This is especially important if you are using any of the medicines listed below: ) pregnant.Your doctor will normally advise you to stop taking Exforge HCT before you become pregnant or as soon as you know you are pregnant and will advise you to take another medicine instead of Exforge HCT.Exforge HCT is not recommended in early pregnancy and must not be taken if you are more than 3 months pregnant, as it may cause serious harm to your baby if it is used after the third month of pregnancy. Exforge HCT is not recommended for mothers who are breast-feeding, and your doctor may choose another treatment for you if you wish to breast-feed, especially if your baby is a newborn, or was born prematurely.
—Mary Mc Bride, associate VP, Gf K Market Measures, Oct.
Exforge HCT is used to treat high blood pressure in adult patients who are already taking amlodipine, valsartan and hydrochlorothiazide and who may benefit from taking one tablet containing all three substances. Exforge HCT is not recommended in early pregnancy and must not be taken if you are more than 3 months pregnant, as it may cause serious harm to your baby if used at this stage (see section “Pregnancy and breast-feeding”).
The use of Exforge HCT in children and adolescents under 18 years of age is not recommended.
Exforge HCT and older people (age 65 years and older) Exforge HCT can be used by people aged 65 years and over at the same dose as for other adults and in the same way as they have already taken the three substances called amlodipine, valsartan and hydrochlorothiazide.
Elderly patients, particularly those taking the maximum dose of Exforge HCT (10 mg/320 mg/25 mg), should have their blood pressure checked regularly.
Using other medicines Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are using or have recently used any other medicine, including medicines obtained without a prescription.Your doctor may need to change the dose or take other precautions.In some cases you may have to stop using one of the medicines.Product Exforge 5/160 Approval Date June 20, 2007 Release Date August 1, 2007 Company Novartis Class Calcium channel blocker (dihydropyridine) (CCB) + angiotensin II receptor blocker (ARB) Indication Hypertension (not for initial therapy).Active Ingredient Amlodipine (as besylate) 5mg, valsartan 160mg; tabs.Agency Roster ICC Wishbone/ITP Marketing Strategy/Execution Exforge is the best drug for lowering blood pressure in those patients who need “the big drop.” That's the theme of the campaign for this new combo BP drug from Novartis.