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2 catapres in a row to lower BP. safe or not?
my dad has very high blood pressure, we rushed him to a doctor and was advised to take catapres as a temporary solution. the doctor said that if the first catapres doesnt lower his blood pressure after 30 minutes then he should take another. then my dad took another tablet. that time his bp went down. is that a good advise or not? please elaborate your answers, im worried bout my dad.
  Catapres or clonidine is a fast acting BP lowering drug that is relatively safe for immediately controlling extremely high blood pressure. Catapres can be given only for a few doses before the patient is shifted to another anti-hypertensive drug.

Looks like the Catapres did the trick but your Dad needs to go on a maintenance medication. Go back to his doctor and in the meantime your Dad should go on a low salt, low fat diet, stop smoking and reduce alcohol intake and stress.
information on the beta blocker corgard... i was prescribed this med. for headaches and light headedness?
i am 21 years old and in very good shape... my blood pressure is normal...and my doctor decided to try a beta blocker... i dont know a lot about them..except i read they were primarily for high blood pressure.... i would jus like to know if someone could describe for me what his med exactly does.. and how it will help headaches... im takin the med.. so its not a medical questions...more of curiousity .. and i just would like to have the knowledge....thanks.
  beta blockers just deaden the nerve endings, you might as well take 750mg vicadin
Core A
what over the counter medicine to take when taking ziac for high blood pressure medicine?
what over the counter medicine to take for headaches and sinus problems when taking ziac for high blood pressure
  I would talk to your pharmacist,because with high blood pressure medicine or any thing like that you have to be so careful about what you take!!
High Blood pressure treatment?
I checked my BP today it was 140/95 and then I checked it again second time it was 149/103. Will my doctor give me medicine or just tell me to lose weight exercise and eat right? is that a number where she has to give me something or does it have to be higher for you to recieve medicine?
I mean 145/95 and 149/103.
  Here is some information from the Mayo Clinic site. There is more there and you may want to read it. The BPs given are now lower as it is felt that your BP should be lower than 120/80. This is a resting BP where one sits for 10 to 15 minutes then places their arm at heart level when the BP is taken. If the person has walked up a flight of stairs just prior to the BP being checked it will be higher. One's BP changes with every movement.

Your blood pressure treatment goal depends on how healthy you are.

Blood pressure treatment goals*
140/90 mm Hg or lower If you are a healthy adult
130/80 mm Hg or lower If you have chronic kidney disease, diabetes or coronary artery disease or are at high risk of coronary artery disease
120/80 mm Hg or lower If your heart isn't pumping as well as it should (left ventricular dysfunction or heart failure) or you have severe chronic kidney disease
* Although 120/80 mm Hg or lower is the ideal blood pressure goal, doctors are unsure if you need treatment (medications) to reach that level.

If you're an adult age 80 or older and your blood pressure is very high, your doctor may set a target blood pressure goal for you that's slightly higher than 140/90 mm Hg.

Changing your lifestyle can go a long way toward controlling high blood pressure. But sometimes lifestyle changes aren't enough. In addition to diet and exercise, your doctor may recommend medication to lower your blood pressure. Which category of medication your doctor prescribes depends on your stage of high blood pressure and whether you also have other medical problems.

Lifestyle changes can help you control and prevent high blood pressure — even if you're taking blood pressure medication. Here's what you can do:

■Eat healthy foods. Try the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet, which emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat dairy foods. Get plenty of potassium, which can help prevent and control high blood pressure. Eat less saturated fat and total fat.

■Decrease the salt in your diet. Although 2,400 milligrams (mg) of sodium a day is the current limit for otherwise healthy adults, limiting sodium intake to 1,500 mg a day will have a more dramatic effect on your blood pressure. While you can reduce the amount of salt you eat by putting down the saltshaker, you should also pay attention to the amount of salt that's in the processed foods you eat, such as canned soups or frozen dinners.

■Maintain a healthy weight. If you're overweight, losing even 5 pounds (2.3 kilograms) can lower your blood pressure.

■Increase physical activity. Regular physical activity can help lower your blood pressure and keep your weight under control. Strive for at least 30 minutes of physical activity a day.

■Limit alcohol. Even if you're healthy, alcohol can raise your blood pressure. If you choose to drink alcohol, do so in moderation — up to one drink a day for women and everyone over age 65, and two drinks a day for men.

■Don't smoke. Tobacco injures blood vessel walls and speeds up the process of hardening of the arteries. If you smoke, ask your doctor to help you quit.

■Manage stress. Reduce stress as much as possible. Practice healthy coping techniques, such as muscle relaxation and deep breathing. Getting plenty of sleep can help, too.

■Monitor your blood pressure at home. Home blood pressure monitoring can help you keep closer tabs on your blood pressure, show if medication is working, and even alert you and your doctor to potential complications. If your blood pressure is under control, you may be able to make fewer visits to your doctor if you monitor your blood pressure at home.

■Practice relaxation or slow, deep breathing. Do it on your own or try device-guided paced breathing. In some clinical trials, regular use of Resperate — an over-the-counter device approved by the Food and Drug Administration to analyze breathing patterns and help guide inhalation and exhalation — lowered blood pressure. However, some researchers question whether the devices themselves or simply taking 15 minutes to relax are responsible for lowering blood pressure.
How long does it take for my blood pressure medication (Atenolol)to start working??
My doc just gave me a prescription for Atenolol 50mg.Taken once a day.I just started this medication on Thursday but my blood pressure is still very high with no signs of decrease.Does this stuff take a while to start working or will my doc probably have to raise the dosage?Thanks.
lift&shift 101
  You can expect the full effect on blood pressure after about 1-2 weeks. However, the blood pressure lowering effect of atenolol is limited and most patients need more than one medication to effectively treat hypertension. So, you might need to add another medication to reach your goal.
Can I take these medications together, or will there be an interaction? IMMEDIATE HELP PLEASE!?
Hi! I am on the following medications:

Allegra-D 24-hour qd (for allergies)
Biaxin 500 mg bid (sinusitis)
Flovent 440 mcg bid (asthma)
Benadryl 50 mg q4h prn (I get a lot of rashes, so this is used and OK'd by my dermatologist to be taken with the Allegra-D, even though it's 2 antihistamines -- right now it's for eczema and some contact dermatitis/hives)

... and now what I'm thinking of taking is a DuoNeb nebulizer treatment (Albuterol inhailer isn't cutting it, and last time it was this bad, neither did the Xopenex, so I had to be put on oral steroids and DuoNeb [atrovent and albuterol]).

Can these things be taken together? Thanks so much!
Also! I forgot to add! Sometimes I get a little chest pain while doing the DuoNeb treatment... is that normal? It goes away within 10 minutes of being done.
I know it will raise my blood pressure, but my blood pressure is usually VERY low (85/55 - 95/65), and in the hospital when they gave me 4 back-to-back DuoNeb treatments, it only went up to like 100/70.
  You should be able to take those meds together I have given similar combinations. I am not sure about taken the Flovent and the Duo Nebs though since those are both steroids.

As for the ches pain that is not normal I have seen Albuterol cause palpitations, atrial fibrillation so chest pain is a serious adverse reactions. I recommend you go to the ER for the chest pain and consult with your PCP and/or pharmacist regarding an compatability issues.
Frank R
why would you give minipress to someone otherthan for high blood pressure problems?
Why would you give minipress to someone other than for high blood pressure problems?
d b
  Although these uses are not included in product labeling, prazosin is used in certain patients with the following medical conditions:
Congestive heart failure
Ergot alkaloid poisoning
Raynaud's disease
Benign enlargement of the prostate
I have high blood Prinivil a good med to take?
how about side effects? is there a good med for high blood pressure with few side effects?
im 37, 6 ft 230 lbs
Lisinopril is the lysine-analog of enalapril. Unlike other ACE inhibitors, lisinopril is not a prodrug and is excreted unchanged in the urine. In cases of overdosage, it can be removed from circulation by dialysis.

Clinical use
Its indications, contraindications and side effects are as those for all ACE inhibitors. Its long half-life allows for once a day dosing which aids patient compliance. The usual daily dose in all indications ranges from 2.5 mg in sensitive patients to 40 mg. Some patients have been treated with 80 mg daily and have tolerated this high dose well. Lower dosages must be used in patients with higher grade renal impairment (glomerular filtration rate (GFR) lower than 30 ml/min).

Adverse effects
Rare, serious side effects that would require immediate medical attention include:

chills, infection
dark urine, decreased urination (oliguria)
difficulty swallowing or breathing, allergic reaction (anaphylaxis)
rapid weight gain, stomach pain
yellowing of skin or eyes (jaundice)
Less severe side effects of moderate concern include:

abdominal pain, bloating, vomiting
chest pain or tightness, dizziness, lightheadedness, fainting (syncope)
joint pain
The following side effects are common and likely to improve with time:

diarrhea, loss of taste, nausea
drowsiness, headache, tiredness
Lisinopril causes the kidneys to retain potassium, which may lead to hyperkalemia
What side effects did you experience being on metoprolol(lopressor)?
I take half of a 25mg in the morning and the other half at dinner time. I've been dizzy, cold, tired, haven't been sleeping well, felt like my heart is racing and sometimes my blood pressure or my pulse are up in between doses. I'm waiting to hear back from my cardiologist.
I have a digital blood pressure monitor that I use to take my blood pressure and pulse. My bp was 130/96 this morning and my pulse was 96 before medication. Usually my diastolic blood pressure is higher.
I have been on lopressor since April 27th. Before that I was on hctz.
  i felt the same way when i was on atenolol (very similar drug, both are beta blockers). you can feel cold, dizzy, and tired because it reduces the amount of blood your heart pumps. your body adjusts some to the side effects after a couple weeks. if you skip a dose or stop taking the medication suddenly, your heart can race, because your body adjusts to having the metoprolol in your system. when the metoprolol is no longer there, your heart rate and blood pressure increase. cutting the tablets into quarters and taking one in the morning and one at night may help, but ask your cardiologist before you do it. also, i know theyre little guys so cutting them into quarters might not work well.

anyway, if you really dont like beta blockers you could see if he'll switch you to another drug like an ace inhibitor. dont just suddenly stop taking it or your problems can get worse. i didnt stay on atenolol very long bc i got too tired when i went jogging or swimming
Is severe coughing a side effect to a blood pressure pill called Triamterene?
I recently started taking this drug for high blood pressure and I have started severe coughing and can not stop. I work as a receptionist and switchboard so this is not cool at all. It always feels like my throat is scratchy and if I don't cough this stuff up it just gets worse. I guess I want to know if this could be an allergic reaction to this medicine or something else?
Jennifer W
  It is hard to say whether the coughing is due to triamterene. Although coughing isn't stated as a side effect of triamterene it may possibly be the cause.

