Exforge HCT

Generic Name: Amlodipine

  • What is Exforge HCT?

    Exforge HCT contains three medicines: amlodipine (a calcium channel blocker), valsartan (an angiotensin receptor blocker) and hydrochlorothiazide (a diuretic or water pill). Exforge HCT is used to lower blood pressure in adults when two blood pressure medicines are not enough.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Exforge HCT?

    If you become pregnant while taking Exforge HCT, stop taking it and call your doctor right away. Exforge HCT can harm an unborn baby, causing injury or death.

    Tell all your doctors and dentist you are taking Exforge HCT. This is especially important if you are going to have surgery or go for kidney dialysis.

    Get emergency help if you get worsening chest pain or chest pain that does not go away.

    You may experience low blood pressure while taking Exforge HCT. This is more likely to happen if you take diuretics, are on a low-salt diet, have heart problems, get dialysis treatments, get sick with vomiting or diarrhea, or drink alcohol. Lie down if you feel faint or dizzy. If you faint, stop taking Exforge HCT and call your doctor right away.

    Kidney problems may become worse in people who already have kidney disease. Call your doctor if you have swelling in your feet, ankles, or hands, or unexplained weight gain. If you have heart failure, your doctor should check your kidney function before prescribing Exforge HCT.

    Call your doctor right away if you get an unusual skin rash.

  • Who should not take Exforge HCT?

    Do not take Exforge HCT if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in Exforge HCT, or sulfonamide-derived drugs. Do not take Exforge HCT if you have low or no urine output (anuria).

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Exforge HCT?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Exforge HCT. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have heart, liver, or kidney problems; vomiting or diarrhea; a history of gallstones; lupus (a disease that affects the immune system); or if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults: The usual dose is one tablet taken once daily. Your doctor may increase the dose after 2 weeks of treatment.

  • How should I take Exforge HCT?

    Take Exforge HCT exactly as your doctor prescribes it. It can be taken with or without food.

  • What should I avoid while taking Exforge HCT?

    Avoid becoming pregnant or breastfeeding while on Exforge HCT.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Exforge HCT?

    If Exforge HCT is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Exforge HCT with the following: alcohol, aspirin or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, cholesterol-lowering medicines, diabetes medicines including insulin, diuretics, lithium, narcotic pain medicines, potassium supplements or a salt substitute containing potassium, other medicines for high blood pressure or a heart problem, sleeping pills, antiseizure medicines called barbiturates, and steroids.

  • What are the possible side effects of Exforge HCT?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: dizziness, headache, indigestion, tiredness, muscle spasms, back pain, nausea, swelling of the hands, ankles, or feet

  • Can I receive Exforge HCT if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    Exforge HCT is not recommended during pregnancy or breastfeeding. Talk to your doctor before taking this drug if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Exforge HCT?

    Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at once.

  • How should I store Exforge HCT?

    Store at room temperature.

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