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Antihypertensive (Overview)

Anti hypertensive is a medication used to lower blood pressure.


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What. Is antihypertensive of choice in interstitial lung disease with mild pulmonary hypertension?

What. Is antihypertensive of choice in interstitial lung disease with mild pulmonary hypertension?

Several choices: In the absence of other heart problems i would tend to try amlodipine in someone with high blood pressure and mild pulmonary hypertension. However many other medications such as acei or arb, beta blockers, Diltiazem or diuretics could also be appropriate. Please discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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Antihypertensive (Overview)

Anti hypertensive is a medication used to lower blood pressure.


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Managing High Blood Pressure (Checklist)

Monitor BP at home
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Have a regular follow up and work with your doctor
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Take your meds as instructed without fail
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How come some people take more than one type of antihypertensive medication? Isn't that dangerous?

No: Each anti-hypertensive medication, regardless of class, lowers BP by 10-15 points on average. If BP is high, multiple drugs, judiciously chosen, working by different mechanisms are routinely administered to reach target BP. ...Read more

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If once prescribed high blood pressure medicine, can a person be weened from the medicine over time or are they stuck taking it ...

If once prescribed high blood pressure medicine, can a person be weened from the medicine over time or are they stuck taking it ...

BP med duration: If one's hypertension (hbp) is "essential" hypertension it is quite likely that one will need lifelong therapy if no changes are made in that person's life style. Some people can lose their hbp with weight loss and/or cessation of smoking. If the hbp is secondary, treatment of the cause of it can resolve the cause of hbp. A physician needs to be seen to answer your question. ...Read more

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Managing Low Blood Pressure (Checklist)

Drink plenty of water
once
See your doctor to evaluate cause
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Have meds adjusted if needed
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Look for symptoms of lightheadedness and fatigue
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Could any antihypertensive meds be used for pheochromocytoma or are there specific ones?

Specific: Prior to resecting a functional pheochromoctoma two medications are employed. The first,alpha blockers (Dibenzyline) prevent noradrenaline from stimulating the muscles in the walls of smaller arteries and veins. Because these blood vessels remain open blood pressure lessens When pressure oomes under control beta blockers are introduce , which inhibit the effect of adrenaline. This allows the heart to beat more slowly and with less force. Beta blockers (Tenormin) also help keep blood vessels open and relaxed. ...Read more

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Is a diuretic effective as an antihypertensive?

Yes: In fact, diuretics are one of the first line medications for patients newly diagnosed with hypertension according to many guidelines. Of course, you need to discuss the risks and benefits of any medication treatment with your doctor. ...Read more

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Taking Blood Thinners (Checklist)

Take appropriate dose of anticoagulation medication
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Follow up with your treating physician
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What antihypertensive drugs 1)work like Micardis (telmisartan) or 2) are well-tested and are available as generics?

Micardis (telmisartan) generics: Micardis (telmisartan) is a member of the angiotensin receptor blocker class of anti-hypertensives. Losartan is a member of the same class and is now available as a generic. Another agent of the same class, valosartan, is off patent and is not yet available as a generic alone, however, there is a generic valosartan pill combined with a thiazide diuretic being marketed. ...Read more