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Is it safe to use an all natural fat burner while on blood pressure medicine?
I take Procardia XL 30 mg once a day. So far my blood pressure has went way down. I am not however happy with my weight. I eat right, exercise, and drink plenty of water. I even lift weights and do push ups to build my upper body strength. It seems as if nothings working. I think I need a metabolism boost. Would it be harmful to my health to take a natural fat burner once a day?
Blue B
  Most fat burner are either mixtures that do nothing or they contain natural amphetamine-like substances that are risky for people with normal hearts. It would be a very bad idea to take a fat burner.

Being unhappy with your weight is not necessarily the same thing as being overweight. Maybe you are already at a healthy, normal weight for your bone and muscle structure? If you still have excess body fat, the only healthy option is to keep a diary of the food your eat, calculate the calories and figure out where you can make additional cuts with the least impact on your overall diet.
How do you know the difference between angina and heartburn?
For a few days I have this burning like stabbing pain in my chest under my left breast that comes and goes a few times a day. I don't have acid reflux or anything but how can I know if it's angina without getting an EKG. I am not overweight and I don't have high blood pressure but I am constantly fatigued.
  you should get an EKG just to be safe. Chances are it's nothing serious, but it's best to rule it out. There are a lot of weird things that can happen in that area of the body.
Has anyone ever taken Methyldopa (Aldomet) and Norvasc while pregnant?
Please give me some feedback - my doctor put me on these 2 medications for my high blood pressure and because I plan to start a family soon. I trust my doctor but still scared. Has anyone ever taken this medicines throughout the entire pregnancy? Please let me know.
  my wife took norvasc it worked like a charm but go to the doctor before taking anything if your pregnant thats what we did and he said it was ok but go to the doctor
How much potassium is to much if you are taking triamterene?
my father is in the hospital and is throwing up and high blood pressure and we think it is because he is eating to much potassium while being on the triamterene medication
  Potassium requirements vary. In most people, the kidneys are able to keep potassium levels in balance and will excrete any excess potassium to keep levels balanced. The exception to this is if someone has decreased kidney function or is on a medication that affects potassium. Triamterene is a Potassium sparing diuretic, which basically means it increases the reabsorpiton of potassium back into the body and therefore decreases the excretion of potassium into the urine. Potassium levels can increase in blood and should be monitored by simple blood tests at regular intervals. Triamterene is frequently used with other diuretics that decrease Potassium levels, like Hydrochlorothiazide, which each balance each other out. Triamterene does not cause high potassium in every patient who takes it.

Was your father taking Potassium supplements or was he just eating foods with high potassium? If he was given supplements, this suggests that his doctor noted that he had low potassium on blood tests and is giving extra potassium to get it in the normal range. There are usually few or no symptoms of high potassium levels in the body, but it can be tested for with a simple blood test. Symptoms include muscle weakness and increased urination. Nausea and vomiting are not typical symptoms of elevated potassium. High potassium levels are potentially life threatening, because it leads to deadly heart rhythms. I am sure they have checked his potassium levels by now. His doctors will be able to tell him the appropriate amount of Potassium intake based on his potassium levels in the lab tests. Vomiting can decrease the level of potassium. Good luck to you and your father.
What two medications make up Lotrel?
I am currently taking Lotrel 10/40 MG Capsules and I am seaching for a less expensive way to treat me high blood pressure with generic medications.
  Amlodipine and Benazepril -- but Lotrel went GENERIC last year, so you might have to do so "shopping" to find the best possible price. Mail order may be the best option to save money.

Still, you can get both medications in separate pills if you like, and may save some money on the cost.

Best of luck.
Adalat cc during pregnancy to control high blood pressure?
My doctor prescribed Adalat to control my hypertension because I'm planning to have a baby soon? Anybody ever taken it while pregnant. Let me know how it was. Thanks.
  There are warnings but I am sure your gynecologist will tell you if you are at any risk (or the fetus).
I was curious if anyone takes Benicar for high blood pressure and uses a tanning bed?
I am wanting to know if there is any serious side effects of using a tanning bed while taking Benicar. I am doing some research on it.
  My Mom recently started taking it and got a horrible rash all over her arms after being in the sun, her doctor said it was a side effect from the Benicar. She had to switch to Adican (sp) Hope this helps.
Depression from taking Vytorin and/or Uniretic?
I have been taking both of these drugs. For inherited high cholesterol and high blood pressure. I am now dealing with even more fatigue than I had. But especially I have unexplained depression. I've dealt with a lot of problems in my life, including being an 11-year breast cancer survivor. Depression has NEVER been one of my problems. I also eat a healthy diet, am not over-weight and I have worked out with a trainer 3 days a week for the past 5 months. When I have unexplained symptoms, I usually find that the culprit is a new drug. I so appreciate the help I get on this forum!
  this is a law suit the cocharan firm or any lawyer/attorney and tell them what u r telling us. good luck
hold on to what u believe in
Has anybody switched from Toprol xl to Lopressor?
I was on 25 mg of toprol xl once a day, but my Blood pressure was still high, so my doc put me on Lopressor 25 mg twice aday.. I really dont know the diffrence in them,, but I was wondering if anybody has had side effects from switching...
  25 Mg Toprol was ineffective twice a day. So I switched back to 50 mg Lopressor, but reduce the dose wth my doctor's approval.

I have also taken it at 50mg , and 37 mg.

But its strange. The 50 mg tablets work for me, but the 25 mg tablets have no effect. To take a smaller dose, I cut the 50 mg pill in half for 25 mg, and for 37 mg, I take another 1/4 of a 50 mg.

If too high, ask your doctor about increasing the dose. I take my BP once or more daily, and regulate the dose myself to keep my BP at about 108/68. If high, I increase 12 mg, if low, I cut 12 mg.

Being thirsty will also affect blood pressure, so when it is high, I have a glass of water first. If the water brings it down some, I keep my usual dosage.
Laurence W
Does Michigan Medicaid cover the EMSAM patch, (selegiline patch)? It's for major depression.?
We have a note from her doctor saying that nothing else will work and the only thing that qualifies as a generic causes extreme high blood pressure. If you respond please state how you know. thanks for any help.
David M
  In IL, they do not for sure. I work in a pharmacy. They cover all generics, and they make sure you have tried all of them before considering any approval for anythign else. Have you tried all of them? There sure is a lot. Generic zoloft, celexa, prozac, paxil, luvox, wellbutrin, amitriptyline, trazodone. I'm about 50% sure they also cover the brand name Cymbalta and MAYBE Effexor, but I would have to check my list at work. The patches are very very new, and the odds of them covering something as new and expensive as them is unlikely. There are a lot of options in different classes.
Can eating a grapefruit interfere with my HBP medicine Mavik?
Mavik (Trandolapril) is my high blood pressure medicine.
Ronald Shields
  The following general types of medication are affected by drinking or eating grapefruit products: statins, antihistamines, calcium channel blockers, psychiatric medications, intestinal medications, immune suppressants, pain medications, impotence medications, anti-HIV medications, and antiarrhythmics. Of all the blood pressure medication categories, the one most affected by grapefruits are calcium channel-blockers.

Not every drug that fits in one of these categories is affected by grapefruits though, and I strongly recommend that you talk to your doctor to see if what you’re taking will be affected if you decide to have a grapefruit half or drink a glass of grapefruit juice with your breakfast.
Does the viagra have a negative effect when taken with Hyzar 50 mg for High blood pressure?
I have been on this medication for about 3.5 years. I am approaching 60. I am an active healthy man. I walk 3-4 km every other day. I do need to use viagra from time to time.
  This is definitely a risk, no matter what auto-checkers or other posters say.

Hyzaar=losartan and hydrochlorothiazide
lowers blood pressure.
Viagra can lower blood pressure by re-routing blood flow.
Just because some some references do not specifically list an interaction does NOT mean there is no risk.

Check with your doctor and monitor blood pressure daily to be sure your numbers are ok.
If you are stable in BP readings, otherwise healthy and active, and your cardiologist ok's it, then you should be able to tolerate viagra or better, levitra.

Check with your cardiologist.
Hope this helps.
Can you take diet pills when taking toprol xl?
I take toprol xl 12.75 mg daily for high blood pressure. I am thinking about aking a diet pill to help loose weight, is this safe?
  You need to ask your doctor about that.

Many of the diet pills out there contain stimulants which can increase your blood pressure. You need to check with your doctor to make sure it's safe.

