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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
  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.
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.
  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.
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?
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...
  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
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...
  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
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
  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
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
  Norvasc (Amlodipine)

Read here :

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
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
  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
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.
  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.


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!
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.
  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 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
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.
  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
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 .
  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.
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?
  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.
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


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 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
  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
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.
  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.
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 ?
  * 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.
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
  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?
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!
  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!
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.
  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♥♥
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
  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.
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
  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
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?
  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.

Click below to learn how.
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?
  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.
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
  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.
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?
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.
  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!
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.
  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▬☼
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?
  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.
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
  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
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
  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
i am taking blood pressure meds lisinopril/hydrochlorothiazide?
is it ok to take Apple Cider Vinegar from Bragg and does it low your blood pressure ? hope i tfind the answer from doctors, pharmacists and people with high blood pressure , i wish all the best in your life
Mike M
  I can't see any reason why it would not be ok to take Apple Cider Vinegar with your medication but I don't believe that it will help to reduce your blood pressure. The claims that it lowers blood pressure are based on the fact that it contains potassium - which is shown to reduce blood pressure. However the amount it contains is less than you would find in a banana so I doubt it has much effect.

You can try increasing the amount of exercise you do or reducing the amount of salt in your diet.
ϟ Qoppa
Cluster headaches?
I have been diagnosed with cluster headaches. I have never heard of them before? Are they common? I have to take high blood pressure tablets to control them, but my blood pressure is normal, does this mean i will have low blood pressure? Is low blood pressure bad? My doctor didnt really explain very much sorry.
Nicole G
  Cluster headaches are rare, extremely painful and debilitating headaches that occur in groups or clusters.The pain associated with cluster headaches is considered to be among the worst that a human can experience. Sufferers often report relentless, intense burning or stabbing pain located behind one eye, generally lasting from 30 minutes to 90 minutes and recurring several times a day.

Lithium effectively reduces chronic cluster headaches and episodic or occasional cluster headaches. Around 78% of people treated with lithium have relief from pain within just a few days of starting this treatment. but take after consulting with your doctor.
Is Diovan a good high blood pressure medication?
I know of a person who was taking Diovan and the doctor kept increasing the dose until he had her at the maximum dose. Still her blood pressure was high. So the doctor added doxazosin and her blood pressure came down. My friend said the Diovan made her feel weak so she quit taking it and the doxazosin seems to be keeping the blood pressure down by itself. Does Diovan do anything?
  You have to love people who answer when they have no idea what they're talking about...

It is a good med. Not all meds for high BP work well for every patient. Never stop taking a BP med without consulting your doctor.
I am on 50mg of Coreg and my blood pressure is still high. Should I ask my doctor for a pill for anxiety?
I'm a fairly anxious person, and I thoght this could be contributing to my high blood pressure.
  50mg is a high dose of Coreg. It's a bit uncommon to max out one BP drug before adding another.

Talk to your doctor about your BP & your anxiety, both.
high blood pressure meds?
im taking lotensin 40 mg. and 10 mg of dynacriccr for high blood pressure and my head and neck aches also my ears hurt is this normal ?
  I take Atacand and have no side effects at all. You might want to ask your doctor about it. It keeps my blood pressure right where it should be
Why would a doctor give nitroglycerin for a patient with high blood pressure?
I have a friend who just got out of the hospital. He was hospitalized for high blood pressure. They did all the tests on him. He said everything was ok. I know the use nitroglycerin is for heart patients. I have never heard of them using nitroglycerin for blood pressure patients.
  It lowers the blood pressure very quickly. Its not going to be used as a maintenance drug but as a heart attack preventative it sounds like.
Mr. Goodkat
Should I go to the ER?
My daughter died during my second trimester of pregnancy. I had a D & C on 12/17. I had to go back to the ER on 12/19 b/c I had a fever and severe cramping. They put me on Flagyl and Methergin and sent me home. I got worse and went back last night. I had to have another D & C last night... Only 4 days after the first b/c they said some tissue might have been left from the first surgery. After the 2nd D&C they wouldn't let me leave the hospital b/c I had high blood pressure that they couldn't get to go down. When the blood pressure finally went down, they sent me home. Now I'm only on Flagyl and IBprofin.

I'm currently having severe migraines that painkillers don't sooth. I have to either go to sleep or deal with it. The migraine subsides when I'm sitting still. But, if I get up to walk around my head starts pounding really bad. Now my feet are swelling and I'm starting to worry. Should I go back to the ER? Could my blood pressure be high again? Thank you.
My husband wants to know if this is normal for a 22-year-old? We thought high blood pressure only happens to older people, like 40ish and up.
  Sounds like your BP is up. Yes, you need to go back to the ER.
What are things that people with high blood pressure & high cholesterol should eat?
My mom has really bad high blood pressure and high cholesterol. The doctors told her she needed to make a change and she doesn't. She said its because she doesn't have money & needs to eat whats available so i decided i would take over her grocery shopping for her & pay for them all. What sort of things should i get? I have no idea and would appreciate some help. Thank you :)
  First only use grape seed oil for cooking and what ever. No salt you can get a salt tasting produce made of vegetables and third No fat, of any sort on meat or Chocolate bars and what ever, and no butter, you can get a olive margarine that is made special for people with health problems.
Fresh is best, no deep frying, steaming and dry baking (no oil), use a little water when baking a chicken and herbs, add fresh herbs to lots of things it gives a great taste, also use juice orange/lemon. She must eat the good fats, they are the ones that do cause cholesterol like grape seed oil, fish oil as in tuna and sardines.
You should be able to get information also from you doctor/hospital for diet and ways to cook.
Good luck
What should I do if I check her blood pressure 94,63 and Heartbeat 53?
My wife blood pressure 94,63 and Heartbeat 53 and Got headache.
She eats high blood pressure medication ( Adalat 60mg and Water Pill 25 mg half of it), to see her condition like that she was afraid and she skip it.
  That is not a dangerously low blood pressure, just slightly on the low side. There isn't anything to do. Seems like maybe she doesn't need blood pressure medicine and a water pill. Maybe one or the other. Keep your eye on it and see how it does if she doesn't take the blood pressure medicine. If it stays down, no need to go back on it.
my husband's hands are very cracked, and bleeding, they do not retain moisture, he has tried every thing.?
he has tried everything, they are red, crack open, before your eye's, he has taken to wrapping them in gauze. It has been for maybe two weeks now, getting worse. He is 48 yo. Has gout? High Blood pressure. takes uloric, and high blood pressure medication
Thanks for your time
  "A number of medicines have the side effect of drying out the skin. They include drugs for

High blood pressure, like diuretics
Acne and other skin conditions, like retinoids
If you notice the onset of a dry skin problem after starting a medication, talk to your doctor. He or she may be able to help by changing the dose or switching the medication."

How to lower blood pressure naturally....
Looking for alternative treatment for High blood pressure and want to know what is tried and true?
  the most common cause is nerve interference to the kidney(s). see an hio method chiropractor.
Mr E
i heard that procardia was a killer medicine toward people with high blood pressure patients
well they don't help lower your blood pressure at all . your pressure goes higher and your heart suffer damage from that ,or you take a stroke.
collor p
  I'm not sure exactly what you question is, but procardia (the extended release type) is not a "killer med".