The possible side effects of triamterene are:

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using this medication and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:
numbness or tingly feeling; muscle pain or weakness; slow, fast, or uneven heartbeat; feeling drowsy, restless, or light-headed; urinating less than usual or not at all; shallow breathing; tremors, confusion; or nausea, stomach pain, low fever, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes).

Continue using triamterene and talk with your doctor if you have any of these less serious side effects:
mild nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea; dizziness, headache; dry mouth; or skin rash.

Side effects other than those listed here may also occur.

Talk to your doctor if the coughing persists and is bothersome.
Kate from
i am 5'11" weighing 264. my blood pressure today was 160/100 a am taking:avalide,crestor,and tricor.?
seems that the medication isnt helping me...any suggestions-or any of you out there have the same problem.overall i feel fine..why then if i feel ok is my pressure so high?
i am 41 yrs old -male
Joe A
anyone know bout high blood pressure med.called triamterene?
This med. has left dark blood vessels on my moms legs and the dr. thinks thats normal and asures us that this med. is the best there is. I want to find out if anyone else has had same problem and if so is there something else you tried or heard about.
  Side Effects of This Medicine

Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur:


For amiloride, spironolactone, and triamterene

Skin rash or itching; shortness of breath

For spironolactone and triamterene only (in addition to effects listed above)

Cough or hoarseness; fever or chills; lower back or side pain; painful or difficult urination

For triamterene only (in addition to effects listed above)

Black, tarry stools; blood in urine or stools; bright red tongue; burning, inflamed feeling in tongue; cracked corners of mouth; lower back pain (severe); pinpoint red spots on skin; unusual bleeding or bruising; weakness

Signs and symptoms of too much potassium

Confusion; irregular heartbeat; nervousness; numbness or tingling in hands, feet, or lips; shortness of breath or difficult breathing; unusual tiredness or weakness; weakness or heaviness of legs

Other side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. However, check with your doctor if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome:

More common (less common with amiloride and triamterene)

Nausea and vomiting; stomach cramps and diarrhea

Less common

For amiloride, spironolactone, and triamterene

Dizziness; headache

For triamterene only (in addition to effects listed above for triamterene)

Increased sensitivity of skin to sunlight

Signs and symptoms of too little sodium

Drowsiness; dryness of mouth; increased thirst; lack of energy

Other side effects not listed above may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your doctor.

The side effects listed above are those I found at one site and at another the following was found:


Adverse effects are listed in decreasing order of frequency; however, the most serious adverse effects are listed first regardless of frequency. All adverse effects occur rarely (that is, one in 1000, or less).

Hypersensitivity: anaphylaxis, rash, photosensitivity.

Metabolic: hyperkalemia, hypokalemia.

Renal: azotemia, elevated BUN and creatinine, renal stones, acute interstitial nephritis (rare), acute renal failure (one case of irreversible renal failure has been reported).

Gastrointestinal: jaundice and/or liver enzyme abnormalities, nausea and vomiting, diarrhea.

Hematologic: thrombocytopenia, megaloblastic anemia.

Central Nervous System: weakness, fatigue, dizziness, headache, dry mouth

Based on those 2 sites, I can't really say whether the side effect your mother is experiencing is a normal one or not (can't see it). However, I think I would ask if she could not be changed over to another medication. There are all kinds of different medications for high blood pressure out there and this side effect does not seem to be desirable.
PLEASE HELP ME!!!i dont know what to do?
I have had high blood pressure for a few years, im only 19 and they are still trying to find out why as im not overweight etc i take alot of medication to reduce my blood pressure but it remains high normally about 180/140. In the last 15 minutes or so my arm has become very painful and numb for no reason, my pulse is weak and i feel sick.I am supposed to take aspirin but i havent been taking it recently because i read it can be bad for you.please help me :( I also have been tachycardic for the past 2 years pulse usually about 160bpm at rest,sometimes going alot higher. what should i do?
36 minutes ago - 4 days left to answer.
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I do have a heart problem they are just not quite sure what it is, i also have renal artery stenosis, these are the tablets i take every day;

and i have two of the best consultants in england
Joanne Q
Do Benzodiazepines like Clonzepam have an effect on blood pressure - need immediate response?
I take clonzepam and strattera daily. My doctor also prescribed me Vyvanse, lisdexamfetamine dimesylate (correct spelling),as needed. It's basically Adderall that has to process through the liver before turning into Dexamphetamine.
I completely forgot I took my high dose of Strattera.Two 80mg's (doesn't work unless I take two 80's, and even then barely, but vyvanse is expensive), 160mg, this morning. This afternoon I took my dose of 140mg of Vyvanse (feels like 25mg IR, consistent for longer hours than Adderall XR). Now that I realize that I took my Strattera, the high dose at that, I'm worrying - I remember reading that the two can make your blood pressure spike, and my doctor is crap, so it's not suprising he didn't tell me. He tried to prescribe me 40mg adderall 2x a day, and 2mg Xanax 2x a day (Benzo addiction hell, much?), for god's sake.
***continued in notes below, PLEASE READ
I'm having dizzy moments every twenty minutes or so, just sitting in my chair. I can't afford to go to the hospital for this. I made a silly mistake, knowing to not take the two medicines the same day. It was just a matter of forgetfulness.
Does anyone know if my Clonzepam(Klonopin) will lower my blood pressure any? I've not taken it since this morning as my anxiety has not been that bad and I lost a whole bunch a few days ago (some shitty friends) so I have to conserve them. If you think I should take one (.5mg), or another remedy for drug-induced high blood pressure, please respond.I'm panicy right now, also, and I would normally take it now, but I don't know if it will help or hurt, and though I assume it'll help. I am asking advice.
-Freaked Out
**THANKS for the helpful, insightful, detailed, and amazingly thoughtful you all gave me./sarcasm***
I will take my Klonopin and see how it goes.... ugh.
Cavin G
  settle down you are freaking yourself out check your pulse and try to slow it down you are not that bad off you had time in between. the time you took them .Try to control your breathing and slow everything down. You are not in the middle of a stroke or anything. Unless you cause one by panicking
redd headd
Is it okay to take Blood pressure med's at night? at the same time as I take my Birth Control.?
I am currently on Birth Control (Yasmin) and I take this at night however .........I am suposed to be taking High blood pressure med (Uniretic) but I always forget so I have not taken for months..........does anyone know if I take them at the same time will it have a negative effect? or will I be okay if I take them at the same time?
i love my dog
  NO NO NO - not at bed time!

Uniretic is a for high blood pressure. it is a Combination drug with Ace I and HCTZ. Hctz is a diuretics. Diuretics work by getting rid of extra fluid in your body by increasing your urine output, and thus decrease your blood pressure. and nobody would want to take a diuretics at night b/c it makes you go to the bathroom!!

if you want to take both together at the same time for Convenience. yes, it is ok, take both of them in the MORNING! don't take the uniretic at night!
Can I take medications while Juice Fasting?
Alright, I myself have actually just finished a 3-day Juice Fasting and my mom wants to do the same. She has a bit of a tummy from having had 3 kids- I'm 20 now. :)
The thing is, she is 50 and taking the following medications:
Ciprofloxacin HCL 500mg (antibiotic)
Diltiazem HCL 360mg (lowering high blood pressure)
Telmisartan or Micardis (lowering high blood pressure)
Pravastatin Sodium (lowering cholesterol)

Most of the medications say to take with food.
She still insists on going through with it. I've done a bit of research and supposedly Juice Fasting should actually improve on things like her blood pressure and cholesterol but she takes her medication every night and is afraid to miss a day or three. Another reason she wants to go through with the Juice Fasting is that she's afraid taking so many medications every night is doing quite the number on her liver.

I've asked her to consult her doctor as well but she's Chinese, very old fashioned, and goes to Chinese speaking doctors that are either new to the concept or shoo away the idea of a juice fast altogether, saying things like that it's baloney.

