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Can you build a tolerance to Inderal LA?
I have been taking 80mg of Inderal LA for about two years now. I take this medication for hypotension. I had tachycardia regularly before and I used to faint as a result. I have been on my feet for two years now and feeling good until recently. I can feel my heart racing again and my blood pressure is low (like it used to be). I have an appointment with my doctor in a few weeks (he's always booked out for a month at a time), so I will of course ask him these questions as well, but I was wondering if it is possible to build up a tolerance to Inderal? It doesn't seem likely, but I don't understand why I'm feeling bad again. Could I be getting worst?
Thanks a bunch. you are right, I take this medication to slow down my heart rate, which then raises my blood pressure. I just feel so horrible lately - it feels like it's not working. :(
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11/05/09
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  Inderal LA is a beta blocker and lowers your blood pressure and heart rate. I don't think you were put on this for hypotension, just for tachycardia. I know a person who has taken this same medication for 10 years (at first it was just Inderal) Keep taking the Inderal LA until you see your Dr but drink more fluids, you may be dehydrated. This medicine will lower your BP but dehydration will cause you problems you are describing. See your Dr ASAP. Go to ER if you get worse.
Melmo
11/05/09
Does anyone have any experience with Micardis?
Today, I was given sample packets of Micardis (40 mg telmisartan). I am hesitant to start taking it right away without seeking a second opinion, in part because I've heard once you start taking a medication for high blood pressure, you can't stop (or risk even more serious damage). Is this true?

Further, while on this type of medication, activities/diet is limited. Since alcohol is avoided, does this mean all alcohol must be avoided?
socrballs84
06/17/08
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  I take micardis and i haven't had any major side effects from it, and i also drink two beers a day without any adverse effects.
billybob
06/18/08
i need financial help for my moms dialysis and meds. is there someone who can help me?
she undergo dialysis 2 times a week that cost $100.00 per treat ment and maintains drugs like heparin/epogen/eprex, calcium, iron, and maintenence for high blood pressure. for those that has extra savings please it is a big help whether you gave us meds or any help you could give. our address is 120 Peralta St., Consuelo Sur San Marcelino, Zambales, Philippines, 2200. My Email address is Soncy_alfonso@yahoo.com. to all my friends who can read this please help me ask assistance.. this is for my mom.. thank you...
Tuding
09/14/06
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  I don't know how you can get help with he dialysis, but in the US drug companies often help provide medications for those who can't afford them. Check with your drug companies to see if they have any programs available to you.

Check with your dialysis provider to see if they are aware of any programs to help you pay for the dialysis.
mamasheilag
09/14/06
How I can Control my High Blood Pressure with out using Alopathic Drugs?
I M using Calan SR but it is not very much effective in my case
I M using the Drug Calan SR since one month but no result and some time my BP is going up to 193 systolic. 90 diastolic occasionally and pulse rate up to85, before I used Tenormin for at least 2 month it was also less effective but I feel the results better then Calan SR. with Tenormin puls rate was going abnormally below normal level (up to 55). Is there any way to Withdraw these all rubbish druges by any safe way.
Saif ul Islam
01/20/08
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  Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10)
Garlic
Hawthorn
Fish oil
Folic acid

Garlic is my favorite because I love the taste. If you dont you can take it in pill form. Hope this helps.
CMA S
01/20/08
Why would a Dr prescribe the drug Livalo for someone that has a cholesterol level of only 218?
my cholesterol has been between 185 and 218 and the Dr wants me to take Livalo. I never heard of this drug, but I don know it's VERY expensive...and I'm unemployed.
My endocrinologist says as long as cholesterol is under 250, medication is not needed. I don't know why my primary doctor is being such a Drama Queen when I don't have high blood pressure, any heart problems, no family history and I'm no diabetic.
I eat very healthy, exercise, drink water and do all the stuff im supposed to do. No junk food, no drinking, smoking or street drugs.
HDL cholesterol is 58
serialmom12
07/01/11
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  you're right, you probably don't need the medication. Is your HDL really low? that might be a factor, but sometimes docs forget how expensive meds are. There are plenty of other older, but still highly effective, cheaper meds out there.

technically, your cholesterol goal would be under 200; have you tried diet and exercise?
Darrin
07/01/11
Ive been waking up with blood in my ears for a few days now. is this a reaction to something?
Ive been sleeping in the room under my parents housee. there is a lot of assbestus and electrical machines on the walls. could this bee a chemical reaction to my body.

i have also been taking exelon and resperidol for my heart and blood pressure.
i also used to have a methamfetamines prolblem.

thank you!
Cutty McGillicutty
11/26/09
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Does zestril , lisinopril ,altace same medicine ?
Does zestril , lisinopril ,altace same medicine ?
does 10 mg of zestril = 10 mg of lisinopril = 2.5 mg of altace
and does 10 mg of zestril small dose and is it safe for high blood pressure
hope to find answer
sam
11/01/08
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  Zestril is a brand name for Lisinopril.

Altace is a separate medication and not same as Zestril (lisinopril).

All of these medications are in the ACE Inhibitor category of Anti-Hypertension medications.

If you have questions about medications you are or considering taking, please consult with your physician. It's the safest thing you can do.
Nutz4Skwerls
11/01/08
Diovan versus Diovan HCT?
My wife got a prescription for Diovan HCT, and I read online that there's also just regular "Diovan". Which of them is better for her, or are either fine for blood pressure? She's only on prenatal vitamins right now, so she doesn't take anything for blood pressure yet.
This was a health experiment to show how dangerous anonymous health advice can be on this website. Nice job Jerry, but it's pathetic that the RN and PA who answered totally missed the fact that the patient is on prenatal vitamins - before you two professionals keep answering people's questions and keeping up with staying "Top Contributors" how about reviewing what you actually know and letting people see physicians and pharmacists about these types of questions?

Yahoo Answers is the worst place to come for health information.
X16
03/09/11
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  She should be taking the prescribed drug.
The HCT one has a diuretic (water pill) added to it.
High blood pressure is dangerous if left untreated and very easy to treat.
Unless she has a great desire for an early death please tell ger to take the drug.
The HCT version will just get rid of ant extra fluid she has like swollen ankles etc.
Both drugs are excellent treatments for high blood pressure
I hope that helps and here is a link to an article about these drugs.
bearmummi
03/10/11
Anyone heard of WelChol? Are meds absolutely necessary for cholesterol?
My health is excellent, but...my cholesterol is high. It has been high all of my life. The HDL is 60, but the LDL is 191. Triclycerides are 166.
My diet is good and I am NOT overweight. I do not eat fatty foods or foods high is cholesterol. I walk almost daily, except when the weather doesn't allow. I do not smoke, and I do not have high blood pressure.
Doctors have been trying to prescribe me a statin for over 30 years. I have refused. The side effects and long-term liver damage proven from statins have kept me away. I did try to take a statin once, and on the 4th day I was too nauseous to continue.
I don't take any medications, except a small dose of Levoxyl for a slightly underactive thryoid. (before I did that, my cholesterol jumped to over 300, which is why I agreed to take the thyroid med about 5 years ago)
Now the doctor is trying to convince me to take WelChol. It is not a statin, but blocks bile and inhibits cholesterol from being made. Side effects don't look quite as horrific as a statin, but it can cause bowel blockages and worse.
Oh and yes, I have tried red yeast rice (got serious leg cramps after 4 months), but I do continue to take 'cholesterol support' vitamin w/ gugulipids, policosonol, garlic, niacin, etc. etc. None of these things have lowered the LDL, but they have helped with the HDL.
I would prefer to take NO medication. However, the doctors are scaring me with the idea of a stroke or heart attack.( My carotid artery test came out fine.) As I am getting older, I am worrying more about this one problem area of my health. Ideas please?
kiwi
12/12/09
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  I don't understand why you have such an aversion to medication. Sometimes they simply fix what isn't working right on its own, say for example, your thyroid (and good choice to go with the medicine on that one). Nobody ever really wants to take meds. It's just a necessity at times. So you avoided long term liver damage you may never have gotten, but you left yourself vulnerable to a stroke. Do you think that will improve the quality of your life? I'm sorry, but that just doesn't make sense to me. I do not know the effects of WelChol, but as with ALL medications, if it causes a side effect that is serious enough, then that condition, too, can be dealt with. You want a totally natural life? Well, OK, but that means that bodily organs and functions wear out. You can suffer with that or take a simple medication. I had a patient once who absolutely refused to take any of her needed medications. She had to be told point blank that if she refused, she would die. She refused and she died. She chose to live a short life instead of a long one. It was her choice, but in my estimation, not a very smart one. Her family suffered as well. Now you can do as you please, but there are significant checks and balances in place to make sure the medications we use help us, and that any associated risks from using them are minimal compared to the benefits. If you were to become constipated on WelChol, there are simple remedies for that: more fluid in your diet and more exercise--both good for you on many levels. There is a way to lower cholesterol without medication, but you need to plan to live your life in the bathroom. Increase the fiber in your diet until you live in diarrhea constantly. There's a quality of life for you. Your body is not doing what it should regarding cholesterol. It needs help. Since it cannot correct itself, if you don't do it, you probably will have a stroke...and then, when you can no longer speak or lift your arms or open your mouth, docs will insert a feeding tube into your stomach and prescribe a statin for you. By then, you might not live long enough to get that liver damage, and that's only on the extremely slight chance you were ever going to get it. Good luck with that.
cheruvima
12/12/09
best med. for dog with pressure high in eye?
lenses displaced from glaucoma.tryed travatan and azopt
SUSAN THOMAS
05/06/11
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  Have you seen a vet yet? I would, asking here will get you all kinds of answers and maybe not the right ones. Please take your dog to the vet, they can help with the pressure and to make sure your dog is okay. I am not putting anyone's answers down at all, but I would not waste time asking here.Good luck to you.
Laea
05/06/11
Who Takes Clonidine 0.1 MG And ExForge For High Blood Pressure?
I have been taking these two meds for almost a month and had the Exforge readjusted to a higher dosage yesterday.

