HCT should not be used during pregnancy. It is also important to inform your doctor if you are breastfeeding, as Exforge HCT can pass into breast milk.
It is important to attend regular doctor appointments and report any new or worsening symptoms to your healthcare provider while taking Exforge HCT. Exforge HCT is a prescription medication and should only be taken under the supervision of a healthcare provider.