But whatever happened to good old fashioned diet and exercise? It takes longer sure, but it's a healthy way of getting healthy.
Will F
can I take lisinopril for hypertension along with levetiracetam for epilepsy safely?
I have just been placed on lisinopril for high blood pressure and may be also be placed on levetiracetam for epileptic seizures; I am concerned about the possibility of a drug interaction.
  These strike me as perfectly fine together. They operate in different areas of the body on different biochemical systems, and Keppra(levitracetam) has one of the best side effect profiles of any of the seizure medications. This strikes me as a fairly safe combo, and definitely one worth any minor chance of something out of the ordinary happening, given the severe consequences of seizures and uncontrolled hypertension.
Az R
doest anyone take Amlodipine besylate 5mg for hight blood pressure ?
How long u been in this medicine?
Is it good and safe medicine ?
Is 5 mg high dose
i am taking lisinopril 20 mg and amlodipine 5 mg
  It is considered safer than other medications (especially when considering the elderly) and is effective. 5 mg is not high dose, the maximum dose is 5mg twice daily (i.e.10mg). Lisinopril won't cause any problems with amlodipine. My grandmother took it for over a decade and now she is on a sister drug of the same group as amlodipine.
Is it safe to take creatine while taking hyzaar ?
I take hyzaar for high blood pressure.( it's not real high, just alittle)
I workout 5 days a week. Is it safe to take creatine after a workout if I'm also taking hyzaar ?
  My best advice anytime you want to combine medicine is to always talk to the doctor that prescribed your medicine even when it is natural supplements and herbs. There are so many interactions pertaining to medication, it's better not to take the chance. Just give your doctor a phone call. Some doctor's offices will have the nurse or medical assistant call you back but I highly recommend that you talk to the physician yourself.
What is the difference between Clarinex and Claritin?
I've been taking Zyrtec and it helps me but gets me sleepy; I took Claritin when it came out and after a while did not work too good. I suffer from high blood pressure, but controlled with meds can anyone tell me the difference.
  The makers changed the formulation of Clarinex because they put Claritin over the counter (without prescription) Claritin contains 10 mg of Loratidine and the new formulation of Clarinex has 5 mg desloratidine. both work basically the same by inhibiting hystamine receptors so that your body does not release hystamine in response to alergens. Most insurance companies will not cover Clarinex without prior authorization due to failure of Claritin or loratidine product. Hope that helps.
Yo C
what is the difference between propranolol and propranolol hydrochloride?
it is used as a maintenance for high blood pressure.what is the difference with regards to effectivity?
jojo b
  No difference.
Inderal, InnoPran XL = Propranolol = propranolol hydrochloride.

Other names Avlocardyl, Dociton, Inderalici and Sumial.
blood pressure is usually 131/81 average: take accupril for hypertension 20mg. when anxious it is higher.?
anxiety when taking I take deep breaths
  Your blood pressure is a little more than what is considered optimal but not that far off.
Your blood pressure is considered going into mild pre-hyptertension.
And blood pressure can go up when you are anxious -
A lot of people's pressure goes up when they go to the doc - called 'white coat' hypertension.
The docs usually take this into consideration.

Taking deep breaths for a minute or two can help - breathing in slowly and out slowly for a minute or two.
Don't worry - it sounds as if you are o.k.
explain how an enzyme blocker might work when used as a treatment for high blood pressure?
haha more of a statement then a question... but i really need to know so please help!
this question comes from a video i had to watch about protein structure and function.. it had to do with like wool, silk, and human hair...if that helps at all
  ACE inhibitors work through inhibition of Angiotensin Converting Enzyme, produced in the kidneys. The mechanism by which this works is a bit long, so bear with me.

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

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

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

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

There is also a new class of drugs called renin inhibitors, but they pretty much work on the same mechanism, just a step further up.
Chris H
What Is Bumetanide? I found out my mom is taking it, so what is it?
I am just curious because wikepedia says its for people who have really high blood pressure or heart failure, or is it like a weight loss drug? cause my mom has been trying to lose weight. please enlighten me on what this drug is
  All of the above are true (blood pressure, heart failure, weight loss). The drug has more than one purpose. Why don't you ask your mom?
I passed out on the toilet?
I just used the bathroom had diarrhea, afterword I started getting dizzy went for toilet paper and fell off toilet got back up and happened again. i am on Micardis HCT could the medication done this. It is for high blood pressure.
if it makes a difference I'm 30 years old.
  talk to your doctor!!! most likely it was the medication mabe it is too high of a dose or something! then again your blood pressure could have been low or mabe you skipped a dose and your body reacted to that.
Los Angeles Police Department
Why won't my endocrinologist prescribe Indapamide with my Atenolol? I've taken both for 20 yrs.?
I'm looking for a new Dr. and seeing endocr. in meantime. This is an expiring prescription from my previous doctor but I've taken both Atenolol and Indapamide for 20 yrs. It was originally prescribed by a cardiologist when I was diagnosed with high blood pressure.
helen barr
  Do you have an MD? if not id listen to the professionals
the harms in taking nitroglycerin,toprol,atacand,zetia and niaspan together?
my husband is on alot of medicines and has high blood pressure.i just wanted to know by taking all of these medicines is right for him.i dont understand why someone should be on so many medications .
  While I do not know your husband's medical history (or contributing family history) I can try to give you a generic answer that may help, but you should still consider consulting your physician for more detailed answers specific to your husband's prescriptions.

Essential (primary) hypertension (from an unknown cause), accounts for the vast majority of hypertension, but there are many other types of hypertension including secondary, accelerated, malignant, etc. I do not know what your husband has. The recommended treatment for hypertension which has failed management by diet and exercise is to then place the person on medication. there are several ways in which medicine helps treat hypertension, and there several classes of medicines for this purpose. The medicines you list all work in DIFFERENT ways to achieve the same result: a lower blood pressure. Nitroglycerin (nitrates) dilate blood vessels with a resultant drop in blood pressure for example. Other medicines for blood pressure can include beta-blockers (like the Toprol you mentioned which has a secondary benefit of protecting cardiac muscle by making your heartbeat slower which reduces oxygen deman on the heart muscle--of particular value in someone with elevated blood pressure since they will not get maximum oxygen in their tissues). Other categories of blood pressure meds can include diuretics (such as HCTZ) or ACE inhibitors, calcium channel blockers, and other drugs are currently being developed.

The addition of meds for BP treatment is usually in steps and gradually sequential; without knowing how high your husband's blood pressure runs or how long he has battled hypertension, it is impossible (and unwise for you to accept) any advice regarding his medication therapy. I urge to you seek the advice of his doctor and if you cannot get satisfactory answers, seek a second opinion.
registered nurse PA
How dangerous is Tenuate? Can it be used with welbutrin? I also take Tarka for high blood pressure .?
I felt real weird after I took my medications. I was dizzy and my head began to pound. I felt really hot too.
I stopped taking tenuate.
  You should ask your doctor with questions like that especially since he'll know more about your medical history. You definitely don't want to accidentally have a reaction that might harm you or worse. Think Anna Nicole Smith!!
Sexual 'performance' help for man with hypertension?
My fiance is a 38-year-old man with hypertension. I believe he has borderline high cholesterol, as well, but I'm not certain. Daily, he takes Minoxidil (15mg), Lisinopril (20mg), Plavix (75mg), Amlodipine (10mg), Simvastin (40mg), and Aspirin (325mg).
He is thin, about 5'9" and around 155lbs.
He does not exercise, and consumes about 2 beers per day. He also smokes (camel lights, about 1 pack every 2 days), and smokes marijuana daily. (Lol, I probably am answering my own question here...)

We usually have a pretty good sex life. However, as you'd imagine, he's usually out of breath after.
Now, my concern is about what is frustrating him. Sometimes, I'd say maybe 1-2x out of every 5x, he cannot climax. Not even if he attempts to finish himself, especially while standing up.
Occasionally, he also has trouble getting and maintaining an 'arousal.'.

What can be done to help him? He cannot take viagra or the like due to his high blood pressure. Are there any remedies, be they herbal, over-the-counter, or by prescription?
Would exercising help blood flow? What about the ability to finish?

Any help or suggestions (snide comments aside) would be appreciated!
I started taking Lisinopril/Hydrochlorothiazide for high blood pressure, are these symptoms normal?
I now have very bad dandruff, my skin is wrinkled and kind of life less, my eyes are dull. I have been adding lots of vegs to my diet, and doing some exercise, but I still look tired all the time. Is this normal?
  Well I don't think that the Lisinopril/Hydrochlorothiazide has anything to do with the symptoms that you are describing I take the same kind of medicine along with two others to control my high blood pressure. The name of the other two are metoprolol tartrate, and amlodipine besylate that my doctor prescribed for me when I got stung by a bee in October of 2008.
Hemp Oil/Marijuana Chemotherapy interaction?
Hello. Does anyone know a doctor who can let my mom know that Hemp Oil is not going to interact with Chemo treatments in a negative way? She is currently on Camptosar, Cisplatin, Herceptin, vitamin 12, Hydrocodone, Protonix, and Bethanechol. We are thinking about Rick Simpson's alternative treatement in conjuction with regular chemo to completely rid of the cancer. We plan to use high CBD strains of cannabis to counter the psychoactive effects of high dosages.

She has slightly lower blood pressure, acid reflux, nausea, and some numbing of the hands. Other than that, she is fine.

Any open minded doctors here or know of one?
High Blood Pressure Treatment?
My husband and I were recently visiting his father who had been having problems with hypotension. Just on a whim, we used his automatic BP machine and my husband's BP was 150/98. My father-in-law and I were very concerned and over the next week or so (until we could get back from vacation) I was monitoring his BP at home and we would check it every time we went out to the grocery store. It's consistently high.

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

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

Any help is much appreciated!
75 y/o female having undiagnosed heart and blood pressure problems - PLEASE HELP!?
I am seeking help for my 75 year old mother who is having heart and blood pressure related "spells" for the past 3 weeks but which have gone undiagnosed by the doctors.

