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How low does someone's blood pressure have to be to hold a blood pressure medication?

How low does someone's blood pressure have to be to hold a blood pressure medication?

It depends.: A blood pressure is too low if a person feels light-headed or faint. For many patients a blood pressure below 100 systolic (the upper number in the blood pressure reading) is too low. However some patients with congestive heart failure may do better with a lower reading. A rapid drop in blood pressure may cause symptoms even though the reading may not be very low. ...Read more

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Dr. John Landi
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Blood Pressure (Definition)

Blood pressure is a measurement of the force placed on the blood vessels and is comprised of the "systolic" pressure (the top number on a blood pressure meter) which is the peak pressure when the heart is pumping, and the "diastolic" pressure (the bottom number on a blood pressure meter) which is the pressure during the resting phase ...Read more


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What's a good blood pressure medication?

What's a good blood pressure medication?

Many: There are many different classes of medications that are effective. Treatment needs to be tailored to the individual patient. See your doctor. ...Read more

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Can blood pressure medications cause ed?

Can blood pressure medications cause ed?

Possible.: Typically beta blockers and calcium channel blockers are implicated. Most men will have no trouble with these medications . If you have these side effects you should discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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How to reduce blood pressure medication?

How to reduce blood pressure medication?

Diet and exercise: Watching your diet, specifically salt and salt derivatives are very important. Certain ethnic groups crave salt and use heavily salted food items because of the salt content. Be careful of msg, used widely as meat tenderizer. Exercise moderately, but regular will also help. ...Read more

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What is a good blood pressure while on medication?

What is a good blood pressure while on medication?

It depends: BP targets are generally set by a national group called the joint national committee, and they are getting ready to release jnc 8, an updated set of guidelines. Currently, they recommend a goal of under 140/90 if treated, except for those with diabetes or kidney disease, when the goal is under 130/80. Untreated BP is ideal at around 120/80, because heart risk goes up over 125/75. ...Read more

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When should I start medication for Blood pressure?

When should I start medication for Blood pressure?

140/90: The standard "cutoff" is 140/90. However, keep in mind that the optimum blood pressure for long life is 100/60--and mortality progressively increases as the blood pressure rises above 100/60. Blood pressure is like blood sugar--the lower the better, as long as you feel well. Before starting medication, I suggest supplementing with potassium and magnesium--which are deficient in most people. ...Read more

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What are some medications used to control blood pressure?

What are some medications used to control blood pressure?

There are so many : Many classes of meds available now. Example: beta-blocker--toprol, coreg, bystolic, (nebivolol) inderal, labetalol; calcium chanel blocker--norvasc, cardizem, verapamil; diurectic--dyazide, chlorthalidone; ace-inhibitors--lisinopril, enalapril, captopril; arb-blocker--atacand, cozar, benicar, diovan; alpha-blocker--doxazosin/terazosin etc..This is just a partial list (i am running out of room). Consult doc. ...Read more

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What can I use to lower blood pressure without medication?

What can I use to lower blood pressure without medication?

Lifestyle change: Low salt diet, weight loss, exercise, stress reduction and healthy sleeping habits may help. ...Read more

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Can you take blood pressure medication before going to bed?

Can you take blood pressure medication before going to bed?

Depends: Some blood pressure meds, mostly diuretics or "fluid pills", make you pee more, & should be taken in the morning to avoid having to wake at night to go to the bathroom. Other pills, particularly beta blockers & calcium channel blockers, may actually be more helpful taken at bedtime, because they can prevent irregular heart rhythms which happen more often 1st thing in the morning. ...Read more

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What blood pressure medication is most commonly prescribed?

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What blood pressure medication is most commonly prescribed?

Wrong question 2 ask: Let me take that back. If you're just curious, hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) is probably the most commonly prescribed medication to treat hypertension. However, that doesn't mean it's necessarily right for you. That question is best addressed by your Family Physician or Cardiologist. In fact, we would avoid HCTZ in someone w/gout & look for ACE inhibitor in diabetes & heart failure, for instance. ...Read more