I guess my question is... should she continue taking her medications during the juice fasting period? Should she cut down to half a tab? Should she take them every other day? Should she not take any medication at all?
Winnie Luo
  She should not stop her medication without her doctor permission.
I just happen to be reading a book by John H. Tobe
The famous Plutarch wrote, "Instead of using medicine, rather fast a day." He says first of all, lets us define fasting. According to the best knowledge that I could gather, it is temporary abstinence from all food, and herein I want to emphasize that this does include water. I fully realize that in some quarters water is regarded as food and I am quite in agreement with that interpretation. However, for the duration of this text we will keep water separate. We will accept it as not being a food and therefore, fasting means the abstinence from all food. Another term, and one that is being widely accepted, is "physiological rest".
The purpose of the fast is to allow the body full range and scope to fulfill its self-healing functions to its best advantage. The body is more capable of self-healing than any other force or forces on the face of the earth.
Please allow me to emphasize that fasting in itself contributes absolutely nothing in a material way to the healing of the body, but it does permit the body to become 100% efficient in healing itself.
At this time I would like to make a positive and definite distinction between starvation and fasting. They are in no way connected or related.
Starvation is denying the body essential food for its maintenance and is positively and definitely injurious and often fatal, whereas sensible fasting is temporary abstinence until the surplus or stored fats are consumed and harmful accumulations are eliminated and it is remedial, restorative and healthful.
While I make it clear and positive that fasting itself dose not cure anything, I wish to point out some of the things that fasting does accomplish simply by enabling the organism to do what it needs to do for itself.
1.Gives overburdened organs rest and time to rehabilitation.
2.Sharpens and accentuates the mental faculties.
3.Improves the intestinal organs' ability to digest and assimilate
4.Conserves essential energy.
5.Promotes the breaking down, absorption and elimination of various
abnormal growths and obstructions.
6.Allows the organs of elimination time to void accumulated matter.
7.Creates a feeling or condition of euphoria.
8.Making the mind receptive to logic and sensible correct way of
9.Promotes the elimination of inorganic chemical accumulations that cannot be divested from the body by any other means.
If i take 60 mg of coreg cr a day for high blood pressure, (a beta blocker) does that mean my HTN is real bad?
i am 25! my bp could go up to as high as 180/130 before meds, but that would only happen every once in a was usually about 140/95-130/90.
i have no organ damage...geez your 14? yours must have been out of controll for a while? is it primary or secondary HTN?
mine seems to be primary.
  Well, its not severe but I guess it's moderate. I take 25mg atenolol(beta-blocker) twice a day, making it 50mg. People someitmes take 100mg a day. Hyperension is different for every person. Im 14 years old and my hypertension and it already caused end-organ damage to my heart.( And I still only take 50mg a day).
Is it really necessary to take both hydrochlorothiazide and lisinopril for high blood pressure?
  It depends on your blood pressure and your other health conditions (if any).

Your goal could be as low as less than 130/80. As a general rule, if your blood pressure is 20 points or more above goal when you first start treatment you should probably be on at least 2 medications. If you are already being treated, and aren't at your goal, adding another medication is usually necessary.

There are many lifestyle modifications that can be made to help lower your blood pressure and limit the amount of medication you need, so be sure to talk with your physician and pharmacist about them.
Aaron Emmel, PharmD, BCNSP
Can you tell me what vasotec is?
Medication for high blood pressure.
  The people that said it's an ACE inhibitor are correct. The others, well, just guessed. A bad thing in dealing with medicines.
Can i die from od from zestril high blood pressure pills?

  ask your therapist
Impulse Crab
Blood Pressure meds for Kidney disease prevention?
I am boarder line diabetic. My doctor recently prescribed a blood pressure medication for kidney disease prevention-however my blood pressure has always been perfect. Is this normal?
  No. Diet pills are bad always.
Is my new blood pressure medicine worth the side effects?
I am now 30 yrs old and have been on blood pressure meds since I was 19. When I was 19 I was in pretty good shape/5'10 170lbs. I went for a routine doctor's visit back then and my blood pressure was 165/90. Doc put me on meds, meds, and more meds none that really helped much till a few months ago. I was put on Exforge HCT and my blood pressure has been averaging 130/75.
BUT, since being put on Exforge my ankles, especially my left one has been swollen. It has also raised my heartrate, now averaging around 90 BPM at rest and up to 150 while walking or straining.
I'm on Atenolol for that which used to control my tachycardia, not anymore.
I told my Cardiologist and he simply said, "Would you rather have swollen ankles or have a stroke?"
I said, "Well, neither but if I had to choose; swollen of course. But it is getting worse by the week and it hurts to wear shoes anymore. So, my question is. Should I try another medicine and risk dealing with 155/85 blood pressure again without swelling or stay on Exforge and deal with the swelling? Thanks..
  pedal oedema is a side effect of amlodipine, there are many other options, so discuss with another cardio
How can I lower my blood pressure without taking the pills?
I have really high blood pressure, and I was taking Lotensin, but I just hate taking pills and stuff so I quit taking it. I know that I need to lose weight and quit smoking and that will help. Besides that, how can I lower my bp?
  Unfortunately once the disease of hypertension is established generally it is not possible to control your blood pressure without medication.

However being no more than your ideal weight, doing regular,vigorous exercise for ever, and reducing your salt intake may contribute to lowering BP.
Dr Frank
Can ANYONE describe the action of aldosterone, epinephrine and erythropoetin on blood pressure?
Describe the action of aldosterone, epinephrine and erythropoetin on blood pressure. Can you include which of the 4 regulators of blood pressure are effected by each of these and what happens to blood pressure (up or down)? You will get 11points if you can do all of these things!
  you must be in nursing school

Aldosterone helps regulate sodium and potassium levels in the body. This helps control blood pressure and the balance of fluids and electrolytes in the blood.

The kidney hormone renin normally stimulates the adrenal glands to release aldosterone. High levels of both renin and aldosterone are normally present when the body is trying to conserve fluid and salt (sodium). When a tumor is present, an aldosterone level will be high while a renin level will be low. Usually a renin activity test is done when the aldosterone level is measured.

Other important functions of the kidneys include blood pressure regulation, and the production of erythropoietin, which controls red blood cell production in the bone marrow.

Urinary system parts and their functions:
two kidneys - a pair of purplish-brown organs located below the ribs toward the middle of the back. Their function is to:

remove liquid waste from the blood in the form of urine.

keep a stable balance of salts and other substances in the blood.

produce erythropoietin, a hormone that aids the formation of red blood cells.

When secreted into the bloodstream, it rapidly prepares the body for action in emergency situations. The hormone boosts the supply of oxygen and glucose to the brain and muscles, while suppressing other non-emergency bodily processes (digestion in particular).

It increases heart rate and stroke volume, dilates the pupils, and constricts arterioles in the skin and gut while dilating arterioles in skeletal muscles. It elevates the blood sugar level by increasing catalysis of glycogen to glucose in the liver, and at the same time begins the breakdown of lipids in fat cells. Like some other stress hormones, epinephrine has a suppressive effect on the immune system.[5]

Although epinephrine does not have any psychoactive effects, stress or arousal also releases norepinephrine in the brain. Norepinephrine has similar actions in the body, but is also psychoactive
Does anyone on here take Lotrel for high blood pressure? How is it working for you?
Any side effects?
  I do take it. My mg is 10-20. Been on it now for a few months and it has seemed to do the trick. Hope it works for you. Oh also, the only side affect I had from it was headaches. Nothing some Motrin couldn't clear up though.
Anyone taking tenormin for high blood pressure?
What are the side effects?
  yes, dizziness, lightheaded, drowsy, tired, nausea, diarrhea, leg pain, vision problems. Most if not all go away once your body gets used to the medication. If not discuss with your doctor. I also take this medication, but you can get it in the generic form called Atenolol which is alot cheaper.
Mary F
I take lisinopril and norvasc daily for high blood pressure; can I take ketoprofen?
  The guide I just looked it up in says that it can cause HYPERTENSION so I would think not. Talk with your physician or pharmacist.
Have there been any recent recalls on the medication micardis for high blood pressure?
can you take viagra or levitra while taking altace for high blood pressure?
  You can take Viagra while taking medication for high blood pressure.. Viagra was originally a medication for high blood pressure.
What is the best Blood Pressure Medication.?
What is the best blood pressure medication with the least side effects ? I have tried Linsinopril, Diovan (valsartan),
Atenolol, Altace. They all bring my blood pressure down some, except for Diovan. It doesnt. The rest have similar side effects. Dizziness, incoherent, lack of energy.
Thank you for your response. I am at risk of a stroke each day.
rob c
  Unfortunately, all those side effects are very common with most BP medicines. If your BP is at stroke level, the simple fact that the medicine is working causes the dizziness. A sudden drop in your BP to normal levels causes all those side effects. They will get better as your body adjusts to a lower BP. It may take as long as 2 weeks for this to happen though. You might try a very low dose of 1 of those that worked & wait a week or so to slowly increase the dose. That way your body can slowly adjust to gradual decreases in your BP.
From a previous answer, Vasotec is in the same family as Altace & lisinopril so it may have the same side effects. It is a good inexpensive choice. The others you have taken are all good 1st line choices. They actually have some of the better side effect profiles compared with other BP medicines.
Good luck.
what is the side effect of green tea extract capsule to pravastatin sodium & diltiazem?
i am 67 yrs old and taking those medicines for high cholesterol and high blood pressure. can i take the green tea extract as supplement?
  Green tea extract should not interfere with either drug. However, there have been reports of liver toxicity from green tea extract supplements. Since pravastatin can (rarely) cause liver toxicity as well, taking the two together may increase your risk.
Aaron Emmel, PharmD, BCNSP
Can you take bayer aspirin while on hydrochlorothiazide?
My mom has to take hydrochlorothiazide 4 her high blood pressure, but she gets headache's a lot. And we use Bayer Aspirin 4 our headache's, but in some poeple it can cause high blood pressure. So is it safe to take bayer aspirin while on hydrochlorothiazide?
  She don't have to live with those headaches if she doesn't want to.
Not knowing for sure where they are located, have her try this one for those that come from the back.
Place both her hands behind her head, the fingers on the muscle at the base of her skull. Pull into that muscle hard and hold. Now relax, take a deep breath and exhale and don't tense up any part of her body. Wait 30 seconds and very slowly start to look down until her head is extended all the way. Then release the pressure and let her head rest there for one minute.
If her head pain is coming from someplace else, contact me and I'll help her get rid of it wifhout the need for anything else.
Douglas B
Any natural remedies/vitamins I could be taking for high blood pressure instead of Caduet?
  You should speak to a doctor.

