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Dr. James Chapman Dr. Chapman
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
37 years in practice
Indiana University School of Medicine
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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.

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


Dr. Peter Banitt Dr. Banitt
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
28 years in practice
The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
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What symptoms or signs would tell a person that they have high blood pressure without going to a doctor or drug store?

What symptoms or signs would tell a person that they have high blood pressure without going to a doctor or drug store?

Difficult to tell: Some people with high blood pressure might have a headache or blurry vision. However, most people cannot feel or tell what their blood pressure is. The only reliable way to check your blood pressure is by using a blood pressure cuff.

Dr. Rick Koch Dr. Koch
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
18 years in practice
University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
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Dr. Imtiaz Chaudhry Dr. Chaudhry
Facial Plastic Surgery
23 years in practice
University of Utah School of Medicine
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I'm taking medication for high blood pressure, and have been having some mild symptoms lately. Do I need to see a doctor?

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.

Dr. Martin Morell Dr. Morell
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
25 years in practice
Ponce School of Medicine
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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?

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.

Dr. John Szawaluk Dr. Szawaluk
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
27 years in practice
Georgetown University School of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Jeffrey Buckman Dr. Buckman
Internal Medicine
48 years in practice
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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.

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Dr. Dan Fisher Dr. Fisher
Internal Medicine
23 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Georgia Latham Dr. Latham
Family Medicine
31 years in practice
University of North Carolina School of Medicine
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How can I lower blood pressure w/out drugs?

How can I lower blood pressure w/out drugs?

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.

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Dr. Al Hegab Dr. Hegab
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
36 years in practice
Ain Shams University Faculty of Medicine
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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

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Dr. Paul Hartlaub Dr. Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine
30 years in practice
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
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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.

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Dr. Ward Dean Dr. Dean
Anti-Aging Medicine
39 years in practice
George Washington University Medical School
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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.

Dr. Calvin Weisberger Dr. Weisberger
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
47 years in practice
Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
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How can I know if I overdosed on blood pressure tablets?

OD: If you overdose on blood pressure tablets your blood pressure will be low and you'll be weak and dizzy. If you ever think you may have od'd on bp meds, go to the ER to be safe.

Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez Dr. Pearson-Martinez
Pediatrics - Cardiology
16 years in practice
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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What's the symptoms of blood pressure to high or to low?

What's the symptoms of blood pressure to high or to low?

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.

Dr. Bac Nguyen Dr. Nguyen
Family Medicine
19 years in practice
Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
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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.

Dr. Payam Mehranpour Dr. Mehranpour
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
19 years in practice
Islamic Azad University, Teheran Medical Unit
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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.

Dr. Kitturah Schomberg-Klaiss Dr. Schomberg-Klaiss
Family Medicine
24 years in practice
Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Alvin Lin Dr. Lin
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics
26 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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What blood pressure medication is most commonly prescribed?

Dr. Alvin Lin Dr. Lin
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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.

Dr. Calvin Weisberger Dr. Weisberger
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
47 years in practice
Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
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Dr. Dan Fisher Dr. Fisher
Internal Medicine
23 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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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.

Overdose (Definition)

When the maximum dose of medication ...Read more