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Causes of High Blood Pressure and possible treatment?
My blood pressure is 140 over 90. I m feeling stressed. I eat junk food I know which is not good. But i do physical exercises regular. I also cut out salt and changes my diet? How can I get rid of high blood pressure?
Pink Flemingo
12/22/10
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  High blood pressure can be hereditary. Junk food consumption is a big cause, too, along with stress, salt intake, kidney abnormalities, alcohol consumption, smoking, use of illegal drugs, and hardening of the arteries. Getting adequate regular exercise is important.. Try herbal treatments, such as turmeric, ginkgo Biloba, maitake, ginger root, hawthorn berry, garlic, parsley, etc. Herbal remedies for high blood pressure are definitely worth a try.
Ela
12/22/10
Does the high blood pressure medicine Lisinopril is a good treatment for high blood pressure?
My blood pressure is been going up really bad. My last measurement was 170/112. It does not go down. My blood pressure was good until i began taking Lisinopril from Norvasc. Can anyone tell me was is the best option on treating blood pressure.
Ray
12/27/06
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  It sounds like your current BP medicine is not working for you. The best drug option for treating high BP is the drug or drug combo that works best for you. This might mean taking one medicine or three or more. Whatever you need to do to keep from having a heart attack or stroke is the best because after a heart attack or stroke your life is changed for the worse permanently. There are lots of choices of BP medicines and lots of drug combos. My advice is to stay on top of things and keep seeing your internist until your BP is under control because a BP of 172/112 is asking for problems. good luck

Benicar give me good BP control.
quijibored
12/27/06
Lisinopril/Hydrochlorothiazide 12.5/10mg?
just got this medication from my doctor due to the fact of me having high blood pressure 160/104
was just curious how long it would take until i see results as to my blood pressure lowering.. it was my first day today and it hasnt really changed does it take a while?

thank you guys , I have anxiety on top of high blood pressure so im really worried..

btw i am 25 years old and weigh 215 lbs. use to weigh 300.
no way king that is wild lol i range that exact weight too.. how high was your blood pressure
I have a blood pressure checker lol or whatever its called .. How often should I check my blood pressure?
tpxe
05/27/11
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Should I seek treatment for high blood pressure?
I'm 25, female, very fit (circus aerialist), and have always eaten a healthy diet. I was shocked to find out at a self-check station that my blood pressure is 127/85, borderline high overall and quite high for my age!
Most of what I've found online for reducing blood pressure is about eating right and exercising...but that's obviously not helped me. Is this a risk I should seek medication for? Getting to a doctor is a bit difficult, or I wouldn't be asking here first...
J P
12/22/10
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  I understand your concern. Obviously your reading was not very high, but higher than would be expected for someone in your physical condition.

First, understand that blood pressure fluctuates throughout the day, and responds to stress, excitement, or physical activity. Second, those stations are not always accurate.

So, my first suggestion would be to go back to the station at another time and repeat the reading. You can also go to other places with blood pressure reading stations to compare.

If your BP is truly 127/85 (which I suspect it isn't), this is not high enough to warrant medications, and any doctor would encourage you to assess your diet and cut out a bit of salt. There's some nutjob on here talking about how dehydration causes high blood pressure, and that's absolutely not true. Increased intake of salt causes you to retain water in order to maintain a constant salinity inside your cells. More water in a closed system produces higher pressure.

Take care,
guber naculum
12/22/10
Should I seek treatment for high blood pressure?
I'm 25, female, very fit (circus aerialist), and have always eaten a healthy diet. I was shocked to find out at a self-check station that my blood pressure is 127/85, borderline high overall and quite high for my age!
Most of what I've found online for reducing blood pressure is about eating right and exercising...but that's obviously not helped me. Is this a risk I should seek medication for? Getting to a doctor is a bit difficult, or I wouldn't be asking here first...
J
12/22/10
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  I understand your concern. Obviously your reading was not very high, but higher than would be expected for someone in your physical condition.

First, understand that blood pressure fluctuates throughout the day, and responds to stress, excitement, or physical activity. Second, those stations are not always accurate.

So, my first suggestion would be to go back to the station at another time and repeat the reading. You can also go to other places with blood pressure reading stations to compare.

If your BP is truly 127/85 (which I suspect it isn't), this is not high enough to warrant medications, and any doctor would encourage you to assess your diet and cut out a bit of salt. There's some nutjob on here talking about how dehydration causes high blood pressure, and that's absolutely not true. Increased intake of salt causes you to retain water in order to maintain a constant salinity inside your cells. More water in a closed system produces higher pressure.

