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Blood Pressure Medicine Without Sulfa
Absolutely!: No BP med has HCTZ (hydrochlorothiazide) unless it's marked "XXX-HCT". Manufacturers provide the combination for convenience because HCTZ (hydrochlorothiazide) is often used with other meds and it doesn't add any cost to the manufacture, but all meds come without it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Exercise & nutrition: Healthy lifestyle is best way to lower blood pressure w/o taking medication. That includes regular exercise, healthy nutrition (avoid excess salt), getting plenty of rest, losing belly fat as a result of all this, even meditating. Oh and quit smoking (don't start if you don't already do). Measure BP at home at rest & bring cuff in for calibration to allow proper interpretation of home BP. ...Read more
Acceptable: 120/80 is a desirable goal in the treatment of hypertension. Your reading is quite acceptable on your current medications especially if you're not experiencing any side effects. ...Read more
Lifestyle changes: A combination diet rich in fruits, vegetables, legumes, and low-fat dairy products and low in snacks, sweets, meats, and saturated and total fat are the best foods to lower high blood pressure. Also, getting in at least 30 mins of cardiac exercise daily is extremely helpful. Limit your alcohol intake to no more than 2 drinks per day. Keep a healthy body weight/BMI. Best wishes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it safe to take heart medications, blood thinners, and blood pressure medicine with penicillin?
Angle closure risk: Angle closure glaucoma is rare but not everyone who has the potential for this condition has been treated, or even knows that they have it. Ask your father if he has open angle glaucoma, and then the most common cold medicines are safe to use. Generally avoid one with decongestants if you are on certain types of blood pressure meds, your family doctor can advise you if this is an issue. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What over-the-counter medicine to avoid when taking ziac (bisoprolol and hydrocholorthiazide) for high blood pressure?
Have doctor review: Treating BP often involves a trial and error approach w meds. Close followup w your doctor, and careful followup of your home readings at different times of day at needed. About 40% of pts require 2 or more meds to treat effectively. Weight loss, salt and alcohol reduction, along with exercise help. Rule out sleep apnea. If truly resistant assess for renovascular disease or hormonal causes. ...Read more
Lifestyle: Regular exercise, good nutrition & enough sleep can help you obtain better control of your blood pressure. Avoid adding salt to your foods and avoid foods loaded w/salt. Stop smoking. Don't drink to excess. Meditate. Do keep track of your blood pressure then bring BP cuff in for calibration to be sure your home readings are accurate. If obese or overweight, lose weight. If sleep apnea, use CPAP! ...Read more
Meds if over 140/90: Goal BP is under 120/80, and high BP is over 140/90. However, it also depends on whether you have underlying heart disease, kidney disease, diabetes, or prior TIA or strokes. In those more serious conditions we will have tighter control on bp. If you are using any stimulants like caffeine you should eliminate it. BP should be measured on 3 separate occasions in order to diagnose hypertension. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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