Clonidine is a medication to regulate blood pressure.
It is also used to subdue anger.

Atenolol is also used to regulate blood pressure.
MedicineNet says, "Atenolol also reduces the force of contraction of heart muscle and lowers blood pressure."

Also, a naturopathic natural remedies company carries products to regulate blood pressure.
(Please see link below.)
can i stop taking teveten for high blood pressure and take all natural carditone?
steven t
  Are you seriously asking people that you do not know this question. Go ask you DR who is a professional.
can i lay in tanning bed while taking this medication?
i take accupril for high blood pressure i have been told i could not lay
sylvia m
what medicine helps heart disease and high blood pressure?
what does Prinzide help?
  You can try a natural supplement to help lower your high blood pressure.
Rick Rocker
Can Nasonex raise your Blood Pressure?
Since I have been taking Nasonex/Astepro for sinus/allergies, I noticed my blood pressure has been going up. (141/97) I do have low blood sugar and I am wondering is there a connection.
John N
  Go to their website, they should carry the symptoms created from the product.
Methyldopa can cause high levels of prolactin?
Im taking Methyldopa to reduce my blood pressure Im fine with my BP now but suddenly my period stopped due to this tablets Can I become pregnant again?If I stop Methyldopa will my menstruation return? What about fertility ? Can methyldopa that causes prolactin affect my fertility? What is the treatment to have a normal period?
  Methyldopa is known to be safe in pregnancy. Regarding fertility, it is better to get evaluated.
Is Pindolol safe with an already low heart rate?
I was prescribed Pindolol for what the doctor thinks is Inappropriate Sinus Tachycardia.

First he thought it was POTS but changed his mind because I showed him when I just roll over in bed/lying down my heart rate(pulse) increases from 85 to 125-130.

He says lying down and the pulse increasing like that sounds like something else besides POTS.
When I sit my blood pressure is pretty normal 120/70 pulse 65
But when I stand and stand still in one spot it goes up to 130/87 pulse 122.

The longer I stand still the higher it goes up to like a pulse of 165. The blood pressure doesn't go over 148/90 and sometimes is as low as 120/74 but the pulse remains over 110 at all times.

So, after the tilt table test and my showing him all I have to do is roll from one side to the other to increase pulse by 30 or more bpm, the doctor prescribed me Pindolol and said it would slow my heart rate and actually decrease my blood pressure.

Only thing is when I am lying down and take my blood pressure when going to sleep or just after waking my blood pressure is low like 106/54 pulse 56.

If Pindolol slows the heart rate and the blood pressure won't it make my blood pressure and pulse dangerously low when I have low pressures like going to sleep and waking times?

Also, when I exercise on the treadmill which is 2 miles per day, that night and the morning after the exercise my blood pressures are really low like 96/45 pulse 49.

I told my doctor this and he said to try taking it and see what happens.

Are there any doctors familiar with Pindolol and what do you think?
Thank you
Sharpen up
  Yes it can make your blood pressure and heart rate go down. Take your pulse prior to taking the Pindolol if pulse is less 60 or top blood pressure measurement less than 110, hold it and tell your doctor that same day if possible. Or nest time you visit him, ask him for parameters for holding the medicine that way you know when to take it and when not to. Good luck.
This answer is intended to assist and not to replace medical advice.
How long does the medication Hyzaar stay in your system?
If you have been on this medication for treatment of high blood pressure, how long will the medication stay in your system if you stop taking it?
  most meds. stay in your system for 24 hours but if the doc. gave you a med. for high blood pressure i would ask him. some meds. may cause a problem if you just stop taking them. its like a druggie addicted to pain killers they give them something Else to control the side affects while there body Adjusts to not having the pain killers in there system.
pam m
Would lisinopril help with heroin withdrawal symptoms the same way catapres does?
Ya, trying to kick it again, anytime i'm in a detox i get catapres...i've come across some lisinopril in my coupard and it's used to treat the same thing which is; hypertension, high blood pressure. Please let me know if this is safe, i don't want to pop 20 mg's of this then go get high tomorrow and juss die haha.
  I doubt it. Lisinopril is an ACE inhibitor, while clonodine (catapres) is not - although they are both prescribed for high blood pressure, they work in two different ways.

When I was in detox a couple years ago, they gave us tramadol and phenobarbital throughout the day and clonodine at bedtime - the clonodine helped me sleep, which is a blessing considering the hell that is trying to sleep while withdrawing from any kind of serious habit.

I started taking liprinosil about 3 months ago for high blood pressure. I'm also on a methadone maintenance program, so fortunately I haven't had to deal with dopesickness for many months now, so I can't personally tell you how the liprinosil affects withdrawal symptoms, but I can tell you that it doesn't feel like clonodine at all. In fact, I've recently stopped taking the liprinosil because since I've been on it I've developed a host of disturbing problems that are either side effects of this medicine or some very serious health problem. This is my second day without taking it and I swear I'm going through some kind of liprinosil withdrawal! The stuff is actually made from snake venom - no joke...So my advice is to stay away from it - it won't help and it may make it harder to sleep or otherwise accentuate, rather than curb, the heroin withdrawal symptoms.
Julian the Apostate
what is a natural diuretic that works as good as methyldopa (high blood pressure medicine)?
  you could juice some cucumbers and drink the juice.
Sheraton, not Hyancith's Son
Has anyone experienced postpartum depression while taking methyldopa/aldomet for high blood pressure?
  my friend did however she went to her Dr and was given 3 or 4 other drugs but in the end she was ok.
I am taking enalapril and carvedilol for high blood pressure. Can I take them both at the same time.
I also take glyburide and loratadine. Can I take any of them together?
  Your best bet would be to contact a local pharmacist and ask them for recommendations. They will give you a free consultation on the medication you were given and what not to take with what.
Going on an international flight, are you allowed to take the following things?
Blood Glucose meter, (strips, lancer, glucose tablets).
Blood pressure machine, Blood pressure medicine, Atenolol, Nitrostat, Levothiroid, Refresh Tears
(for the eyes)?

I Cr 13:8a, Love never fails !
Johnny Cee
  Yes but the medicine has to be in their original bottles and you need to prove that you are diabetic in order to take that lancer. You usually cannot take anything sharp on the plane at all but if you have a certain medical condition that you can prove then that instrument is allowed. Also the refresh tears has to be under 3 oz.
I take micardis hct 40/12.5 and Felodipine 5 mg do i need to worry?
Is it normal for people to take 2 meds for blood pressure? Is this because my blood pressure problem very serious? I'm 5"4 and weight 230 lbs. and no exercise.
  Your doctor prescribed them. He/she is the best one to ask. Do you have a reason not to trust him/her?

The meds are in 2 different classes.
As anyone experienced side effects on the prescription drug: nifedipine? Its to reduce high blood pressure.?
  I have not taken it, but the serious side effects are:
an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of the throat; swelling of the lips, tongue, or face; or hives);
unusually fast or slow heartbeats;
severe dizziness or fainting;
yellowing of the skin or eyes (jaundice); or
swelling of the legs or ankles.

Less serious side effects are:
headache, fatigue, or tiredness;
vivid or abnormal dreams;
nausea or constipation; or
increased urination.

i was just put on Metoprol Tar 25mg to lower my pulse rate. i also take diovan hct for high blood pressure. is?
it safe to take these two together?
  You should be able to call any pharmacy and ask them. They should be able to answer your questions. I wouldn't trust anyone on here to answer this, call a pharmacy and get your answer real quick.

Hope this helps!!
Can a women of 38yrs taking norvasc for high blood pressure become pregnant?
Having been trying to conceive for over 5yrs.
  Norvasc is pregnancy risk category C. Do not take it if you are pregnant. Talk to your doctor about switching to another blood pressure medication that is not harmful to the fetus.
What is a heart murmur and what dose it mean to have a leaking value in the heart should I be worried?
I have high blood pressure and my doctors having a hard time trying to controll it with blood presure med. I am currently taking Lisinopril/hctz 20/12.5mg, Toprol XL 50mg, Micardis hct 80mg/12.5mg,and diltiazem er 180mg. I am 23 years old.
  A heart murmur is what is heard through the stethoscope when there is an abnormal turbulance in the normal smooth flow of the blood through the heart and blood vessels. It may be congenital (inborn) or acquired (through diseases).

Your murmur ,obviously ,is coming from the leaking valve . It is possible that it is arising from a dilatation of the valve ring as a result of your intractable high blood pressure.

If this is the case, you should take your antihypertensive medication very regularly. I will not hesitate to tell you that you may not be very regular ,as has been my experience with young patients like you.

Your hypertension gives a completely different perspective to your murmur and you must follow your doctor's orders almost religiously,

Good Luck.
What is the insurance company which provides excellent and inexpensive MEDI-GAP policies for people 65...?
I am in Texas. My Mom needs a Medi-Gap policy. She has Medicare hospital part A and Medical part b. She had total knee replacement surgery last year, and has had mildly high blood pressure, which has been successfully controlled by a light medication (ZIAC) since it was detected. (It was detected early due to constant monitoring of blood pressure.)

There are no other medical conditions, not even osteoporosis or osteoperenia. She is quite healthy.

