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Is there a possibility that I could come off my blood pressure medicine?

Is there a possibility that I could come off my blood pressure medicine?

YES: A possibility depending on the cause of your hypertension. Frequently lifestyle changes like a healthy diet, weight loss, exercise, alcohol in moderation and smoking cessation allow one to decrease the amount of medications or potentially stop them. See your doctor for a specific plan of treatment. ...Read more

Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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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 possible to ever get off blood pressure medicine? What tests need to be done to know the cause of high blood pressure?

Is it possible to ever get off blood pressure medicine? What tests need to be done to know the cause of high blood pressure?

Yes: Depends on cause.
There are a few that are curable by surgery!
other persons may control or improve, with weight loss, exercize, sodium control, dietary efforts. ...Read more

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Is amlodipine addictive? Every time I try to wean off it to switch to another medicine, blood pressure spikes. How safe and widely used is it.

Is amlodipine addictive? Every time I try to wean off it to switch to another medicine, blood pressure spikes. How safe and widely used is it.

Very safe: Norvasc (amlodipine) (amlodopine) is very effective and has a proven safety profile. It is not addicting, but I suspect your blood pressure goes up when yous top it, because you indeed have high blood pressure that needs treatment. Continue to be seen by your doctor and get periodic examinations including blood pressure readings to assure your hypertension is treated well. Best wishes. ...Read more

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My dad was put on blood pressure medicine a few weeks ago. It has not lowered his bp. He has felt weak and dizzy since. Should he be taken off it?

My dad was put on blood pressure medicine a few weeks ago. It has not lowered his bp. He has felt weak and dizzy since. Should he be taken off it?

Lack of BP effect: Your dad should speak to his physician (p) about both of his problems, being weak, dizzy and not being under good BP control with his meds. He shouldn't stop his meds without speaking to his p. If his BP did not drop, why is he weak and dizzy? If this severe, get him to an er. If not, have him see his physician for an examination and blood work. Things unrelated to his meds may be present. ...Read more

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Since it gave me more lung congestion, my doctor took me off coversyl. Will all blood pressure medicine give me congestion? Thanks.

Since it gave me more lung congestion, my doctor took me off coversyl. Will all blood pressure medicine give me congestion? Thanks.

No: Some antihypertensives will cause a dry cough (ace inhibitors, like coversyl), but not truly "congestion" with mucus, etc. You should not have this symptom with other drugs for high blood pressure if they are not ace inhibitors. ...Read more

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Why could my blood pressure medicine not be working?

Why could my blood pressure medicine not be working?

Adjustment, time: Depends on how long you have been on this medication. You need to go back to dopctor for adjustment of dosage or even change to combination med. Furthermore your doctor can order blood test as well as x-ray to find out other cause of your blood pressure ...Read more

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What happens if you take too much blood pressure medicine?

What happens if you take too much blood pressure medicine?

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

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Is blood pressure medicine probiotic?

Is blood pressure medicine probiotic?

Nope.: Probiotics are live bacteria (the good kind) that may aid in digestive health and may possibly have other health benefits, but they are not blood pressure agents. And likewise, blood pressure medications are not probiotics. ...Read more

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What is it in blood pressure medicine that causes a cough?

What is it in blood pressure medicine that causes a cough?

Ace Inhibitor: Ace inhibitors are the most common cause of cough with BP medications. It is caused by an elevation of bradykinin. The side effect is much more common than published numbers suggest. In rare instances angioedema or swelling of lips and larynx can result which is considered a medical emergency. ...Read more

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What to do if I took a high blood pressure medicine by mistake!!?

What to do if I took a high blood pressure medicine by mistake!!?

Check BP frequently: If below 100 mm of Hg, drink plenty of fluids, keep recumbent position for at least 8-12 Hrs. If symptomatic or concerned go to ER. ...Read more

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How come high blood pressure medicine tell you to stay out of the sun?

How come high blood pressure medicine tell you to stay out of the sun?

