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A 40-year-old member asked:

Why could my blood pressure medicine not be working?

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Dr. (Liz)Phuong Tran
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Adjustment, time: Depends on how long you have been on this medication. You need to go back to dopctor for adjustment of dosage or even change to combination med.Furthermore your doctor can order blood test as well as x-ray to find out other cause of your blood pressure

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A 34-year-old member asked:

Whats the most effective blood pressure medicine?

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Dr. Jack Rubin
Nephrology and Dialysis 48 years experience
Effective BP med: There is no simple answer to your question. All BP meds have their advantages and disadvantages. If you have diabetes with protein in your urine, you would be best treated for hbp with drugs such as an ace-i or arb. If you have some angina, you may be treated well with beta-blockers. Parents are different and it's up to them to have a discussion with their doctors to get the best regimen possible.
A 22-year-old member asked:

Why does blood pressure fluctuate while someone is on blood pressure medicine?

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Dr. Mark Stern
Cardiology 46 years experience
It always does : It fluctuates in everyone; it has to to adjust to changes, such as gravity. If it didn't, you wouldn't be able to stand after lying down.
NY
A 54-year-old member asked:

Is it bad for you to be on blood pressure medicine for years?

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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 31 years experience
No, if......: Being on blood pressure medication for years is not bad if you are being treated for high blood pressure. What is bad is having untreated high blood pressure for years. Check with your doctor, and check your blood pressure regularly.
A 54-year-old female asked:

Is there a possibility that i could come off my blood pressure medicine?

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Dr. John Szawaluk
Cardiology 31 years experience
YES: A possibility depending on the cause of your hypertension. Frequently lifestyle changes like a healthy diet, weight loss , exercise , alcohol in moderation and smoking cessation allow one to decrease the amount of medications or potentially stop them. See your doctor for a specific plan of treatment.
CA
A 55-year-old female asked:

How long does your blood pressure medicine work?

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Dr. Amrit Singh
Cardiology 51 years experience
Varies: depends on which medicine Last from 6 hrs Hydralazin, clonidine 8 hrs, Labetalol to 12 hrs. ace-I, Lopressor 24 hrs amlodipine, minoxidil, ARBs

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