Here are the details:
• Has been on high blood pressure medications for many, many years without incident (Avalide, Ziac and Norvasc)
• Approx 3 weeks ago she started having “spells” where her heart would pound in her head, her face and ears become red and hot, feels nauseous and gets a headache, has ringing in her ears, stomach and chest feel hot, and the hot feeling radiates into both arms but is worse on the left, blood pressure goes WAY up (has been as high as 214/114)
• These episodes have woken her up out of a dead sleep usually around 4 or 5am
• Has had to call 911 two or three times, and has been transported to the hospital, but they haven’t been able to find any evidence of a heart attack or abnormality
• Family doctor put her on a 24 hour holter monitor which showed 9 abnormalities (don’t know what those were), so he sent her to a cardiologist
• Cardiologist changed her medications to: Metoprolol Tartrate (25 mg twice a day), and Lisinopril 10 mg once a day, which she’s been on for 2 weeks now
• Cardiologist also gave her a holter monitor to wear for a week, but she never had a major spell during that time
• D/C’d holter monitor Thursday, and ended up having her worst spell ever this morning. Called 911 and paramedics took her to the hospital. Gave her an aspirin at home, plus 2 nitroglycerine pills, and another in the ambulance on the way to the hospital. The paramedic said she was having some atrial fibrillation on the EKG but this didn’t show at the hospital. The nitroglycerine did help a lot – brought her BP down and helped the other symptoms, but while she was at the hospital, her cardiologist came to see her and said the results of her week-long holter monitor showed no clogged arteries (I didn’t know you could see this on a holter monitor), but since she didn’t have one of these really bad episodes while wearing the monitor, the doctor said he thought she might need to wear one for a month. He also doubled the amount of the two blood pressure meds he has her taking. Since they couldn't find any other problem, however, they sent her home.
• In spite of the fact that her meds have been changed and she’s being monitored by a cardiologist, her episodes are getting worse
• One other piece of information – she had a stress test in February 2010 that was normal

At this point her cardiologist seems to be stumped but something is obviously wrong and I am very, very worried. If someone (preferably a doctor) has any ideas about what may be going on with her, PLEASE let me know. If you aren’t a doctor but have either experienced something like this yourself or with someone you know and think you can help, please share your information too.

Thank you so much for your time!

  There are very few doctors who have time to answer questions on Yahoo Answers. It sounds like your mother is having intermittent atrial fibrillation and her cardiologist is using the Metoprolol to try to prevent this from occurring (this is a heart rate control medication which also lowers blood pressure). They have also probably tested her thyroid function since it can give similar symptoms. Since she had no episodes while wearing the monitor, she needs to follow his recommendation for wearing it for a longer period so that they can catch episodes of whatever rhythm might be occurring. If this is atrial fibrillation, medications may be used to stop this from occurring. She probably also needs another stress test since these episodes are occuring after her last stress test - the test itself may bring on the rhythm disturbance so they could actually she the rhythm occurring. It can take multiple medication changes or dosage adjustments to get rhythm disturbances and elevated blood pressure under control which can require many doctor visits. Both of the dosages you have listed are beginning doses and may need to be increased to control the symptoms. You can go to and type in atrial fibrillation and read up on this condition. You can also type in low sodium, cardiac diet which lists foods that your mother should be avoiding. Salt is one of the offenders for high blood pressure. She needs to keep working with her doctors until she gets to the right medication and dosage that will control her symptoms.
Has anyone taken Diovan 320mg for control of blood pressure, and did you have any side effects?
I started taking Diovan 320mg this morning for my blood pressure. Has anyone had any experience with this medication, and any side effects or issues that you can recall having.Please list any positive experiences as well.
  It has done wonders for my blood pressure and also my heart, the dizziness will go away eventually. You must have really high blood pressure though, cause im on 160 mgs and mine was pretty high. Its a fabulous med for the heart as well.
PVC's Please Help?
Almost 3 weeks ago i started noticing skipped heart beats, it started like 2 days after shoveling a ton of snow where i felt like my heart was pounding out of my chest. For a week they came like 1 every few minutes, finally i went to the ER because it was making me incredibly dizzy. I had an Echo, some blood work and a holter monitor that confirmed they were PVC's.. Cardiologist put me on Cardizem cause i cannot take beta blockers. it's only been 3 days and my blood pressure dropped dramatically like down to 89/67, for someone who's normal is like 130/82 kindof a shocker. anyways, last 2 weeks i been getting series of PVC's. Many multiples in a short time. last 2 hours think i've had close to 30 series of them. Cardiologist says not to worry, but the fact they are getting progressively worse and now it's the weekend coming, i'm terrified. Any help??????????? Can PVC's be an allergic reaction to a medication. I'm taking mycelex troches but am allergic to diflucan..
Medications I take... HCTZ, Protonix, Pepcid, Cortef, Zofran, Klonopin, singulair, flovent, servent, Micro-K, Cardizem, Prx Vitamin D 1.25Mg, Mycelex... I'm 26, somewhat overweight, high blood pressure, adrenal insufficiency, GERD, asthma, and cronic nausea and abdominal pain for 4 years.
  try eating more bananas,potatoes maybe your low on potassium.Also eat alittle more salt helps keep your blood preasure up..What dosage of cardizam are you on?
however i have fast heart rate and pvc and it is very scary.
it could be the medication since it could be a side effect
look the medication up on the net.Yes some medications cause pvc it is a mess to deal with
feel free to email if i can help
Pain at bottom left of rib, heart attack?
I'm having a little pain in my left arm, little pain between shoulder and heart, have a minor mitral valve prolapse, diet controlled diabetis, a bad cold, asthma flair up, and allergies, but no fever. I live way out in the country and don't feel bad enough to call 911 and don't feel good enough to drive into town. Should I worry or not worry? I'm a 51 yr old female. My 13 yr old doesn't drive of course. I'm hoping I'll feel better. I was at the ER twice this past week w/ prednisone in an IV, on antibiotics, taking musinex, been very tired, aerobid steroids, combivent inhaler, fomoteral inhaler, ativan for high blood pressure(Atenolol doesn't work) etc.
I went from coughing up green to clear to white phlem. I did have one streak of blood in the phlem.
The top of my head, forehead, and cheeks have pressure. Seems like it's a sinus infection type cold.
Charlene W
  I am no Doctor but I don't think you would be able to type your paragraph if you were having a heart attack.
I just gave birth a week ago by c-section due tohighblood pressure and severe edema.?
I amnow at homeand thepressure is still high. The doctor has put meon Aldomet 250mg three timesa day. My pressure is 180/120. I amalsobreastfeeding. Should I continue tobreastfeed or give formula? Please help.
Myrtle M
  Your systolic pressure(the upper reading) is high, it is the the pulse pressure, the difference between the two readings that you need to be concerned about. Depending on your age. There should be a difference of approx. 40 mm of Hg between the two. An ideal BP, again, depending on your age, should be 120/80. As far as your concerns about breast feeding, some medications can have harmful effects on baby's. Your Dr. should have explained this to you. If he did not, you should seek the help of a pediatrician. Remember, your child's health is of prime concern here, as well as treatment of your hypertension.
Good luck
Forgetting diabetic/high blood pressure meds?
me and my dad will be gone for 2 weeks. he has his insulin but he forgot to bring his other meds. he takes amaryl, lotensin and metformin. about how long can a person survive without these medications before something happens? i'm worried. he am far away from home. we called the pharmacy where we stopped to spend the night but they said it's nothing they could do.
  That is no good. He shouldn't even try to miss a day. And depending on what he is eating and how severe his BP and diabetes, then he should try to see a doctor - go to ER. Call your pharmacist, and not just any Pharmacy. If he goes to Walgreens, then go to Walgreens. Call his doctor so they can fax a prescription to a pharmacy near you. 5-7 days, he might end up in an emergency - again depending on the circumstances.
subarachnoid hemorrhage home care?
Just seeing what I can do to help my dad out. He was just released from the hospital and they really didn't give much home care advice.

- No mental or physical impairment whatsoever
- No surgery but prescribed nimodipine
- 80 years old
- high blood pressure
- No aneurysm
  Well there isn't a whole lot. Just be sure to do the few things the hospital told you to do. And just help out around the house. Because there was no physical or mental impairment, or surgery done the home care should be easy. He is really lucky to come away from that as well as he did. Just be sure he takes his nimodipine for the blood pressure. Good luck, really.
Hope that helps
Mixing alcohol with High BP & Thyroid medication?
High Blood pressure medication = Amlodipine Besylate
Under-active Thyroid medication = Levothyroxine Sodium

What would happen if I mix alcohol with these medications? Once a week or once every 2 weeks I usually drink whiskey and a lot of it. I basically drink to get drunk...not just to get buzzed. I just started my meds last week, so this will be my first time drinking. I know there's a bigger risk of stomach bleeding and liver damage. I just want to know what I'll be feeling. Will it just hit me harder or what? I'm pretty much just hoping to hear from someone who actually drinks while on their meds or from someone who has done this before. I know of 2 people who do drink while on high BP medication every single day, but they drink beer and it doesn't really affect them. I'm guessing it will be different for me considering I'll be drinking hard liquor. I asked this question not too long ago, but I didn't get many answers. So, I'm trying again.
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  You need to contact your pharmacist about this.You really don't want to mix amlodipine and levothyroxine with alcohol without asking the prescribing doctor AND the dispensing pharmacist. Just give the pharmacy a call. Trust me, we get weirder questions than that each day.
what could a swollen stomach mean on an 89 year old man?
He has pretty good health, is active with occassional fatigue. But today he is claiming to be weaker than normal, his stomach is swollen with discomfort.

His cardiologist has recently been adding Benazapril (2.5 mg four times a day to bring down his blood pressure. He was already taking Azor 5 40 mg once a day, and Hytrin (2/2mg tablets at night) This seems like a lot of blood pressure medication.

Could this medication be causing his stomach to swell. If not, what could it be?
  Medications never get to the heart of the problem but only deal with symptoms rather than cure it. I am a big believer in natural remedies and when you read the list of side effects on any drug you take you will be too. I found a few websites to check out. One of the blood lowering medications cause fluid retention so it's possible this is the problem.

