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Doctor insights on: Blood Pressure Medicine

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Dr. Andrew Seibert
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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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Is it bad for you to be on blood pressure medicine for years?

Is it bad for you to be on blood pressure medicine for years?

No, if......: Being on blood pressure medication for years is not bad if you are being treated for high blood pressure. What is bad is having untreated high blood pressure for years. Check with your doctor, and check your blood pressure regularly. ...Read more

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Managing High Blood Pressure (Checklist)

Monitor BP at home
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Have a regular follow up and work with your doctor
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Take your meds as instructed without fail
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If once prescribed high blood pressure medicine, can a person be weened from the medicine over time or are they stuck taking it ...

BP med duration: If one's hypertension (hbp) is "essential" hypertension it is quite likely that one will need lifelong therapy if no changes are made in that person's life style. Some people can lose their hbp with weight loss and/or cessation of smoking. If the hbp is secondary, treatment of the cause of it can resolve the cause of hbp. A physician needs to be seen to answer your question. ...Read more

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Can use of blood pressure medicine lower circulation rates?

Can use of blood pressure medicine lower circulation rates?

Circulation rates: Please define what you mean by "circulation rates". ...Read more

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Managing Low Blood Pressure (Checklist)

Drink plenty of water
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See your doctor to evaluate cause
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Have meds adjusted if needed
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Look for symptoms of lightheadedness and fatigue
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Whats the most effective blood pressure medicine?

Whats the most effective blood pressure medicine?

Effective BP med: There is no simple answer to your question. All BP meds have their advantages and disadvantages. If you have diabetes with protein in your urine, you would be best treated for hbp with drugs such as an ace-i or arb. If you have some angina, you may be treated well with beta-blockers. Parents are different and it's up to them to have a discussion with their doctors to get the best regimen possible. ...Read more

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Managing Low Blood Sugar (Checklist)

Avoid skipping meals
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Eat protein-rich snacks every 2 hours
Daily
Keep fruit with you at all times if you feel hypoglycemic
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Would taking any blood pressure medicine when you run out work til you get more of your own work?

BP med substitute: I would ask your doctor about it. They may be a reason that you are on one type of BP medication. I would speak to your physician to see if the want to substitute for your regular one is one your physician would approve you to take. All BP medication lower BP and they do so by different means. Speak to your doctor for advice and try not to run out of your medication in the future. ...Read more

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