Guys, do these medication keep you feeling like you're walking around in a fog, feeling dizzy or off balance?

My doctor seems to think this is no big deal and says everything has side effects which I told her is true but I want the GOOD side effects. I can't get my most of my errands done because of this.

If you experience this, how do you handle it from day to day?

I thought maybe I would just keep going even though I felt dizzy and maybe the feeling would ease up a bit.

How are you handling it?
Capricorn
07/29/10
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  I regard clonidine as an archaic drug. It has a very high incidence of side effects and it may very well be responsible for the symptoms that you are experiencing. Exforge is a combination of amlodipine besylate and valsartan. If you were started on all 3 drugs (although in 2 pills) at the same time this may be a factor as well. There are few areas in medicine where physicians are in agreement but hypertension is one of them. By agreement I mean physicians in the US, in Canada, in the UK, and in the European Union. Most physicians would begin with an angiotensin 1 converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor such as lisinopril. For people who are not able to tolerate an ACE inhibitor then an angiotensin 2 receptor blocker (ARB) such as valsartan is used. The reason to prefer the ACE inhibitor is that it is so inexpensive. After an ACE or an ARB hydrochlorothiazide (HCT) is added. This is convenient as both ACE inhibitors and ARBs both come in combination with HCT for example lisinopril HCT is on the $4 list of major pharmacies. If the ACE / HCT combination does not bring the blood pressure under control most physicians would make use of a beta blocker such as atenolol or metorolol tartrate and again these are on the $4 list. There is metoprolol succinate but this is more expensive. If the ACE / HCT / beta blocker did not control the blood pressure then a calcium entry blocker (CEB) such as amolodipine is added. There are some physicians who would make use of the CEB before the beta blocker but the weight of clinical evidence and the general consensus is the order that I have suggested. As I have implied clonidine is not a recommended drug to treat hypertension. Indeed if a central acting alpha 1 agonist is truly thought to be appropriate guanfacine achieves the same effect as clonidine but is virtually devoid of side effects. If I may be of further assistance please let me know. I wish you the very best of health and in all things may God bless.
john e russo md facm faafp
07/29/10
I Think Father's Doctor Has Him on Too Many Meds, Could I be Right?
He's in his late 50s and has heart issues like high blood pressure and has heart attacks in the past. He's become diabetic in the last 5 years. He moved to another state about 2 years ago and until recently was only taking 2-3 meds. Now he's taking all of these each day:

Lavaza 1 gm X 4
GLYB/METFORM 2.5/ 500 TAB X 4
BYSTOLIC 5 MG X 1
ASPIRN 325 MG X 1
EXFORCE HCT 5/320 X 1
HYDOXYZ 25 MG X 1
KLOR CON M20 X 2
SIMZASEACIN 20MG X 1
JANUVIC 100MG X 1
HYDROCHLOROT 25 MG X 1
LASIX 20 MG CLONIDINE HCL 0.1 MG X 1
ALPHA LIPOIC ACID 200 MG X 3
PANTOTHENIC ACID 500 MG X 3
Amanda
03/15/10
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  Not all of these are "dangerous chemicals":-- the last one is a B Vitamin, for example.

Also a lot of misspellings, so hard to piece together. Some are diabetic meds (e.g., Januvia), which he needs to avoid further complications from the lack of blood sugar control. Some are to control blood lipid levels (simvastatin), some are diuretics ("water pills") to ease high BP and KlorCon is potassium to counteract loss of that electrolyte from the diuretics. Others like Exforge are to control the high BP to prevent him from stroking.

Hopefully, a primary care physician has a complete list of all these meds so that they can be reconciled and checked carefully.

Best wishes.
DeannetheGreat
03/15/10
blood pressure?
I take procadia 60mg,lotensin 40 mg, water pill, and a pill to relax me at night.My BP still shoots up real high at work even when I am having fun and laughing.Can anyone help me please.I get sent home from work because of my BP but its still an occurrance at work.The doctor will give me a pill to melt under my tongue to bring it back down but refuses to give me a prescription that I can take at work to keep from missing work.My dad died at 48 of a heart attack and my brother died at the age of 41 from an anuysism.I am 43 now and scared because I cannot seem to keep my BP under control.It just seems to go up and down on me even when I am not stressed out.
str8_30457
04/10/07
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  Sounds like time to get a new doctor... uncontrolled bp, with your family history says that you need a new work up on your physical condition..
chuckufarley2a
04/10/07
Anyone know of any free prescription drug programs that give substantial savings for Rx drugs?
My Dad has to take Tarka 2/240mg daily for his high blood pressure but sometimes he can't afford them and he just does without them. I already looked at the programs available on the PPA - Partnership for Prescription Assistance, website but none of the programs they have that he's eligible for, would actually lower his out of pocket cost for his medication. I found out that they'd actually cost him MORE on one of the programs that they have available. Does anyone know any other programs or anything that would help him be able to afford his medication? I'm worried something could happen to him at work when he doesn't take his medication.
newmommie
09/25/07
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  Walmart, walgreens and some supermarkets are charging very little for popular meds, but not all meds

also you can look into buying generics online (I do this for some of my meds)

the site I use is below, they have good prices and both a quality and delivery guarantee
bob s
09/26/07
What is your experience with the blood pressure med. avapro?
wanttolpve
02/23/08
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  Avapro is a blood pressure mediaction from a class known as ARBs or Angiotensin II Receptor Blockers. Angiotensin II is a chemical that causes the muscles surrounding the blood vessels to contract and as a result they narrow the blood vessels. This in turn does not allow blood to flow as easily causing high blood pressure. That said, ARBs work by blocking the Angiotensin II receptors which do not allow the blood vessels to narrow and therefore lower blood pressure.

The ARBs come from a widely prescribed drug catagory. The most common prescribed ARBs are Diovan, Benicar, and Cozaar. However, depending on your insurance, a lot of drug companies force patients to first fail on an ACE Inhibitor drug inorder to be able to use ARBs.

All ARBs are generally well tolerated and have very mild side effects which is why they are so popular. They are prescribed to patients who have mild to moderate high blood pressure. In my experience , I sell Micardis (another ARB-Avapro's competitor) most of the ARBs work about the same (so if you are concered about which ARB to get, they are all pretty much the same - except for Cozaar which typically is known as a weaker drug). Your side effects should be mild and is well tolerated.

