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A 44-year-old member asked:

What happens if you take too much blood pressure medicine?

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Dr. Sergio Schabelman
Cardiology 48 years experience
Wrong question: The main question should be "what happens if you have uncontrolled hypertension?", and for that I could have a short or long answer, but you did not ask. It does not make any difference how many medications you take to control hypertension as long as the BP is well controlled and you do not have many side effects.
Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Overdose?: Depends upon the type of blood pressure medication. All can cause low blood pressure - and - Generally with the beta blockers and calcium channel blockers you can see very low heart rates and syncope. Overdose of diuretics can cause dehydration and kidney damage. Overdose of ACEI / ARB can cause kidney damage. There are many other meds to be considered but not enough space to detail here.

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Can you take passionflower if you are taking blood pressure medicine?

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Passionflower: Like most of these supplements, evidence for what it does is lacking. I would recommend caution and not take it.
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Passionflower has been safely used for hundreds of years for anxiety and insomnia. I agree that more research would be helpful, but several studies in the modern medical literature show it is safe and effective. Many of my patients have found it to be very helpful. I consider it far safer than pharmaceuticals used for similar purposes such as benzodiazepines and zolpidem. For information on the evidence see http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/passionflower-000267.htm
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A 40-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me is it bad to take your blood pressure too much?

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Dr. Payam Mehranpour
Cardiology 23 years experience
No but...: Checking your blood pressure too many times every day may cause too much anxiety and falsely elevated your blood pressure. Checking as many times as 2-3 times per day would be acceptable but not always necessary if not having symptoms or very abnormal readings. You may try checking 1-2 times per day but at different times of day. Log your readings and review with your doctor.
A 42-year-old member asked:

What is the best time to take blood pressure medicine?

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Dr. Sergio Schabelman
Cardiology 48 years experience
Depends of which: But in general, medications for hypertension that are taken once a day could be taken anytime but usually at the same time of every day. Do what is best to remind you to take the medicines (important). Associate the taking of meds with something you do at the same time(i.e.: brushing teeth, breakfast, dinner, etc) If meds are given twice a day try to take them 12 hrs appart
A 36-year-old member asked:

How long does it take blood pressure medicine to start working?

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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Cardiology 51 years experience
Blood pressure: There are many blood pressure medicines, some take weeks to reach their peak effect, some will begin to lower pressure within hours.
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A 58-year-old female asked:

How long does it take to get the full effect from blood pressure medicine?

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Dr. Vance Harris
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Depends on medicatio: Some medications act very quickly and you have a response within a couple of days. Some of the common medications we use may take up to a month to get the bulk of their response. Some classes of blood pressure medicine continue to improve blood pressure over several months. It is not uncommon to make adjustments after the first month.

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