Similar short-acting meds can be dangerous because of the risk of rebound high blood pressure. The long acting forms can be safe if given properly.
Would a prolonged low grade fever of 99.9 be a symptom of uncontrolled high blood pressure?
I am 24 years old I have had high blood pressure since I was 18 years both parents have it also. For the last three months I have been having chest pain and they have not been able to get the pressure down. I have been hospitalized three times one time being in the ICU. The only test they have done are two different stress test and some EKGs. They have told me that the reason that I have chest pain is because when my blood pressure gets to high the artiries contract causeing pain. I am now taking 9 med which are Telmisartan 80mg, Isosrbide Mononit 60mg, Esomeprazole 40mg, Lisinopril/ HCT 20/12.5mg, Amlodipine10mg, Methyldopa 250mg, Furosemide 40mg, Simvastatn/Ezetimib 20/10mg,Colnidine 0.2mg, and I also take QuickNitro. With all these meds you would think my pressure would below but it is not. My PCP has me come and see him every two weeks while the Cardiac doctors tells me that it is going to take time to find out whats wrong. I also have some leakey valves there not the cause i hope.
  Blood pressure does not effect your body temperature. A continuous low-grade fever might be a sign of an infection. See your doctor regarding this.
D - Man
Should I really be taking Bendroflumethiazide?
My blood pressure was high at Christmas and my doctor put me on 2.5 Bendroflumethiazide and I have been monitoring my blood pressure since and I have also cut down to just taking half a tablet a day rather than one. My blood pressure is usually around 110/73 and I don't want to continue taking this medication uneccesarily although my doctors says to take it 6 months more and see. I want to see, if I stop taking it totally my blood pressure stays down, if it does then surely I dont' need to be on them, I hate taking medication, espcecially if there is no need. Can I do any damage by stopping taking this half a tablet when my blood pressure is well below the danger level? Should I go down to a quarter of a tablet first?
Veronica Katherine
  i think you should do what your doctor recommends, since your doctor saw you and might know more about what's going on in this situation. there might be something you don't understand about her/his treatment and it would be a bad idea to quit something they recommend, especially if they're open to talking to you about quitting it in a few months. be patient and see what happens.
Michael Jacksons Glove
does altace high blood pressure med make you sleep if you drink?
my friend started taking high blood pressure meds and when he drank beer he slept most of the day also drank whisky
  mixing alcohol and drugs is NOT a GOOD/EXCELLENT IDEA. DON'T DO THAT ANYMORE.
Dr. Education
Will light headiness feeling go away when taking Benicar HCT for high blood pressure?
I just started taking the drug this week for high blood pressure. The side effect is mild but when I get up out of a chair, I feel lightheaded. It only last for a minute or less.
Ed man
  It might not.

Talk to your doctor about your side effects. There are plenty of types of blood pressure medication and you might need to have yours changed.
is high blood pressure treatment drugs safe for a 23 years old?
coz i keep hearing that it's not good for young people to take blood pressure reducing drugs, is it just something that people keep mumbelling about, or is it based on facts,
& what exactly about Angiotensin-converting Enzyme Inhibitors coz i read in wikipedia they'r used to treat heart failure (my heart is working fine)
  it is ok if you have high blood pressure

Can synthroid raise or contribute to high blood pressure?
My mom is taking synthroid and provachol and all of a sudden her blood pressure went from low to high. I thought perhaps one of these medications contributed or caused it.
  With hypothyroidism , there is usually low blood pressure. Now that your Mom is on metication for the thyroid your blood pressure would probably go up. If its a little high now, it could be her diet or because she is retaining fluids. A great food to lowrr blood pressure is celery.
by takeing a Tekturna for high blood pressure does it leave abittterness in your mouth?
I take this medciton for high blood pressure and II want to, know dose it leave abitter tast in my month
Generic Name: aliskiren (a LIS ke rin)
Brand Names: Tekturna

Tekturna is an anti-hypertensive (blood pressure lowering) medication. It works by decreasing substances in the body that narrow blood vessels and raise blood pressure.

If you take Tekturna with meals, avoid high-fat foods. They can make it harder for your body to absorb this medication

Follow your doctor's instructions about the type and amount of liquids you should drink while taking Tekturna

Take this medication with a full glass of water.
You may take Tekturna with or without food, but take it the same way every time.

This way, it will avoid that bitterness taste in your mouth.
What is the best blood pressure medicine for extremely high pressure?
My mother has extremely high blood pressure. Last night she went to the hospital with 233/100. They got it down using Cardizem, and prescribed that to her. She's been on a bunch of different pills over the past few years.

She lives in rural West Virginia, and the doctors there have not really been, shall we say, the cream of the crop, so I'm not sure how up to date they are with the available medicines.

She's 68 years old and she is a heavy smoker, but otherwise has great mobility, still drives, etc. (And she's a very good cook!)

  Don't worry John, she will pull out of the situation as smokers suffer from COPD and give a tough fight at low oxygen saturation too.The doctor will give her diuretics as she might have retained water in the body and some BP lowering pill (except beta blocker, if she has lung problem).
You will be enjoying her hand made cookies very soon.
Who Takes ExForge For High Blood Pressure?
I learned this month I have high blood pressure and my latest drug the doctor switched me to is Exforge 10 mg/320 mg. once a day. That dosage, taken at once, was too strong so I know take 1/2 of Exforge soon as I wake up and the other 1/2 when I go to bed at night.

My problem is Exforge has me loopy. I feel like I'm going to fall over whenever I stand up after taking it and I swear I'm afraid to sleep after I take this because for some reason I don't think I will wake up(DON'T SUFFER FROM DEPRESSION)'s like the Exproge wants to take over. lol. I know it's crazy but that's the way I'm thinking.

I will fight sleep for as long as I can and of course the Exforge wins in the end. lol I always wake up the next day so you would think I would be over that belief.

I think some of these BP meds are mind control drugs...I really do...and to top it all of my blood pressure is still spiking.

Anyone else ever had a really crazy experience with Exforge or any other BP medication and did any BP medication actually bring your blood pressure down to normal?
  you should switch the medicine with the help of a good phycisian, amlodipine is not suitable for you.
Headaches, Dilated Pupils, High BP, High Cholesterol, Racing Heart?
Almost 3 weeks ago I started having high blood pressure 158/118 landed me in the ER, I was very dizzy, and had some chest discomfort, along with mild confusion, and headaches that started 3 days earlier. I had been taken off meds for high blood pressure in Jan 08, and was doing fine, till 3 weeks ago. Blood work came back High Cholesterol after the third set of blood work. Ive been getting headaches in the back of my head that feel like pressure and hurt really bad. But my CT was fine. When I eat certain things my pupils will dilate and I start feeling dizzy, and have blurred vision. I had a stress test done that turned out horrible due to the dizziness once my heart beat reach 171 in 4 minutes. My heart has been staying around the 130's to 150's bpm said its an arrythemia. My family doctor put me on Accupril 10mg but my bp is still 140's-150'/95-109 and doesnt want to give me anything for high cholesterol, or to help the bp get under control said I'm to young for meds. NEED HELP!
Nurse Amanda
Does having a too low blood pressure just as dangerous having a too high blood pressure?
And what happens if your blood pressure is too low?
What happens likewise if you have a too high pressure?
pat m
  It depends on what you consider too low. Many people can function very well with low blood pressures. If it gives you severe dizziness or fainting, then it needs to be treated. With high blood pressure, you can get dizziness and headaches and if left untreated, can lead to strokes which can cause permanent damage to your brain and body. And, untreated high blood pressure causes damage to the lining of your vessels which cannot be repaired. High blood pressure always needs treated to prevent future damage. Normal blood pressure should be UNDER 120/80.
Is Lisinopril, Hydrochlorothiazide, Gylburide, Metformin, ok to take for high blood pressure and diabetes?
Are the above pills Ok to take for high blood pressure and diabetes?
  Lisinopril and hydrochlorothiazide are my 2 favorite medications to use to treat hypertension. These are available in a single pill called Lisinopril HCT which is on the so-called $4 list at major pharmacies. Metformin hydrochloride and glyburide are 2 commonly used drugs for type 2 diabetes as both of these are also on the $4 list. Personally I do not use glyburide or other related drugs. I believe that glyburide and other sulfonylureic agents may lead to premature pancreatic beta (insulin producing) cell failure committing the diabetic to insulin. Unfortunately all of the other drugs to treat type 2 diabetes are very expensive and that explains why glyburide is still used. All 4 of these drugs are very low in incidence of side effects and there are no drug interactions. If I may be of further assistance please let me know. I wish you the very best of health and in all things may God bless.
john e russo md facm faafp
How fast and what kind of symptoms can high blood pressure cause?
In a matter of 2 weeks, my blood pressure has gone from normal to about 155/105. It's especially high in the evenings. Along with it I am having nervousness, a feeling of doom, not really feeling myself, intermittent headaches, non specific discomfort (gas?) bloated feeling, some ringing in ears. Prior to this I had irregular heartbeats for a month before this started. My doctor put me on Cardizem CD. Any advice would help. Thanks
  High blood pressure (HBP) itself usually has no symptoms. Rarely, headaches may occur.

