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Can Blood Pressure Medicine Make You Lose Weight
I have been losing weight and I think my blood pressure medicine (Lisinopril 20 mg) is too much. I am very tired and a bit lightheaded at times.?
Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more
Generics: Talk to your doctor about generics. There are many available for $4 a month or less. ...Read more
Possibly...: If the blood pressure medicine is at too high a dose or if the person is very sensitive to the medicine, then the blood pressure could drop too low and symptoms could result-like dizziness, passing out, etc. To avoid this, medication is started at a low dose and titrated up slowly. Taking your blood pressure at home is helpful during this process so that you can alert your doctor to low readings. ...Read more
Stopping BP meds: The only sure thing is that stopping your BP meds will cause you to be hypertensive in a matter of days or weeks. If you are on clonidine, you may have a rebound hypertensive effect of stopping it. If you have some adverse reaction (s) to your BP meds, tell your doctor about it and see if they can switched to get rid of it. Taking BP meds can save your life, speak to your doctor before you stop. ...Read more
There are many: It depends on the drug used to treat it. ...Read more
Blood pressure med: In general, yes, you can take your BP medication at slightly less than 24 hour intervals. Be careful not to take your doses much closer than 20 hours though. ...Read more
Maybe (not). . .: Forever (and rest of your life) is a very long time/commitment. The question is best addressed by & with your family doc. For instance, how high was/is your blood pressure (BP)? Any other complicating conditions? Can you lower your BP w/lifestyle modifications? Quit smoking! Exercise regularly! Eat healthy! Lose belly fat! Do all that to at least lower dose of meds, maybe drop 1 or more from regim ...Read more
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
I'm on blood pressure medicine and I take it twice a day. I watch what I eat but my blood pressure is still up. What is the problem?
What is a normal blood pressure for a 41 year old woman. I am taking blood pressure medicine. What is the most elevated which would be safe?
Can I take semenax if im taking blood pressure medicine. My blood pressure is 140/90 and its only a 5mg pill for my blood pressure?
Don't take semenax!: I am admittedly very highly suspect of non-fda approved "supplements" like semenax. This is an over the counter supplement which purportedly increases semen volume. A review of the website shows they won't list their active ingredients. Such products are likely to be overpriced vitamins, scams or fraud and could be dangerous. If you are having problems with sex, I encourage you to see your doc! ...Read more
Not a problem: I obviously don't know what your high blood pressure medicine is but detromethorphan, the active ingredient, really doesn't interact with HTN meds. The labeling may warn you to check with your doctor (who could disagree?) but you're in no danger. ...Read more
Depends. . .: Most blood pressure (BP) medications haven't been tested per se in the elderly, much less the old old, say greater than 80-85yo. With that said, high BP increases risk for stroke, heart failure & even kidney failure. On the other hand, new research warns of an increase fall risk in elderly treated w/any BP lowering drug. So the best drug for any given individual depends upon discussion w/familydoc ...Read more
Symptom: Not enough information to know if the medication is related to your feeling wierd. ...Read more
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Why bother with ARBs: They're both expensive. Can you not take an ace-inhibitor? They're better proven in evidence based studies, and Lisinopril is $4/month at walmart and a bunch of other places. That said, they're pretty comparable as BP meds. ...Read more
Also called minoxil: Loniten (minoxidil) also known as Minoxidil has multiple side effects. Usually its used for pts failing max therapy with other meds. Swelling of legs, feeeling dizzy, reflexive fast heart rates, hairgrowth, pericardial effusion, just to name a few. Pts shoul be on a water pill and a beta blocker to avoid some of these effects. ...Read more
I was started on a blood pressure medicine for raynauds even though I don't have high blood pressure?
Opens blood vessels: We use blood pressure medications in raynauds quite often because raynauds is caused by closing of small blood vessels and capillaries particulary in the hands and feet which then cause the symptoms of raynauds. Blood presure medications help keep the blood vessels open and then decrease the symptoms of raynauds. ...Read more
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
Depends of which:
But in general, medications for hypertension that are taken once a day could be taken anytime but usually at the same time of every day. Do what is best to remind you to take the medicines (important). Associate the taking of meds with something you do at the same time (i.e.: brushing teeth, breakfast, dinner, etc)
If meds are given twice a day try to take them 12 hrs appart ...Read more
Overdose?: Depends upon the type of blood pressure medication. All can cause low blood pressure - and - Generally with the beta blockers and calcium channel blockers you can see very low heart rates and syncope. Overdose of diuretics can cause dehydration and kidney damage. Overdose of ACEI / ARB can cause kidney damage. There are many other meds to be considered but not enough space to detail here. ...Read more
BP meds and ED: Some blood pressure medications, beta blockers and, less commonly diuretics, can make me have some erectile dysfunction. If you are on one of these agents, speak to your doctor about the possibility of changing to another class of BP meds. If that does not work, your ed may be caused by hypertension and you should be referred to a urologist for a work up. Good luck. ...Read more
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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