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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

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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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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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 lower blood pressure with out medication?

How to lower blood pressure with out medication?

Healthy lifestyle: Diet and exercise, good night sleep, avoid fast food, snacks, excess salt, sugar and fat, fresh air, fresh fruits / vegetables. That said, all the above will help maintain a normal blood pressure or prevent development of of hypertension, however, if you already have the condition, better follow your doctor's advice and recommendations, hypertension can just be sign of another disease, good luck ...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

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What would it take to be free from blood pressure medication?

What would it take to be free from blood pressure medication?

A lower BP.: Unless there are drastic changes in lifestyle (diet exercise, wt loss or use of alcohol or medications) meds for high BP are generally for life. You may get small reduction in BP with minor changes but they are usually not substantial enough to modify therapy. However, if you have wt to lose, exercise to start and a better diet to eat, there is no down side to getting with the program. ...Read more

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Blood pressure still high with medications after 5 years. Why?

Blood pressure still high with medications after 5 years. Why?

BP: Generally we can control BP in significantly less time than that. You should discuss this problem with your doctor. ...Read more

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When do I know that I can stop taking blood pressure medication?

When do I know that I can stop taking blood pressure medication?

Not a good idea: Blood pressure, diabetes thyroid disorders are all similar you may not be able to stop.
Some cases it will be feasable work with your physician. ...Read more

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How can I lower my blood pressure effectively with no medication?

How can I lower my blood pressure effectively with no medication?

See below: If you smoke, stop. Minimize alcohol.Lose weight. Avoid salt. Sleep. Deep breathing and relaxation exercises also can help. ...Read more

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What're my alternatives for getting my blood pressure medication?

Depends: How high is your blood pressure? How much do you weigh? Do you exercise? Mild hypertension may be controlled by being on salt restricted diet, losing weight and exercising. If you are on medication do not stop without discussin with your doctor. ...Read more

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My blood pressure is130/95: hoe do I lower it without medication?

My blood pressure is130/95: hoe do I lower it without medication?

Lifestyle modificati: (each item reduce 5mm hg)
1:weight loss:goal bmi 18.5-25
2:aerobic exercise:30 min/ day (5 days/wk)
3:mediterranean diet (dash)
4: na restriction-2.4 gm / day/ideally1.5gm/day
5:limit alcohol consumption 2dr/d in men &1dr/day in women& light wt pts!
good luck. ...Read more

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Can you suggest how to lower my blood pressure without medication?

Can you suggest how to lower my blood pressure without medication?

Hypertension: You can try low salt diet and exercise, along with meditation and yoga but if you have more than a borderline hypertension, you're better off doing those and consulting and doctor for medication. If good control is obtained and you're sticking to the diet, exercise, etc. Can always try to back off the drugs at that point. ...Read more

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What is the fastest way to lower blood pressure without medication?

What is the fastest way to lower blood pressure without medication?

Lifesyle changes: Many times BP can be improved with a regular exercise plan and with dietary changes. Cardiovascular exercise is more important than weight training for this, one specific diet for this is known as the dash diet. Your doctor can help you choose the right plans for you. ...Read more

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I think I overdosed on blood pressure medications. What should I do?

I think I overdosed on blood pressure medications. What should I do?

Fluids: Increase your fluid intake. If you are symptomatic with dizziness, weakness, or lightheadedness, you should go the emergency room. ...Read more

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How is blood pressure controlled outside of medication, I take meds.?

How is blood pressure controlled outside of medication, I take meds.?

Lots of ways!: If you're blood pressure is high, there are several things that may help, besides medications. Weight loss for people overweight or obese is probably the most effective. Regular cardiovascular activity (150min+ / week), if okay'd by your doctor, is also great. Alcohol cessation or moderation is important, as is salt restriction. Following a dash diet is another way to control BP through diet! ...Read more

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What can be done to reduce blood pressure quickly without medication?

What can be done to reduce blood pressure quickly without medication?

Gun shot wound: A bullet in the leg will do it but I don't recommend it. Nor do I recommend rapid reduction of BP by any means, medication or not. It's not safe. BP should be lowered gradually. Weight loss and avoidance of salt are time honored methods without medication. ...Read more

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Can medication for lowering blood pressure increase my blood pressure?

Possibly: Everyone responds differently to BP meds and there have been reports of patients having an increase of blood pressure, for example related to renin levels, when started on BP meds. Remember however that our blood pressures rise and fall naturally throughout the day so it is important to follow trends over time. In some cases, the medicine is simply not working for you, not raising your BP. ...Read more

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How high should my blood pressure be before I start considering medication?

High blood pressure: Mild elevations in blood pressure can often be corrected with diet and exercise. However any elevation can be harmful and decision to defer medical therapy should be done on individual basis with your physician. In general systolic blood pressure above 160 mandates drug therapy along with exercise and diet. ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take blood pressure medication to take effect?

How long is it supposed to it take blood pressure medication to take effect?

Blood pressure: Different medications take different amounts of time to work. Diuretics can start quickly but reach stable effect in weeks, ace inhibitors also take time, other agents can work in hours or days, some like nitrates or nitroprusside work in seconds to minutes. ...Read more

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What does it mean if your blood pressure continues to rise despite medications?

What does it mean if your blood pressure continues to rise despite medications?

Blood Pressure: If you are on medication and your blood pressure isn't coming down, you need to discuss with your doctor. You may need increased dosage or additonal medications. You could also perhaps need additional testing to see if something unexpected is going on. ...Read more