You can have HBP for years without knowing it. During this time, HBP can damage the heart, blood vessels, kidneys, and other parts of the body.

Some people only learn that they have HBP after the damage has caused problems, such as coronary heart disease, stroke, or kidney failure.

Knowing your blood pressure numbers is important, even when you're feeling fine. If your blood pressure is normal, you can work with your health care team to keep it that way. If your numbers are too high, you can take steps to lower them and control your blood pressure. This helps reduce your risk for complications.
What is a good diet for high cholesterol and high blood pressure?
Just recently after seeing the doctor I find out my cholesterol and blood pressure is very high. I have to take medicine and exercise and watch what I eat. I have watch those Nutricious labels and salt in-take. Your advise is most appreciated and web sites to find good affordable nutricious food recipes
Carol K
  Hi Carol

Here are some ideas to take care of your issue. Testimonials at the bottom.

High Blood Pressure: There is a thickening of the blood from catarrhal and excess glutinous and fibrinous matters loading the circulatory system. Generally there is a clogging of the bowel with putrid body waste, making it necessary to cleanse the excretory systems in order to purify the blood.

Low blood and high blood pressure are both due to malfunction of the circulatory system. High blood pressure in many cases works just like low blood pressure. Cholesterol must be eliminated from the system in order to get the blood flowing more freely. The condition is brought about by improper diet, insufficient rest and exercise and a lack of vitality within the system.

Herbal Aids:
1. High Blood Pressure: With high blood pressure, cholesterol and mucus form a sludge within the body. Avoid the mucus-forming foods and take herbs that act as a solvent by liquefying impurities such as cayenne, garlic or sassafras. Take cayenne, working up to a teaspoon three times a day. This increases the power of the heart and corrects the circulation problems. Garlic in copious amounts will bring down high blood pressure. Pure tomato juice is very good as a nutritional and a medicinal herb. Wheat germ oil is excellent for feeding the heart and helps cut the cholesterol and smoothens its removal from the area. Avoid the use of liquor and tobacco, do not keep late hours, and avoid over-tiredness and worry. There is an intricate inter-relationship between ones living habits and his body condition.

2. Low Blood Pressure: More oxygen is needed to correct this condition. Garlic is a good oxygen carrier. One of the greatest aids for low or high blood pressure because of oxygen starvation is deep breathing, which serves as a catalyst and helps the herbs react more rapidly. An immediate increase in circulation may be obtained by the use of cayenne and non mucus-forming foods. Grape juice as well as other juices rebuild and give endurance to the system.

3. Shock: Cayenne should be taken internally to equalize the blood pressure and insure that the internal functions will remain stabilized during the intense systemal distress.

4. Dr. Shook's High Blood Pressure Formula (hardening of the arteries, etc.): See formula using sassafras, European goldenrod, buckbean, black cohosh, poke root, Indian senna, buckthorn and cassia bark.

5. Dr. Shook's High Blood Pressure Compound: See formula using valerian root, licorice root, buckthorn, speedwell, linden flowers, rue and golden rod.

6. Dr. Christopher's Blood Pressure Formula: (BPE) This formula feeds calcium and ginger into the circulatory system, the cayenne working from the bloodstream to the heart and arteries, out into the veins. The other herbs included are to cleanse, heal and give natural elasticity to the venous structure. It is a group of herbs working together to equalize the blood pressure whether high or low and to bring it to a good systolic over the diastolic reading. Blood flow is life itself. This combination contains: Ginger, Cayenne, Golden Seal, Ginseng, Parsley, Garlic.

7. Vitamin K: The blood clotting properties of Vitamin K, it has been found effective in preventing and curing high blood pressure in test animals, and may turn out to be important for the same use in humans. It is important that in the plant kingdom, only Alfalfa contains a significant amount of Vitamin K; most plants are quite deficient in the vitamin.

8. Kelp: It is an arterial cleansing agent and gives tone to the walls of the blood vessels. It is helpful in some cases of arterial tension (high blood pressure). Practitioners believe that it helps to remove deposits from the walls of the arteries and restore their elasticity, thereby lengthening life. Sufferers from low blood pressure can also have this condition normalized with the use of Kelp.

9. Shepherd's Purse: Acts to constrict the blood vessels and thus can raise blood pressure but it has also been said to regularize blood pressure and heart action whether the pressure is too high or too low.

10. Valerian: The herb has a beneficial effect on the heart and on blood pressure. One man felt "jittery and woozy" taking his blood pressure medicine and asked an herbal practitioner for something to help him. He didn't say that he was going to stop taking his medicine but a few weeks later, he said that he had been to his doctor, and that his blood pressure was down to normal. He didn't have the nerve to tell the doctor that he had stopped taking the medicine and was drinking a tea composed mostly of Valerian and hawthorne.

11. Hawthorn Berries: A celebrated cardiac tonic for many centuries. Under conditions of stress, the heart often "works overtime." Hawthorn berries can help in treatment of high or low blood pressure, tachycardia, and arrhythmia. It is also anti-spasmodic, sedative, and soothing to nerves, especially in nervous insomnia.

12. Garlic: Many people have been helped in ridding the body of worms by inserting a peeled button of garlic as high as possible into the rectum. Do this just before retiring at night and it will come out with the first bowel movement in the morning. (This is also a fine aid in adjusting high blood pressure and low blood pressure).

13. Water: It is very beneficial to drink a gallon of "steam distilled water" each day. This will aid to cut down the hardening of the arteries, adjust high and low blood pressure, and retard body dehydration. The amount of water depends on the weight of the individual. Use one ounce of "steam distilled water" to each pound of body weight. i.e. a one hundred and thirty pound individual should drink a gallon of the water (132 oz.) or a twenty pound child, twenty ounces of the water.

