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Blood Pressure Medications Overdose Symptoms
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
What symptoms or signs would tell a person that they have high blood pressure without going to a doctor or drug store?
What: Medications & how low? Please clarify.Get a more detailed answer ›
I'm taking medication for high blood pressure, and have been having some mild symptoms lately. Do I need to see a doctor?
Side effects of Meds: Almost all medications can have a side effects depending on the dose and the purpose. I would recommend seeing your doctor to see if those new symptoms are related to the medications prescribed or due to some other cause.
I have my blood pressure controlled with medication but I have noticed that my pr has increased into the 110- 130 area for which same used to be 80's?
Well: That doesn't sound right unless the arteries are relaxing too much from dose, that could lead to light headiness. Its important you talk to your doctor about if is due to too much diuretic or to high of a dose on the BP 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.See 1 more doctor answer
Lifestyle for HTN: Reducing the amount of salt in your diet is usually the most effective way to lower blood pressure. Regular aerobic exercise for 30-45 minutes each day will lower blood pressure. Relaxation techniques and particularly yoga has been found to lower blood pressure. If these measures are not enough, you should take medications. Uncontrolled high blood pressure can be very dangerous and damaging.See 1 more doctor answer
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 luckSee 1 more doctor answer
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.
Depends on degree: Mild or moderate changes in blood pressure will usually not produce any symptoms. However, more significant (or sudden) changes in BP may produce symptoms. Low BP may produce dizziness, weakness or malaise, sometimes with blurry or spotty vision, shakiness or even nausea. Conversely, high BP may produce headache or pulsatilla pressure, sometimes with blurry vision or nausea.
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.
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.
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.
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