Dangers of blood lowering medication:

How to lower blood pressure naturally:

side effects of different blood pressure medications:
Is Aprovel 300mg tablet "IRBESARTAN" the same of Losartan potassium?
Is Aprovel 300mg "Irbesartan" can minimize the albumin and reduce the high blood pressure or hypertension.
julian m
  No. They both are not the same but very similar. Both belong to a group called Angiotensin II antagonists. They are used to control high blood pressure and in some heart diseases. Yes, it can reduce albumin in urine. But has to be taken with the advice of a doctor only.
is there any relation between using propranolol and chlordiazepoxide and increasing the SGOT and SGPT?
(SGOT=62,normal<46)and(SGPT=82, normal<46)
I had this test and also these medicines because I have high blood pressure=15/8, and also I am fat(130Kg/192cm) by the way I am 25,
  i would make sure the reason for the medications isn't caused by liver disease to begin with.
those with diseases like hcv have a higher chance of mental illness.
with that being said, you might be treating something that will only go away with proper treatment.
get tested for hepatitis c and go from there.
(yes, hcv and yes the medication can both cause elevations in alt/ast) of course, you may not have hcv, but it's worth asking about.
Do i have a case against my obgyn dealing with injuries to my 2 mo old baby?
when i was pregnant i was put on procardia xl for high blood pressure.. my daughter is 2 mos old n i found out today she has hearing loss but not completely deaf.. i called the pharmacy and they told me that those pills cause deafness in babies.. my doctor prescribed these pills and didnt tell me that they would do this.. can i sue him for this?
*hAyLiE's MoM*
  The Pharmacy told you they cause deafness in babies? If that was the case they would have been taken off the market. You will have to get a lawyer ...
And don't forget the pharmacy who dispensed the pills gave you a print out of all the side effects and most pharmacists usually give you a verbal regarding the pills.
If you can prove that the pills cause the child's deafness you will have a case.
See a lawyer.
Is Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension linked to my already diagnosed High Blood Pressure?
I was already diagnosed with HBP and now after going to the doctor a few days ago, I was told that I have Pulmonary Artery Hypertension. I was just wondering if the PAH was a result of the initial HBP I already had. Thx.
Paul B
  You don't give your age,the remainder of your medical history,your medication history,ethnic origin.occupational history nor smoking history,any of which might be linked to your PAH.

It is not linked to hypertension,in fact most is of unknown aetiology. It may be linked to COPD which is why I asked about smoking history. I assume that you have neither CHD,sickle cell anaemia or mitral valve disease as I am sure you would have mentioned them,all can lead to PAH.
Dr Frank
what company makes verelan pm????
this is about verlan pm its a high blood pressure medicine i need to know what company makes it so i can try to get it free thr the mail...i have no income and take a lot of medicine can somone help me????
  I see two company names listed for this medication which are Schwarz Pharma and Elan Corporation
Nurse Annie
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.
Can I stop taking Lisinopril and Lipitor if I eat right and exercise?
NOTE: I am a diabetic 1 and on an insulin pump. I really want to stop taking so many meds and I was wondering if I eat well, can I stop taking them.

Lisinopril is for high blood pressure and Lipitor is for high cholesterol.
ANOTHER NOTE: I, of course, will talk to my doctor so don't say to talk to my doctor.
  ask your personal doctor, he/she is the only person who can safely answer that sorry hate to say the one thing you didn't want to hear
Why does abilify make you sweat and is there anything that helps?
I really like abilify but it makes me really hot so i sweat a lot in my arm pits. Is this because abilify causes high blood pressure, or is it just the way abilify affects my brain?
  wow i thought it was just me. it also makes me eat nonstop and crave salt like no one's business. i have an appt tomorrow with the doc and i will be asking to stop it. not that i think the options are any better, but being smelly and fat is too much.
Baby Tommy born 1/13/09!
Is it ok to take metoprolol and benicar at the same time?
I'm currently taking 25mg of metoprolol, and my doctor put me on benicar. I'm suppose to wean off the metoprolol while starting the benicar. they are both for high blood pressure.
  Lots of people take both.
You should ask your doctor about how he/she wants you to switch meds.
Azor bad side effects?
Is there side effects to Azor high blood pressure medication like feeling too warm, cough.
  Dizziness or lightheadedness may occur as your body adjusts to the medication. Swelling hands/ankles/feet or flushing may also occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.

To reduce the risk of dizziness and lightheadedness, get up slowly when rising from a sitting or lying position.

Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.

Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: fainting, muscle weakness, fast/pounding heartbeat.

Tell your doctor immediately if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur: unusual change in the amount of urine, unusual muscle pain/tenderness, yellowing eyes/skin, dark urine, severe stomach/abdominal pain, persistent nausea/vomiting.

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any of the following symptoms of a serious allergic reaction: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.

This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

In the US -

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.

Wow I would ask for a different Medication....Good Luck

More info at link...
Brown Eyes
Is it okay to mix Diovan and Methyldopa?
I took a Diovan at 10:30 pm and just took a Methyldopa at 1am. 'cause my blood pressure was still very high, is this okay? Thanks!
  You should have called your pharmacist before taking them. I would advise you call him/her anyway for future use.
I just want to say that i think everyone should read UNBIASED information about steroid use. I read somewhere that all the side effects can happen in small amounts. That is IMPOSSIBLE. Liver cancer after one cycle? Different steroids will give you different side effetcs (i.e. Anadrol or oxymetholone is the only one linked to liver cancer). Also, when done correctly, side effects will still occur but no more that acne, aggression, and big ass muscles. Abusing steroids by using them for a long time without a break inbetween cycles and overdosing WILL give you the long term side effects, however if you educate yourself and do a little research you will see how the MEDIA blows it way out of proportion. Just wanted everyone to know that steroids CANNOT kill you if you use them correctly.
hey funguy you know what i will use them.

and terry i actually do agree with u that last statement cant be 100% positive...but everything else i said was true right????

sahel----cant say it was or wasnt from does seem like bad luck though because kidneys are really gettin hurt when u have too much water weight
sahel---steroids can give u water weight, which makes it hard on ur kidneys and also gives u high blood pressure. it increases the absorption of water increases the volume of blood which increases blood pressure.
  Unbiased information is hard to find when goverments forbid certain uses of pharmaceutical compounds. Steroids work! That is the reason for banning them, because they can strongly influences sport results. And sport results influences the economics of sponsors. If this influence was poor then the banning simply didn't have existed.

Is it important the steroid use?

Just read this article about steroid use:

Sincerely I believe steroids are over demonized. They truly posses some risks, especially abuse risks, but smoking has more risks and it is not banned (Economical reasons). Here you have 2 different articles about steroid use risk.
Diphenhydramine hydrochloride to lower blood pressure?
would it be safe to take Diphenhydramine hydrochloride (Benadryl) to lower my blood pressure ?Will tihs work?like a pill a day?or a pill every two days?
sdoog degamad
  It's an antihistamine, Benadryl, and it is not a medication that treats hypertension. Antihistamines are loaded with potential side effects one being hypertension. It won't work.
Donna B.
Mom has cirrhosis of the liver need to know if shes taking the right medicine's?
My mom is 85 years of age she has cirrhosis’ of the liver, diabetes and high blood pressure. She use to be energetic now she is weak and tired all the time. Her doctor prescribed Onglyza, Amlodipine, metporolol, lirnopril.hctz, two of these say do not take if you have liver disease which mom has, need to know if this Doctor is doing right by my mom.
Thank You
  Your mother should be seeing either an gastroenterologist or hepatologist now. They should be working with her primary care doctor to be sure any medications she is taking is necessary and if any need to be changed because of the cirrhosis.
All drugs have side effects and warnings. The doctor has to weigh the pros and cons of any medications taken based on her medical history and her diseases. Sometimes the pros outweigh the cons of using a drug. Whatever doctor she is with, they should all know the drugs she is on, why she is on them, and be asked if they are necessary or if something else, that is less harmful, is available for her to take. This isn't something that can be done here...for it will depend on what her blood tests show, how far advanced in the disease she is, whether she is responding to treatment given and other things.
All liver patients are told not to take any medications that are not prescribed or approved of by their doctors. This includes over the counter, herbs, vitamins, minerals,
and supplements. That is because all medications go through the liver first, to be broken down, before going to the rest of the body.

In Cirrhosis, the patient is extremely tired. The body is trying to compensate for the liver functions declining because the liver cells have died off. The body is trying to keep homeostasis in other organs by compensating for the liver lack of function.

When the liver cells become damaged, the immune system of the body responds to this damage and causes inflammation to develop inside the liver which causes the liver to enlarge in size. When the inflammation continues on, the liver cells die
off and form scar tissue inside the liver that blocks the flow of blood through the liver on its way back to the heart and also blocks the flow of blood to the cells left, and they continue to die off...this is cirrhosis.

The liver is normally soft in texture and smooth, with inflammation it enlarges and becomes spongy. When the cells die off, it starts to shrink and become hard...the liver is dying. The blood that normally would flow through the liver, from the portal vein,
backs up and causes high pressure inside the portal vein (known as portal hypertension) also backs up into smaller vessels that may have weak spots and balloon outward and bleed. Any blood
in vomit or in the rectal area is an emergency.
The doctor can go in an band them right away to stop the bleeding. Because the blood backs up, it will also back up into the spleen and the spleen will enlarge in size. Her blood tests will show if her Red blood cells level or platelets are decreasing because of this. The Red blood cells is what carries the oxygen molecule around our bodies...lack of oxygen can also cause tiredness if the patient has anemia.
There is also the complication of Encephalopathy.
When our bodies uses protein...there is a byproduct produced from this...known as Ammonia. The liver normally takes this ammonia and converts it into urea
so the body can dispose of it. Now, since the liver isn't able to do this...this ammonia stays in the blood and goes pass the blood brain barrier and into the brain.
It causes confusion, disorientation, personality changes, sleep pattern changes, and tremors. The doctor can start the patient on medications to remove the ammonia known as Lactulose. It is important that the medication is taken, as the patient can eventually go into a coma because of it. The liver normally would handle all toxins in the body and make then into a non toxic form so the body would
dispose of them...but now they are in the blood and this can make a patient extremely itchy and more tired.
Patients can also develop a condition known as Ascites which is a build up of fluid in the abdominal area. This is because the liver isn't able to make a protein efficiently any more, known as Albumin. Albumin is what keeps the fluid inside our vessels. These fluids now seep out and collect here. The doctor can remove these fluid
with a procedure known as paracentesis. It will normally help the patient to breathe better, rest better, and relieve the pain of pressure on the other organs like the stomach that may make them not to want to eat. If the patient isn't eatting, it is best to ask the doctor what supplements she
can be given to keep her strength up.
Considering your mom is 85 years old. You might want to contact the Area of the AGing in your area. They give alot of help to people in this age group who are disabled.
If she wants continue care at home and the doctor thinks she may not live pass 6 months, you might ask him to sign forms so hospice care can be given to her at home.