On one side note- Avapro is typicall not prescribed to black patients or patients who are older because their body makeup does not respond well to those types of mediactions. For those patients typically an ARB with a diuretic(Hydrochlorothiazide) (Avalide is avalpros ARB and diuretic combination)
haggerpotter
02/23/08
My blood sugar run 300 to 400 after receiving a Kenalog 40 mg shot yesterday. I can't seem to bring it down.?
I am on a insulin pump and use the wizard to inject insulin for high blood sugars.
Clarence Miller
04/14/11
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What are the dangers of having too high levels of coumadin?
Coumadin is a blood thinner that is used to disolve blood clots among other things.
AngusDuncan
09/09/08
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  uncontrollable bleeding from anywhere, bowels, brain, urine..not a good idea
Yes...you could be pregnant!
09/09/08
Ok so I ran out of Metoprolol but I have some Amlodipine Besylate (Norvasc?)...?
I take Metopolol and Lisinopril for my hyper tension stage 1 blood pressure, I've ran out of Metroprolol and my Lisinopril runs out tomorrow. However I have an entire bottle of Amlodipine Besylate (Norvasc I think) left over from when I was taking that. Can I combine this with the Lisinopril I already took today?? I can tell my pressure is up, not feeling well.
datprod
11/29/10
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should you take amlodipine with hyzaar another blood pressure medicine?
harley
07/22/09
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My doc gave me UROXATRAL for BPH,know anything about it??
Does it affect blood pressure,etc etc
themojoman@verizon.net
04/19/08
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  First off I was given the same thing stopped taking it
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I got dizzy as hell
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I changed over to the herb Saw Palmetto about 5 years ago
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an I no longer have to get up every 20 minutes while trying to sleep at night
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I now only get up when I have to and even then I have an erection
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That is the bodies shut off valvue to the pee time need
She It I do
04/19/08
is good to take lotrel and blood pressure response?
amg114942
07/29/10
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  Lotrel is a combination product containing benazepril hydrochloride and amlodipine besylate. It is a very effect anti-hypertensive medication. Benazepril is an angiotensin 1 converting enzyme inhibitor often referred to as an ACE inhibitor and such drugs are most often considered 'first line' treatment. Amlodipine is a dihydropyridine which is a sub-type of slow channel voltage dependent calcium entry blockers and is often referred to as a CEB. Although I regard CEBs as third line therapy there is no reason not to use a CEB as a second line therapy. If required the next choices would be hydrochlorothiazide (HCT) and / or a beta blocker. One of the reasons that I prefer ACE inhibitors and HCT is that lisinopril (similar to benazepril) HCT is on the $4 list at most major pharmacies and therefore is less expensive than Lotrel. If I may be of further assistance please let me know. I wish you the very best of health and in all things may God bless.
john e russo md facm faafp
07/29/10
What is the best alternative for actifed, that does not raise blood pressure?
R. Cramden
10/31/08
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  Coricidin HBP Antihistamine Cough & Cold Suppressant for People with High Blood Pressure
3monthmom
10/31/08
How low is 1 ng/dL of Aldosterone?
The normal range is given as < or = 28 ng/dL

The physician said that the patient clearly has an aldosterone deficiency and prescribed 50 mcg of Fludrocortisone acetate daily. The blood serum test showed 1 ng/dL of aldosterone. The patient presented with the following symptoms: low blood pressure, nausea, fatigue, poor memory, and a craving for salt.

The patient has been taking the 50 mcg of fludrocortisone acetate for two months now and although his blood pressure is somewhat higher, it is still low; and although his energy level has improved, it is still sub-par. His craving for salt has subsided, he no longer has nausea, and his memory has improved. However, since his blood pressure is still low, and his energy level is still low, he thinks he would feel much better if his dosage of fludrocortisone acetate would be increased. Is he justified in requesting that his physician increase his daily dosage of fludrocortisone acetate to 100 mcg per day?

There are indications that this person's adrenal insufficiency has been a chronic condition throughout his life. The patient is now nearly 70 years of age; when he was going through puberty, he developed two areas of hyperpigmentation which have remained throughout his life. This hyperpigmentation was evidently caused by an aldosterone insufficiency: the anterior pituitary, in an attempt to stimulate the adrenal gland to produce more aldosterone, produced an excessive amount of adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH), and this excessive amount of ACTH caused the secretion of an excessive amount of melanin which in turn caused the hyperpigmentation. The blood serum test result of 1 ng/dL seems quite low to me: is it considered to be very low or just moderately low?

Additionally, what is considered to be the maximum amount of fludrocortisone acetate to be administered, and is the maximum amount determined by the patient's blood pressure levels?
Blood for these tests was drawn at 11:38 am in a sitting position. The patient was fasting since the previous evening. The patient's ACTH level was 6 pg/mL, which is low. The normal range was given as 7 - 50 pg/mL.
Is Florinef Acetate considered to be the equivalent of Fludrocortisone Acetate? Would this patient also be advised to ask his physician why he did not also prescribe cortisone or hydrocortisone?
I add these details of the case in response to Matador 89's response.
Joe Conrad
09/21/10
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  Joe Conrad,
It would appear that you are quoting a paper or a report. I trust that you will be able to access the answers to your questions at a later date. In the meantime, I will briefly discuss this subject. Blood aldosterone levels are often combined with other tests to diagnose over or under-production of the hormone. These tests may include - ACTH infusion test. Captopril test. Intravenous saline infusion test. Plasma renin activity. Laboratory values vary with the patient's age, however, patients of 11 years and older the ‘normal’ level would be between 1 to 21 ng/dl. (This also varies as to whether the patient was erect of supine at the time of collection). Low serum aldosterone levels may indicate primary or Hyporeninemic hypoaldosteronism, salt-losing syndrome, eclampsia, or addison's disease (rare), congenital adrenal hyperplasia or a very high-sodium diet. Florinef Acetate is indicated as partial replacement therapy for primary and secondary adrenocortical insufficiency in Addison's disease and for the treatment of salt-losing adrenogenital syndrome. The usual dose is 0.1 mg of Florinef Acetate daily, although dosage ranging from 0.1 mg three times a week to 0.2 mg daily has been employed. In the event transient hypertension develops as a consequence of therapy, the dose should be reduced to 0.05 mg daily. Florinef Acetate is preferably administered in conjunction with cortisone (10 mg to 37.5 mg daily in divided doses) or hydrocortisone (10 mg to 30 mg daily in divided doses).


ALL ANSWERS SHOULD BE THOROUGHLY RESEARCHED, IN ANY FORUM AND ESPECIALLY IN THIS ONE. - MANY ANSWERS ARE FLAWED.

It is extremely important to obtain an accurate diagnosis before trying to find a cure. Many diseases and conditions share common symptoms.


The information provided here should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed physician should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions.


Hope this helps
matador 89
matador 89
09/21/10
I am a teenager, and have a slightly high Cholesterol level?
Hi, I had receantly gotten a blood test done. When I went to see my results my doctor had pointed out to me and my parents that my Cholesterol level is slightly high (not by much, but a bit high) and he recommended me to take some medication. He had prescribed me 120 capsules of Lovaza which I have to take 1 times a week, but this worries me because I am only 15 (in 1 week i will turn 16) and that I feel this is not a good sign. I am slightly overweight as well, but I play baseball, workout and also do a lot of jogging and my doctor says the reason for my overweight problem most defenitally looks like a genetics thing so its something not to really stress about. But one thing though i found wrong was during the day of my blood test, I had ate a corn muffin and 12 oz of Chocolate Milk and then I had tooken the test which I wonder if it has anything to do with making my blood reports void or such. I searched online Lovaza it just looks like some capsule with Fish Oil (Omega-3-acid ethyl esters). My main question is, should I take these medications and if I do will it be for lifetime? or temporary? I really am nervous and my parents really expect me to take care of this problem effectively. Please give me advice and a solution, thanks!
Bob Saget Jr.
06/18/11
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  You should change your doctor.......Doctors are thought to prescribe medications instead of going to the root of the problem, unhealthy habits. The more expensive the medication the better. Lovasa is just fish oil 10 times more expensive than the one you find any place else.

If you are overweight and exercise, you should learn more about the evils of processed foods and what they can produce in your health. Just learn how to eat a low carbohydrate natural diet.