Take care,
guber naculum
12/22/10
How high can blood pressure get before a heart attack?
I spoke with my mom today. She's in her late 60s and has had high blood pressure for years. She still works regularly but is staying home this week to see if her blood pressure can be moderated after spiking to 236/145. (I'm not 100% sure about the second number--it may be a little off, but I am absolutely positive about the 236.)

She was given a new medication, as well as some anxiety medicine. She's always had high blood pressure, but the 236 even scared her.

So, how close is someone to a heart attack (or some other major body malfunction) when blood pressure goes that high? I remember my mom's mom had high blood pressure and died from a massive heart attack at age 70 about twenty years ago.
Stuck in the Middle Ages
05/02/07
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  There is no number that causes a heart attack. So if your BP is say 236/120 for a few days nothing will happen. Or a brisk run or stress that drives up blood pressure for a few minutes or an hour is normal.

Its the prolonged high blood pressure for YEARS that damages permanently damages one's heart. Yes, its the length of time that the heart sees this kind of a load that in the end causes damage to the hearts muscles, arteries, veins, valves and nearly every part of the heart. The liver, the kidneys and internal organs get damaged with high blood pressure for a prolonged period of time.

This is irrepairable, so it is important to do everything possible to lower it to at least the160/100 mark . That includes a crash diet to get off any extra pounds like now.

It is possible that if your mom has had this kind of a blood pressure for years, she has already damaged her heart and her liver and kidneys and of course that will geatly shorten her life. I dont mean to scare you, but I do want to scare you sufficiently to get mom to a Cartiologist immediately. Yes, a Cartiologist, not some Family Practice Doctor.

What your mom needs is a new medical advice and treatment of kind. . Even if you have to drive a long distance, go to somewhere like the Cleveland Clinic for treatment or in Minnesota, the Mayo Clinic. These are examples, so find the best Heart Hospital around. I am mentioning this because your mom needs special kind of help to combat this high blood pressure. Not some oridinary doctor or even an ordinary Cartiologist.

It is that important to get treatment right now at the level ive mentioned above.
James M
05/02/07
Doest anyone take Amlodipine besylate 5mg for hight blood pressure ?
Doest anyone take Amlodipine besylate 5mg for hight blood pressure ?
How long u been in this medicine?
Is it good and safe medicine ?
Is 5 mg high dose
i am taking lisinopril 20 mg and amlodipine 5 mg i am 26 years old
my last question Is it importnat to take blood pressure medicince if u have high blood pressure around 152-166/90
with the medicine its around 110/64
but i am only 26 years old if the high blood pressure witll hurt me at this age i will stop taking !
i been in this medicine for 3 months
all blood tests normal
xray normal
dont have history fro high blood pressure except my uncle
exceptional8226
04/12/08
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  Norvasc (Amlodipine)

Read here :
http://www.us-ds.com/item.php?id=169&aid=1281

Drug Uses

Norvasc is used to treat hypertension (high blood pressure) and to treat angina (chest pain). Norvasc may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.


How Taken

Norvasc comes as a tablet to take it orally. It is usually taken once a day. Norvasc may cause an upset stomach. Take Norvasc with food or milk. Talk to your doctor before using salt substitutes containing potassium. If your doctor prescribes a low-salt or low-sodium diet, follow these directions carefully.


Drug Class and Mechanism

Amlodipine belongs to a class of medications called calcium channel blockers. These medications block the transport of calcium into the smooth muscle cells lining the coronary arteries and other arteries of the body. Since calcium is important in muscle contraction, blocking calcium transport relaxes artery muscles and dilates coronary arteries and other arteries of the body. By relaxing coronary arteries, amlodipine is useful in preventing chest pain (angina) resulting from coronary artery spasm. Relaxing the muscles lining the arteries of the rest of the body lowers the blood pressure, which reduces the burden on the heart as it pumps blood to the body. Reducing heart burden lessens the heart muscle's demand for oxygen, and further helps to prevent angina in patients with coronary artery disease.
Lord L
04/12/08
the best treatment for high blood pressure?
i just been diagnosed with high blood pressure so what do i have to do to reduce the problem
gift john
05/13/10
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  Lifestyle changes and natural remedies may help to control high blood pressure, but your doctor may also recommend medication to lower high blood pressure. It is important to work with your doctor, because untreated high blood pressure may damage organs in the body and increase the risk of heart attack, stroke, brain hemorrhage, kidney disease, and vision loss.