I know how hard it is to try to be sure she is given the best care. She is fortunate to have someone that cares so much to help her through this. I'm going to give you links that will help explain more about cirrhosis and a link to a support group that are also for caregivers who take care of Cirrhosis patients. Just tell them you are a caregiver for one.
You can click on these links:
The support group is completely free. You can ask questions here, meet others who have cirrhosis, make friends, and see more links about the disease. Here is a link to the site if you think you might be interested:
Best wishes to you and your mother
Should I continue on my heart medications?
Two years ago I had a heart attack after mountain climbing. . I felt weak and broke out in sweat. I was advised to see a Dr. A 10 mm clot had lodged in my chest and was removed. The Dr. put in a stint and put me on Zocor, Plavix, Tenormin and Prinivil.
Through an odd set of circumstances I was separated from my cardio medications and cell phone before getting snowed in for a week. I did however have my blood pressure monitor. For the first three days I watched as my blood pressure was going through the roof. It peaked at 215/97 with a pulse rate of 74.
To my amazement it then started dropping over the next four days and it and is now reading 132/72 with a pulse rate of 62. I am back home now but wondering why I would want to go back on these medications? I actually feel better now then when I was taking them. Before my attack my blood pressure was always 110-120/70-75 with a pulse rate around 65-70. I am tempted to stay off the meds for a few more days to see where it levels out. If it helps, when they did the surgery, the exam showed "light platelet build up" on my heart valves.
  You should never go off heart meds or blood thinners cold turkey (if you can help it). Call your doctor and tell him or her what happened. The risk is that your blood will swing back to abnormal clotting. You can't feel or measure that one happening. Your first symptom can be fatal. If you start to feel any shortness of breath, pain, or symptoms of heart attack or stroke, call 911.
I need a doctors opinion or atleast a nurses thoughts on whats wrong with my legs?
I went to the doctors a week ago for my monthly check up. MY weight was down 7 pounds and my blood pressure was down also. This was good news. I take AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 5mg, one tablet each morning or my blood pressure. For some reason my doctor put me on azor which I think is for blood pressure but my insurance wouldnt cover it and it cost 240 dollars out of pocket so I couldnt possibly afford it. The problem is this. I was fine last friday at the docs. I noticed early wed morning that my legs were swelled up as well as my feet also. MY left leg from the knee down has these large red splotchy marks. There are some on my right knee as well but not as bad. My feet are really swelled up too. This happens every now and then but never before have I seen red splotches and the swelling is worse than I have ever had. Does anyone know what could be causing this? I have a doctors appointment tomorrow. My doc said if I have any trouble breathing go directly to the emergency room. Please respond if you know what this is or if anyone had experience something like this before. I would appreciate your thoughts. Thank you for taking the time to read this. bill
  Azor is often prescribed along with another antihypertensive med when satisfactory lowering of the blood pressure has not been achieved by the initial drug. One of the common side effects experienced in the first weeks after starting on azor is edema (swelling), so it is not unusual for you to be experiencing increased swelling in your legs. The red splotches could indicate a skin manifestation that you should mention to your doctor in case it is associated with an adverse reaction to the drug. Azor can cause kidney malfunction and bring on coronary artery narrowing (angina) or occlusion (cause of heart attack), which are the most serious adverse reactions. I would call your doctor if you haven't already, and go from there.
I am taking lisinopril w/hydrochlorothiazide for high blood pressure. Taking it now for 1.5 yrs. My question i?
is it possible to take just the lisinopril and do away with the duretic portion (obviously by going thru my Dr) because I am worried 1. the effects of the water pill long term on my kidneys (I am only 47); 2. My skin is so dry and nothing is helping that - I am looking so much older in face, arms and feet than my real age. I am turning into a wrinkled old prune.
  This all depends on how high your blood pressure runs and if you are prone to retaining fluid. Talk to your dr, tell him your concerns. If your blood pressure is stable and your not having problems with fluid retention, then, he might just give you lisinopril without the diuretic. It's up to him
Nadolol and exercise?
I have been on nadolol for my MVP for several years. I have recently been told that I can stop taking the medicine or cut it in half when I exercise since my blood pressure keeps dropping low. I am in my early 20's and jog over an hour whenever I get a chance. Is this common, to cut the heart medicine in half because blood pressure? Should I have any worries about how my heart is while I'm running--like it going too fast, since the medicine makes it go slower? (I have this worry of something happening if I don't take as much, I guess since I have been on it for so long).
Beth D
  This doesn't make sense. Exercise will increase your blood pressure, not decrease it. One of the side effects of Nadolol is decreased blood pressure, but that would be more of a problem when you are resting than after exercise. I would go back to the doctor and ask for more information.
Is it safe to take wobenzym n and norvasc?
I started taking Wobenzym this week for lower back pain and I have been taking norvasc, precribed by my doctor to control high blood pressure for several years. I want to make sure I can take the two, so far no problems, I have been taking both for 4 days
  The use of Wobenzym®N has been effective, but is not limited to the treatment of the following conditions:
sinus infection, traumatic injury, sports injury, arthritic, rheumatic and muscular pains, bacterial, yeast, fungal and viral infection, cardio-vascular obstuction and related ailments, edema, digestive disorders, auto-immune disorders, elevated cholesterol and triglyceride levels, pelvic inflammatory conditions, herpes simplex infection, common cold and flu.

norvasc-Amlodipine is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure and chest pain (angina). Amlodipine is in a class of medications called calcium channel blockers. It lowers blood pressure by relaxing the blood vessels so the heart does not have to pump as hard.

Ask your doc b4 taking any supplements when you have high BP OR CRONIC chest pain. Hope this helped, Anna
Lisinopril-Hydrochlorothiazide Oral Side Effects?
I just started this medication 5 days ago for high blood pressure. I am now experiencing light-headedness, fatigue, tired, and loss of appetite. My bp has not dropped much yet either but I am wondering if these are side effects from the medication and if they will subside.

Any info is appreciated.
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome when using Lisinopril/Hydrochlorothiazide:

Dizziness; headache; lightheadedness; nausea; persistent nonproductive cough; tiredness; vomiting.
Mary Boo
Im high risk,i am 33w from lmp?
my baby has been growin 2 weeks and 5 days (30w3d) behind on her head and leg measurments of course the docs dont listen to ya about ur dates they jst go by deffo 33 weeks though theres no mistake i no when i concived and 3 weeks later i found out i was preggers.the thing is her belly is only measurin 27weeks i have to get scanned twice a at my docs appointment she had come on a week in a week but they still cant rule out down syndrome or pre elcampsia.i dont have high blood pressure im not over weight i dont smoke im not a petite girl 5f 5" average build im 24 fit healthy havin a baby girl.has this happened to anyone u know what was the outcome
  I have friends who have had children but none of them ever mentioned having this problem with the size of the baby.

I have the link to a site that may help you find even more information. The link is at:
Labetalol to reduce high blood pressure during pregnancy?
Have any women taken this medication during pregnancy for chronic hyper tension? I started taking it today and I am curious about other experience with this drug. My dr. first prescribed me Methyldopa (aka Aldomet) which made me so sick, I couldn't function. Now I am taking Labetalol.
  Labetalol is a very safe anti hypertension med to take while pregnant and breastfeeding, its very low dose. I have taken it with my pregnancies and am still on a low dose, no worries, my babies and I are fine. No serious side effects or anything, the biggest side effect you may feel you will have with any anti hyperttension med, you might feel a lil tired at first, but with anything call the DR if you have issues, but I didnt have a problem with it, its very safe, good luck!
What does Microcytic red blood cells and high copper mean?
I've been dealing with this problem for quite a few months and I keep feelling sicker and sicker as the time goes by. My pediatricion is talking with a doctor at a childrens hospital in PA and it's really not working. I really want to know what small red blood cells and high copper means and what are the effects of it. I'm hoping someone will be able to help me.
Julie F
  High dose supplements of zinc, vitamin C, and iron are contributing causes of marginal copper deficiency or 'Microcytic hypochromic anemia'.
This anemia, which is identical to Iron-deficiency Anemia,is an abnormality in the way your body uses iron.
Ms G
Tachycardia, abnormal Cardiolite stress test, need info!?
I have been diagnosed with tachycardia and went on Atenolol this week to control that.

Results of my cardiolite stress test were abnormal. I was out of breath and the Dr. stopped the test 3 1/2 minutes in although I could have walked more. Had rest and stress pictures done.

As soon as the Dr. looked at all the pictures a few days later, they called me in immediately (2 weeks before my follow-up) to schedule a heart cath. He was shocked but there is a circulation problem- that it seems there is a blockage or something.