I am looking for cheap but good plans. If you have one or your senior loved ones have them, please tell me the name of the comapny and the monthly premium you pay. Thanks very much to you.
longview cycle lady
  There are two types of policies available. A Medicare Supplement, or Medi-gap, and a Medicare Advantage.

With the Medicare Supplement all plans are exactly the same, controlled by the government. Most people have plan F. A plan F with one company is exactly the same as a plan F with another. The only difference is price. In my area the average plan F premium for someone age 65 is around $150 and goes up with each year older. Some companies may not accept her because of the surgery. Part D prescription drug coverage is not included so she'll need a separate Part D plan.

The Medicare Advantage plans can be different between companies. They all have to cover the same but some companies will enhance the plan. There are small co-pays when you use medical services. A supplement doesn't have co-pays. The Medicare Advantage plans will cover an annual physical while a supplement does not. The average premium in my area is $26 per month no matter what your age and many have a $0 premium. All companies will accept her with the surgery. Some have Part D included.

This is much more complicated so my advise is to visit a local independent agent who deals with senior policies. The plans and premiums are exactly the same whether you use an agent or buy directly from a company.
Lisinopril and Hydrochlorothiazide?
My doctor put me on Lisinopril and Hydrochlorothiazide 10 mg/12.5 mg for high blood pressure and congestive heart failure. I started taking it yesterday today I feel very weak and have some pressure in my chest is this normal? I get anxious easily and don't want to make a big deal out of this but I don't like the way I feel. Has anyone ever heard of or taken this medicine?
  I've been on that medicine for a month. For the first 3 or 4 days, I felt run down. I just figured it was my body getting adjusted to a lower blood pressure. I would give it a couple of weeks. If you still don't like the way you feel, have the doctor prescribe something different.
Does Lopressor regulate an irregular heart beat?
I thought Lopressor was a drug that lowered high blood pressure....
my husband's cardiologist put him on Lopressor to regulate his irregular heart beat. The electrical impulses aren't connecting somehow. How can a blood pressure medication regulate his heart beat?
  Lopressor is a type of high blood pressure medicine known as a beta-blocker. It works by blocking beta receptor sites in the heart muscle tissue which decreases the rate and force of the hearts pumping action. It does not actually "manage the rate of the beat" but it does calm it down if it had been working too hard and, if the heart os pumping less ferociously, it will lower the blood pressure as well.
Is there a risk/danger in taking Tenoretic (high blood pressure pills) with Lariam (Malaria prevention)?
  There have been no reported drug-drug interactions between these medications.
I'm very concerned about my mum she has high blood pressure and weights 5.3.wat can i do to help her?
at the moment she taking Bendroflumethiazide 2/5mg, she takes 1 a day in the just so worried i really want to help her.
Lisa G
  She weighs 5.3? I don't understand... that 5.3 what?? Lbs?? In that case I'd be worried too!
Has anyone ever taken Adalat cc?
It's a medicine that treats high blood pressure and is pregnancy safe. How was it? Did you experience side effects? Please let me know. Thanks.
  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
Can metoprolol and digoxin (lanoxin) be taken together?
To control high blood pressure and atrial fibrillation respectively
Hi Mr/Ms 7 could you tell me what exact combination are you in?
  they are frequently prescribed together. If the prescriptions are from two different doctors be sure both doctors are aware of the two meds because there can be serious interactions between them (i.e. effects on your heart rate amplified by the combination) Also be sure to have your labs drawn as your doctor orders because Digoxin needs to be monitored especially in new therapies
What could be causing my high eye pressure?
a technician. I have never had a full eye exam before, but am having one next week with my doctor that I work for. Today we had a skeleton crew in, as our doctor is at a conference in Illinois, and we had a little time to kill when the phones went down this afternoon. Anyway - the other day my mom had an eye exam and he told her that her eye pressure was 24 in each eye, and her left eye had .35 in her optic nerve and .65 in her right eye. He started her on combigan to bring down her pressure and scheduled her for 2 weeks from now. My friend, the technician, while we were killing some time decided to check my pressure., I am 25 years old, and have 20/20 vision in both eyes. My eye pressure was 29 in my right eye and 31 in my left. My friend said I need a full exam soon as that is quite high for someone of my age. What could be the problem? I know I will know more when he dilates my eyes and looks more, but I am sort of freaking out and am curious what others may think. Thanks!
  Don't let yourself stress too much at this point. As you said, you have a full exam coming up, and will get more information soon. Some people do have naturally higher optical pressures. Some people will also naturally run quite low. Your eye doctor will most likely want to dilate your eyes or take retinal photos to examine the health of the inside of your eyes, such as the retina, optic nerve, blood vessels, etc. You will also most likely be asked to come in again for a follow up to recheck pressures in a couple of weeks or months. If you do show signs of glaucoma, the doctor will be able to prescribe you medication to bring the pressures down. Best of luck to you!
Is there any way to reverse/treat hallucinations once they've occurred using Ultram and/or Nifedipine?
My mother was prescribed Ultram to relieve headaches due to high blood pressure while on the dialysis machine. A week after taking the medication, she started to experience seeing deceased relatives, fires, cats rubbing against her legs, and hearing voices. She was also taking Nifedipine along with Novax and other blood pressure medications. Is there any measures that I could take to get the help that she needs because the physician of the dialysis clinic only make appearances every once in a blue moon therefore the RN prescribe the medications. She also have an upcoming appointment to have her head examined.
  She needs to be on Risperdal or Depakot. Ultram and Nifedipine will do nothing for that. She needs a good psychiatrist because she is having very severe signs of illness
Does anyone know how to taper off of Lipitor and Benicar?
As I get older and watch the decay of my parents and others that are older than I, I slowly realize that getting much older is really not a very good goal. So, I think that combating the various conditions of old age, like high cholesterol and high blood pressure, is really a poor way to spend ones money.

How do you taper off of these medications?
  There is no need to tapper down Benicar or Lipitor. If you stop benicar the High blood pressure may cause end organ damage (morbidity) and a complication like stroke, heart disease renal disease or Other increasing mortality at early age. Please read about FRAMINGHAM study. Lipitor and other statin are medications that control an enzyme that act producing cholesterol. As is well known, Cholesterol is either produced or ingested in the daily diet. It is been prove in multiple studies the benefit of having a low cholesterol- LDL and triglycerides in the decrease of vascular events like stroke, hearts disease and complications of which is hardening of the vascular system. All this diseases are related to aging and also because of multiple external, and inherited risk factors. How you can avoid these,exercising, having and excellent diet, free of cholesterol, free of smoking, drugs, stress, having a perfect genetic make up. But this is not a perfect life nor a perfect world, human body is not perfect.
If you still younger start changing your life for the years to come. We can not scape aging, at least for now until research find the fountain of youth.
I'm on avapro for my blood pressure I have weakness leg cramps?
What blood pressure medication should on switch too?
crystal c
  Not sure you should switch. Some times the leg cramps are caused by low potassium. In which case eating bananas will help correct this. Are you by chance on a pill to rid the body of excess water also, besides one to lower the high blood pressure? This too will remove potassium from the body.
Can an 85 years person take nexavar?
need answer ASAP..thank you.
Patient Status:
-Has a High Blood Pressure
-Has a Heart Problem
I am asthmatic, what are the risks?
I cannot walk the stress test so my Dr. wants to do the lexiscan, how will this effect my asthma? can I have an att ack? I have high blood pressure, is this advisable?
Tension Headache?
Tension Headaches?
Can tension headaches happen after all of the stressful days and tension have dissapeared for a while, b/c i think i have a tension headache right now. It is a mild pain that seems to be around my head and it doesn't affect my day to day activities and i have been having it for about 3 days now. But all of my stress has been from school and that was about 2 weeks ago. i had 3 tests and an assignment due in a span of 3 days. So are these tension headaches that i am having.

Additional Details

Could this also be because i am worrying about my headeache being a more serious thing than it actually is. B/c i went to the doctor after my exams in January and he said that it was just tension and when he went to take my blood pressure it was a little high and when my dad and i went to the drugstore to get the pills (about 20 mins after the appointment) that he prescribed i took my blood pressure and it was back down to normal. It is just that i am always thinking tha
inside and out
  Go to the store and buy you some tension medicine. And if you are really stressed get you some nerve tonic. That really helps me. I worry about alot. It is all natural it will not hurt you. Me and My mother take it and my mom said that at walmart they can't keep it on the shelf. Hope everything works out for you. It will get better I promise.
Tonya K
What time of the day or night should I take my Norvasc tablet (5 mg) for maintainenance of blood pressure?
I am taking Norvasc 5mg tablet for blood pressure maintenance. What time of the day or night should I take it? I am presently taking this medicine before going to bed at night but a friend told me to take it in the morning as this prevents the blood pressure from rising when doing stressful work.
Red Baron
  I advise my patients to take this drug at the time that they are most apt to remember to do so. It really works well for 24 hours (not all drug delivery systems work as well as this one) and you should be fine no matter when you take your Norvasc. Just so you remember to get it on board!
Amy P
is zestril 10 mg high dose ?
Is zestril 10 mg high dose ? is it safe ? is there any different between zestril and lisinopril ?
also i would know which the first line blood pressure medicine ?
Is there a herb that will open up blood vessels more?
I am taking Adalat XL together with my blood pressure pills. They are making me completely exhausted (have looked up side effects) I cannot function properly, just have to lay down. Since taking it my blood pressure has gone down and it does work, however, I am not willing to give up my daily energy and feel so completely out of it, if I could find some alternative.

Anybody have any ideas?
Maureen S
  There are some great traditional Chinese medicines available
Most large cities will now have shops or clinics selling such herbs.