Natural Remedies for High Blood Pressure:

- Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10)
- Garlic
- Fish oil
- Folic acid
- Calcium, Magnesium, and Potassium
- Mind-Body Interventions
- Aerobic Exercise
- Ayurvedic Medicine
James Smith
05/14/10
Does anyone know a good non-pharmacological way to reduce blood pressure?
have high blood pressure and rapid pulse, my cardiologist prescribe me Isoptin , what the truth is a very small dose but I do not want to take it, because in the end I will have to take increasingly higher doses.

I would like to know if there are any natural ways to lower blood pressure, some meditations, or herbs. Are there any plants or fruits which eating contributes to reducing blood pressure?
I measure blood pressure myself in home is higih and so in doctor office..
Does donating blood may reduce blood pressure?

I thought to visit the local station run by Red Cross blood donation, it may help lower blood pressure I have heard that it supposedly helps in this and I also can help
others who have more need of this blood.
PawełK1986
10/18/10
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  Other people have given a lot of good advice already. The first thing to do is to check your diet and lifestyle. Do this before even considering medication. If your doctor is recommending for you to pop a pill without even talking with you first about your lifestyle, you need to sit down with your doctor and have a frank conversation, letting him know this is not an acceptable approach. And consider switching doctors if he continues with this approach.

Diet and Lifestyle:

Make sure that you are eating a well-balanced and diverse diet, rich in fruits and vegetables, and make sure you're not eating too much salt.

Get regular aerobic exercise. It doesn't need to be super vigorous. Regular, brisk walking every day, with slightly more vigorous exercise for at least 30 minutes a few days a week should be all you need. It really helps to be more active in your day-to-day activities too. Take the stairs instead of an elevator...make sure to stand up and move around every 15 minutes or so if you're sitting watching TV or working at a desk. Stretch, and practice your full range of motion too.

Herbal Remedies:

The herbal remedy that I know the most about is Hibiscus tea. Hibiscus tea is widely consumed as a beverage in a number of countries, and has been for hundreds of years, and it is completely safe and without any serious side effects (other than that it is very sour tasting, something some people object to). Hibiscus has been tested against several prescription blood pressure lowering medications, and has been found to be as effective as some of them. Hibiscus is a common ingredient in herbal teas If you go to the supermarket and read the ingredient list, you will find numerous herbal teas that have hibiscus tea as the main ingredient. Find one that you like the taste of, and drink a few cups a day, and see if that helps.

STRESS!

People often forget stress when talking about blood pressure. This is a huge issue. Stress hugely raises blood pressure. This means that worrying about blood pressure can in turn raise your blood pressure, by causing you stress.

Relaxation exercises, meditation, breathing, yoga, tai chi, qi gong, and the like can be excellent for reducing stress. Affectionate touch, like cuddling, hugs, and the like can also be very good at lowering stress, whether it's with family, friends, or even a pet. Also, working through mental issues and troubling thoughts that are causing you stress can also be very helpful, and can in turn lower your blood pressure.

You have many options. Try them all first. Medications can have serious side effects. Take them only as a last resort! And most importantly, stop worrying!
cazort
10/19/10
Can someone advise best natural remedy for high blood pressure?
My mom has essential high blood pressure sometimes reaching over the 200/160 mark. As her blood pressure has been high for a while she has an enlarged right ventricle which will and is leading to CHF. Her breathing is already heavy. Her doctor has given her Betaloc, Plendil, Inhibace, Dosan, Cartia a blood thinner, Lipex for high cholesterol and Quinine for night cramps. She's in her early 70's and she complains of head aches, extreme fatigue and loss of energy. She has increasing dark circles around her eyes as if she hasn't slept in months with shortness of breath like she's gasping for air. I would like her to try natural remedies because these synthetic drugs don't appear to be doing much for her overall health. Can anyone advise some really good and effective natural remedies to treat both high blood pressure and CHF? I know Celery is good for lowering blood pressure.
flavar07
09/11/07
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  It's great that you are concerned for your mother. She has a lot of stuff to be concerned about, and I hope you can take the time to learn about all of the issues.

I feel for you and your mother. It's hard to believe that they can't get her BP under control. I'll give you my best answer on natural means for reducing BP, but I strongly recommend you find a hypertension specialist. The bloodpressureline Yahoo! group is a great resource, as well. It is run by a hypertension specialist who can help you to find someone in your local area.

On the CHF side, you should find a heart failure specialist, as well. (Not just a regular cardiologist!)