Photosensitivity: Some hypertensive medictions can cause a reaction with sunlight leading to a burn like rash. This is more common with hctz (hydrochlorothiazide) and furosemide. Some of the calcium channel blockers have been implicated. Sun block helps. It is impractical to avoid the sun altogether as so many of the population have high blood pressure. ...Read more

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Can you take sardinia cambodia if you take high blood pressure medicine?

No: Unless you know what is actually in the pill (and you do not) and the drug has been thoroughly tested for safety and efficacy (which it has not) do not chance it.

We do not know what is in these herbal remedies, we do not know what they will do, what they are adulterated with, how much of the unknown stuff or claimed stuff is in there. Don't use them (was I clear?). ...Read more

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What can I do to avoid flushed red face caused by blood pressure medicine?

What can I do to avoid flushed red face caused by blood pressure medicine?

Flushing and BP meds: You should speak to your doctor about your problem and see if your medicine can be changed. There are a multitude of BP meds on the market and I quite certain that one can substituted for the medicine that is giving you problems. Give your physician call and get your problem resolved. Good luck. ...Read more

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How soon after you start taking high blood pressure medicine do you notice a difference?

How soon after you start taking high blood pressure medicine do you notice a difference?

Depends: We have many excellent blood pressure drugs available, but the onset of action and the time to stable response varies with the drug class and the specific drug. It has to do with pharmacologic and physiologic "half life" that is known. Some drugs have rapid onset but some may take many weeks. Compounding this is that combination agents are used to minimize side effects, adding complexity. ...Read more

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Can eating a grapefruit interfere with the blood pressure medicine mavik (trandolapril)?

Can eating a grapefruit interfere with the blood pressure medicine mavik (trandolapril)?

No interactions: Although grapefruit does have interactions with some drugs it does not appear that mail is one of them. ...Read more

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I take high blood pressure medicine is there a way to get where I don't have to take it anymore?

I take high blood pressure medicine is there a way to get where I don't have to take it anymore?

Agree with Dr Werner: In addition to weight loss and diet changes, consider learning hypnosis or biofeedback to reduce stress and help lower BP. Seek a clinical psychologist trained in clinical hypnosis or biofeedback. ...Read more

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What happens if someone stops taking there high blood pressure medicine for 3 days what will happen?

What happens if someone stops taking there high blood pressure medicine for 3 days what will happen?

Depends upon meds: Usually if a patient stops his antihypertensives for several days his or her BP will become elevated again. Certain antiypertensives have a long half-life and take days to be completely eliminated from the body. Certain medications should absolutely not be stopped abruptly as this causes rebound accelerated hypertension. Clonidine and beta blockers are notorious for rebound hypertension. ...Read more

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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. ..

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 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

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Which blood pressure medicine is safe for taking long terms, amlodepine or talmisartan or others with less side effects I m 38 years old.

Which blood pressure medicine is safe for taking long terms, amlodepine or talmisartan or others with less side effects I m 38 years old.

Both: Both are excellent for long term treatment. Amlodipine at 5 mg rarely causes side effects while at 10 mg, a significant percent of users may discover that their legs swell (harmlessly). Use whichever one costs less for you. ...Read more

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My husband is 77 years old he's already on blood pressure medicine but lately his blood pressure has been 101/59 somtimes lower and been tired. Bad?

My husband is 77 years old he's already on blood pressure medicine but lately his blood pressure has been 101/59 somtimes lower and been tired. Bad?

Low BP and fatigue: Call his doctor and get his advice. He would also need to have a blood test taken to make sure he is not anemic, which can cause low BP and fatigue. After an evaluation by his physician, he may need to cut back on his BP meds if everything else is normal. Good luck. ...Read more

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What's the most effective blood pressure medicine?

What's 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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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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Can you take passionflower if you are taking blood pressure medicine?

Can you take passionflower if you are taking blood pressure medicine?

Yes: Passionflower has been used since ancient times for anxiety and insomnia. Modern medical research has confirmed its safety and effectiveness. It may potentially interact with sedatives, blood thinners and MAO inhibitors but has no known interactions with blood pressure medicines. For more info see http://www. Umm. Edu/altmed/articles/passionflower-000267.Htm. ...Read more