14. Juices for High Blood Pressure: Celery-garlic-parsley, celery, dandelion, grapefruit.

15. Juices for Low Blood Pressure: Beet, grape, pomegranate.

16. Ephedra: Excessive amounts of ephedra should not be used by those people who have high blood pressure, but the small amounts in Dr. Christopher's formulas will have no adverse effects. Ephedra is great for those suffering from low blood pressure.

17. Vegetables for Blood Pressure: The green bell-shaped pepper is especially good for ... high blood pressure and acidosis. The Sweet Potato used... for problems of low blood pressure and poor circulation. Peaches are considered valuable in cases of ...high blood pressure Pineapple is considered good for... high blood pressure. Strawberry is recommended for ... high blood pressure. Ample consumption of tomatoes is considered to improve ... high blood pressure.

18. Pecans: These have been used where there is a problem with low blood pressure...Pinon nuts have saved the life of many an Indian baby when made into a nut soup and used as milk for the baby when the mother had no milk. The nut is considered to be effective where there are problems with the lungs such as tuberculosis, impotence, paralysis, low blood pressure, and emaciation. The Pinon nut is one of the best sources of protein in the nut family.

1. Dr. Christopher Tells the Story: I traveled with a man younger than myself several years ago all over the western part of the United States on business. He marveled at the stamina that an older man could have on long drives without displaying the usual fatigue. Each morning I would get up and have my cayenne and my wheat germ oil (I don't pay attention to anyone else, I just take them, regardless). Finally he got curious and said, "What's that stuff?" So I gave him an illustrative lecture, and he responded, "Well, I have hemorrhoids; my mother died of high blood pressure, and I have high blood pressure; and with the hemorrhoids I have to wear a belt, as you probably noticed, to keep my hemorrhoids up in place. Do you think that (meaning cayenne) will help?" "Not unless you take it," I replied. "Well, I will start taking it." Then I added, "I don't think you're man enough; I don't think you are brave enough," and I turned and walked away. Now, he was well-proportioned and a weight lifter, so after I left, he went over and got into my can and started using the cayenne along with the wheat germ oil, and by spring he did not have to wear a belt any longer as his hemorrhoids were cleared. Then he had an amazing surprise when he went to his doctor for a regular check-up; the doctor took his blood pressure three or four times and said, "This is supposed to be progressively worse. I don't know what has happened; your systolic and diastolic are near perfect. You don't need to come back any longer --I don't know what happened!" Well, he did not have to go back, and today this gentleman who lives in the Salt Lake City area has no high blood pressure, for he kept on taking his cayenne.

2. Dr. Christopher's Own Story: Because of my own experiences I must tell you that I am a firm believer in the use of cayenne for the circulatory. I suffered ill health in my youth and from my middle twenties to the middle thirties it was impossible for me to purchase life insurance, even a thousand dollar policy. This was due in part to the hardening of the arteries and a disposition to high blood pressure which I suffered from.

During my middle forties I tried again for a substantially large policy of life insurance. Because of the amount of the insurance I had requested, I was required to see two different doctors, each of whom gave me an examination. After one examination the doctor exclaimed that he was astounded at my blood pressure which resembled that of a healthy teenager though I was forty-five years old. The second doctor measured my blood pressure five times, in each instance shaking his head and repeatedly scrutinizing my case history chart. I was becoming irritated and asked him if his equipment was broken, seeing that he had repeated the reading over and over. He told me that the equipment had been used without trouble for some time, but since my age was forty-five and I had a perfect systolic over diastolic pressure he had to wonder if the reading was correct. I assured him that it was and related what the other doctor had said. I got an O.K. for the policy from both practitioners.

Last year as I neared seventy years of age I told this story to a class I was instructing. One of the pre-medicine students asked if my blood pressure was still as good as it had been then. So I gave him permission to take my blood pressure. Amazingly, the group saw the blood pressure reading of a healthy young man and not the average reading of a seventy-year-old individual. This was very gratifying to me to say the least. The main reason for this good blood pressure of mine, besides my close adherence to the mucusless diet, was the use of cayenne as a food each day. I take one to three teaspoons or more of cayenne every day of my life and the resulting healthy blood pressure is what I call a good pay-off for a total effort.

3. Dr. Christopher's "Hawthorn Berry Syrup has been doing us so much good. It's difficult to find adequate thank you expressions for you. In addition to help for heart problems it has also been stabilizing a high blood pressure problem of long standing which is really worthy of praise. We take it only twice a day, but perhaps if it was taken three times, it would bring the blood pressure to normal ... At least we are not using the drug prescription for some time now."

Best of health to you

i have high blood pressure and would like to know if is it best to take micardis before or after workout?
weight train, biking, hiking, etc

darn it... just popped the pill
but good poin my blood pressure rises when i go to bed
  I have high blood pressure as well and work out. I however take my medicine before I go to bed and I do not have any problems.
Can high blood pressure medications give you ED?
Medications like Hytrin (200mg), combined with Azor 5 (40mg), could that give someone erectile dysfunction?

If so, what causes high blood pressure and how can someone get off of the medications? There is no overweight problem.
  Yes, I am sure that your meds could be causing your ED. ED has to do with the blood supply to the penis and if you have high blood pressure then that means your blood is having a hard time going where it needs to be going so they are all connected.. As far as getting off the meds, Im not sure, exercising would help greatly because that will strengthen your heart muscle and allow it to pump the blood better. However, it is important not to just stop taking your meds because if you are not ready to do that it could cause you some real problems...
Hope this helps
High Blood Pressure Medication?
Any one out there taking Prinivil/generic: Lisinopril ?

What were your side-effects from the medicine? And did anyone out there notice any side-effects from their high-blood pressure? They say it is silent.. but I swear I feel anxious, tense and sometimes I get headaches or dizzy.. any one else out there feel like that?
  The biggest thing that usually happens when folks start ACEI's (like you are) is just feeling pooped. I've never read about it, so it is only my guess that the body was used to being at the higher pressure & must adapt to the lower one. Dizzy/headaches would go with that. I wonder if the anxious/tense could come from just feeling wierd/different. You should feel better in 1-3 weeks. If you don't, call the prescriber. There are too many blood pressure meds. not to be on one that agrees with you.
Can habitually consuming sodium chlorite (not sodium chloride) cause high blood pressure?
My dad has high blood pressure. A friend is giving him a sodium chlorite solution to drink every day. What exactly is this doing to him?
  It contains chlorine dioxide, which is made from the oxidation of Sodium Chlorite. Chlorine dioxide is used primarily for bleaching of wood pulp, but is also used for the bleaching of flour and for the disinfection of municipal drinking water. Chlorine dioxide has never been studied for ANY medical condition including high blood pressure. There is absolutely NO evidence it improves blood pressure. There have been short term studies of Chlorine dioxide for water disinfection. The studies were only for weeks to months. No significant adverse effects were noted, but the long term effects are unknown. The use of chlorine dioxide as a supplement has never been studied and its safety at the doses used are unknown. The developer of MMS has absolutely no training in medicine. I would suggest your dad stop this and get evaluated by a doctor ASAP for his blood pressure and dizziness.
Should a person with high blood pressure take sodium bicarbonate for potassium control? or Calcium carbonate?
I am watching my salt intake every day and now the doctor has prescribed a sodium based bicarbonate to offset high potassium. This does not make sense to me - can someone explain please?
The question concerns whether a person on a salt restricted diet with high blood pressure.should use sodium bicarbonate or find another bicarbonate source. I don't use any salt substitutes and am very careful to avoid foods with high potassium such as citrus and banana and so forth.
Chatty GIrl
  You have high potassium from salt substitutes. Potassium chloride instead of sodium chloride.
Only 18% of the population shows any effects from sodium. 0% have ever lowered their BP by restricting sodium. I would say, an equal number, have been helped by artificially lowering BP