Now, as to how to treat it:
1. Do *all* of the obvious things:
a. No smoking
b. Cut out caffeine and alcohol
c. If her BMI isn't < 25, help her figure out how to get it down there. Obesity, more than anything else, is a huge issue. Check out the DASH diet and the rice diet.
d. Reduce sodium intake and increase potassium intake (fresh fruits such as oranges and bananas can help here). -- This is actually a very easy thing to do and might bear fruit, so to speak.
e. Make sure she doesn't have sleep apnea. It can cause high BP.
f. Get her regular exercise, even if it is just walking around a few times a day or doing water aerobics. Build up her stamina. Create a log for this, if necessary, so that she can visually see her own progress.
2. Take her BP regularly. If she doesn't have a digital BP cuff, get her one and make sure she knows when and how to use it. (They're remarkably inexpensive... around $50 for a good one at your local pharmacy.) Have her log BP as well as exercise.
3. Work with the hypertension and heart failure specialists to determine if her medications and their dosages are appropriate. Is Betaloc the right beta blocker? Is a calcium channel blocker such as Plendil indicated? Is her ACE inhibitor (Inhibace) at the right dosage, and does she understand the best times of day to take it? Cartia is a calcium channel blocker. Why is she on two different CCBs? Quinine is not FDA-approved for the treatment of leg cramps. There should be a better way for that, IMO. And if she has shortness of breath at night, why in the world isn't she on a diuretic to get the fluids out of her lungs?!
4. Check out chfpatients.com for more information on CHF treatment. Start by reading "the manual". You might also be interested in the "nutrient stew" section.
5. Ask your mother if you can sit in on her doctor appointments. Write out as many questions in advance as possible and send them to the doctor beforehand. You'll get much more thoughtful responses this way.

Please feel free to contact me if you want to chat about any of this...

Good luck!
Mark M
09/11/07
What is the best way to lower high blood pressure?
My husband has high blood pressure and been prescribed Crestor & Micardis. But, due to high costs, we are unable to afford his medications. What are YOUR food suggestions? Everyone always say "diet and exercise" and we know that. My husband does not have a problem with his weight. He's 38 years old, 165lbs., 5'7" tall. He's still muscular (somewhat) due to years of body building. His siblings (all under 45 years old) & parents are all under medication for high blood pressure & high cholesterol.
YCC
01/23/07
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  naturally stay off caffeine and salt

but I add the following to my diet

bananas - we need added potassium to keep our electrolytes balanced

celery - I eat 4 stalks a day because one mans bp dropped 50 points in a few weeks doing this

1tablespoon Apple cider Vinegar in warm water and honey

eat oatmeal for breakfast

of course drink water

add walking to his regiment
greatnewsbearer
01/23/07
high blood pressure 170/110 help!!!!?
my blood pressure has been running out of sight my question is will this also make my ears hurt like an ear ache ? what are some of the sympons yall have with high blood pressure? ive been to the dr. recently and he started me on lotensin and dynacirc cr. but he said give it a while to start working .
garywaynelewis
02/06/09
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  There really are no symptoms of high blood pressure, that is why it is called the "silent killer" Usually the only way someone knows they have it is when they are actually tested. Your drugs will help lower it soon, and in the meantime stay AWAY from salt! It increases it like crazy. Try to stay under 1500 mg of sodim daily and increase your potassium levels too. I lowered mine from 150/95 to 117/73 with NO drugs, by eating 1000 mg of sodium daily and increasing my potassium intake to around 3000 mg , and exercising of course.
Yup*
02/06/09
What are some ways to prevent high blood pressure and heart disease if it is hereditary?
My mom and dad suffer from high blood pressure,high cholesterol. It run on both sides of the family,that along with diabetes and heart disease. My mom started taking blood pressure medication young,in her later 20's. My dad suffered from a stroke due to high blood pressure. I am 22yrs old and do not want to suffer this especially while young. Are there any ways I can be proactive about not suffering from those conditions now and later on in life being that it is hereditary? Or do I not have a chance in preventing it?
Rona
05/10/08
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  Keep your weight down through diet and exercise. And don't have stress in your life. That is all you can do.

If the heart disease has been mostly in one form, then consider testing for it now while there are no symptoms. It might provide problems getting health insurance, but you will be able to take steps to limit future problems. And vote democrat to ease the future insurance coverage problem as republicans are against people with heart disease getting insurance.