I am 33. I am significantly overweight, but normal cholesterol, normal blood pressure. If my cholesterol is normal then why might I have a blockage? Is it just fatty around my heart?

Family history includes mother having heart attack before age 60 (diabetes, high blood pressure & cholesterol) and aneurysms.

Just wanting opinions since I am under a Dr.'s care.
Also been advised to take it very, very easy until the heart cath. I am feeling like a ticking time bomb or something!
I am not diabetic, blood sugar is fine. I didn't have gestational diabetes either with my kids, youngest is 3.

Mitral valve and tricuspid valve also somewhat leaky and insufficient but they did not think that was a big deal.
Proffalken- OMG- my sister (age 43) has a hypercoagulative blood clotting disorder and has had strokes. She also has been diagnosed with epilepsy. I don't even think I told them about the clotting disorder! We are genetic 1/2 sisters. Better let them know.
Heart size and strength are normal.
It's just sinus tachycardia, nothing else- I asked.
  actually you can have a blockage and your cholestorol be very low. Some people have clotting factor issues with their blood and it causes blockages very easy. I would definately talk to you doctor and see if there are ways to help control this. 33 years old is too young to be having these kinds of issues.
Is there any homeopathic treatment for high blood pressure?
I have no insurance and can't afford the crazy money pit of doctors and perscriptions anymore. there must be a way for me to manage my hypertension and anxiety myself.
I am not over weight and exercise regularly. I am 42 years old and have always been in good physical condition. I don't eat alot of salt at all.
I know about exercise and diet. Again, does anyone know of a homeopathic treatment?
  you can always go natural. like eating raw garlic.
how can i get prescription with out a doctor for clonidine?
I have no insurance currently and not under physicians care been paying out of the pocket for my medicine for my high blood pressure, prescription I have Clonidine has to be approved by a doctor and I need this medicine what do I do?
Raymond R
  Clonidine is a medicine that requires a physician's prescription, there's no way around that. If you're worried about cost of a visit, find a free / discounted clinic in your area and implore the doctor there to prescribe it for you.
Robert W
Hirsutism-How long will I have to take spironolactone and at what dose before i notice my facial hair fading?
I have alot of dark coarse chin hairs. I have read alot about spironolactone helping alot with getting this under control. But at what dose, and for how long until I would start to notice a difference? also, does it lower blood pressure a whole lot? I naturally have low blood pressure so I hope it will be ok for me to take for hirsutism. thanks
  Get a blood pressure check after a month on Spironolactone. You can get it tested at many pharmacies. A month should make a difference in the texture of the hairs, took, as it will have reduced your androgens.
Susan S
Why would Hydrochlorothiazide cause you to retain water?
I have recently been diagnosed with mildly high blood pressure and prescribed Hyrdrochlorothiazide. I've been told it's a water pill, but, I seem to be really retaining water since I started taking it, I never did before I started. My legs seem to always be somewhat swollen since I started taking it. Does anyone know why this would be?
Cynthia J
  It is a diuretic so it should not be causing your water retention. Is it possible you are taking in more salt than you normally do? Diet soda is loaded with salt (sodium) and then fast foods are also. Are you eating salty snacks because you are on a "water pill" and think it will get rid of the extra fluid? That is not the case if you are, you can't eat more salt thinking the water pill will get rid of the extra fluid, it won't. If none of this information is anything you are doing, then you need to see your Dr and tell him about you retaining more fluid since starting the pills.
Erectile dysfunction?
I am patient of high blood pressure and on allopathy medicines which are causing erectile dysfunction for the last few months..can someone suggest remedy other than allopathy medicines
  I would have to ask you: why are you using allopathic medicine to treat high blood pressure?

I am not surprised you are having erectile dysfunction and it would actually be the very least of your concerns.

Why not visit a doctor who can suggest better treatment for you?
Dr. Kyron MacMannis
What could be the cause of chronic nosebleeds ?
My dad is having really bad nosebleeds that last approximately 10 minutes each time. He has recently had 3 strokes, he has high blood pressure, congestive heart failure and sciatica. He takes a myriad of medications to treat these conditions.

We live in Nevada, dry climate but he's been living here for 12 years and has never had nosebleeds. If a nurse or someone in the medical profession could answer this I would greatly appreciate any advice.
He has 1-2 nosebleeds per day.
  Very thin blood vessels. The doctor can cauterize it and it will make it better.
How does tenormin (for high BP) work ?
Want to know how it helps in controlling High BP. Does it help in thinning the blood ?
  No it has no thinning effect on the blood.
It works by the following mechanism:
Heart. Beta-blockers bind to beta-adrenoceptors located in cardiac nodal tissue, the conducting system, and contracting myocytes. The heart has both b1 and b2 adrenoceptors, although the predominant receptor type in number and function is b1. These receptors primarily bind norepinephrine that is released from sympathetic adrenergic nerves. Additionally, they bind norepinephrine and epinephrine that circulates in the blood. Beta-blockers prevent the normal ligand (norepinephrine or epinephrine) from binding to the beta-adrenoceptor by competing for the binding site.
In this way it controls heart, rate by slowing it down, and the blood pressure comes down.
Any REAL and safe ways to lose 50 pounds? Shakes - pills- etc.. I have high Blood Pressure ...?
5'9" and want to lose 50 to be around 150- love my body but would like to get back into my size 12/14 or hopefully 10 pants etc... on 10mg of lotensin for my BP and can not do alot of exercising etc. b/c of my asthma- Is hoodia or these shakes for real? Please do not tell me of somethig that is 300.00 a month- can not afford it! maybe 100.00 or less if it will really work and not cause my BP to rise! Thanks for any and all input!
  do not under any circumstances stop taking your medication due to people telling you "you can control it w/o medication by diet" Hypertension can be genetically determined as well as environmentally. Therefore you could have a grat diet and still have it. If you stop medicine you could have a stroke or other dire consequences. Improving lifestyle can be a big help. Slowly increasing exercise under your doctor's directions and eating well and losing weight is recommended as well. Stay away from over the counter diet pills. Shakes that have no "herbs" are probably OK if sugar free (something like slimfast) and if it helps you to curb eating. Save the money for joining a gym or taking some yoga classes or swimming classes. Ask your doctor about an eating plan best for you. Best of luck
I know you aren't suppose to take diet pills if you are on high blood pressure medicine....?
But what is the safest diet pill to take if you have tried the original way to lose weight and you have no reults? I need to find a diet pill that will not interfere with my health while i take my meds. I take atenolol and dyazide. Dyazide is really a fluid pill.
  Diet pills DO NOT work. Period.

Proper DIET/Proper CARDIO/Proper weight lifting work.
Ant Boogie v2.0
Is Ambien good or bad to take when you have a racing heart?
I have high blood pressure and have been having sort of a racing heart today. I normally take Ambien to sleep, and figure it would actually be good for calming my heart down, but I don't want to take it if there's any chance that it could actually make anything worse.
  Fast heart rate, especially with history of high blood pressure, can be a sign of heart attack. Especially if this is a new symptom for you, it needs to be checked out. Go see your doc, urgent care center, or ER for an EKG and blood work. Don't confuse the situation by taking Ambien now. Ambien helps you sleep, if you are having a heart attack, maybe you go to sleep and never wake up... It might be just anxiety or some other non-serious condition, but even so, Ambien is definitely not the treatment of choice.
will taking diovan daily cause constipation in the long run?
Will taking diovan ( high blood pressure medicine) daily cause consyipation in the long run? Can someone (anyone) help me?
Katie B
  I too once took diovan/HCZT, and I never noticed constipation. I take something different now since my new insurance would only pay less than half. I now get my BP meds for $4.00
high blood presure pills for fast heart?
anyone took high blood presure pills for fast heart rate? ever took tiazac? did any of them seem to make it speed up more?all info and side effects you have had would be great.and no i dont have mvp.
also how do doctor know what kind of heeart problem you have just by looking at a holtor monitor or echo ?
  Most anti-hypertensives (blood pressure pills) may also decrease the heart rate (they usually do) a little.

