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A 49-year-old female asked:

Was put on blood pressure pill 25mg. can your blood pressure get to low with a pill. how would you know if it did. bottom # is running 85 to 100.

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Dr. Alvin Lin
Geriatrics 32 years experience
High blood pressure: What is name of your 25mg blood pressure pill? Yes, you can make your blood pressure too low by giving too many drugs or incorrect doses. That's why we typically don't treat unless your BP is greater than 140/90 (150/90 in elderly), and then only to just below those parameters. Getting too aggressive isn't good for patients who can suffer side effects such as low blood pressure & fainting.
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Dr. Alvin Lin
Dr. Alvin Lin commented
Geriatrics 32 years experience
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BTW, your bottom number varies quite a bit. Anything less than 90 is fine. But if you regularly run higher than 90 on bottom (diastolic), then you should chat w/prescribing doc. It helps if you bring in your BP cuff for calibration - match up to doc's BP cuff so s/he can interpret your home readings.
Mar 19, 2016
Last updated Apr 3, 2016


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