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My husband only takes his blood pressure medication on days when his blood pressure is high, is this ok?

My husband only takes his blood pressure medication on days when his blood pressure is high, is this ok?

Absolutely not!: The point and purpose of high blood pressure medication is to proactively keep your blood pressure low. It is not intended treating you high blood pressure sporadically. In fact, doing so can be dangerous and abruptly stopping can cause a dangerous rise in blood pressure. He needs to take it daily, as prescribed by his doc. (the first signs of untreated high pressure can be heart attack or stroke. ...Read more

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Dr. Sewa Legha
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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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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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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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Will someone's blood pressure be affected if he/she is on a mild blood pressure medication?

Yes: If a blood pressure medication was prescribed, it was for a specific purpose at a dose commensurate with the target blood pressure versus the pre-medication blood pressure. Sometimes a low or 'mild' dose is appropriate. ...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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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 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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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 do I keep from having high bloodpressure when I am taking blood pressure medication?

Factors: Within reason you should watch your salt and alcohol intake. Watch the quantity and quality of the food you eat so you can maintain a healthy weight. Reasonable exercise. Then work with your provider to adjust and/or add medicines to control your pressure. Most people need more than one medicine, sometimes 3 or 4 depending on the person. ...Read more