If you have a heredity disease it will probably already be detectable. Some forms of cardiomyopathy will appear in the late teens. Many highschool athletes have died from it. How quickly it advances depends in part on your lifestyle.
chattterus
05/11/08
Blood Pressure, HELP!!!?
My Mom is having a hard time stabilizing her blood pressure to normal ...for Example
one day its high -----145/90
one day its really low --- 97/64

She takes medications for Blood Pressure and Sugar
( Seen Below)

Cartia XT 180MG

Triamterene/HCTZ
37.5/25

Methyldopa 500 MG Tablet IVX

Metformin HCL ER 500 MG Tabsun

My Mom, had a time last year where her blood pressure would get so high to 245/100 quite a few times at night and we would go to the hospital and they would put my mom on the monitor to watch her blood pressure over night or just a couple of hours and would release my mom to go home.Then the doctor would raise the MG of medications ....to where my moms blood pressure would reach a 57 for the top number or 94 at its highest I believe this is really not healthy for my mom ..

What would be best for my mom to do?
(She works out and eats a no-salt diet and no-sugar)
*Are the medications above healthy or not for mom?

PLEASE don't answer this question with useless advic
quas.
01/11/08
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  Okay Sweety what she want to do is suck on leamond every day it will low ier pressure. and how i know? cause my mom suffer from high blood so get her som leamond it will work
kishaworld1
01/11/08
What is considered high blood pressure for a 19 year old?
When I was at school, my university doctor diagnosed me with high blood pressure. I took medication (Atenol sp?) for a while before running out and summer vacation starting. I saw my family doctor at home now 3 months into summer vacation, and he said my blood pressure is fine.

I recently decided to log my blood pressure over the past month. Thus far in the morning it's averaging at 135/79, and at night 136/85. Hypertension starts at 140/90, which it looks like I'm just beneath. My family doctor says im in the 95th percentile for my age in blood pressure, but 95 still in the range that it's normal...

Should I be getting a third opinion? Could it be higher because of the stress at school? Should I be taking blood pressure meds? I really dont wanna die of a heart attack when I'm 35, so advice is appreciated here.
Nick
08/01/07
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  there is a lot of factor about u hbp, family gen, u dad or u mam has hbp too?? or bad diet , u have a hbp for sure and u have to take the atenol for a while in conjunction with a strict diet, try only vegetables, no salt, no sugar, change the white sugar for the brown, no sweets, change the sweets for fruits, no rice, change the rice for steam potatoes, on Saturday and Sunday eat meat white and red, avoid the fish and crab ..ah for sure avoid the coca cola and other sodas, avoid the orange juice and other no natural juices change for natural juices -avoid the sugar-. Avoid the alcohol and dont smoke. Do exercises Monday to Friday if you get tired only Monday to Thursday and rest Friday Saturday and Sunday, with 30 minutes run in the tread mil -4- is enough, and do abs and lift weight. Well i think is not the stress at the school maybe a little bit but for sure is about your body, maybe when u go to the doctor u get a little bit nervous, try to use u own bp machine at the school or in u free time anytime and u can check or usually at the supermarket. But for sure take u meds and keep u diet this is for long time, but dont worry everything is g b OK, u dont need to go to another doc is OK is not the end of the world.
Ronald
08/01/07
I am taking zestril 20 mg for high blood pressure ?
I am taking zestril 20 mg for high blood pressure ?
Is it good medicine ? is it safe ? what is the differnt between zestril and lisinopril ? is 20 mg high dose ? wht is the the first line drug for high blood pressure ? does zestril protect ur kidnys ?
bmw2006
10/03/08
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  * Zestril is an excellent medication for blood pressure control, especially if you have other co-existing diseases (diabetes, heart failure, heart attacks or kidney problems).
* Like every medication, it has side effects, and you should consult with your doctor about this.
* Zestril is a brand name for Lisinopril, there is absolutely no difference between the two.
* 20 mg is an intermediate dose for Lisinopril, though the most commonly used dose is 40mg per day. Some people are also on 40 mg twice a day
* The "first line" drug for high blood pressure depends on what other conditions you have. Zestril can be considered first line in certain conditions (see above). Consult with your doctor.
* Zestril does protect your kidneys from further damage if you have some evidence of diabetes-related kidney disease. Zestril can also cause some kidney damage, though this is generally temporary. Talk to your doctor.
MegaWhizz
10/03/08
Nifedipine but I havent got high blood pressure?
I dont have high blood pressure but my doc is trying me on Nifedipine to try and see if it helps with my Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Anyone have any experiences of this medication? And is it harmful to take it if you dont have high blood pressure? Thanks
Madina
06/03/09
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  Since there is no cure (yet) for CFS this is an experimental thing of your doctor. It is used to lower your blood pressure so it does seem pretty dangerous to be honest if you don't have high blood pressure.
If I where you, I wouldn't go for this. It can't cure you and who knows what wrong it can do. Your body doesn't need more things to fight right now, does it?

