A 18-year-old member asked:
how do u decide what type of blood pressure med to give a patient?
4 doctor answers • 26 doctors weighed in
Family Medicine 23 years experience
It depends: Certain patient needs (or benefit from) one type of blood pressure more than other..I.E, a diabetic patient is recommended to have and should be prescribed an angiotensin-converting-enzyme inbitor type unless he/she has contraindication for it, such as an allergy to it.
Another example: a anxious patient with high heart rate may benefit from a beta-blocker such as metoprololetc..So, it depends.
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Good Fit For You: Not everyone wears the same shoe. Same thing goes for blood pressure medicines. The right fit for you depends on:  any other problems you may have [like diabetes, heart or kidney problems],  your ethnic group,  other rx you're taking, and  side effects you've had before. Talk with your doc about the best fit for you & what your concerns are. One size does not fit all. Good luck!
Internal Medicine 48 years experience
Experience: This skill is developed through education and experience. Using clinical information such as the patient's history, physical and necessary tests, an experienced physician uses analytical judgement and well developed intuition to begin treatment. It then follows on how well the patient responds. BP will need to be controlled and side effects prevented or tolerated. That's what you pay for.
Internal Medicine 16 years experience
Individualized: There are many options to treat blood pressure. The choices should be individualized based on several factors. Other medical conditions, side effects, cost to name a few.
Last updated Feb 26, 2017
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