Practitioners can prescribe herbs that open the blood vessels and promote the flow of blood. These include hawthorn, frankincense, myrrh, santalum wood, aristolochia root, and borneol crystals. They also recommend acupuncture or acupressure as well as exercise such as Tai Chi and Qigong.
is Levitra safe for me to take?
I have hypertension, but is under control, a little high in blood sugar and cholesterol. The medicine I am now taking is coapprovel (hydrochlordthiazide), caltrate plus (calcium and vit d), Vit B1,B6&12, Lipitor (atorvastatin) and silymarin and Vit. C 500 mg daily to control the blood pressure, cholesterol, strengthen the bone and for liver and anti oxidant
  yes, it is
I am on High Blood pressuremedicine(diovan hct).is it safe for me to drink chamomile tea everyday?
I am on high blood pressure medicine(diovan hct).is it safe for me to drink chamomile tea everyday?
Are u honest?
  Chamomile is an extremely mild and gentle relaxant herb. The only negative reaction I am aware of with it is that some people who are allergic to ragweed, goldenrod (Solidago), asters, chrysanthemums are also allergic to chamomile.

This is taken from

Prescription Drugs

Chamomile contains chemicals that may increase the time blood needs to clot. When it is taken with antiplatelet or anticoagulant drugs, the effect of the antiplatelet or anticoagulant may be increased, resulting in uncontrolled bleeding.

Antiplatelet drugs include Plavix and Ticlid
Anticoagulants include heparin and warfarin

When chamomile is used with prescription drugs that promote sleepiness, the effects of the prescription drug may be exaggerated, resulting in sedation or mental impairment. Prescription drugs that can cause sleepiness include:

Anticonvulsants such as carbamazepine (Tegretol), phenytoin (Dilantin), and valproic acid (Depakote)
Barbiturates such as phenobarbital
Benzodiazepines such as alprazolam (Xanax) and diazepam (Valium)
Drugs for insomnia such as zaleplon (Sonata) and zolpidem (Ambien)
Tricyclic antidepressants such as amitriptyline (Elavil), amoxapine, doxepin and nortriptyline

Chamomile is broken down by certain enzymes in the liver, therefore it may interfere with the use of prescription drugs that are processed by the same enzymes. These drugs may include:

Allergy drugs such as fexofenadine (Seldane)
Antifungal drugs such as itraconazole (Sporanox) and ketoconazole (Nizoral)
Cancer drugs such as etoposide (VePesid), paclitaxel (Onxol, Taxol), vinblastine, or vincristine
Drugs for high cholesterol such as lovastatin (Mevacor)
Oral contraceptives

Non-prescription Drugs

Chamomile can affect the ability of blood to clot after. Aspirin can also delay clotting, so chamomile should not be taken at the same time as aspirin.

The sleep-producing effects of over-the-counter products containing diphenhydramine can be enhanced by taking chamomile concurrently. Diphenhydramine is contained in many over-the-counter sleep aids as well as in some cough and cold products, therefore caution should be used when taking these medications with chamomile because excessive drowsiness may result.
How does sodium ascorbate work compared to ascorbic acid?
absorption and potency,
effects on diseases like cancer and high blood pressure
  It is the ascorbate that is the vitamin. There is no significant difference in the action of the two because, once dissolved both ionize to the two constituent ions.

However, ascorbic acid being an acid can create acidity problems for those already having acidity, if they are on a mega vitC therapy. For such, sodium ascorbate can help. Since Sodium ion has a larger ionic weight one has to take a proportionately larger quantity to get the equivalent dose as ascorbic acid.
Is It safe to exercise after a blood pressure reading of 188/132?
I have since been put on Dynacirc 5mg twice a day and a water and potassium pill. My blood pressure has went down considerably. Should I exercise a little today or wait until tomorrow?
  I would not engage in any physical exertion until the blood pressure is lower and you have your physician's blessing. It may take the medication time to achieve a significant decrease in your blood pressure so it is not likely that you will be able to exercise tomorrow either.
john e russo md facm faafp
Is anyone familiar with Atacand the blood pressure medicine?
My boyfriend is 29 years old and the doctor has just started him on Atacand. Can anyone tell me if this is a drug that will cause him to lose his sex drive? I know some blood pressure medicines do. Please any advice will help. Thanks.
School Gurl
well, atacand is quite a new drug for treating hypertension, and quite a good one.
as far as I know it is rare that it will affect sex drive or performance (some of the oldest drugs can affect performance and libido).
hope I helped,
How to deal with my high blood pressure? Three years and still uncontrolled...?
I've now been on Hydrochlorothiazide, Metoprolol (Lopressor) with and without Hydrochlorothiazide, Lisinopril, hyzaar, cozaar... None of them brought me below an average of 145/95. My husband and I are now wanting to concieve, so we are trying pregnancy safe medications. I've been on amlodipine (norvasc), nifedipine, labetalol, and as of yesterday, methyldopa (aldomet) - all in the last 15 weeks. I am grasping at straws here. Today my BP is 163/115 - unless I find a way to control this I won't be able to have kids. I've tried the whole diet/exercise/cut salt thing and lost 60 pounds and it did nothing to help my blood pressure. If the aldomet doesn't work, my DO is sending me to a hypertension clinic.

After 3 years of testing, I just want answers and a way to fix it! What tests should I ask for? I feel that if they could find the cause, then they would know better how to control it. I've had tons of blood testing, thyroid test, 24 and 72 hour holter, 2 echos, and several EKGs. I'm not sure what else to do and I know all the stressing isn't helping anything, but I can't help it! I don't know why nothing seems to be working to control it!
  You have got stage 2 hypertension.
Check the function of your kidney (for microalbuminuria, creatinine, blood urea nitrogen). Check for renal artery stenosis.
Consult a nephrologist.
Please note that I am not a medical professional.
gangadharan nair
I have postpartum hypertension.?
The dr said at my 6 week checkup they should be able to decide if I still need to be on the procardia xl 60mg. How will they be able to make this decision? My blood pressure is currently in the normal this the because of the blood pressure medicine or is this because my body is going back to normal?
  It's normal now because of the med. It your BP was LOW, then your body would be normalizing.
How long does Coreg take to lower your blood pressure?
I am takeing the time released capsule and it is 40 mg. Does it take awhile to get in the blood stream to lower the pressure?
  most bp meds take 2 weeks on average to reach full affect. if that time frame comes around and your pressures are still too high, you might need another medication. I recommend the dash diet too if you can tolerate it. Dash stands for dietary approach to stop hypertension. American heart association has a website that talks about it or just google dash diet.

my mom had a sever stroke. She is 45 years old. She doesn't smoke, drink, does not have a high blood pressure, high cholestreol, exercises, and maintains a healthy weight. She is always eating healthy. She does suffer from severe arthritis and was taking a celebrex every day. She was also on cynthroid, and methratrexoid. Could her cause of a severe stroke be blamed on her medications?
  yes they could. Also any combination of drugs should be checked to see if there are any synergistic side effects. Sometimes different drugs should not be taken with other drugs. It is very dangerous.
Ultra violet
i am a little concernd with heart and blood pressure issue's need some ansawers?
i am 37 yrs old (female) i am a little over weight but not huge i have hypothyroidism and some issue's with blood pressure in past last weak i was put on blood pressure meds it was 153/98 i was set up for a lexiscan cardiolite/sestamimi scan for next weak.i have chest pain (mostly on left side under breast or in the middle of chest between breast) i get the pain alot when i get upset (mad) walking alot lifting heavy stuff walking up and down stairs plus i get kinda outta breath but not to bad and feels like my heart is gonna pund outta my chest i get tired easily and know my blood pressure rises with activity some times i feel light headed i get nausea some times and lost my appiatite i get full fast and eat about once a day, the pitting edema in my lower legs is getting better since i started my blood pressure meds. what will the test show and is it painful? of course heart disease runs in my family both sides so i am a little worried. does it sound like my pain is heart related?
  The test is not the least bit painful other than the need to inject a medication into a vein. The test that you are going to have done may be thought of as a modern version of the traditional treadmill stress test. The test will determine whether or not you have myocardial ischemia (an area of poor circulation presumably due to coronary artery disease). If the test is abnormal your physician may discuss with you whether or not there is sufficient cause to consider a cardiac catherization which directly visualizes the coronary arteries. 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. JR
john e russo md facm faafp
blood pressure meds can anyone relate to thses side effects ?
im taking 40 mg of lotensin and 10 mg of dynacirc cr and my head hurts also neck and ers hurt has any one else experianced this that may be on blood pressure meds ? also feel tired and week
  Yes, I can. I tell my doctor and he makes sure that my dosages are low enough to handle severe high blood pressure.

But I've found that getting regular physical activity (I aim for 30 minutes a day of at least walking) plus excellent nutrition is vital for me to counter-act some of the side effects.

Oh, and drinking plenty of pure water. Although meds are helpful in certain respects, they are toxic to the body and water, good nutrition and some physical activity help detoxify the body. Meds don't replace basic health practices!