Please read http://www.omega-3-fish-oil-wonders.com/omega-3-and-weight-loss.html
Alfredo E
06/19/11
Anyone had a very bad coughing problem while taking the med Vasotec for high blood pressure?
My couging got worse a few months ago. My doctor stated the meidication Vasotec could be my problem. Today he finally determined this and ask me to refrain from taking Vasotec for 5 days and to drink Pedilyte to wash the drug from my system. My sister just told me that she had a problem with excessive chronic coughing while taking this drug. I looked it up in Google but it mentioned coughing but not a lot of details. Someone out there PLease Help!!!
Lolly51
02/03/06
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  Vasctec like all ACE inhibitors works by inhibiting angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE). ACE is resposible for converting angiotensin I which is inactive to angiotensin II which is a vasoconstrictor (narrows the blood vessels).
By constricting the blood vessels angiotensin II causes the blood pressure to rise. It also activates aldosterone which causes the body to retain sodium and water. This also raises the blood pressure because now there is more fluid in the blood vessels. Angiotensin II also stimulates the sympathetic nervous system which further constricts the blood vessels.
Considering all the actions of angitensin II it is easy to see why an ACE inhibitor which blocks its production causes the blood pressure to go down.
The problem is that ACE has another name. It is also known as kininase II. Kininase II is responsible for the breakdown of a substance known as bradykinin. Bradykinin unlike angiotensin II is a vasodilator (makes blood vessels larger). Kininase II does not have an effect on histamine although some of the actions of histamine and bradykinin are similar. Also while histamine is mostly released during an allergic reaction, bradykinin is constantly in the blood stream.
Because ACE inhibitors block the action of ACE/kininase II, the body can not activate angiotensin or inactivate bradykinin. The active bradykinin therefore causes vasodialation and when it causes vasodilation in the trachea it can cause coughing.
This is more common in women than men and aften begins after you have been taking the medication for a week or more. Stopping the medication will usually end the cough in a few days.
Taking aspirin can sometime end the cough as can iron supplements.
Angitesin receptor blockers (ARBs) such as Diovan and Cozaar work by blocking the receptors that angiotensin II works on but does not inhibit the breakdown of bradykinin and is therefor associated with a cough and angioedema (which is what causes the cough) in a very small percentage of patients. The main drawback to using an ARB is the increased cost as they often cost twice as much as an ACE.
castelmg
02/07/06
if i have high insulin and low blood sugar is metformin the best drug to be on?
i had a fasting blood draw and my insulin was 37.5. (it should be under 21). i just checked my blood sugar on my dads meter 3.5hrs after i had 2 pieces of pizza and it was 66. ( should be 90-110) why does my doctor want to put me on metformin?
i can't get ahold of her thats why i'm asking.

also, would diazoxide be the better drug to take?

i also have very irregular and heavy cycles and am now on a birthcontrol pill for that and have IBS.

thanks so much!!!!!
K. M.
07/07/09
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I recently have been noticing a Low diastolic blood pressure, I am 32?
I am a 31 year old male. In excellent shape, 170 lbs 5'11 - I have unexplained hypertention. I have been on 40mgs of accupril for most of 9 years. I recently went to a cardiologist for an annual check up and received a echo and stress test, check for LVH and other cardiac issues. All results were normal. My blood pressure usually reads 125/80 w/ medication but recently I have been seeing lower diastolic pressures 125/65. My doctor added a diuretic to my treatment last year and I have stoped weight lifting which my cardiologist suggested might not be good for a hypertensive. Since then I have been running on average 8- 10 miles a week. Like i said my last cardio echo was perfect,.....could all this cardio and running be lowering my diastolic? If not what could it be if my echo's are clean ?
christopher M
03/22/07
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  diuretics lower blood pressure.

if all tests checked out fine, I wouldn't worry too much, unless of course it continues to decline to dangerous lows.

65 diastolic is not bad..
ROSEY
03/22/07
what is the differance between benicar hct and bystolic?
blood pressure medicines
Sandra H
04/07/11
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why restrict sun exposure when on triamterene for blood pressure control?
Hoot
07/02/09
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  I don't know. It's a water pill so I can't imagine what the problem would be.

Are you sure you were warned to stay out of the sun specifically because of this medicine?

Call your pharmacist. They can tell you immediately.
Glenda
07/02/09
why can't you use salt substitutes when taking Avapro for blood pressure?
Sharon Hinton
07/17/09
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  salt causes blood pressure to rise and cause fluid build up
however i don't know why u could not use a sub
dcrc93
07/17/09
Is the blood pressure medication Tarka a statin drug?
ANNIEFANNY
11/08/07
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  No. It is a combination trandolapril/verapamil. Here is excellent information about Tarka. http://www.rxlist.com/cgi/generic/tarka_ids.htm
claudiacake
11/08/07
I just went on Catapres Patches for blood pressure , is it safe to still smoke ?
ANDY MILLER
09/26/06
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  Catapres patches aren't affected by smoking. Neither is smoking made more dangerous by Catapres. I have prescribed them more for easing withdrawal symptoms than for hypertension. Believe me, folks who are in the middle of detoxing are not about to give up smoking.
guillermoazote
09/26/06
How effective is the drug Tekturna for lowering blood pressure?
CAROL T
09/07/07
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  Vitamin C had been shown to lower blood pressure as does magnesium. Also, eat foods rich in potasium. Coconut milk is very high in potasium, along with bananas and sweet potatoes. Good Luck!
HolisticKristin
09/07/07
what is metoprolol tartrate?
is it for blood pressure or heart beat
gerald w
08/04/10
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my mom 's having high blood pressure/hypertension for almost 20 years, n recently she's attacked by 'stroke'!!
now, she's recovering from stroke very 'slowly'!!some medications were prescribed:-->piracetam(Nootropil), Nifedipine(Adalat), irbesartan(Approvel), Gliclzide(Diamacron MR), and glucophage.
may i know d uses of each medicine prescibed??n according to d doctor, stroke cannot be recovering 100%, is tat true??after d stroke, right part of her limbs are weak (cuz there's hemorrhage in d brain as one of d blood vessel burst)..she's been doing physiotherapy, but d leg mscle's still very weak..wat can she do to walk like a normal people??is tat possible??some ppl said, d main reason tat she can't walk properly is due to the brain damage, not the muscle problem..may i know the correct answer?? will the brain damage recover perfectly..or it won't recover, or it'll recover slowly??when she try to walk, she felt atching, and fatigue on d leg, should she continue to practice walking?n her eyesight is poor n blur, why??
does d medication sufficient to let her relapse as much as possible?
joan1214
07/28/06
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  piracetam will help with the bleeding in the brain, adalat is for her blood pressure, irbesartan is also for her blood pressure, diamacron MR is for high blood pressure and glucophage is for diabetes. Recovery for a stroke is not 100%. Her limbs will be weak and she really needs the physical therapy. Part of the brain has been damaged, and will need to be retrained to work the muscles again. It will be a long process over a period of months. She will feel tired, that is to be expected. She will also ache and have pains. Ask the dr. if it is ok to take tylenol for her pain. She should continue to practice walking. If her eysight is poor and it didn't use to be, then the stroke affected her vision also, due to the brain injury, or possible stroke in the eye. Hopefully, and more than likely, the medication she is on will keep her from having a relapse. Also you need to let her do as much as possible for herself. You can show her how and then encourage her to do it herself, as much as possible and reasonable.
bettyboop
07/28/06
Would being on the birth control pill cause an abnormal (high) level of LH in a blood test?
I'm worried because the doctors sending me for an ultrasound because of high LH levels, but I'm worried he's forgotten I'm on the pill, because he didn't mention it.
Sorry, I'm a worrier.
miaow.
01/16/08
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  Yes, being on the pill could possibly affect the LH levels. I have the link to a site that may help you find even more information. The link is at:

http://forums.obgyn.net/womens-health
sokokl
01/17/08
What can a diabetic man do for night time leg cramps?
It is three in the morning here and my better half is up walking the floor trying to walk out the leg cramps in his right leg. I rubbed it for awhile, but this morning it was really painful he said. That cord in the front of your leg, below your knee, down to your toes? That was todays spot. Usually it is in the back of his leg. He is on about 7 meds for high blood pressure and he takes pill for his diabetes and not shots and also water pills. I take quinine Sulfate pills for my leg cramps, and I was wondering, anyone got any advice as to what to take for these leg cramps?? What do YOU take for your leg cramps? Thanks for your help.. he walked it out now, and is calling me back to bed. I told him I was asking the experts, you guys, *smiling* what to do about the cramps. Thanks for your help in advance.
rinda_and_henry
11/04/06
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  I get those nasty cramps. I too, just walk them out. Anyone out there have a better solution?
mstrywmn
11/04/06
What could be the cause of these high liver blood tests?
Hi. I was in the emergency department the other night with severe abdominal and chest pain, and anyways they sent me home after nearly 5 hours because the pain had began to go away. There, the doc told me my liver function tests had come back and they were, to quote him "really bad".