The point is, you should not be on a salt restricted diet. As long as you are not taking high dietary potassium or potassium sparing diuretics, you should never have to give potassium a second thought. Also, potassium test drawn at the doctors office and then sent out to a lab, will be inaccurate due to blood cell lysis from an old sample. This releases the potassium. At the hospital, the result will come back stating that the sample was lysised. Many times the result is high due to lysis but no warning. We treat the high potassium and the next thing we know, the patient is low.
Trust your body, you will live longer
Pharmacist who's life was almost ruined by Lipitor
How doe tekturna a blood pressure medication work against high blood pressure?
mike mike 1
  I believe it works by blocking the renin molecule instead of the receptor. new class of drug!
Should taking Micardis for high blood pressure and Wellbutrin for anxiety have negative drug interactions?
My doctor has prescribed Micardis for high blood pressure and Wellbutrin for anxiety. I have been taking it together for 3 weeks now and am having some negative side effects. Excessive sweating, trouble sleeping, tiredness, headache and lowered sex drive are some of my symptoms. Would these side effects be more related to the Wellbutrin or the Micardis? or the combination of the two? Does anyone know of a good blood pressure medicine that does not make you tired or effect one's sex drive for a 36 year old male?
Ellen B
  both drugs can cause side effects... the micardis generally cause dizziness and headaches and faintness it occurs if the body supply of water has been depleted by diuretics( water pill) however the wellbbutrin can also cause insomina and dizziness and also lowered sex drive.
paula s
If i take minoxidil *orally (tablets) for my high blood pressure, will it also help me regrow my thinning hair
bald spots?......If it does it would be like solving *both my problems, right? or wrong? (like killing 2 birds with one stone)....that way i can save money by not buying topical minoxidil or rogaine....**Only answer if you are a health expert.
BTW- i am a 51 year old man with high blood pressure, and my hair is thinning, i have male pattern baldness.
  Yes I think it would. might depend on the dosage.
If I switch my blood pressure medicine from cardizem to altace or a different blood pressure medicine?
will my blood pressure go up until the new blood pressure medicine starts to work

or will the New Blood Pressure medicine pick up where the other blood pressure medicine left off
  It depends. The prescriber may start the new medication at a low dose to see how you tolerate it. If your blood pressure does not respond appropriately it may then be increased.
18 and VERY severe hypertension
i suffer from very severe secondary hypertension, the cause of my high blood pressure is FMD (fibromuscular dysplasia) which is a disease in my renal arteries, My blood pressure is usually around 180/140 and has known to be 230/140 but usually sticks around the 180/140 mark with medication, te meds i am prescribed are amlodipine,aspirin,bisporolol,Bendroflumethiazide,candesartan,labetalol,methyldopa and ramipril. I know that optimun blood pressure is 120/80. My question is does anybody have any ideas how to control my bp (i eat healthily, am not overweight) and also, the risks of my blood pressure being so high
The meds i am prescribed;
thank you everyone who has answered, my renal arteries have been stented but the damage is already done, my left kidney is now 4cm and my right 8cm. the stenting doesnt appear to have done much good. I also have tahcycardia, my pulse is usually around 190 to 230 bpm
Joanne Q
  Unfortunately, this type of hypertension is going to be hard to treat. My mother has secondary hypertension and has had it for years to no avail. Her cocktail was hydrazaline 3 x a day, and tenormin 50 mg. Had also taken Lisinopril, Cardizem etc. I hope you can find a good combination that will lower your pressure. My mom finally ended up end stage renal failure and had to go on dialysis. Adside from the prescribed drugs, you can do other things to help lower the pressure like exercise, lowering or avoiding high saturated and trans fats. Keeping your blood vessels healthy is the key because it is the pressure that destroys them and causes the fats to get clog as the blood vessels narrow or weaken. Cook with olive oil, and eat plenty of fish (Omega 3). I am sorry to hear of you kidney disease. It runs rampant in our family because of hypertension.
Is there any homeopathic treatment for high blood pressure?
I have no insurance and can't afford the crazy money pit of doctors and perscriptions anymore. there must be a way for me to manage my hypertension and anxiety myself.
I am not over weight and exercise regularly. I am 42 years old and have always been in good physical condition. I don't eat alot of salt at all.
I know about exercise and diet. Again, does anyone know of a homeopathic treatment?
  you can always go natural. like eating raw garlic.
How to help allergies when you have high blood pressure?
I know there are tons of allergy medications, however, my mom has high blood pressure so she is restricted to most medications for allergies. Any suggestions?
  Patients with high blood pressure still have options with allergy meds, it's the decongestant part of medications that she shouldn't take but antihistamines are fine. Brand names differ from country to country but as long as she asks the pharmacist for a straight antihistamine (either sedating or a newer non-drowsy one will be fine) then she can get relief. Sedating ones will make her tired but are great for drying up running noses and itchy skin whereas the newer non-drowsy ones work directly on the histamines being released from the body because of whatever she's allergic to. These will help with sneezing, running nose, watery eyes etc. A Pharmacist is a great person to talk to about this as they understand about the blood pressure issue and can go through options with her. Hope this helps!
Can I take Claritin with my high blood pressure medicne ? I take Aldomet 250 MG?
Can I take Claritin with my high blood pressure medicne ? I take Aldomet 250 MG one a day / due to pregnancy induced hyper tentsion / no longer pregnant though ......
  I had a heart transplant 13 years ago. I take 14 different medications at this time and that number can change at any time. I always double check what any doctor prescribes with my pharmacist. The pharmacist should be your best source for interactions of medications.
Richard D
Question about blood pressure medicine?
i am taking micardis hct for high blood pressure (40 mg). I took one pill about an hour ago, but can't remember if I had taken one earlier and now i'm wondering about the effects of taking 2 in one day.
  How in the world can someone give advice like that, generically saying that blood pressure meds are safe to 100mg? That's crazy.

As for the blood pressure med in question, it can be prescribed to 80mg a day. But the one in question also has HCTZ, which is a diuretic. Taking twice that will greatly increase not only the effects of the main bp med, but also the water excretion of the HCTZ.

Overall, I imagine you'll be okay. But, it's far easier if you take the pill at a set time every day, maybe even write it down when you take it so that you don't have to worry any more.
sexual dysfunction- meds or some other cause?
i am on several medications: metformin and glimepiride, for diabetes, lipitor-high cholestrol and accupril for high blood pressure. i have a feeling of pressure that makes me feel as though i need to have a bowel movement or pass gas, neither of these things happens or if they do i still feel no relief from the pressure. i have been unable to achieve an orgasm, alone or with my partner. i feel as though my head is ' in the clouds', most of the time and i have the spots, similar to those after you get a flash photo taken......any ideas what could cause these things? are they related? i stopped taking the blood pressure med and the spots are not as bad but i still don't feel 100%.....opinions, experiences and ideas appreciated, thank you. the sexual dysfunction part has been very gradual until the last few days and i am completely without sensation in thar area,now.
Hannah's Mom
  I can't speak to those specific medications, and frankly, I'm male, so there may be another level of disconnect in answering your question.

