Yes, weight gain is a side effect from diovan
hct. Unfortunately, it is usually not a reason that the doctor will discontinue the drug since the gain usually stabilizes (as yours obviously did at 30 pounds).
If you contact me with your email address, I will gladly give you a diet based on Jenny Craig and Nutrisystem (unfortunately, yahoo answer's email system doesn't have enough "characters" to allow me to send the diet through them). You can do it yourself at home. You won't need to measure anything or count calories. It is all already proportioned. It involves all food groups and is based on 1250 calories. Very healthy. I have shared it with many askers on yahoo answers. Hopefully, it will be enough of a calorie change that it will help you shed those extra pounds.