Anyway, I'm not you and I have never tried Nifedipine.
So my best advise is to do enough research yourself, check out all the things this medicine does and put it in the scale. Is the experiment worth it for you? Can you find things on the net about people like you who took it and benefited from it?
Bloed
06/09/09
high blood pressure meds. dyazide 37.5-25 once daily?
was wondering if anyone else has taken this med. for high blood pressure. the last 3 times i went to my dr. my blood pressure was high. dont remember the top number but the bottom was 98 the first time, 101 the second time and today was 95 and he put me on the dyazide in the mornings with my breakfast. is this a low dose? was wondering cuz he kinda scared me with the "lightheaded and dizziness" side effects. i start the med. tomorrow any advice would help thanks!
kiwibaby3p
06/19/08
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  Well, if he put you on medicine, it is obviously consistently high enough to cause health risks/problems.

Dyazide's main dosage is what you are taking.
It is comprised of 2 different medicines working together in one pill.

Lightheaded and dizziness are side effects of all BP medicines and it can simply not be avoided.

This would most likely occur right when you stand up.

Some medicines have worst effects than others and there is plenty of BP medicine options on the market if this one effects you in a negative way.

Just take the medicine tomorrow morning, it's not anything to worry about. Just take the pill and go on with your daily business.

I do recommend purchasing a blood pressure monitor and taking daily readings to see how it is managing your BP.

I would take results for 1 week and present them to your doctor, as you just started a new medication.

Have a good one!
Yama
06/19/08
Recommended foods when patient has high urea, uric acid, high blood pressure and diabetes?
I know this sounds a lot, and I'm really scared.
My Uncle has done a blood test and found out that there was high levels of urea, moderate uric acid, and high blood glucose. In addition to that, he generally suffers from high blood pressure. I've read a lot about the recommended diets, but they are all conflicting and I'm confused. What should be avoided/ should be eaten, particularly with respect to urea, which is very worrying.
babychi
01/24/08
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  I would consult a nutritionist. With so many different problems that would be the best bet.

High urea you need to avoid "rich" comfort foods and alcohol. Uric Acid would probably fall within the same catagory as well. Diabetes, stay away from high carbs, potatoes, corn, sugars. Stick to proteins and non carb veggies. High blood pressure. Loose weight. If over weight. Otherwise. just a good healthy diet. Low in fats
♥♥The Queen Has Spoken♥♥
01/24/08
What are the causes of high blood pressure?
Can birth control be one?

I am 22 and today I had a doctor's visit. I had my blood pressure high today and the doctor wants to check my blood pressure five times before he can diagnose it. I asked him if my overweight can be a cause of it and he said probably not and that it may be linked to the birth control method I was using (nuvaring). My height is 5'4 and my weight is 175.
my blood pressure was like 142/90
♥SA-Spurs♥
01/16/09
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  Stress is a major reason for high blood pressure. There are so many reasons for high blood pressure, it could be your diet, weight, do you smoke. Try loosing a little weight and see if it helps you at all. My Dr. also said my weight probably had nothing to do with my problem, but I lost 45lbs and went back and my pressure was total normal so don't exclude being overweight out even if your Dr.said that.
ELN
01/16/09
I take Micardis for blood pressure, and my cholesterol is very high. Can I eat grapefruit?
I have high cholesterol but due to having a TIA I'm now on Micardis for blood pressure as well as Neurontin, aspirin and cymbalta as well as Maxalt for severe headaches. I just want to make sure I'm doing the right thing and lately I see a lot of issues regarding grapefruit and high blood pressure medications.
Mary T
12/27/10
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  Telmisartan is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Telmisartan is in a class of medications called angiotensin II receptor antagonists. It works by blocking the action of certain chemicals that tighten the blood vessels, so blood flows more smoothly.
Duloxetine is used to treat depression and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD; excessive worry and tension that disrupts daily life and lasts for 6 months or longer). Duloxetine is also used to treat pain and tingling caused by diabetic neuropathy (damage to nerves that can develop in people who have diabetes) and fibromyalgia (a long-lasting condition that may cause pain, muscle stiffness and tenderness, tiredness, and difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep). Duloxetine is in a class of medications called selective serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs). It works by increasing the amounts of serotonin and norepinephrine, natural substances in the brain that help maintain mental balance and stop the movement of pain signals in the brain.
No mention is made in the drug information regarding the interaction with the grapefruit. But Duloxetine (Cymbalta) interact with aspirin and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
Consult your doctor or a pharmacist.
gangadharan nair
12/27/10
How can I get the doctor to prescribe clonidine for high blood pressure?
My last few doctor visits shows that I have high blood pressure, so I'm pretty sure I will be prescribed medicaition. I have a bit of anxiety and would like clonidine. I heard it works on the central nervous system and calms people. However, it is not the first line drug for high blood pressure, so how can I get the doctor to prescribe this?
rectar
04/02/11
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  If your blood pressure isn't that high, you can bring it down without medication. If it is high enough to require medication, then try to bring the blood pressure down on your own, anyway, so you don't have to take the medications for the rest of your life.