So I got a copy of the results sent to me from my doctors office, and while most were just under the highest point for their specific ranges, there were three that were quite high. I was just wondering if anyone might have any idea why this could be?

The high results:

GGT 145 U/L ( < 51 )
ALT 276 U/L ( < 8 - 31 )
AST 381 U/L ( < 40 )

Also done were some white blood cell count tests, and the WBC (11.9 x 10e9/L) and Neutrophils (10.2 x 10e9/L) were slightly high. My MCH levels were also slightly low (26.7 pg, compared to between 27-33 that they should be).

Also, I have lost over 70lbs in the last 10 months, for reasons unknown. Could this be related?


Thanks for any and all help here :)
Hi, thanks for your reply :)

The doctor suspected gall stones, but when he did an ultrasound there was none, and he said it didn't like there was any inflammation of my gallbladder or my bile duct (he had a very perplexed look and tone when he said it).

I think I'll definitely do a follow up with my GP, unfortunately he's away for another week and the only other GP there is useless.
Thanks for your reply :)

The only medication I'm taking is Somac (40mg). I have been referred to a specialist, but (and this is why I'm worried about this high result), the last time I had LFTs done, they were all normal. Before then, for years they had been "slightly abnormal" (I intend to get copies of prior results, if they'll let me). The ER doc was quite concerned at how high these ones were, and puzzled that my gallbladder was fine.

I also had abnormal (87 ug/g) results for faecal calprotectin in Nov last year, and my ANAs were 160 speckled. Don't know if that means anything with it, but thought I would also add that info.
I also don't drink any alcohol, I've never had any my whole life.
mikeykellyboscorelli
04/03/09
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  Are you on any medication? Including any 'herbal' supplements, vitamins, etc? Sometimes drugs can affect the liver quite badly. Drinking too much alcohol would also cause similar results. It would be consistent with gall bladder problems, but it sounds like that's been ruled out. Importantly, there are some infections that would need to be tested for. I would hope with those results and weight loss and pain you'd be referred to a specialist.
lab rat
04/04/09
If Spiriva increases the heart rate does it also raise the blood pressure?
Mark
11/18/09
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  Unlikely
http://bidocs.boehringer-ingelheim.com/BIWebAccess/ViewServlet.ser?docBase=renetnt&folderPath=/Prescribing+Information/PIs/Spiriva/Spiriva.pdf
cardiophile
11/21/09
what is generic form of bystolic tabs?
It is a blood pressure medicine
Jeanette
06/03/09
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  there isnt one its not really much different than some of the other beta blockers like atenolol though which is dirt cheap if your doctor is willing to switch you
mnvikes
06/03/09
metoprolol tartrate, what does it do?
is it for blood pressure? and how does it work with lisinopril/hctz
jesse
06/19/08
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  Metoprolol tartrate reduces heart rate, blood pressure and myocardial oxygen demand. Its mechanism of action is different from lisinopril/hctz. So they can be combined.
cardiophile
06/19/08
scleroderma patient's request?
the medicine's which i take are all not vitamine
ocid- for reflux [acidity]
antoxid- anti oxident tablets
cacimax-high potency calcium supplement balanced with magnesium ,zinc and vitaminD3.
ecosporin- is a 75mg asprin tablet
losartan25- is to control my blood pressure
osteofos70- sodium alendronate tablet . this i take once a week for the treatment of osteoporosis,i am a 55yr lady from India.now in US to visit my children.In India this is a rare case i beleive.if any body can give me sugesstions to cotrol this condition i would highly appreciate.
ripurajan
08/28/07
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  Google Scleroderma and you will find loads of sites that may be of help.

http://www.scleroderma.org/

Good luck
Cammie
08/28/07
Why is My whole body flushed red and then it goes away?
ok, this is for my step mother, she is 48 years old and for the past week or so she has been having this very strange occurrence that hits her and the goes away as if nothing has happened.
She will be sitting n the couch and all of a sudden her whole entire body will turn beet red like a sunburn and she says she is extremely hot and her hands and feet are stinging and then within a few moments it goes away, this happens about five times a day or more.
She does see a doctor regularly, she does not have high blood pressure or diabetes, but she does have Hep c, which is scaring her because she thinks maybe something is wrong with her liver.
Her doctors are unsure what is causing it, maybe something she could be allergic too, but she has not done anything different...im just hoping someone has had similar symptoms and could lead us into another direction.
she does not smoke or drink, she is on a fluid pill 'demadex" for the swelling in her legs.
thanks for reading.
Shannon
04/13/10
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  Sounds like a typical hot flash from menopause to me. I don't know why her doctor has not thought of this. Maybe he has, but is not 100% sure that is the cause. She's at the right age to start having menopause symptoms and a hot flash is exactly what you describe. They are harmless and won't hurt her other than cause her a lot of discomfort when it happens. There is medication that can help her if they get too bad.
Baa Baa
04/14/10
What is the risk of the thallium injected for persantine stress test?
My mother is very frail. Yesterday, in the ER they injected some contrast in her for a CT scan. She did not have an allergic reaction, but it did increase her blood pressure, and then she had a sudden dropped in blood pressure. It scared her.

Today, they want to do a persantine thallium stress test. Her lab work did not show any heart related problems to suggest she needs this test. She went to the ER with chronic stomach pain that she has had for several years. GI doctors can't find anything wrong, so the ER is suggesting it could be heart related with deferred pain. Her sodium level is very low suggesting possible thyroid, they are yet unsure why.

My mother weighs 80 lbs. I am afraid for them to do this test. Any ideas from health care professionals would be great, or any body who has had an elderly loved one take the test.
angie
10/26/10
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  There is a risk factor with any procedure, one must decide the benefit against the negative. My aunt who is 75 yrs old had the thallium stress test done last yr. with no ill effects.
flamingo
10/26/10
Hydrochlorothiazide & Lisinopril?
I'm 18 and been diagnosed with high bp no more than 3 weeks ago. I've been on hydrochlorothiazide taking it everyday, and cut off all caffiene and energy drinks since then and been on a very low sodium diet, sometimes not eatin very much out of concern about the whole situation. I'm not overweight and in shape, and close to having a full 6-pack ;-p lol. Today, early durin school, my blood pressure shot up to 171/115. My usual Dr. wasnt in so a diff. one gave me Lisinopril. He said to take it and my hydrochlorothiazide and the Lisinopril as soon as I got home, (keep in mind the first was already in my system from having taken it earlier and he knew that), and then he says it shouldn't lower it alot, but either that or sleepin when I got home did, cuz it pretty much stayed around 125/85 and lately a lil lower, right now it's 129/83, then he says to take them both about right now... SO.... (sry for this being so long)... my question is, should I take it? or would this be too much meds?
Ken
05/12/07
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  First, I hope the physician treating you has already ruled out secondary causes of hypertension. The reason being is that you are very young, sounds like you are in shape, and I don't know your family history.
Some secondary causes are: renal artery stenosis, pheocytochroma, cushings, etc.
Now to answer your question, lisinopril is better known to stabilize blood pressure than cause hypotension (very low blood pressure). Think of it as a medication that controls it from going up by stopping something in your blood. It is likely OK to take both, but as always, monitor you blood pressure regularly and watch for signs of hypotension (low blood pressure).
Addendum: Hydrochlorothiazide (HCT) usually comes in 12.5, 25, & 50. My guess is that you are on 25. Lisinopril usually comes in 10, 20, 40, & 80. If you are on the max doses, obviously you are at greater risk of hypotension. If you ever have questions, it is always best to ask your primary or prescribing physician than random people on yahoo answers who have no idea of your history and med dosages.
Solo
05/12/07
Will Monopril (Blood Pressure Medication) Show in a drug screen?
Short background, I am enlisting into the military and wondering if this medication will show up on the blood test at MEPS? If I don’t use it, I am sitting at the DQ level of 140/90 and with it, I am well under. But needing meds for hypertension is DQ right away. Just want in!