However, a side effect of ALL anti-hypertensives is an increased heart rate. If you are experiencing this with Tiazac (cardizem), or any anti-hypertensive, then you must call your physician right away.
How can I lower blood pressure safely without this medication?
I currently take 'bisoprolol fumarate" 5 mg and lisinopril 10 mg for high bp. It was like 185/95. I have been on this about 3 months. It makes me feel bad and interferes with sleep. I complained to the dr and they lowered the dosage. My bp got down to numbers like 90/55. Now its like 120/65.
But I really don't want to feel this bad the rest of my life. I am 60, with an aortic valve replacement (10 years) and a pacemaker 1 1/2 years). I felt fine until I started on bp medication.
Does anyone know what might work better?
Jack the Giant Killer
  Life style modifications help bring down mild increases in blood pressure.
What cold medicines can my father on blood pressure medicines with glaucoma take?
My father is 79 and takes blood pressure medicine so he can't take any of the regular over the counter cold medicines. Because of glaucoma he can't take Coricidin which is the usual alternative for people in his situation. Is there any medication, over the counter or by prescription, that he could take for coughing and congestion? I worry that on about the third night of not being able to sleep he'll just not care and take one of the regular cold medicines and suffer a stroke or whatever adverse effects there are.
  purple sticky punch, works for me every time.
Changing meds - Is this dangerous?
I recently (two days ago) started taking Diltiazem, prescribed by a new doctor for high blood pressure. Before that, I was on Ziac for about 5 years (new doctor took me off). Since I started the new meds, I have been having shortness of breath and kind of a feeling of heart palpitations, for about a day now. Is this normal after changing meds like this?
  Hi, I am a pharmacist. I wanted to ask you a couple of questions so I can try and help you. First of all - this new doctor - is he/she a Cardiologist (meaning heart doctor)?
Second, was your high blood pressure managed well on the Ziac? What range did you usually fall into? (120/80 being the normal range at rest for an adult)
Thirdly, just for future reference, any maintanence medication should always be WEANED off - never switched abruptly.
Remember your body has been used to Ziac for a while. Switching suddenly to Diltiazem is not a good idea.
Also, Ziac is a combination medication (which I am sure you already know). The combination is a Ace Inhibitor with a Diuretic which act on your vascular system as a whole (meaning your arteries and veins).
Diltiazem is a Calcium Channel Blocker - acts directly on the calcium channels of your heart muscle.
Why the switchover into a completely different class of blood pressure medications?
I am curious to know what your blood pressure measurements are.
No it is not normal. And I am glad you are astute enough to be able to ask about it. Please feel free to email me if you have other questions.
I hope I have given you some insight into your therapy. Please contact your doctor and ask him to re-evaluate your medication, let him know the symptoms you have been experiencing and make sure you let him know that they are causing you discomfort and worry.
Noor M
Is there a doctor in the house?
I am 74 years old and had bypass surgery about 12 years ago. Nevertheless I am in pretty good shape. I keep very active, going a lot of gardening and having the dog take me for a long walk every day. I can even keep up with my young wife! The only medical problem that I have had for many years is high blood pressure. A couple of months ago someone recommended that I try DCPC compound hypotensive tablets from Beijing.( reserpine, chlordiazepoxide, hydrochlorothiazide, dihydralazine sulfate, triamterene) They appeared to work OK and I had no side effects. Then, a couple of days ago everything went downhill. My wife and I were at a kid’s outdoor exercise display. The sun was very hot and, after about an hour I began to feel a little weak and had to sit down. I decided to go home and felt progressively worse. My temperature was 39C, pulse about 75 and blood pressure 175/110. I also had diarrhea. I took DEXA amiodpine and atenolol and after about 2 hours my temperature and pulse were normal and pressure was 130/80. That night I had trouble sleeping. I had been working with a computer program formula and this was somehow fixed in my mind and every time I tried to think about something else my thoughts kept coming back to this stupid formula. Here in Indonesia it is always hot and I am used to the UK cold. Thus I always use a fan. For about 2 hours I got the chills and ended up covered with a thick blanket. My appetite was zero and so was my energy. The next morning I felt fine and all the symptoms except the diarrhea had disappeared. I now feel fine but really need to know what brought this on.
After a couple of days I was fine and just would like to know what brought it on. I think it was side effects from the Chinese med
  You asked this question a few days ago. If you are still having this problem please see a doctor. Good luck!
Potassium citrate and potassium chloride?
If someone has been on Potassium citrate (urocit-k) for 9 years (for Cystinuria/Kidney stones), why would a doctor have them to start taking both the potassium citrate and the potassium chloride, together? Especially if that person has developed High blood pressure?
Which anti hypertensives are safe during pregnancy?
I have hypertension, I am 25 years old. I currently take Coreg CR. Which is a class C pregnancy drug. I want to start making plans to get pregnant with my husband in the next year or so. Is there anyone out there who can relate to my situation or has been through pregnancy with high blood pressure that can share their stories or give me any advice? Also, any suggestions on safer anti hypertensives for pregnancy? Thank you!
  Management of hypertension in pregnancy is a bit of a dicey issue, as pregnancy changes typically drop BP, although some women may go the opposite and have complications related to hypertension (pre-eclampsia/eclampsia)

There are options available, including no medications/monitoring, or the use of labetalol/alpha methyldopa (aldomet). Either way you're a "higher risk" pregnancy and should be followed by an obstetrician.

Good luck!
is it ok 2 drink alcohol if i take 25 mg of zoloft once a day at night along with 5 mg of lotensin for high bp?
believe me i do understand that it wouldnt be a great idea but would it be ok to say drink once or twice a month and lets said it is ok then what if i get a little tipsy one night should i take my medicine that night or just skip it? also what would be a good maximum amount to drink as you can tell i do enjoy having a drink every now and then lol and by the way my blood pressure when i started my medicine was 140/90 any thoughts?
  IF you do drink, make sure ifs at least an hour or two after taking your medicine. and like 3 Before taking it. And getting drunk wouldn't be a good idea though
X. marK.
Is Primatene Mist safe? How long does it take to leave your system?
I recently started using Primatene Mist.But,when i use it,my blood pressure spikes really high,and i feel like my heart is going to pound out of my chest.Is it safe drug? How long does it take to get out of your system?
Would it show up on a tox screen?
  The epinephrine that is in Primatene Mist is used during a code to help restart the heart. It acts on the receptors in the heart that cause it to contract quicker and stronger - thus your pounding heart. Epinephrine's duration is 1-3 hours but I'm not sure how long it is in the body. It is excreted in urine so it can be detected by a drug screen.
Blood Pressure - Inderal LA (Propranolol generic) and Cozaar good combination?
I take Inderal long acting 80 mg 1 time per day. My BP still runs a little high. My cardiologist prescribed Cozaar 50 mg in addition. Just wondering if anyone taking Inderal or propranolol (generic for Inderal) has taken this combo and how they did? Any side effects?
  Cozaar is an angiotensin II receptor antagonist. What ?? This means it stops you making stuff that constricts blood vessels, hence lowering BP.

The Inderal (LA - Long Acting) is a Beta Blocker, which helps stop the 'go harder' signals from your body to your heart, also lowering BP.

It is often useful to use more than 1 BP lowering (antihypertensive) medication to get that old BP down where you want it.

This is a very safe combo and there are no extra side effects from taking the medications individually. It is always a good idea when starting a new BP med to get regular BP checks to get the doseage right for you, everyone responds differently, and it depends why the BP is high too.

Hope this helps.
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.
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
what do you take for fast heart rate?
i was wondering what you took for fast heart rate.and if it drops your blood preasure low if you dont have high blood preasure?also anyone taken tiazac or cardizem?and how did you feel on it.?did it make the fast rate stay down?
the doctor gave me this med for fast heart beat.i havent taken it yet.i dont have high blood preasure
  Tiazac and cardizem or the same meds,differerant names given by different drug companies.Basic compound is Diltiazem found in both.I use Atenolol 25mg twice a day ewas put on this to slow down heart rate,for high blood pressure I use Lotrel 5/20 mg once a day lotrel is a combination of two drugs,but both the atenolol and lotrel are blood pressure meds.I was only on the lotrel for the longest but started to have heart rate problems and a bit of chest pain that is why they put me on the atenolol.But you must remeber everyone reacts differently on meds.And it is very important to talk to your doctor befor ever attempting changes.As much as I hate to say this there is a possibilty that the doc may have to try you on several differant drugs to see which works best for you ,Hang in their follow you Doctors recomendations and between you both it can be worked out.
Does anyone take Riomet/Metformin for high blood sugar & polycystic ovarian syndrome?
(May be TMI)
I've been taking Metformin regularly for 3 months. I have polycystic ovarian syndrome and a little bit of high blood sugar because of it. My blood sugar isn't that high because I don't even have to get it tested on a regular basis. The trouble I'm having is with the gastrointestinal issues with the Metformin. It tears my stomach up and I have diarrhea off and on all day. It doesn't matter what I eat, I still have diarrhea. I was also having trouble with the Metformin tablets dissolving completely before I passed them. I have my gallbladder out so that may have something to do with it, but I don't know.

My GYN prescribed Riomet and I start taking it Monday. Riomet is the liquid form of Metformin and has fewer side effects.

I want to hear from people that have taken Riomet and if they have any side effects from it. Or anyone else with a similar situation?
  I take Metformin and have for 8 years, I have diarrhea and stomach pain constantly although it isn't severe. I take omeprezole for stomach pain but it doesn't seem to help much.
Vietnam War Veteran
What is my Dizziness?
I have been to the Doctors, but they gave me the impression that they really couldn't care/believe me. For the last 2 day I have had a constant dull headache around my temples are forehead. Whenever I move my head back halfway, there feels like a great weight is being pushed down on my head and behind my face and I start to spin, but not black out. This only happens when I look up. I don't have an ear infection, but I have noticed that my balance if off too. (i'm not a hypochondriac :-P) Doctor said it was Vertigo and gave me some Torecan. But because I only get dizzy when my head is in a certain position, I doubt that this is vertigo. Any suggestions?
Blood pressure was perfect...never suffered with it. I'm so confused. I'm laid down with just my head propped up and its like i'm on a rollercoaster with my stomach going into my head....
had blood pressure taken today, was perfect....
  Do you have high blood pressure? I get very dizzy & headaches if I have an elevated blood pressure.
Herb ♥ Edna Happy Easter!
How long does it take for dizziness to go away when on Tenormin?
I am taking Tenormin 50 mg for High Blood Pressure...1/2 tab. for 8 days then 1 tab after long after taking Tenormin does it take for the dizziness and lightheadedness to go away?...A few days...a couple of weeks?...
Usually it's worse when I lay down or get up from a lying position...
Does grapefruit juice affect Aceon?
I've heard that consuming grapefruit and grapefruit juice can have adverse effects on certain drugs if they are taken in conjunction. Aceon (perindopril) is an ACE inhibitor used to treat hypertension (high blood pressure). Is Aceon among the drugs that are are affected? If so, how long must one wait between drinking the juice and taking the drug (i.e. at breakfast) ?
  sbutk - It turns out that an enzyme called bergamottin found in grapefruit juice inhibits the activity of something called the cytochrome P450 3A4 isoenzyme in the intestinal wall. The CYP3A4 isoenzyme metabolizes many of the medicines people take, so inhibiting this can lead to increases in blood levels for these drugs. These increased levels can lead, in turn, to a higher risk of side effects.