High blood pressure (hypertension) is caused by dehydration.

Hypertension is a state of adaptation of the body to a generalized drought, when there is not enough water to fill all the blood vessels that diffuse water into vital cells. As part of the mechanism of reverse osmosis, when water from the blood serum is filtered and injected into important cells through minute holes in their membranes, extra pressure is needed for the "injection process." Just as they inject I.V. "water" in hospitals, so the body injects water into tens of trillions of cells all at the same time.

Water and some salt intake will bring blood pressure back to normal.

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McGee
04/02/11
PreparationH and High Blood Pressure?
I have a tube of PreparationH, and upon it says "Ask a doctor or pharmacist before use if you have High Blood Pressure and/or are taking a prescription drug to treat High Blood Pressure."

I have High Blood Pressure and am currently taking Hydrochlorothiazide (waterpill) 25mg and Lisinopril 20mg...

Now on the PreparationH tube the ingredients are... Glycerin USP 14.4%, Phyenylephrine HCI USP 0.25%, Pramoxine HCI USP 1%, White Petrolatum USP 15%, Aloe Barbandensis Leaf Extract, BHA, Carboxymethylcellulose Sodium, Cetyl Alcohol, Citric Acid, Edetate Disodium, Glycercly Stearate, Laureth-23, Methylparaben, Mineral Oil, Panthenol, Propyl Gallate, Propylene Glycol, Propylparaben, Purified Water, Sodium Benzoate, Steareth-2, Steareth-20, Stearyl Alcohol, Tocopherol, Vitamin E, Xanthan Gum...

My question is simply... will any of the ingredients in the PreparationH and my High Blood Pressure meds interact in a health concerning manner?
Ken
06/22/07
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  It's the phenylephrine. This is a vasoconstrictor, to help shrink the swelling.
If absorbed into the blood, the vasoconstriction can cause an increase in blood pressure.

But getting realistic here, it is only 1/4 of a percent phenylephrine. If you are using the small dab directed by the instructions, the amount absorbed is going to be small.

As long as you are taking your BP meds regularly, go ahead and use the Preparation H as directed.
Berry
06/22/07
Can Zyrtec, Allegra or Nasonex cause high blood pressure?
I have been having some pretty serious allergies this summer and fall, that have led to ear infections and blockages. My blood pressure has always been normal, but the last few weeks it is very high, 160/110 to 150/91 range. The only big change in me is that I have been taking Zyrtec and Nasonex, and that was changed last week when they noticed the bp problem to Allegra and Nasonex. I just don't feel right. Have a followup with the doc this Friday, and we will do a more thourough workup to see what is going on. I stopped taking the drugs because of the BP thing just today, and the pressure in my ear is painful again. Anybody had a connection between these types of meds and high blood pressure resulting from their use?
2 Happily Married Americans
10/03/07
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  I sincerely hope that someone answers this question as well. I have been using Nasonex for about two weeks, and I noticed that my blood pressure was elevated within the same measurements. I'm afraid to continue using it.
gwenduhart
10/10/07
Can I use Unisom If im using high blood pressure medication?
I'm using amlodipine for high blood pressure because of a kidney infection which is causing high blood pressure, can I take unisom?
Anonymous
08/16/10
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Could coming off the birth control cure my high blood pressure?
I have severe high Blood pressure I take 2 x 100 of labeterol and 60 mg of Procardia XL. I recently went off birth control and started taking prenatal vitamins to get pregnant and my blood pressure has lowered to 100/77.
TAS28
10/22/08
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  It's possible, but I don't know how drastically it would lower it. My GYN was concerned with my blood pressure last year and said that she might have me switch pills or come off them all together if it wasn't normal after checking it for a month. Luckily, it was ok, but my BP skyrockets everytime I go in for my exam making them think there's something wrong. Call your doctor and see if you could do something like checking it daily to see if the meds are needed anymore. Good luck!
Nito610
10/22/08
What can cause high blood pressure in a female who was perfectly fine before she gave birth?
An associate of mine of normal weight and blood pressure, got pregnant and developed high blood pressure throughout her pregnancy. The moment she gave birth, the BP went back to normal. The doctor told her she should never get pregnant again. Against his advice, she got pregnant again and the high blood pressure not only came back but it stayed and has been with her since. Still a fairly normal weight, her BP can be normal one day and way the next. Any ideas on what could be causing this? It even has her doctors stumped.
blutoadmirer
03/04/10
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  A lot of times high bp is idiopathic, meaning doctors don't know the cause of it. A lot of women get preeclampsia or high bp during p/g it's quite common. As to why the high bp stayed with her after p/g there's no telling. Even just a 10% weight gain can affect bp as well as salt, caffeine ect.. If your friend loses a bit of weight, cuts salt out of her diet and stops any and all caffeine she might see improvement. But otherwise she may just need to take a simple bp med from now on. I myself have high bp and have had it for 6 years and i'm only 28. My weight is a factor and my history as a bulimic affects it too, but even when i was skinny i still had high bp. I just accept it and work to keep it down with medication,diet,exercise, and no salt or caffine. People can live long healthy lives on bp med sif necessary. It's not a huge life altering crisis..
☼▬Jessi Ann▬☼
03/04/10
Is it safe to take Provigil if you have high blood pressure?
I have high blood pressure and take Toprol for it. My doctor is concerned about the possibility of Provigil causing heart palpatations. Is it safe to take Provigil if you have high blood pressure? I'm going to get a sleep study done soon. Even if I come out negative for sleep apnea, could I still benefit from taking Provigil?
danman4472
07/29/07
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  No it is not safe, for high blood at least I don't prescribe my patients because it causes toxicity of liver, it is claimed to relieve sleep apnea, followings are the side effects:

Cardiovascular System

In clinical studies of Provigil, signs and symptoms including chest pain, palpitations, dyspnea and transient ischemic T-wave changes on ECG were observed in three subjects in association with mitral valve prolapse or left ventricular hypertrophy. It is recommended that Provigil tablets not be used in patients with a history of left ventricular hypertrophy or in patients with mitral valve prolapse who have experienced the mitral valve prolapse syndrome when previously receiving CNS stimulants. Such signs may include but are not limited to ischemic ECG changes, chest pain, or arrhythmia.

Modafinil has not been evaluated or used to any appreciable extent in patients with a recent history of myocardial infarction or unstable angina, and such patients should be treated with caution.

Blood pressure monitoring in short-term (<3 months) controlled trials showed no clinically significant changes in mean systolic and diastolic blood pressure in patients receiving Provigil as compared to placebo. However, a retrospective analysis of the use of antihypertensive medication in these studies showed that a greater proportion of patients on Provigil required new or increased use of antihypertensive medications (2.4%) compared to patients on placebo (0.7%). The differential use was slightly larger when only studies in OSAHS were included, with 3.4% of patients on Provigil and 1.1% of patients on placebo requiring such alterations in the use of antihypertensive medication. Increased monitoring of blood pressure may be appropriate in patients on Provigil.
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Dr.Qutub
07/29/07
What are the first-aid for surging High Blood Pressure without using medicines?
When my grandmother has her blood pressure high, she tends to have confusion, and maybe the swelling on her feet is associated with that. Is there a first aid that can help lower her blood pressure without using medicines?
True Budo
01/24/10
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  Swelling of the feet indicates that her heart or kidney is involved. High blood pressure may cause heart attack, stroke or acute kidney failure.
Check the blood pressure and function of her kidney (for microalbuminuria, creatinine, blood urea nitrogen) and heart (ECG, Echocardiography and X-ray of the chest).
Adopt DASH diet (The Mediterranean diet).
Consult your doctor.
gangadharan nair
01/24/10
So scared?! What can I do to lower my dangerously high blood pressure?
I went to my doctor today and she put me on a second blood pressure medicine called Procardia XL 3O mg once daily. I already take Labetalol 100 mg twice a day. My blood pressure readings are still extremely high!!! Last reading was 172 over 100!! I'm in my early 30's, 5ft 8in tall and weigh 252 pounds, jog ten miles a week and try to eat right. I work 4 to 5 days a week, attend college twice a week and take care of my household of teenagers. Advice needed to help lower my blood pressure, because I'm seriously thinking about quitting my job and college!
I am 5 ft 8 in tall with slightly medium bone build.
Blue B
03/06/11
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  Don't panic. It is very rare for people with hypertension to be able to control their blood pressure with a single medication. Most people will need AT LEAST two medications, and often three or more. 170/100 is only dangerous if you allow it to stay that high for weeks at a time. Keep doing what you're doing, take your medications, and KEEP LIVING YOUR LIFE.
First L
03/06/11

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