Actual Drug taken is Fosinopril (off brand, cheaper on price)
Warn
04/03/09
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  Absolutely nothing you have ingested will show on any blood screening if that specific item is not being tested for!!
gazeygoo
04/03/09
Is a blood pressure medication like Lopressor,a BETA BLOCKER slow down the thryoid function?
Angel03
05/25/06
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  Lopressor

What is Lopressor?
Lopressor is a type of medication known as a beta blocker and is used in the treatment of high blood pressure, angina pectoris, and heart attack.

Are there any side effects associated with Lopressor?
Lopressor side effects may include depression, diarrhea, dizziness, itching, rash, shortness of breath, slow heartbeat, and tiredness. If the side effects continue or are bothersome, check with your doctor. Less common or rare Lopressor side effects may include blurred vision, cold hands and feet, confusion, congestive heart failure, constipation, difficult or labored breathing, dry eyes, dry mouth, gas, hair loss, headache, heart attack, heartburn, low blood pressure, muscle pain, nausea, nightmares, rapid heartbeat, ringing in the ears, short-term memory loss, stomach pain, swelling due to fluid retention, trouble sleeping, wheezing, and worsening of heart irregularities.

How is Lopressor taken?
Follow the directions for taking Lopressor provided by your doctor. Lopressor should be taken with food or immediately after you have eaten. Take Lopressor exactly as prescribed, even if your symptoms have disappeared. Try not to miss any doses. If this medication is not taken regularly, your condition may worsen. If you miss a dose and it is within 4 hours of your next dose, skip the one you missed and go back to your regular schedule. Do not take two doses at once.

Are there any effects of taking Lopressor with other medications?
Some medicines may interact with Lopressor. Inform your doctor of all prescription and over-the-counter medicine that you are taking. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Lopressor with certain high blood pressure drugs. Other medications that might interact with Lopressor include albuterol, amiodarone, barbiturates, calcium channel blockers, cimetidine, ciprofloxacin, clonidine, epinephrine, fluoxetine, hydralazine, insulin, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, oral diabetes drugs, paroxetine, prazosin, propafenone, quinidine, ranitidine, or rifampin.

How should I store Lopressor?
Store Lopressor at room temperature in a tightly closed container, away from heat and light.
jennifersuem
05/25/06
Is 205 mgs/day of Oxycodone too much for a male who does not have cancer nor ever had surgery-only joint pain?
Combined with Valium, Elavil, Neurontin, high blood pressure medicine (Tarka), Colace & previously taken anti-depressants such as Cymbalta and Wellbutrin--- wouldn't 205 mgs. of Oxycodone be considered "too much" for a 45 yr. old male who is only experiencing shoulder & knee joint pain? No cancer or surgery, just pain from joints (scheduled for, but not had joint replacement surgery). Wouldn't this amount of Oxycodone per day cause a fatal overdose?
jenada61958
06/08/07
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  Damn - who's your doctor - I need to go to him. Yes 205mg of perocet is a lot but the real problem is mixing it with the valium and other anti-depressant. I would be worried I would go into a drug coma and stop breathing. Be very careful with these mixes.
David B
06/08/07
Can morphine sulfate spike bloodpressure?
My husband started taking morphine sulfate two weeks ago because the doctor thought loratabs were not controling his back pain effectivley. After he takes the morphine,which works very well, he gets a headache after a few hours that feels like pressure at the top of his head, the same as if he forgot to take his blood pressure meds. Could the morp. be making his b.p. spike? He only takes 15mg once a day of the slow release type of morphine. Thanks for answering!
pam s
09/03/07
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  Morphine usuaaly drops your BP and this is one of the standard precautions to look out for.

Slow release Morphine hits it's peak at 2 hours and then goes from there so the Morphine maybe giving him the headache.

It's usually not contraindicated with high BP. Meaning that it shouldn't really be given to someone with a high BP. Because it drops the BP.

It could be that his blood presure is decreasing instead of increasing causing a headache from the increase of blood flow.

I would speak to the Doctor about it the next time you see him/her. Or if it's really hurting him ring and speak to the Doctor.

He is on a very low SR dose.

PAM S
Read the answer CORRECTLY. I said it WILL drop BP which is when the blood vessels open up to allow too much blood flow through. Including to the brain. THIS CAN CAUSE HEADACHES but the INCREAESED BLOOD FLOW. Not DECREAESED as in high BP.

I am a nurse. I didn't get my information from a nurse.
I do care!
09/03/07
What is wrong with the Garlic Pills?
Well I was looking down the isles of a shop when I saw some garlic pills

"Odor Free Garlic HERBAL Helps Lower Blood Pressure"

I saw it and thought it would be a good supplement for the elderly person in our family to help her with her blood-pressure so we purchased it and it was cheap only $1.00...

I had her taking it when one day she told me that it gave her the need to use the bathroom (Excretion)
Today she told me that it would hurt her stomach (She didn't take it today)
So what could it be about the Garlic Pills that would be upsetting her stomach

Should she continue using the Garlic Pills ?

The ingredients on the small bottle are :
Garlic, Alium sativum L.,(bulb) equivalent to 300 mg of fresh garlic **

Other Ingredients : Dicalcium Phosphate, celluose acetate phthalate, hydrolyzed protein, sugar, calcium sulfate, magnesium stearate, silicon dioxide, and artificial color (titanium dioxide).
♥"La Ilaha Illa"♥
06/20/10
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  Avoid anything with titanium dioxide and magnesium sterate in it. Even silicon dioxide looks linked to various illnesses. As for a sore stomach, taking large doses of garlic can cause an upset stomach, especially on an empty stomach.

Dangers of titanium dioxide:
http://www.gonando.com/titanium-dioxide.html

Poisoned by magnesium stearate:
http://www.articlesbase.com/wellness-articles/are-you-being-poisoned-the-danger-of-magnesium-stearate-and-stearic-acid-in-our-health-supplements-443927.html

Is silicon dioxide making you sick?:
http://www.opposingdigits.com/sics/

Garlic:
http://your-doctor.com/patient_info/alternative_remedies/herbals/garlic.html

As you get older, stomach acid lowers which results in poor absorption of nutrients which will lead to higher blood pressure. Digestive enzymes supplements are excellent to help with this. My mother had severely high blood pressure from taking nexium (acid blocker). After going off this drug and taking digestive enzyme supplements with every meal to improve digestion, absorb nutrients and increase stomach acid, blood pressure was (and still is) better than optimal in a few months! GERD and LPR vanished within a few weeks (after 5 years) and gastritis improved 80% in over 6 months....after 25 years of gastritis that's impressive!

There are other ways to lower blood pressure but truly digestive enzymes are amazing. You can purchase digestive enzyme supplements with and without betaine hydrochloric acid from health food stores. It may be a bit of trial and error to find the best suited.

Dangers of blood lowering medication and how to lower blood pressure naturally:
http://www.healthmyths.net/view_learning.php?learning_id=6

Understanding enzymes:
http://www.progressivehealth.com/digestive-enzymes.asp
http://www.juicing-for-health.com/enzymes.html
http://www.natural-indigestion-relief.com/acid-reflux-remedies-digestive-enzymes.html
ƦєdAиgєℓ
06/20/10
What is a mild reversible perfusion defect?
I am a 30 yr old white male. I am 5'11 and weigh 280lbs. I am very out of shape. I have been on blood pressure meds since I was 18 and underweight and in very good shape. I have been drinking alcohol since I was 15 and the last 10 yrs heavily. I am currently taking 100mg of Albuterol a day and the highest dosage of exforge with hct. Anyways, I had a nuclear stress test and 2d echo last Thursday. The echo was normal with a 65% EF, the ekg was normal, but the stress test showed an inferior wall mild reversible perfusion defect. Whatever that means...? Well the doc sent me home and made an appointment for me next Monday, the 3rd. Nurse said he wouldnt have sent me home if he was worried about it. What does an inferior wall mild reversible perfusion defect mean? Did I have a mild heart attack? Am I going to have a heart attack? My blood pressure has been really good since starting the exforge 130/70 but it also brought along swollen ankles and chest pressure.
I started it about 2 months ago. I also read that there could be a false/positive in those stress tests. I do have man boobs and the electrodes werent sticking really good in a few places. So.. Should I be worried or what? What should I do? Thanks for your time.
Kyle
04/28/10
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  A nuclear medicine stress test (which is the type of stress test that you seem to have had) is when the body is injected with a slightly radioactive tracer and the heart is scanned. The scan measures the amount of blood going to each part of the heart. Something is then done to speed up the heart (exercise or administering a medication that speeds up the heart) and the heart is re-scanned.

