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I cannot lose weight. It does not budge & it is so depressing.

I cannot lose weight no matter what I do..I think it is the diovan (320)and HCT. possible ? I quit smoking almost 2 yrs ago and initially attributed my weight gain ( 30lbs) to that. however, I think it is my medication that is preventing weight loss. I have asked my doctor if it is necessary to continue on the diovan and hct and he said yes. I started these meds also 2 years ago when my blood pressure was 176/110. now it is 130/80. I have stopped eating red meat. eliminated desserts. severely curtailed butter from diet exercised and my weight does not budge. it is so depressing. I am a 47 yo male and now weigh about 240
Thu, 17 Dec 2009
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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.
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