But I DO know this: there are many MANY medications that can mess with your sexual response cycle. Something as simple as a low dose of Zoloft (in my case) tend to make me so that I can't "finish" in bed very easily either.

You really need to talk with your Dr. (or maybe another Dr.) about the side effects of these medications, and possibly some alternatives.
How can one lower their blood pressure naturally without prescription drugs?
My dad has high blood pressure and was prescribed some medication to lower it. He has to keep taking it for as long as his doctor tells him it's ok to stop but his medication (Tarka) is pretty expensive and sometimes he can't afford it so he just stops taking it. I worry that something might happen to him when he does this. Does anyone know where I can find Tarka for less (he currently pays $72 for a 30 day supply of Tarka 2/240mg) or do you know of a natural way to lower blood pressure?
  Holy buckets, he should not start and stop. Exercise will lower blood pressure, but not all are able to exercise effectively. Write this number down. 1-877-321-6755 or go to Get a free prescription card. It doesn't pay the whole bill, but it sure will help.
Switched from procardia xl to the generic for toprol xl. When will I see a difference in my blood pressure?
The procardia xl wasnt really lowering my blood pressure. Plus I had a high pulse.
  It should work in a day or two.
high blood pressure and pregnancy?
hiya, im 19 and i have pre existing hypertension. I am currently on the following meds;
My blood pressure is still not controlled very well usually around 180/120. I also have blood and protein in my urine, and have spent roughly 5 months in hospital in the last year. I have just found out i am pregnant, how will my medical history affect my pregnancy?
Joanne Q
  You need to contact the Dr who is treating your severe hypertension and let him know because those medications can negatively effect the fetus. They will probably need to admit you. Do they think that you might have a phenocomocytoma? It is a tumour of your adrenal gland that causes severe refractory hypertension. The pregnancy puts you at a higher risk of stroke so I suggest you start making phone calls today
Donna B.
Dyazide blood pressure Question?
Was just put on this because i have slight high blood pressure and my ENT wants to see if it helps if I have meneiers disease...question long does it usually take before it starts to work lowering your BP? Its only been 4 days, including today...I think its a 25mg pill
  It can actually take 2-3 weeks to feel the FULL effects. One thing you will notice almost immediately is urinating more often. Dyazide is a combination drug, in that, it is also a diuretic and causes the body to rid itself of excess fluid without loss of potassium, thus gradually lowering and maintaining the blood pressure.
I suffer from High blood pressure and high cholesterol what would be a good and safe workout?
I suffer from High blood pressure and high cholesterol what would be a good and safe workout in regards to weight machines and cardio machines. What should i push my heart rate too if my resting heart rate is 89 bpm. What percentage of my max should i lift?
  Sorry you cannot do weight lifting, but you can do walking, even brisk, avoid fat, sugar, stimulants. and be stress free.
High Blood Pressure Treatment?
My husband and I were recently visiting his father who had been having problems with hypotension. Just on a whim, we used his automatic BP machine and my husband's BP was 150/98. My father-in-law and I were very concerned and over the next week or so (until we could get back from vacation) I was monitoring his BP at home and we would check it every time we went out to the grocery store. It's consistently high.

I convinced him to go to the doctor and they've put him on a 3-day test thing where his BP will be tested at different times of the day to get an average. With our numbers and the numbers he's been getting at the doctor's office, his average is ~145/95.

Here's where it gets tricky: He's supposed to deploy next week sometime and we'll be finding out tomorrow what the doctor will suggest for treatment. Will the doctor prescribe meds? A change in diet? Are his numbers high enough to have him pulled off of this deployment? What should we expect?

Any help is much appreciated!
Anyone experiencing a drop in libido/sex drive while taking Micardis HCT 40mg for blood pressure?
I am 35 years old man with a slightly high blood pressure of 134/89 so the doctor put me on Micardis HCT 40mg. The blood pressure dropped to 123./77. But ever since i been taking this med, i have been experiencing a lesser desire to have sex and when i do, my erections are not like before. This is making me very frustrated, because i used to have a very high sex drive and libido prior to taking this.

I used to have sex 3-4 times a week.. Now it dropped to 1-2 a week..

After explaining this to the doc and a pharmacist, they both tell me that i shouldn't be experiencing this issue with Micardis, specially on a low dose. But i know my body and i know my erections are not very strong.

Does anyone have similar issues? Any suggestions how to fix this problem?

Would taking Viagra in addition to this help?
  Erectile dysfunction doesn't have to be a part of getting older. It's true that as you get older, you may need more stimulation (such as stroking and touching) to get an erection. You might also need more time between erections. But older men should still be able to get an erection and enjoy sex.

This could be caused by

* Diabetes (high blood sugar)
* Hypertension (high blood pressure)
* Atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries)
* Stress, anxiety or depression
* Alcohol and tobacco use
* Some prescription medications, such as antidepressants, pain medicine and medicine for high blood pressure. if this ongoing problem then this would required a treatment: please check this article for more information:
Alpha Marrie
I take Lisinopril for high blood pressure and Ibuprofen for arthritis. Is this safe?
My doctor just prescribed Lisinopril for high blood pressure, and I take Ibuprofen at night (usually) for arthritis pain. When should I take Lisinopril?
  You should talk to the doctor about mixing ibuprofen and Lisinopril, it seems that a lot of drugs (and even salt substitutes) can affect this medication, so be sire to get all the info from your doctor before you mix anything with it.
Robert W
Why and what is maleate in medicine?
I use Enalapril for high blood pressure. My mom uses Enalapril Maleate for high blood pressure. What is the Maleate for? I tried to look it up, but only found that it is in a lot of medicines, but not what the function of the maleate is...
  enalapril maleate. 5 mg tablet. What is in this leaflet. This leaflet ... Your baby may absorb this medicine in the womb or from breast milk and therefore there is
Mary Boo
What are the bad effects from taking carvedilol 3/125 mg, twice a day?
My blood pressure was very high today when I saw the heart doctor, he put in two stents. I was very nervous and when I talked with the nurse the pressure came down.
Diane R
High blood pressure and Insomnia... Any sleeping medications that can mix with HB meds?
My father is on a cocktail of high blood pressure medications (Norvasc, Lisinopril, Terazosin, Triamterene, Probenecid, Atenolol, Amiodrarone and Coumadin) but also has, for years, had trouble sleeping through the night. In fact, he tends to only get about two to three hours of sleep.

He had been taking Tylenol PM to help him sleep, and it was working, but I pointed out that the active compound in that, (essentially benedryl) probably doesn't mix well with the meds that he is on. He's going to go visit his doctor soon to see about some sort of prescription that he could try, but does anyone have any suggestions for us? He's in desperate need of something...

Thanks for the help!
  Here's the best, most natural and least harmful way to induce sleep that really works.

