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Does Grapefruit Lower Blood Pressure
I was told grapefruit isn't good for you if you take blood pressure pills. Is that true? I take Benicar 20mg.
Yes and no: That depends on the how the medication is metabolized. Grapefruit can inhibit certain enzymes in the liver that metabolize many medications. If these enzymes are inhibited then the liver can't eliminate the drug properly and the levels of the drug increase in your body. Benicar is not metabolized this way and you should be okay to eat grapefruit. ...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
Not with all: Grapefruit juice can block some of the metabolic enzymes responsible for limiting absorption of calcium channel blockers such as Procardia and others. This results in enhanced effects of the medication, with levels in the body being much higher than intended. This can be dangerous. Your pharmacist can help you determine if your anti-hypertensive medication is in this category. ...Read more
I am currently on antacand 16 mg and have been on them for nearly two years. I have been told by friends that grapefruit juice will affect my blood pressure. Is it true?
Candesartan: Atacand (candesartan) is a member of arb class of blood pressure lowering medications. It's also useful in protecting kidneys & heart. Care should be taken if also consuming potassium (k+) supplements or k+ containing salt substitutes, as arbs tend to maintain if not raise k+. Check out http://www.Drugs.Com/food-interactions/candesartan, atacand.Html for more info, but no mention of grapefruit. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No interactions: Although grapefruit does have interactions with some drugs it does not appear that mail is one of them. ...Read more
Yes: There is a (theoretical) potential interaction where grapefruit increases drug levels and possible toxicity. In my personal experience, it is a non issue. ...Read more
Depends: Hi. If you're obese or overweight, weight loss may lower BP. Regular exercise may help lower BP. Weight loss is easier said than done, however. The most direct and proven means is to take BP meds ("antihypertensives"). Personally, I would never put off treating high BP with the hope that weight loss or exercise might control it. High BP injures and kills. Ask your doc. Good luck! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Lifesyle changes: Many times BP can be improved with a regular exercise plan and with dietary changes. Cardiovascular exercise is more important than weight training for this, one specific diet for this is known as the dash diet. Your doctor can help you choose the right plans for you. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Is there a maximum amount of blood pressure ? which medicine is best if u wanna lower the bloodpressure just when training?
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