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I have anxiety, experienced the hypertension/tachycardia side effects of valtrex (valacyclovir). If i take it with atenolol will it help, what should I look out for?

I have anxiety, experienced the hypertension/tachycardia side effects of valtrex (valacyclovir). If i take it with atenolol will it help, what should I look out for?

Valtrex (valacyclovir): Is this long term or short term. Avoid beta blockers unless know what doing. We avoid atenolol as may increase aortic pressure. Really need consult physician to determine if you have hypertension and is it tachycardia. Lone atrial fibrillation may be culprittreated differently than other forms a. Fib. May not know have it. But unless prescribed avoid atenolol. In ur age group, beta blockers not. ...Read more

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Dr. Amanda Itzkoff
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Hypertension (Definition)

A blood pressure reading has two numbers: a systolic blood pressure and a diastolic blood pressure. The systolic blood pressure is the maximum pressure the blood exerts on the vessels when the heart is beating. The diastolic blood pressure is the pressure the blood exerts on the vessels in between heartbeats. Hypertension, or high blood pressure, begins when the systolic blood pressure remains above 140 or when the diastolic blood pressure remains above 90. Hypertension can be a result of increased blood flow through vessels or increased resistance to ...Read more


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Many people think they can feel their hypertension. Maybe it is the inevitable side effects of their medication(s) they are experiencing?

Many people think they can feel their hypertension. Maybe it is the inevitable side effects of their medication(s) they are experiencing?

Hypertension: Hypertension is not something you can dependably feel. Much of the time it may be completely asymptomatic. If someone believes he has symptoms when his blood pressure is up, he should also check the blood pressure when not symptomatic; it may be elevated then too. ...Read more

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Can people prescribed hypertension medication feel the physical effect that it is working or would the person only feel side effects?

Can people prescribed hypertension medication feel the physical effect that it is working or would the person only feel side effects?

Effect of meds: Since hypertension is usually without symptoms, most would not feel any effects of treatment. Side effects of medication(s) do not occur in a majority of patients and not all adverse effects are associated with symptoms. ...Read more

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How effective is Reserpine for hypertension? Experiencing too many bad side effects with other meds.

How effective is Reserpine for hypertension? Experiencing too many bad side effects with other meds.

You may not like it: Reserpine is effective at lowering blood pressure, but is rarely used now because in many patients side effects are prominent. There are a lot of blood pressure treatment options. To give you a more helpful answer I would need to see all the data on what's been tried. ...Read more

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What hypertension medication work best that has lowest side effects for hard to treat hypertension for a person with PKD?

What hypertension medication work best that has lowest side effects for hard to treat hypertension for a person with PKD?

Lisinopril (ACE inh): Angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors are generally effective and well tolerated and for patients with PKD may help to preserve kidney function better than other BP medications. They are contraindicated however, in early pregnancy due to risk of birth defects. Other meds are acceptable options. Often control of BP without significant side effects is trial and error process.F/u with MD. ...Read more

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What are side effects of taking losartan potassium to contol hypertension?

What are side effects of taking losartan potassium to contol hypertension?

Side effects: Losartan is a member of the angiotension receptor blocker (arb) class of anti-hypertensive agents. The side effects of this class of drugs are minor. The only serious one that can develop is a high potassium level. At your age, i would expect that you have no chronic kidney disease of any significance so I do not think that you will have this problem, at present. ...Read more

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ARB (Losartan) won't stop my stress induced hypertension. What is a better option without lots of side effects?

Stressed out: Certainly chronic stress can lead to hypertension. Lifestyle changes such as healthy food choices, exercising regularly, and getting enough sleep can significantly impact blood pressure. Engaging in healing arts such as yoga and tai chi help to calm the mind and strengthen your body. Carving out time to spend with family and friends helps to maintain a sense of connectedness with community. Best. ...Read more