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Is it bad for you to be on blood pressure medicine for years?

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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Dr. Payam Mehranpour
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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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My husband is 77 years old hes 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 hes 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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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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What would make a 69 year old man get dizzy and fall down? He is currently on blood pressure medicine.

What would make a 69 year old man get dizzy and fall down? He is currently on blood pressure medicine.

There : There could be a number of reasons, however, from information you provided, checking for what is called orthostatic hypotension that is often caused by blood pressure medications (or their interactions with other drugs) could be a good starting point. Orthostatic hypotension is a sudden drop in blood pressure when a person changes posture, e.g. From sitting to standing. This could cause dizziness and falls. ...Read more

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Will anything bad happen if a person just stops taking blood pressure medicine.

Will anything bad happen if a person just stops taking blood pressure medicine.

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

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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?

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?

JNC 8 guidelines: The new guidelines recommend blood pressure below 140/90 if patient is younger than 60 years old, has diabetes, or has chronic kidney disease. Definitely talk to your doctor about the optimal blood pressure management. ...Read more

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Will I have to be on blood pressure medicine for the rest of my life?

Will I have to be on blood pressure medicine for the rest of my life?

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

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Why does blood pressure fluctuate while someone is on blood pressure medicine?

It always does : It fluctuates in everyone; it has to to adjust to changes, such as gravity. If it didn't, you wouldn't be able to stand after lying down. ...Read more

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I'm low on blood pressure medicine (only 4 pills left), should I cut them in half to last me longer? (I can't refill them until I get insurance)

I'm low on blood pressure medicine (only 4 pills left), should I cut them in half to last me longer? (I can't refill them until I get insurance)

Try to get meds.: It's not safe to cut long-acting medications, such as once-daily blood pressure medications, in half. See if you can be prescribed generic versions of the medications you are on. That would be safer. ...Read more