I don't think your father needs more medications, they won't be an effective and permanent cure anyway. What prevents us from sleeping is an overactive mind which we cannot switch off. Anyone can quickly learn meditation and mind calming and stilling techniques as taught by a yoga teacher. The best yoga for this is Siddha Yoga as taught by it's founder Swami Muktananda, a wonderful, inspired, and greatly respected yoga teacher. Siddha Yoga meditation centers are all over the world and you can find out more online and get some of the many books written by Muktananda that deal with this very subject. I quickly learned the technique in one attendance at a yoga session and the result was immediate, restful relaxing sleep. I urge you to try this natural and really beneficial solution. You will be glad you did. If you email me(see my profile) I can give you titles of publications by Swami Muktananda and more info about Siddha Yoga and about meditation centers near you. Incidentally, this yoga is one of the best methods of alleviating BP- it calms one down and relieves any stress.
Mukunda M
Currently taking blood pressure meds....Is it dangerous to mix Viagara with these?
Diltiazem XT (Cartia XT) 300 MG for blood pressure
Lipitor 5 MG for lipids
Cozaar 100 MG for blood pressure
  I assume a doctor gave you your blood pressure meds. Why don't you ask them?
Donna M
can my boss legally fire me for taking lisinopril - a blood pressure medication?
I have been perscribed lisinopril for high blood pressure, and it is only 10 mg tablets and on the container it says that it may cause dizziness and not to drive a car or operate machinery until you become familiar with its effects. I work a job that involves operating machinery.
Kathy K
  Tracy M and JB are both correct, you cannot legally be fired for being on anti-hypertensives. In most people, side effects are usually not long lasting and dissipate after a few days after the medication has started to take effect on the body.
Lower than normal blood pressure while on medication?
A couple of years ago I was diagnosed with high blood pressure, and put on Zestoretic, which brought it nicely down to usually in the 110-120 / 70-80 range. I've lost about 28 lbs since then.

I just checked my BP again, and it had a reading of 103 / 68.

Should I alert my doctor if I get more readings like this, so he can adjust the medication? Or are readings like that perfectly OK?
Uncle Pennybags
  congrats on the weightloss!
if you are still on the same dosage of meds (that you were when you weighed more) you will need to tell the doctor...he may need to reduce the dosage due to the weight loss..
~*common sense*~
can i take a diet pill on inderal la (blood pressure medicine)?
im on bp medicine inderal la its for high blood pressure i know it will increase my bp but can i take one to help me feel full ? which one is good?
Emily M
  If you're looking for a diet pill to get skinny, then you're kinda wrong. Diet pills don't work. They're just a scam. If you want to feel full, then drink a full glass of water before every meal, and it will help you to not eat so much.
my blood pressure reading is usually 180/140,dropped to 50/20.the doctors dont know why it dropped any ideas?
i am 18 i have suffered with hypertension for over a year, and spent 5 months in hospital last year, doctors believe it is to do with my renal arteries due to the fact that i always have blood and protein in my urine.i was admitted to hospital 2 weeks ago with a pulse rate of 240 bpm (i have been tachycardic for a long time never usually this bad) and blood pressure of 200/140 (on average my blood pressure is about 180/140) whilst i was in hospital my blood pressure dropped to 50/20 and stayed around there, it has now gone back up to being around my average 180/140. The doctors have 1)no idea why my bp is so high to begin with and 2)why it dropped so low. They have tested for all the usual suspects..renal artery stenosis etc, also my oxygen SATS are around 88% on average yet blood gases test come back normal.i am currently prescribed amlodipine,aspirin,bisporolol,Bendroflumethiazide,candesartan,labetalol,methyldopa and ramipril to try and control my blood pressure,to no avail.any ideas
medications i take;
Joanne Q
  Getting adjusted by a chiropractor using a specific technique called NUCCA has been proven to lower blood pressure. You should consider looking into this.

You can find TONS more information by going to google and typing blood pressure + NUCCA.

Good luck!
Abby C
Does bradycardia affect the maximum heart rate?
I'm a 38 year old male and about 4 years ago my normal heart rate was around 62 bpm, and my treadmill stress test yielded 178 max bpm. I wasn't particularly fit at the the time and had (still have) high blood pressure.

Nowaday, I take some Mavik and I exercise (20 miles a week). I noticed that my normal heart rate is much lower, around 47 bpm. But what's worrying is that my max heart rate when running at race tempo is only 166 bpm.

Could this be the result of taking the high blood pressure medication, or spontaneous bradycardia?
My Religion is Bigger than Yours
  1. I can't say whether you are experiencing spontaneous bradycardia or not, however Mavik treats hypertension by dilating the blood vessels. Pressure is changed by either controlling the volume or space in the blood vessels. This "increased space" reduces the amount of work (after load) the heart has to work against. This then can reduce the amount of beats it takes for the heart to move the blood through your system. (It has less resistance.) This would also be true while you are exercising = lower max HR. 2. The 20 mi/wk also strengthens your heart muscle allowing it to be more effective when it beats. It does not need to beat as often to move the same volume. Hope this explains how things work inside. If you are concerned about your heart rate your doctor is your best reference.

Good luck!
explain how an enzyme blocker might work when used as a treatment for high blood pressure?
haha more of a statement then a question... but i really need to know so please help!
this question comes from a video i had to watch about protein structure and function.. it had to do with like wool, silk, and human hair...if that helps at all
  ACE inhibitors work through inhibition of Angiotensin Converting Enzyme, produced in the kidneys. The mechanism by which this works is a bit long, so bear with me.

In response to low renal blood flow, the juxtaglomerular cells of the kidneys will release an enzyme called renin. This enzymatically converts angiotensinogen to angiotensin I, which is cleaved by ACE to angiotensin II (Ang2).

Ang2 has a few different effects on the body - first of all, it can directly work on AT-2 receptors in the arterioles (small arteries) to constrict them, raising blood pressure. Secondly, it stimulates the release of aldosterone from the kidneys, which can cause increased fluid and sodium retention, further increasing blood pressure.

ACE doesn't just work on Ang2 - it also breaks down (inactivates) a substance in the body called bradykinin. Bradykinin is a potent vasodilator (dilates blood vessels), which will ultimately decrease blood pressure.

ACE inhibitors work by inhibiting ACE, stopping the production of Ang2. No Ang2 = less constriction of blood vessels, and less aldosterone secretion. Inhibiting ACE also inhibits the breakdown of bradykinin, so there is more of it around to dilate blood vessels.

There is also a new class of drugs called renin inhibitors, but they pretty much work on the same mechanism, just a step further up.
Chris H
What are the side effects of RANBAXY Lestric (Lovastatin Tablets USP 20mg)?
As the question above, what are the possible side effects? My friend is suffering from high blood pressure and he has been taking this tablet for three years. He has no known allergy but lately he has stiff muscle. So far his blood pressure is ok. What could be the problem, was it some side effect? Thank you.
  Muscle pain is a side effect noted with most statins - the side effect profile for lovastatin can be viewed at any website that has approved product information. eg

It is recommended that you friend see their Doctor who prescribed the product - even if just to be cautious
How long can it take for my Blood Pressue Meds to work?
I'm panicking, like usual. Last friday my doctor put me on exforge for high blood pressure, my BP was 154/110. Well its still running high it was 145/97 last night. How long does it take to work. I'm worrying myself sick that I'm going to have a heart attack or stroke and die.
  It may be a good idea to take your blood pressure several times throughout the day for several days (at the same times each day) and then contact your doctor with the results. He may want to adjust your dosage, add another agent, or change the medication altogether.
What is the drug "Lovaza" used for?
Is it for high cholesterol and high blood pressure? I know someone that has both but doesnt want to take this without any knowledge. When I researched it just mainly referred to "triglycerides." What is that? I know that it is fat consumed right? please help, tell me anything i need to know.