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BB Martin
Already on 5 mgm Lisinopril daily, my blood pressure still shoots to 200/110 or higher an it lasts for hours.?
Can't take more lisinopril, baseline blood pressure goes to low. Also on pacerone.
  Lisinopril is a very effective antihypertensive. So when you say your BP goes too low, the first question I would ask is: "are you symptomatic?" By that, I mean are you getting dizzy, light-headed, dim vision, or fainting? If not, then I would increase the dose. If you ARE getting symptoms, then I would add Hydrchlorothiazide (HCTZ) in combination. That simple additions can sometimes have dramatic improvements in BP control. An alternative, is to use an ACE receptor blocker (ARB) like Atacand, Diovan, Avapro, Cozaar or Tevetan. Or you could switch to a Calcium Channel Blocker, an Alpha receptor blocker, etc. There are a lot of choices out there. And finally, I would ask if there are associated events that could be triggering these episoeds, and how those events. Some of the others have suggested caffeine and a Pheo, I would add, stress, excessive salt intake, "energy drinks" and many weight-loss pills.
diovan hct seems to lower my blood pressure too low when I take the entire pill.?
So I take half of the pill and my blood pressure still stays around 106/63 & I feel weird.
Is zestril 10 mg high dose ? is it safe ? is there any different between zestril and lisinopril ?
also i would know which the first line blood pressure medicine ?
  Zestril is the brand name for lisinopril so they are the same drug. Your doctor is the best person to decide which is the best blood pressure medicine for you .... there is no first line medicine.

Lisinopril is in a group of drugs called ACE inhibitors. ACE stands for angiotensin converting enzyme. Lisinopril is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension), congestive heart failure, and to improve survival after a heart attack. It is a safe drug. Unfortunately some people may suffer from side effects but not everyone experiences that.

10mg dose is fine for lisinopril. Dose ranges given below.

For congestive heart failure:
Adults—5 to 20 mg once a day.
Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.

For high blood pressure:
Adults—10 to 40 mg once a day.
Children 6 to 16 years of age—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
Children younger than 6 years of age—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.

For immediate treatment after a heart attack:
Adults—5 mg once a day at first. Your doctor may increase the dose to 10 mg once a day.
Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
Kate from
Light Headed / Dizzy Spells - Happened Again Today While Driving?
Let me start by saying that I am diabetic and also do have high blood pressure (both are monitored and for the most part controlled). I also just had several tests ran as I was having heart palipations (they did an EKG, Stress Test, Holter Monitor, etc), to which they have ruled "palipations" from stress, etc as nothing was showing up in the tests. Today for the second time this month I had a bad spell to where I felt like I have to "squich" my eyes and like I was going to pass out while driving. After this occured my heart was racing and I did have palipations, but this of course could have been caused from the pure anixety of the "spell". My blood surage was not low, was good for the fact that I had just ate and when I got home my blood pressure and heart rate were good (did not have a monitor with me to check when it happened). I did grab an aspirin and pop it in my mouth, just in case. But now I am fine? This is caring me? Any ideas on what could be wrong/happening?
  Are you dehydrated? Have you started any new medications? Take your monitor with you for the next time you have an episode. Check your urine. Is it a nice straw color or is it dark or too light? Do you take your own blood pressure? You need to take it when you have an episode to rule out if your BP is too low at certain times of the day.
Karrie R
Heard my heart pounding in my ear, is that serious?
Just a couple minutes ago I went up some stairs and when I got to the top I realized my heart was racing/pounding and I could feel it on the left side of my neck and hear it in my left ear.
It scared the crap outta me. I sat down took some deep breaths and it went away. I checked my blood pressure and it was 150/80 and my pulse was 95. I am on meds for my blood pressure and paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia (Exforge HCT, Atenolol). I am only 30 yrs old and high cholesterol doesn't run in our family really. I do however eat alot of fatty foods and alcohol. Could my arteries be blocked already? Last time I had my cholesterol checked my LDL was like 250 and my triglycerides were 600 I think. My HDL was low as well. I also have alot of sinus and allergy problems. This seems to only happen when my heart is palpitating and beating faster than 90 bpm.
So, what could it be and should I be worried? Thanks...
  Putting all the nonsense asside its time for you to stop drinking alcho your on BP meds for crying out loud and get flora proactive EXTRA LIGHT. Google it, its a margarine it really helps to lower cholesterol.

Id also like you to see a cardiologist. He will perform a ultrasound of your heart, I've had one done its cheap, quick and perfectly safe. That will show if there is any blockage.

Please stop eating unhealthy foods. Eat whole meal breads about 4-6 slices a day max, go out and buy some vegies, tomato, cucumber, celery, lettuce, get a juicer get apples and carrot, maybe a blender and get strawberry's and blue berries... keep your sodium low, no more then about 1500 mg a day, and have a blood test for your cholesterol once a month for the next 4 months then once every two months. Until your next blood test make sure you eat well, and see a cardiologist. No take away foods, no subway (extremely high in salt) no kfc or maccas, kebabs anything.

If you like your meat buy LEAN meat only, frozen chicken, or get fish. Pre prepared foods like supermarket chicken are also loaded with salt.

Your playing with your life here, your only 30 years old. Lucky for you that you are 30, you may actually be able to reverse allot of these things if you start now. The other prospect is serious damage or even if kept like this for a longer time... death!

Come on man...
It is 5:44 my period kept me up all nite flowing bad .....?
How much blood is normal to lose for a period?
I get my periods randomly ... this is my 2nd period of the year..... and it is hell...... I go through 8 maxi overnite pads right now an hour and I sit on the toilet and bring a throw away cut its about the size of a regular cut and no joke I filled half of that up in less then 4 minutes time .... Right now I have a pad and a a towel down there (old one) just so I don't have to keep changing over and over...... and its just soaking it ... I am forced to lay on my side just to keep the blood flow down but once I sit up it just flushes out and makes me leak ..... I have had my periods since the age of 12 I am not 17 ... something is not right ..... I have never had sex either ..... I have been on birth control due to high blood pressure they refuse to give me any right now ...I take medication spray called stimate and I spray it up my noise and it suppose to help clot the blood but its not working ....
High cholesterol, when do you have to start taking medication?
My hubby's reading today was
HDL - 61
LDL - 167
Trigy - 89
Cholesterol ratio - 4.0
Total cholesterol - 246
Fasting glucose - 93
Blood pressure 138/80

Does this look normal or should he be on medication due to the high LDL? At what readings should a person be diagnosed with medication? Appreciate your kind replies.
Thanks so much for your kind reply, Pauline.
Ya Umm!
  Its not bad... and definitely not bad enough to take medication. I am not a doctor but I am a natural health nut who has family with high cholesterol and I watch this stuff closely.

Medication is an absolute last resort. What you will usually get is Lipitor and one your on that, its pretty much forever.... its tailored that way.

The best way to lower cholesterol is change your diet.. figure out what foods created it in the first place (chips, mashed potatoes and gravies, red meat, bacon.....its pretty obvious what does unless you just naturally produce cholesterol in your bloodstream) and eliminate them. A good routine is always eat a whole grain breakfast within 30 minutes of waking in the morning (even if you dont eat breakfast, its the most important meal and your cholesterol will lower just by doing that in most cases)as well drink 8 to 16 oz of water, clean fresh water, not tap. Then eat fibre througout the day at least every two hours.. carrots, apples, fibre bar whatever.... drink lots of water (this is the nectar of life, it has been neglected for years but science is realizing its really important to keep cells in your body working properly). There is also another thing you can do... drink an ounce of apple-cider vinegar every morning..... it cleans the arteries.... and get a multi-vitamin that contains B50 and niacin.... these also help keep the arteries clean and feed the heart which is what we worry about with high cholesterol. I know this is long but I just wanted to help... I dont promote taking any pills for quick fix... because its not good for your body to take pills.. then you have to take other pills to offset side effects and the next thing you know you have 20 pills to take every day.. the body isnt designed to filter pills..... which is why I believe people are sick in this day and age.

Good Luck
Against DOGMA
Can having a heather diet increase your blood pressure if living with HIV/AIDS?
I am wonder if I change my diet then my blood pressure would decrease?
  I hadn't heard of a "Heather' diet and Google came up with "raw foods/vegetarian" diet. In general terms a vegetarian diet will lower blood pressure but ANYone should consult their doctor about BP. The causes and effects are linked to many factors so you can't just say: Diet = blood pressure change. Your doctor knows what your medical history is, what medication you are on and whether a particualr diet will give you the right balance of nutrients and fats and vitamins and minerals....
Al LeGator
I am a 30 year old male with high blood pressure. I am in great shape and was just put on Atacand to lower...
my question is, will i ever be able to come off of this drug? i dont want to have to take it for life... i eat healthy, excercise regularly and am upset that i hve this condition at such a young age....thoughts? should I not be taking it? My BP is 150/90. But that reading was taken today after i was taking sudafed for a cold which i was told raises BP. 3 months ago it was 130/90. i do have a high stress job which may contribute. any general guidance or thoughts would be appreciated. thank you.
noneya b
Has anyone ever taken High Blood Pressure while pregnant?
I developed chronic hypertension about 2 years ago. I'll be conceiving soon and my doc has me on Aldomet (Methyldopa) 250 mg. 3 x's a day and Norvasc (Amlodipine) 10 mg. daily. Has any of you ever taken these meds the entire pregnancy. Please let me know. Thanks
  Of course, we all have take a blood pressure while pregnancy. If you had a high blood pressure. Your doctor will give you a medicine to reduce your blood pressure. And tell your doctor that you have medicine that you had been taking. They'll look into. Could be cause you had a high blood pressure, when you had been taking a medicine.
Period that keeps me up all nite 11am and cant sleep?
How much blood is normal to lose for a period?
I get my periods randomly ... this is my 2nd period of the year..... and it is hell...... I go through 8 maxi overnite pads right now an hour and I sit on the toilet and bring a throw away cut its about the size of a regular cut and no joke I filled half of that up in less then 4 minutes time .... Right now I have a pad and a a towel down there (old one) just so I don't have to keep changing over and over...... and its just soaking it ... I am forced to lay on my side just to keep the blood flow down but once I sit up it just flushes out and makes me leak ..... I have had my periods since the age of 12 I am not 17 ... something is not right ..... I have never had sex either ..... I have been on birth control due to high blood pressure they refuse to give me any right now ...I take medication spray called stimate and I spray it up my noise and it suppose to help clot the blood but its not working ....
  Wow. That sounds dangerous. You really should go to a gynecologist and insist that they do something for you. Don't leave until they look you in the eye and tell you that what they are prescribing is what they genuinely believe you need (not guesswork or "we'll just try this and see").
I was diagnosed as a stroke patient.?
I have this numbness feeling around my lips area and also on the left side of my body (left hand included). I am being monitored for high blood pressure and the brain area for blood clots. My medication regime consists of Captopril, Simvastatin and Aspirin. Can anybody shed some light on my numb feeling? Thanks.
  I had similar effects around 7 years ago and I'm on similar medications now. I have only very small symptoms that only I notice. I've had no recurrence since I got my blood pressure under control.
The numbness is caused because a tiny part of your brain has died as it lost it's blood supply for too long, but the brain can re-route signals and it will find another way if you encourage it.
Here's what Wikipedia have to say
Hope it all goes well for you.
Mike C
Is Citanest Good To have For a Dental Procedure?
like for deep cleaning?