Fortunately, perindopril is NOT one of the medications metabolized through this pathway. Therefore, grapefruit juice will NOT affect your blood levels of the drug.

Drugs that ARE affected by grapefruit juice include some antifungals (ketoconazole, etc.), channel blockers (diltiazem, nifedipine, etc.), digoxin, statin drugs (atorvastatin, etc.), macrolide antibiotics (erythromycin, etc.), PDE5 inhibitors (Viagra, etc.), SSRI antidepressants (fluoxetine, etc.), tricyclic antidepressants (amitriptyline, etc.), and warfarin. When in doubt, it is always best to ask your pharmacist... hope that helps!
Just the Facts, Ma'am
dental assistant question: differences between lidocaine, carbocaine, and septocaine?
the dr always has to tell me which carpule to load and the length of the needle, but to save time and have it ready before he enters the room can some one help explain the differences to me? does it depend on the patient's health like high blood pressure or diabetes, or does it depend on the strenouity (if thats a word) of the procedure being done? and correct me if im wrong, but are the long needles for numbing any area closer to the back and short for the front? its probably duh, but maybe there is further info. thanks!
whats the difference bet.diovan hct and diovan hctz?
i've been taking diovan hct 160-25 for high blood pressure for about a year now. recently when i refilled my prescription the pharmacist gave me diovan HCTZ 160-25.since i've been taking it once a day i seem to be dizzy a lot. can someone tell me (in laymans terms), what is the difference between the diovan hct and the diovan hctz? thanks for all answers.
  The Diovan HCTZ has a diuretic in it. People who retain fluids, like myself, often will have high blood pressure. There is no difference between the two. It's Just made by another company. Have you noticed a difference in size or color of the pill? Both contain a diuretic called hydrochlorothyazide. This is the ingredient that gets rid of excess fluid. Sometimes when pharmacies run out of the generic, they will give you a brand name or one made by another company but there really is no difference. Go to this web site. It tells all you need to know about this med. Good luck
Memere RN/BA
Is there any relation between tinnitus and taking Benicar?
I'm currently taking Benicar HCT. Around late December/early January my doctor put me on Benicar. By mid-February, I had a terrible rushing noise in my ear (pulsates with my heart beat). I had just gotten over the flu, so I thought I just had an ear infection. I finally went to an ENT doctor, and she informed me that I didn't have an ear infection and that I should follow up w/my primary doctor. I had an appt w/him in July, still had tinnitus, and the Benicar wasn't really helping my blood pressure either. So he put me on Benicar HCT. I tried mentioning the problem with my ear, and he blew it off saying that it's probably because of my blood pressure. I just think it's awfully strange that I have these problems w/my ear barely a month after starting Benicar. Could the Benicar be the cause of my ear problem?
Ashley S
  To quote one of my attending doctors, "any drug can cause any side effect". That being said, it's highly unlikely that the Benicar is causing the symptoms. Most of the listed sided effects for that drug is rare and tinnitus or other audible abnormalities are not listed. The rushing noise (sounds more like a bruit rather than tinnitus which is ringing) is likely related to blood pressure/narrowing of your arteries due to atherosclerosis. Tinnitus is a side effect of a few drugs (not benicar or benicar hct) but bruit isn't. Often people attribute things to the medications they're taking rather than the disease that they're being treated for. It's a common thing that I see all the time and I'm sure I'll probably do it too when I end up on those meds one day. Ultimately, the noise you describe sounds pretty annoying but the sequela of uncontrolled hypertension (stroke, heart disease, etc) could kill you. It's a decision you have to make whether or not to take your medications.
I have recently began having problems with high blood pressure and my doctors advised a low salt diet, gave me?
a prescription for Lisinopril and told me to watch out for salt substitutes that could react with the medicine I am on (I also got one for Pravastatin-a cholesterol lowering drug, since my triglycerides also came back high!). I thought, NO PROBLEM, since I do not add salt to my food, this would be easy! Well, once I started reading the labels on the foods I eat, I found a HUGE problem, my canned veggies are LOADED with sodium, and my canned soups actually are FULL of salt. I have a pantry full of salt soaked foods! No wonder I never felt the need to add salt to stuff, I was eating plenty! Even found it loaded in some Entemanns donuts (who would thought a donut would be LOADED with hidden salt?). Anyways, now that I have become hyper vigilant about reading labels and avoiding added salts in my foods, I find I am now craving it. But I cannot afford the spikes in blood pressure, and am struggling to stay within my numbers and be healthy. I cannot find good substitutes that satisfy like salt, my old friend, for like roasts, potato soup (even homemade needs something in it!) and baking. I have lost 10 lbs just avoiding salt and the foods it came on, but now I am getting sad, thinking I have lost the ability to eat salt, even in small amounts. Some have said sea salt is a good alternative, I have it, it still will send my blood pressure up, but not as bad as table salt or added salt in foods will. Any tricks to spicing food into making my taste buds forget salt was once my friend, although I didn't know how much I liked it until now! HELP!
I am hardly PANICKY, just wanting some ideas for adding a little kick where salt used to be. Any HELPFUL advice would be deeply appreciated, especially on suggestions for replacing the salt with good substitutes others have found. Thanks!
FYI all, my family history is such that EVERYONE in my family has had this for years, I am the oldest and have JUST been diagnosed with it, I AM AND HAVE been careful with my health, hence the reason I have not gotten it earlier! I have not used and abused my body, I have been careful with my health! I am doing as my doctors recommend, my doctors are not ones I RUN to every time I have a sniffle, I am RARELY sick or unwell, despite my family history, which I cannot control! I eat organic, fresh and healthy, most of the time. I am not WHINING AND CRYING, I am looking for help with substitutes for salt that are tasty and healthy. Please, if you can't be helpful, move on! Being mean and sarcastic is not being helpful! Thank you!
Tippy's Mom
  I pulled out one of my nursing textbooks and it says that "the ratio of sodium to potassium intake appears to play a role, possibly through the effects of increased potassium intake on sodium excretion." It goes on to say that potassium, calcium, and magnesium help to dilate blood vessels (which lower tension)... So maybe increasing these in your diet would help you with managing your salt intake?
Does any of these contain Cortisone?
Few years ago a dr put me on Cortisone eye drops which increased my eyes pressure. When I went to my original dr she told me that I could lose my sight, because my eye pressure was very high. It was 30 in both eyes.

Anyway, now I use a product (decongestant, antiseptic & anti-histaminic) called Ocumethyl which contains the following:
1- zinc sulphate B.P
2- Naphazoline hydrochloride U.S.P.
3- Diphenhydramine hydrochloride B.P
4- Methylene blue E.P

Does any of those ingrediants contains Cortisone?
  None of the ingredients you list are compounds themselves. They are individual components of the compound that makes your medicine what it is. If the Ocumethyl had cortisone in it it would list it as a separate ingredient. Hopefully your pharmacist and your doctor would know if cortisone were in your meds, and if it is important to stay away from it you should make double sure that they know about that.... Good luck!
Diabetes: Humalog Pen?
I use the humalog pen for when i eat and obiously when my sugar is a bit high. of late I've gotten some blood inside the pen. i called my pharmacy and they told me to discard the pen. i dont have money to be purchasing more pens just because i get some blood in it. i mean, sometimes they are brand new. it irritates me and makes me want to go back to using syringes. but i love the easyness of carrying the pen around with me.
what should i do? any personal experiance? should i really be throwing out the pens with a bit of my own blood away? it just seems like im throwing away my money.
=( ive been using the pen for about a year and a half and have gotten blood in at least 12 of them.
Mars S
  Can't you just click in another unit or two and squirt the blood out? As long as you do it immediately and then change out your needle cap, I can't imagine there would be a problem...especially since it's your own blood...but if you are sensitive to infections this would probably not be a good plan.

Before I was on a pump I used to reuse my syringes lots of times...between a dozen and 20x, usually. I would occasionally get a tad of blood in there and that's how I handled it, just pushed hard on the plunger until all the blood was out. And with the pump it happens occasionally too where the cannula (tubing) gets inserted and I see blood. I just give myself a dose and I watch the blood go back through the tubing and back into me! Never had a problem...
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
Does anyone know if the medication Diovan HCT can raise blood sugars?
My A1C has went from an already high level of 7.6 to 9.2 in just three months. I have lost seven pounds,my colesterall has dropped 20 points and my blood preasure is 117/74. I hope someone can help me with this.Thank you
Dorthy S
  Diovan HCT - RxWikiIf you have diabetes, Diovan HCT can affect your blood sugar. Check your levels carefully, and talk to your doctor before you change your diet or your dose ... - 46k - Cached - Similar pages - Note this
Tin S
I have lower back pain and my doctor says my white blood cell count is high what does that mean?
She gave me Daypro and Cipro and said it might be a kidney infection. I think its a little more than that. What does it mean if you have lower back pain and my urine says my white blood cell count is high. I have absolutely no other symptoms. Any suggestions to what it is? Please help....I'm very confused and I really want to know what's wrong with me.
  it sounds exactly like a kidney infection. remember your kidneys are in lower back area, underneath your ribs. the high white cell count means there is an infection in your body, and it is multyiplying to try and kill it. be gratefull your only symptom is low back pain, it could be MUCH worse. ive seen people end up in the hospital, because if not treated it can affect your kidney function.
i take micardis blood pressure pills . my blood sugar is elevated could it the pills ty?
  Not likely.

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