Thank you so much!
baby kakes
  Lovaza is used for treating patients who have very high triglyceride levels, the 'bad' cholesterol. It's not used to correct blood pressure though. has a good page on triglycerides, and how to endeavor to keep them in check. Consuming non-saturated fats is helpful, and avoiding saturated fats, and especially trans-fats is a good idea to decrease bad cholesterol and increase good.
Robert W
i have high blood pressure 140 over 98 is Norvasc a good medication to take to treat high bp?
and does bp pills really make you worse and destroy your liver?
should cozaar and midodrine be taken together?
If someone has high blood pressure should they take cozaar and midodrine together? Note that blood pressure is at 173/85 laying down; 157/88 sitting; and 96/68 standing?
  You really should ask a Pharmacist to be absolutely sure.
Have any diabetics out there WITHOUT high blood pressure been put on Cozaar to prevent kidney problems?
I have once again been told by a doctor that as a diabetic I should be taking a hypertension medication for my kidneys. In the past, the medication made my blood pressure so low I swooned! I tried lower doses but still couldn't function so I stopped using it. Now about 10 years later, I am spilling a tiny bit of proteins in my urine, so I was sent to a kidney doctor. He wants me to start taking Cozaar to help with my kidneys. I still have a normal blood pressure so I am scared to try this again. I now have neuropathy in my feet and have balance issues. If my BP get low and makes me dizzy, I am afraid of falling and really hurting myself. Anyone who can give me some feedback would really be helping out. Thanks!
  Ask for a different ARB or ACE medication until you find one you like. I had to try a few different types before finding one I liked. I take Atacand which for me has no side effects. Atacand also protects your kidneys like Cozaar does. I haven't experienced dizziness on Atacand like I have on some other blood pressure meds, but just to be safe, you should always get up slowly if you've been sitting for a long time or after sleeping.
Can Diet Coke raise blood pressure and how do you flush it out?
I had about 100 ounces of diet coke today (2 big gulps) and my blood pressure is high 149/102 and I can feel it. How do I flush it out? I've drank 1 64 ounce big gulp every day and it never bothered me. I'm also taking Avelox and Hycodan for bronchitis, perhaps this is part of the problem? Thanks for your help!
  The drugs and your illness are probably more at fault than your soda. Although your soda intake IS a tad on the high side. Even diet soda can be bad for you, and it still does contain sodium -- a direct contributor to high blood pressure.

I'd lay off till you're completely well.
Brutally Honest
Blood pressure went down to 84/72 after taking 1 Zestril, 1 Lasix and 1 Coreg Why?
My husband's blood pressure was up to 160/75 and we was given Zestril, Lasix and Coreg to take. Now today his blood pressure has dropped down to 84/72. He took it again in a hour and it had gone back up to 92/76 then in another hour up to 94/78. He does not want to go to the ER is there something we can do to watch his blood pressure. He is not going to take any more of the pills. They said he has Congestive Heart Failure.
  First off, I would suspect an inaccurate B/P measurement with the reading of 84/72. Generally you should see a larger difference between your systolic and diastolic pressures.
However, if the reading was accurate, that is a little too low for most people. He needs to check with his MD NOW. Going to the ER shouldn't be necessary. You just need to call his doctor's office and ask them what he should do. The MD should either change the amounts of meds he is taking or ask that he come in for another exam. Most MD's would simply alter the medication regimen over the phone. Your husband DOES NOT need to stop taking the meds, especially the Lasix if he has Congestive Heart Failure (CHF). The Lasix is to prevent exacerbation or worsening of the symptoms of CHF. CHF can lead to sudden shortness of breath and even death. A systolic pressure (top number) of 84 is too low for most people, but some people can tolerate that low of a pressure and function just fine. So don't be too alarmed if your MD says to keep taking the meds and monitor the B/P for a few more days. One thing to consider is whether or not your husband has symptoms of low B/P such as weakness, dizziness, vision changes, or feeling faint. If he has no symptoms, I wouldn't get too alarmed, yet. Lastly, keep in mind that the B/P standard of 120/80 is now being re-examined by most of the medical community. Many now believe that a "normal" B/P should be less than 120/80. Some suggest that 110/75 or even 100/70 be the new "norm".

Registered Nurse for "years".
Can hyzaar replace the toprol and hydrchlorthiozid I take for Blood pressure?
The current combo is causing high blood glucose.
Col O
  Only under the supervision of a medical professional. In some patients, drugs like toprol (beta blockers) can increase blood sugar.
Has anyone ever taken Adalat cc for high blood pressure during pregnancy?
My doctor prescribed this medicine for me for my blood pressure and because I'll be conceiving soon and this medicine is pregnancy safe. How was the medicine during pregnancy and did you experience any side effects?
  Medicines and their possible side effects can affect individual people in different ways. The following are some of the side effects that are known to be associated with this medicine. Because a side effect is stated here, it does not mean that all people using this medicine will experience that or any side effect.

* Headache

* Flushing

* Dizziness

* Disturbances of the gut such as diarrhoea, constipation, nausea, vomiting, indigestion or abdominal pain

* Swollen ankles caused by fluid retention (peripheral oedema)

* Tiredness

* Awareness of your heart beat (heart palpitations)

* Increased heart rate (tachycardia)

* Shaking, usually of the hands (tremor)

* Skin reactions such as rash, sweating or itching

* Visual disturbances

* Increased need to pass urine

* Impotence

* Depression

* Pain in the muscles (myalgia)

* Pins and needles sensations (paraesthesia)

* Abnormal enlargement of breasts in men (gynaecomastia)

* Enlargement of the gums (gingival hyperplasia)

The side effects listed above may not include all of the side effects reported by the drug's manufacturer.

For more information about any other possible risks associated with this medicine, please read the information provided with the medicine or consult your doctor or pharmacist.

Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, inform your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine whether it is safe for you to continue taking Adalat or Adalat XL.

* More common side effects may include:
Constipation, cough, dizziness, fatigue, flushing, giddiness, headache, heartburn, heat sensation, light-headedness, mood changes, muscle cramps, nasal congestion, nausea, sore throat, swelling of arms, legs, hands, and feet, tremors, wheezing
Vik V
What could be the cause of uncontrolled hypertension?
My primary care physician and cardiologist are scratching their heads over my condition. My pressure is ALWAYS around 160/90. They have tried almost every prescription to treat my high blood pressure. Right now I'm on Hyzaar in conjunction with Norvasc, both at the maximum dose and my pressure hasn't budged a millibar. I tried looking for info on uncontrolled hypertension on the Web but I only found vague answers. Maybe someone knows someone that had this. What did they do about it?
  Hyzaar and Norvasc are great medications for treatment of blood pressure, but I agree, a renal sonogram to rule out renal stenosis (or cysts), would be a good start. You may also want to have them do blood work to rule out a Pheochromocytoma by checking for Plasma Free Metanephrine levels; Perform a 24-hour urine collection for creatinine, total catecholamines, vanillylmandelic acid, and metanephrines.

Additionally, you might want to see if the doctors will add an Alpha 2 (like Clonidine) to your regimen, taken 3 times daily. That can usually do the trick.

Hypertension like this is very difficult and trying. I'm certain you've been through a lot dealing with it. I've got a few patients just like you, and it took putting them on Clonidine, and sometimes Alpha 1 meds (like Cardura and Hytrin) before I could get them to goal.

Best of luck to you!!

p.s.: There's a lot of reasons for elevated blood pressure, but eating celery supplements ARE NOT GOING TO SAVE YOU! Anyone here trying to sell Dr. Mercola and his quackery are just fools. He is LESS than received by the general medical population. He makes his money on selling "supplements" rather than sound medical advice.

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