The resulting "rest" and "stress" images are then compared to see if there's any difference in the amount of blood getting to the various parts of the heart. If there's a section of the heart that does not get blood during either rest or stress, it means that part of the heart is dead and a diagnosis of a heart attack can be made (the test doesn't tell us if it was recent OR in the distant past however). This is what is referred to as a "fixed perfusion defect".

A "reversible perfusion defect" however is when a part of the heart gets enough blood when it's at rest but doesn't get enough blood when it's under stress. This usually suggests a partial blockage in one of the arteries of the heart.

A "mild inferior perfusion defect" means that the radiologist sees a mild (as opposed to "moderate" or "severe") perfusion defect on the lowermost ("inferior") portion of the heart. A finding like this can mean a mild blockage of an artery going to the lowermost portion of the heart. Alternatively, it could be a false reading caused by one of several things. Sometimes the diaphragm overlaps the bottom portion of the heart causing it to appear as if there's a mild inferior defect on the stress test. Other times, obesity or breasts (or perhaps man boobs) can do the same thing.

At this point the treating doctor has to look at all the other test results and then make a judgment call as to whether this finding is real or not. Depending on what else s/he sees, the judgment may be that this is definitely a false reading or it may be that this could be a real reading but not dangerous enough to require an operation or it may be that the doctor will simply keep an eye on it and see if it progresses.

For now I would relax and not worry much about it. On the 3rd you can ask your doctor what his/her thoughts on this finding are.

In the meantime, it seems like you should give some serious thought to lifestyle changes - in particular to slowly increasing the amount of exercise you do and to cutting way back on the amount of alcohol you take (alcohol has lots of calories in it so your heavy intake may be a big contributor to the obesity). Oftentimes hospitalizations/near scares like yours end up being the thing that finally motivates us to make the changes that we need to make in our lives!

Best of luck to you!
Doxycycline
04/28/10
28 Y/O With Cardiac, Pulmonary & Other Various Symptoms-Syncope, High Blood Pressure, Difficulty Breathing?
At the age of 17 I began to have palpatations and begain to have sporatic episodes of syncope and Atrial Fibrillation. I was hospitalized for AFIB and the following tests were conducted at that time: MRI, EKG's, Stress Echo, Echo, Cardiac Cath, CT Scan, various blood work all in which were normal. Holter monitors caught some PVC's. A tilt table was conducted and I was diagnosed with vasal vagal episodes. I was not put on any type of medications at that time. Over the years of have had minor difficulty breathing with the feeling of rapid heart beat, palpatations, dizziness, near snycopol episodes, extreme fatique, etc. I am now 28 and my symptoms have greatly increased over the last 2 years or so and in the last couple of month much much worse. I am unable to do anything with exursion without shortness of breath and the feeling of rapid heart rate, I have had a couple of syncopal episodes, severe headaches around the eyes radiating to the back of the neck, dizziness, very extreme fatique, frequent urination, anxiety, the feeling of a fever (no elevated temp), high blood pressure, feeling of palpatations, sweating to name a few. I have again undergone a stress echo, echo, ekg's, blood work, hospitalized overnight for a CT scan of abdomen, Chest x-ray to rule out a lung embolism, or pulmonary hypertension. An EPS study (cath) was conducted and was negative. Chest xray was negative and CT scan was negative other than a small nodule (1cm) on my adrenal gland.

I was released from the hospital with orders for an ultrasound of the coritid arteries and MRI of the abdomen all in which I am waiting for the scheduled date (unsure why this was not done in the hosp) I have also undergone additional blood work which was negative and a 24 hour catch to rule out Pheocromoytoma, these results are in however have yet to been read by the Endo specialist. On top of the symptoms I have mentioned above I have been having extreme dizziness (almost like vertigo) with the slightest movement. This does not come and go but is now constant, sometimes to the point I have waves of nausea.

I am on the following medications: Metroprolol 50mg 1 daily, Paxil 20mg 1 daily, Ambien 10mg for sleep as needed, Pravastatin Sodium 10mg 1 daily, Diazepam 5mg every 8 hours if needed, Fish oil.

My BP now seems to be mostly controlled with the beta-blocker however sometimes spikes for no reason and comes back down quickly. Prior to the medication the BP was running on average 170/90 and going up as much as 188/103.

My heart has checked out ok, blood ok, lungs ok..does anyone have similar symptoms or diagnoses? Any ideas on what this may be any why the symptoms are persisting? This is getting very overwhelming and stressfull and I need to get this resolved. Many Dr's do not seem to take this seriously because they look at my age of 28 and state someone of my age would not have any major problems.
Jason M
12/02/08
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  As I was reading your question Phenocromocytoma popped into my head, so I'm glad that you are seeing an endocrinologist. They will probably order more blood work when you see them. I hate it when they use age to say your not sick. Hang in there an I hope you get answers soon, take care, Donna
Donna B.
12/03/08
is it advisable to take losartan potassium as blood pressure maintenance drug?
coz my grandma is taking it everyday..
montedonna
06/19/09
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  yes it is.. my father, grandmother and uncle take it everyday as well.. it's a widely prescribed drug... I have a family history or hypertension so i know.. hehe.. you're grandma's gonna be fine..
kidphysicist
06/19/09
I started taking lotensin for my bp. I have been dizzy and light-headed for 2 days. what should I do?
my blood pressure is better but I feel really bad.
mime1lead
02/28/09
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high blood sugar in pregnancy?
I am about 6 or 7 weeks pregnant and as I live in Italy, I had a million blood tests done. When the results came back my blood sugar level showed 94 ml/dl, which my GP here said is very high. Which is strange, because before pregnancy, when my diet was not so sensible, my blood sugar was always very low.

I check labels and never eat anything with added fructose, sucrose etc and don't eat much fruit except bananas with my breakfast. I stopped drinking caffe latte with the breafast biscuits a few months back because I calculated the calorie and sugar content to be too high and I switched to Weetabix with milk, and since pregnancy, I've added a glass of orange juice with no added sugar to my breakfast, to help absorb the iron. Apart from indulging in chocolate cravings in the evenings a few weeks ago, around the time the blood was taken i'd eat a small KitKat or mini Twix), I've not consciously been eating any more sugar than that and my diet has been much healthier.

The blood was taken in the morning before breakfast and the night before i had eaten a couple of Ferrero Rocher chocolates, maybe 4 maximum. Would this account for the high blood sugar and should I be worried?

I'm not sure what to cut out of my diet, excpet maybe the orange juice, which I enjoy now (previously I never drank fruit juice much), and chocolate, obviously, but I have gone off sweet stuff now and crave savoury things.

Maybe I should add that on the last page of results they made a typing error and put that I was a man!!!! I think it is unlikely that they tested the wrong blood as on the other pages it had my correct name, address, DOB and said woman... also they were tests specifically for pregnancy. But then again, in a private clinic, you don't expect typing mistakes and I don't have 100% faith that they are my results.

Also, I should mention that I feel Italian doctors to be overly sealous sometimes and there is a fear of things like wind and rain (don't go outside if it is windy! don't go outside if it's raining, unless you have an umbrella!) and it seems to me that they treat pregnancy as a sickness, rather than just getting on with it (stay away from cats, they are very dangerous when youa re pregnant! (seriously, i was given this info, i know about toxoplasmosis but come on!) and don't do anything! stay in bed! don't exert yourself!). In England, I imagine i'd be told to just get on with my life, don't go on any rollercoasters or partake in bunjyjumping etc but enjoy the pregnancy.

