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Mixing 3 Blood Pressure Medicines
What do you advise if I'm on three blood pressure medicines lysinopril, felodipine, hydrochlorothiazide, and I take ferrous sulfate?
Go see your doctor: Actually, first measure blood pressure at home. Then bring BP cuff in for calibration during appointment. Tell prescribing doctor if you've noticed any side effects. Also let him/her know if you can't afford medications (combination Lisinopril/Hydrochlorothiazide is available for $4/mo). S/he'll want to check blood tests every now & then, perhaps cholesterol & glucose too. Exercise nutrition sleep ...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
My blood pressure has always been on the low side. For last three days, have been at 145/110 or higher. What could cause a sudden change like that?
Many possibilities: Blood pressure can be affected in the short-term by the level of emotional or physical stress (including pain), excess salt intake in some people, excess caffeine, nsaids such as Ibuprofen or naproxen. If correcting these has no effect, it is important to be seen by a healthcare professional, as there are many other possibilities and too little space to list them. ...Read more
Why would I have such a dramatic spontaneous fluctuation in my blood pressure? What could be my problem? I' am a 28 year old male in fairly fit condition but for the last three years I have had episodes of dramatic fluctuations in my blood pressure. My no
The : The most important cause to rule out in situations like this is the presence of a tumor of the adrenal gland, called a pheochromocytoma. Even with these symptoms such a tumor is rarely found. The diagnosis can usually be made by analysis of a 24 hour urine collection or by blood tests. Other possible causes of these types of symptoms include: panic attacks, labile hypertension, anxiety, hyperthyroidism, migraine headaches, central nervous system lesions, seizures, carcinoid syndrome, drugs (including cocaine, lsd, amphetamines, and others), and tyrosine ingestion combined with monoamine oxidase inhibitors (which are a type of antidepressant drug). In many patients with episodic hypertension in whom a pheochromocytoma is not found the cause remains unknown, and treatment is difficult. The symptoms most likely involve activation of the sympathetic system, but the cause of sympathetic activation is unclear. It may stem from emotional factors that are repressed from conscious awareness. This condition is sometimes called pseudopheochromocytoma, and most often includes rapid elevation of blood pressure; sudden onset of physical symptoms, such as headache, chest pain, dizziness, nausea, palpitations, flushing, and/or sweating; and a lack of emotional causes, such as fear or panic, although fear can occur as a result of the worrisome physical symptoms. Episodes can last from ten minutes to several hours; they can occur several times per day or only once every few months. Between episodes the blood pressure may be normal or mildly elevated. ...Read more
My blood pressure is normally 90/60 . In the last six months I have experienced three episodes of blood pressure ranging from 200/110 to 240/120?
Get examined now: BP of 240/120 is an emergency- please go directly to the ER...or go to your local UC clinic. ...Read more
I'm a chubby 26 year old male and tall (about 6 7' or 197cm). Are blood pressure readings of 128/87, 126/91 and 128/94 over three days concerning ?
My blood pressure is 145/95. A few hrs latter maybe 135/83, then s few hrs later 117/71. I am on medicine but it is up and down. When drops i fee bad?
Keep record: Track your readings and how you feel throughout the day--share this with your dr, as you might require medication adjustment or dose timing change, since some are high, some good, and others not good (even if #s are--because they make you feel poorly). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Lots of choices.: There are many different types of medications to control blood pressure. Diuretics decrease sodium and fluid retention. Beta blockers decrease the force of heart contractions. Vasodilators relax blood vessel tension. Ace inhibitors block chemicals that raise bp. Alpha blockers adjust blood vessel tone. Many patients need more than one drug to achieve ideal control. Combination pills are available. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Lifestyle for HTN: Reducing the amount of salt in your diet is usually the most effective way to lower blood pressure. Regular aerobic exercise for 30-45 minutes each day will lower blood pressure. Relaxation techniques and particularly yoga has been found to lower blood pressure. If these measures are not enough, you should take medications. Uncontrolled high blood pressure can be very dangerous and damaging. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
High blood pressure: In many cases blood pressure medication may be used initially to help to control blood pressure elevation especially if the patient has risk factors. These include family history, diabetes, high cholesterol, and obesity. Other steps that you may take now include adequate sleep, exercise, smoking cessation, and weight loss. Other alternative treatments include meditation, yoga, tai chi, and even acupuncture. Regardless of what steps to take, I recommend getting a detailed instruction from your primary care provider. ...Read more
Medicine for BP: Generally speaking, the best medication for blood pressure control would be (1) the one that works and (2) that takes into account your other medical issues. Realize, though, that it's unusual to be able to effectively control your blood pressure with just one medication - patients typically need two or three so you need medications that play nicely together in your body. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Which Way Is UpDown?: To increase blood pressure? To decrease it? What? You gotta problem? There's LOTS of medicines for treating blood pressure either way, by far the most common for lowering blood pressure. They are all based on what the problem is. It's kind of complicated. But at 16, if you have a blood pressure problem, ask mom to take you to the doctor ...Read more
Exercise,diet,stress: The foundation treatments for many problems such as hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, menopause, depression and so on, involved what you eat and what you do. Studies show that watching your diet, including decreasing saturated fats, salt, calories help. Weight loss is helpful. Avoiding stimulants like tobacco, alcohol, caffeine. Stress reduction like yoga, prayer and biofeedback can all lower bp. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Try diet change.: Reducing salt may help your blood pressure. Losing weight if you are overweight may help, but if your blood pressure is still high (over 140/90) medications are necessary.Lowering your blood pressure is important to reduce the risk of heart disease, kidney disease, and strokes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Lifestyle: Regular exercise, good nutrition & enough sleep can help you obtain better control of your blood pressure. Avoid adding salt to your foods and avoid foods loaded w/salt. Stop smoking. Don't drink to excess. Meditate. Do keep track of your blood pressure then bring BP cuff in for calibration to be sure your home readings are accurate. If obese or overweight, lose weight. If sleep apnea, use CPAP! ...Read more
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