I take Zoloft, Albuterol, and Atenolol for high blood pressure.

Born Valentine's Day
  Relevant info :
My Blood pressure usually remains 120/95, Doctor has prescribed Tab Zestril 10 mg daily?
It is controlled with this drug and occasionly whenever I am too busy in my work I get surge of blood pressure and whenever I am on holidays I am OK even without any medicine. Please tell me is it dangerous to have rise in diastolic BP. What are long term effects of this. I am 41 year old doing as exective in a multinational and my job is quite stressful. I am slightly overweight also.
  Lose weight (you said yourself that you are over-weight) and find some way to lower your stress level. Those are 2 of the main contributing factors to HBP. Diet is a VERY close 3rd in that race. See your doctor and ask his/her advice on exactly how you should go about doing this. Maybe lower your standard of living and get a less stressful job. Definitely eat oatmeal daily whether in Cherios, or Quaker Instant or even granola. It all helps in obtaining good heart health.

Good luck to you!
TX Girl in CO
Is it okay to split a 160mg diovan in half? Taking atenolol with it also for high blood pressure?
Guess this should have been put in the category of hypertension..Sorry but I hope someone in this category I put it in can help.
Patricia R
  No problem as long as you are taking the prescribed amount daily.
If you only intend to take half a dose you should have a word with your docor first/
scleroderma patient's request?
the medicine's which i take are all not vitamine
ocid- for reflux [acidity]
antoxid- anti oxident tablets
cacimax-high potency calcium supplement balanced with magnesium ,zinc and vitaminD3.
ecosporin- is a 75mg asprin tablet
losartan25- is to control my blood pressure
osteofos70- sodium alendronate tablet . this i take once a week for the treatment of osteoporosis,i am a 55yr lady from in US to visit my children.In India this is a rare case i beleive.if any body can give me sugesstions to cotrol this condition i would highly appreciate.
  Google Scleroderma and you will find loads of sites that may be of help.

Good luck
How do I bring my blood pressure down? It's 170 over 110?
I exercise, eat right but I am under a lot of stress. I take Procardia XL 60 mg. I only eat fruits and vegetables now because I'm so scared of eating real food because of it's salt content. I'm so scared I may end up having a stroke at my young age. Any helpful advice will be considered. I'm also thinking about taking medical leave from my job just so I can get a handle on my blood pressure.
  You are already taking a hypertensive medication.. First and foremost your average blood pressure needs to be controlled. If it is spiking to 170/110 when you measure it because of being nervous on top of already elevated pressure then you may need some additional medications to 'calm' you down. Even if temporarily. Though given I'm sure you can take your blood pressure at your leisure, you should be able to obtain an accurate resting pressure.

170 over 110 is not acceptably controlled blood pressure. Typically an additional agent is added to help combat the pressure, and commonly there is a three tier approach (three different medicines, all with unique properties) to control pressure that cannot be controlled with one medication alone.

This would be the first order of the priority -- To stabilize your pressure at or below 140/90 mmHg. As I'm sure you are aware permanent damage can be done with sustained pressure such as yours for chronic periods of time.

If it is elevated a few days, even several weeks... The system will recover as if nothing occurred -- but over years , decades -- problems come into play. I won't go into hypertensive induced health disease/issues as I'm sure you are well versed.

Though you , under stress or not,.. eating right or not -- have uncontrolled systolic and diastolic pressures. (Unless, again, this is an abnormal reading). Even 150/100 would be too high.

You need to see your general practitioner to seek proper medication for control. Often the hospital is the easiest place to control 'refractory' hypertension because of the ability to monitor, titrate, and add/remove medication. Though this is of course expensive and not practical unless it is impossible to regulate on an outpatient basis.

Given you are only on Procardia, you have many unexplored options.

Now once controlled via medication -- then you can concentrate on your lifestyle.

You can always remove medication if your lifestyle dictates improved pressure... but not the other way around.

Weight? -- Are you overweight? Are you underweight? Or is your BMI at or under 25? (Or whatever your doctor has deemed healthy for your frame).

If overweight, then you know you have to lose. If under, gain, and if normal weight then weight isn't a contributing issue.

Do you exercise?

If not, Start! With your doctors permission start exercising 3 times per weak, cardiovascularly (ie: jogging, swimming, aerobics class, etc) for at least 30 minutes per session.

You can start with less time, and low effort.. as it won't take much to elevate your cardio system.. and your BP does spike during exercise so you want to go easy. But you will build stamina quickly over the days/weeks/months -- and should adjust time and effort accordingly.

You are effectively building a stronger cardiovascular system (blood vessels/arteries/heart muscle) with this. Plus toning and building muscle, burning fat, releasing endorphins, relieving stress, and the list is endless.

Exercise is crucial. It is preferable eventually to workout 5 days per week,.. again, minimum 30 minutes per session. Though, if you can stick to 30minutes x 3 times a week you are doing much better than the average person. Benefits will be noticable in appearance rather quickly, in cardiovascular function rather quickly.. in hypertension -- it all depends on the ultimate cause. Sometimes exercise can drastically reduce blood pressure and quickly, other times it can take months to see a 5-10mmHg drop.

As for your diet -- You need to eat a full nutritious "balanced" diet. Fruits and veggies just aren't giving you everything you need.

Take a look at the DASH diet -- simple, at the very least will give you an idea of what a healthy subset of food types consist of.

I would take your pressure seriously, and quickly. If you need medical leave to resolve and relieve tension do it! No job is worth your health,..

I'm sure you will get it sorted via your doctor.

Take care,
Any treatment for corneal neovascularization with corneal scarring?
I recently found out I have corneal neovascularization, not caused by contacts however, best guess is due to an eye infection. The opthamologist gave me some omnipred and azasite to try to help treat it and said he was "hopeful", though he did state it was fairly bad. He stated that I was not a candidate for corneal transplant because of the high risk of rejection. I wanted to find out if there is any treatment that exists after the blood vessels have drained that are in the cornea, any corrective options that might exist to lessen the visual blurring I am experiencing due to this, and if no such treatment exists, any lines of research (specific if possible) that may seem to be promising in studies in treatment of my conditions. Any information you deem helpful would be much appreciated.
David Colby
  no treatment other than transplant. no research in this field that i know about.

steroids is an excellent management IMO, as these cases are usually inflammatory. we had a case a few months back pretty much exactly as you describe...and we treated him similarly. theres not much else one can do
Is it ok to take a Ace inhibitor (ramipril) and adderall (60mg a day)?
Ive been taking adderall for more than five years with great results, but now find out I have very high blood pressure and need to take medicine to control it.
  This is NOT a question for Yahoo! Answers. You need to call a pharmacist or your doctor. Both are free phone calls and you are assured that person has a diploma on the wall and isn't an anonymous teenager trying to kill you with some bad advice.
Please explain why someone with Hyperkalemia would be prescribed?
High doses of Potassium 3x daily and why would a person who has low bloodpressure 90/50 and CHF be prescribed drugs like Coreg, and Imdur, both of which cause reduction in blood pressure?
  Wow, this is not good. Hyperkalemia as you know is high potassium, so I don't know why a doctor would prescribe potassium 3 times per day when they already have a high potassium level. And you are right about Coreg. Coreg is used for people who have high blood pressure. Imdur is used for people who have angina, but one of the precautions with Imdur is not to take it if you have low blood pressure.

I am unsure if you are talking about yourself or someone you know, but the physician needs to be questioned regarding this and personally I would find another physician.

I know that does not answer your question as to why, but I have no answer as to why this would be done. It does not make any sense as to why these would be prescribed with the information you have given.

Best wishes.
Wendy C
I take Lovastatin for cholesterol and Lisinopril 10mg and hydrochlorothiazide 25 mg for high blood pressure?
my question is that my bottom eyelid starts to tremble on its own like if I was nervous this never happened to me before. Does anyone know if this is a side affect of any of the pills mentioned above? or maybe a new condition
Jose P
  The twitching of the eyelid is not listed as a side effect on these medications, as far as I know. Are you not perhaps stresses at the moment, perhaps about your health or another issue. The twitching will go away. Lovastatin is a statin drug which results in the body's Co-enzyme Q10 level being depleted. This is serious and you may find over time that you have muscle fatigue and or pains. You have to supplement with Co-enzyme Q10 (Co-Q10) at least 100mg per day. The body's biggest user of Co-Q10 is the heart. The gradual depletion of Co-Q10 in the body is one of the side effects of statin drugs, but not really acknowledged by the pharmaceutical companies. Read here for more info on this supplement:

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