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Can Blood Pressure Pills Cause Weight Gain
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
Rare issue: While anyone can have any adverse reaction to a drug, in general Lisinopril and other ace inhibitors do not cause weight gain as a side effect. However, some large studies have seen a relationship. The question is whether the association means that the drug caused the weight gain or is the weight gain from something else. One cause of gain is congestive heart failure, so may need to be checked out. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes, possibly: But there are also individual responses to consider. Wellbutrin is a possibility that comes to mind, but it will not help anxiety. (you list anxiety on your other information). Lexapro is relatively weight-neutral also, and does not affect bp, etc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes it can: Weight gain can absolutely increaase your blood pressure. I recommend regular exercise (which can decrease your blood pressure even when you dont loose weight), and a healthy diet. Also sodium (salt) can increase your blood pressure , so i recommend taing in < 1500mg a day if you have high blood pressure. ...Read more
Fluid retention: None of the common antihypertensives is associated with significant weight gain. However, even placebo causes weight gain. So, a certain percentage of people who take antihypertensives will gain weight and think it is due to medication. Calcium channel blockers (amlodipine, nifedipine, etc) as a group may cause peripheral edema / mild weight gain but this is simply fluid, easily dealt with. ...Read more
I had a total colectomy 16 years ago and have had significant weight gain and high blood pressure since. Any ideas on how to lose or stop gaining?
Yes. More salt: bad: More doctors are emphasizing the avoidance of salt. The pritikin program (very famous) is emphasizing the problems with blood pressure and heart disease with excess salt. Weight gain (both obesity and fluid retention) sometimes comes with eating salty food. Avoid adding salt. Look at salt content in the foods you eat. ...Read more
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