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What Happens If You Drink On High Blood Pressure Medicine
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
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
Many, but...: Every medicine has its own personality, so to speak. So, it is important to take each medicine separately. It is important to weigh the benefit of treating hypertension vs the risk of every medicine. Also, remember that side effects of a medicine vary from a patient to another. Therefore, you need to go over your brochures of medicines and take your concerns to your doctor for face to face answers. ...Read more
Depends . . .: Most blood pressure (BP) medications haven't been tested per se in the elderly, much less the old old, say greater than 80-85yo. With that said, high BP increases risk for stroke, heart failure & even kidney failure. On the other hand, new research warns of an increase fall risk in elderly treated w/any BP lowering drug. So the best drug for any given individual depends upon discussion w/familydoc ...Read more
Yes: I went to the gnc wedsite and read the ingredients. You can take it with hbp meds. But be aware: it's just an expensive multivitamin with some aminoacids (protein building blocks). You can buy a generic multivitamin, have an egg for breakfast, and get all the same ingredients, and pay 1/10 the price. ...Read more
Are you suppose to still take high blood pressure medicine if your blood pressure is 117/73 and 109/74 thanks?
Yes, but...: Do not abruptly discontinue drugs for hypertension although it is possible to slowly adjust down their dosage in conjunction with lifestyle modification. So, keeping on taking anti-hypertensives until re-evaluated by your doctor. ...Read more
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
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
High Blood Pressure (Hypertension) (Definition)
A blood pressure reading has two numbers: a systolic blood pressure (top number) and a diastolic blood pressure (bottom number). The systolic blood pressure is the pressure the blood exerts on the artery when the heart is at maximum contraction. The diastolic blood pressure is the pressure the blood exerts on the artery when the heart is at maximum relaxation. Ideal blood pressure is 120/80 or lower. High blood pressure, or hypertension, is 140/90 or higher. ...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
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