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Pid Pressure Control
Yes: They can, especially in women in their late 30s. ...Read more
Many options: Weight loss, exercise, stress reducing activities, pets can all help. Some patients need more than one type of blood pressure pill. Also, sometimes the hypertension is secondary to a cause which can be cured instead of the more common essential hypertension. Your doctor can help you sort it out. ...Read more
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
No: There is no association between the two. Good wishes. ...Read more
Stop them: If the pill truly raised your blood pressure and it was not elevated by other factors then do a trial and stop the pill and see it your BP goes down. Please use an alternative contraceptive during that time frame. If the BP stays elevated, it was NOT due to the pill and you need to see a MD for evaluation and/or Rx. It is most uncommon for a 16 year old to have essential hypertension. ...Read more
Do antibiotics affect birth control, specifically IUDs? I'm on Cipro (ciprofloxacin) and have a Mirena IUD.
Not to worry: All IUDs prevent pregnancy, and antibiotics don't interfere with them. Mirena (levonorgestrel) combines the usual action of an IUD with the hormonal effects of the progesterone-type drug included with it. A few antibiotics can affect the hormone's effectiveness, but most won't, including ciprofloxacin. ...Read more
No good data: Griseofulvin can increase metabolism of the hormones in bcp's and therby reduce blood levels of the hormones and risk pregnancy. Azole antifungals don't interfere with liver metabolism of bcp's. There have been case reports of unintended pregnancies & late withdrawl bleeding with itraconazole but these are not listed as warnings with itra. Both can cause liver injury & need physician follow-up. ...Read more
Clots vs. pill: One of the many risks of the oral contraceptive pill is thrombosis(clots) which can travel to distant places like the lungs and cause "issues". Smoking on the pill is a major no-no as it can make the blood vessels produce spasms and enhance the likelihood of clots.That is why we as md's use low dose estrogen combination pills and insist on no smoking to decrease that side effect. ...Read more
Yes: Diuretics can increase your risk of developing gout, a type of arthritis caused by the deposit of uric acid crystals in a joint. This may happen because diuretics make you urinate more, which reduces the amount of fluid in your body. But the remaining fluid is more concentrated, which can increase the risk that you'll develop the crystals that cause gout. Some types of diuretics also reduce the kidneys' excretion of urate, a component of uric acid. There are many other types of blood pressure medications that don't increase your risk of gout. Also, many of the measures you take to reduce blood pressure have the added benefit of lowering uric acid. These measures include: Eating a healthy diet, with an emphasis on fruits, vegetables and whole grains and reduced servings of meat and whole-fat dairy products, Drinking little to no alcohol, Losing weight and maintaining a healthy weight based on your body mass index. ...Read more
Neo 40 is made: from beet root juice and other natural products. Research shows it to be effective for pre-hypertension. Garlic can also be used, or garlic capsules. See www.neogenis.org for more info on Neo 40 and a related product called Superbeets. See www.relaxationresponse. for a behavioral approach to lowering bp created by a cardiologist. Peace and good hhealth. ...Read more
Several ways: Weight loss, low salt intake, regular physical activity, avoiding or moderating alcohol intake, and a dash diet all help treat high blood pressure, as can treating underlying conditions. If the blood pressure is not that high, it is worth trying these things first, but if it's really high, medicine is required. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I'm taking the birth control Alesse 28. Will vitamin B12 reduce the effectiveness of my birth control?
Birth control: no you are fine to take that ...Read more