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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
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
RU obese?: If you're overweight, weight reduction will lower your BP. If you're not, you can lower your BP a little by avoiding salt. Beyond that, it's genetically determined and the only thing you can do to avoid the complications of HBP (stroke, heart attack, kidney failure, heart failure, premature death) is control it. Meds are usually required. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If once prescribed high blood pressure medicine, can a person be weened from the medicine over time or are they stuck taking it ...
BP med duration: If one's hypertension (hbp) is "essential" hypertension it is quite likely that one will need lifelong therapy if no changes are made in that person's life style. Some people can lose their hbp with weight loss and/or cessation of smoking. If the hbp is secondary, treatment of the cause of it can resolve the cause of hbp. A physician needs to be seen to answer your question. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Depends: We have many excellent blood pressure drugs available, but the onset of action and the time to stable response varies with the drug class and the specific drug. It has to do with pharmacologic and physiologic "half life" that is known. Some drugs have rapid onset but some may take many weeks. Compounding this is that combination agents are used to minimize side effects, adding complexity. ...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
Photosensitivity: Some hypertensive medictions can cause a reaction with sunlight leading to a burn like rash. This is more common with hctz 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
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