Advice would be appreciated! Thank you
ballerinadoll
02/16/11
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  I would think you may be a little higher with a pregnancy, but 94 is not really high.
Normal Fasting Blood Sugar
A normal fasting blood sugar (which is also the blood sugar a normal person will see right before a meal) is:

83 mg/dl (4.6 mmol/L) or less.

Many normal people have fasting blood sugars in the mid and high 70 mg/dl (3.9 mmol/L) range.

Though most doctors will tell you any fasting blood sugar under 100 mg/dl (5.6 mmol/L) is "normal", there are several studies that suggest that testing with a fasting blood sugar in the mid 90 mg/dl (5 mmol/L) range often predicts diabetes that is diagnosed a decade later.
Post-Meal Blood Sugar (Postprandial)
Independent of what they eat, the blood sugar of a truly normal person is:

Under 120 mg/dl (6.6 mmol/L) one or two hours after a meal.

Most normal people are under 100 mg/dl (5.5 mmol/L) two hours after eating.

I would exercise daily and start a low glycemic index diet . This is great for the whole family also. No carb counting.
http://www.mendosa.com/gilists.htm

You and the baby take care

Tin
Tin S
02/16/11
Strange symptoms! Help?
What could a person have if they don't have Hypothyroidism, Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Leukemia, or Anemia and they still suffer form the following symptoms, at age 21? (And what if the person has already been diagnosed with Cystinuria, Bronchial Asthma,moderate dextro-scoliosis and a weakened immune system?)

* All their joints hurt moderately to severely
* Joints pop or snap audibly
* Neck stiffness for over 30 minutes in the morning
* Fast heart rate after moderate to strenuous exercise.
* High blood pressure
* Dizziness
* Panic attacks / social anxiety problems
* Depression
* TMJ
* Their spine feels like it burns

Any help would be appreciated!
Cricket
04/08/09
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  Sounds like a cluster of symptoms that may occur when using a typical antipsychotic.

Are you a schizophrenic?
skiskiskiau
04/08/09
What are the best natural cure for clogged heart arteries?
Also, can you give me some of the best vitamins for the heart. I've heard vitamin C is good for the arteries but alas, unproven claims interspersing about vitamin c otherwise.

Some of my arteries or capillaries are apparently blocked coz of symptoms e.g. shortness of breath, on and off chest pains i'm feelin lately.

I'd visited physicians but all of them scoof me that i'm too young to have heart diseases. They perform some tests e.g. physical check up, ekg, & 2d echo w/ doppler and all upshots went well.

All i need to know now for the mean time, before another sojourn to a different doc, is the exceptional BEST HOME and NATURAL cure and extraordinary essential tips to declog this onset blocking.

Lastly, having an examplar blood pressure, does that underscores good heart too? If you have an onset clogged arteries does that affect blood pressure performance?

Thanks. I need badly the planet's help!

Lionel, 30, Cebu, Philippines
Elyonics
05/12/07
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  Niacin can be used to increase your good cholesterol (HDL) and it is over the counter.

Extended release formulation (Niaspan®): 500 mg at bedtime for 4 weeks, then 1 g at bedtime for 4 weeks; adjust dose to response and tolerance; can increase to a maximum of 2 g/day, but only at 500 mg/day at 4-week intervals

You may experience flushing, sensation of heat, or headache; these reactions may be decreased by increasing dose slowly or by taking aspirin (consult prescriber) 30-60 minutes prior to taking niacin.
Harmony
05/12/07
batches of humalog can have different effects on blood sugar?
I get a new 3 month Humalog prescription and my blood sugar levels run high.
Max
01/11/10
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My mother is taking blood pressure pills. Sometimes she misses a day. Is this dangerous? What should I do?
she takes 50-25 mg Atenolol/chlorthalid (tenoretic) 1 per day in AM
joysaun
01/15/07
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  Missing one day dose of Tenoretic 50 is not a problem. However, hypertension medication is meant to be taken daily, so please make an effort to do so.

Do not double the dose to catch up!

Tomorrow just resume the normal routine of 1 per day in the AM.

Cheers!
tangy
01/15/07
How much do cooked onions affect your blood sugar?
I've read that onions have a significant amount of inulin in them. And I've read that inulin hydrolyzes into fructose at high heat. So does that mean that cooking onions makes them really high in fructose?
When I said "inulin", it was not a typo. Inulin is an indigestible soluble fiber that can break down into fructose. And onions do indeed have a high concentration of inulin, which may explain why onions get so much sweeter when they are cooked.
j7ravis
02/03/09
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  They don't.

They taste sweet, but their level of fructose / inulin is negligable in relation to their weight / amount we consume.

If you ate an awful lot of onions every day, it might have a tiny effect.

But you'd have to eat an awful lot lol.
celtic.piskie
02/03/09
Should he be taking all these meds
I have a friend who is on the following medication.In the morning he takes 27mg Concerta(1x/day)500mg of Robaxin(4x/day),100mg of Docusate (2x/day),20mg prilosec (1x/day) ,8mg Deconamine SR,81mg(2x/day) EC Asprin(1x/day),5mg Glucotrol(2x/day),150mg Wellbutrin (2x/day),250mg Keflex,20mg (4x/day for ten days he is on day 2)Sular,1000mg(1x/day),Metformin (1x/day). At night he takes He is being treated for Diabetes,Depression,High blood pressure and Sleep Apnea. At night he takes 25cc Lantus Insulin. 3mg Lunesta, and 25mg Seroquel should he be taking all these meds at these meds at the same time. Can someone answer this for me or point me in the direction to go and by the way these were all prescribed by Uncle Sam
Rodney
08/09/08
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  That looks like a lot of meds, but it's hard to tell with all the info up there. Also, I don't know what several of them are. Anytime you have a question about meds, the best thing to do is consult a pharmacist because they are the ones who work with them all day everyday. they know what each one does and what any possible side effects would be.

I would write down all of the info on a piece of paper and go to a pharmacist you trust. Sit down and have a conversation with him and see what his professional opinion is. I have yet to have a pharmacist steer me wrong, even when doctors have given me the wrong meds (not saying anything bad about docs, they just have too many other things going on.) Good Luck! =)
Chaos Theory
08/09/08
Before a Dentist Administers Citanest or Lidocaine?
do they have to take your blood pressure, or take a blood test?

And do they have to watch for your reaction there or should the dentist leave the room?

Also, if a patient has a bad reaction, or allergic reaction what EXACTLY should the dentist do, and who should they contact if it is serious? Should they try to give the patient anything or restrain them if it is a terrible reaction?
Born Valentine's Day
11/17/09
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  Yes, it is always recommended to record the Blood Pressure before administering any type of anesthetic.

Ideally, the dentist or the assistant should monitor for at least a few minutes after administring the anesthetic.

Most of the time the dentist stops any procedure that might have been started, place the chair down and monitors the vital signs (BP and heart rate) every 5/10 minutes.

Also, continuous verbal communication with the mpatient is a must to assess the responsiveness.

There is no need to give anything else or restrain the patient.

In extreme cases, where the BP stays elevated, call 911.
PenPress
11/19/09
I have gross hematuria with a high nitrate level. What can that mean?
I just went to the doc because I wasn't having pain, but I had quite a significant amount of blood in my urine. I have no pain, burning,.....Nothing! All I know is my dip stick test came out positive for gross hematuria and I have high nitrates. My doc is treating it as a UTI till I get the results from my renal ultrasound. Does anyone have a clue what can be happening to me?
hpygrl01
06/21/11
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  Abnormal nitrite values may be indicative of a urinary tract infection. Gross hematuria may be the result of a U.T.I. that went up to the kidneys. A kidney infection would cause painless gross hematuria. ("gross" meaning u can see it with your naked eye, ...as in u don't need a microscope) Renal ultrasound provides important information regarding kidney structure. They are making sure its not due to anything but an infection. Please try using a simple website like www.webmd.com
imagine
06/22/11
my liver test came back high 179, the doctor was concerned and sent for more blood tests are thesr tests unus?
are these liver tests unusually high at 179? my doctors concerned, and they've already ruled out coelliacs disease and other things.
David
05/17/10
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UTI Infection tetracycline? No insurance......?
Friday i started feeling pressure in the pelvic area with urge too pee. I started taking tetracyclines hydrochloride 500mg since they are anti bacterial agents 2 a day for the last 2 days.The pressure in my pelvic area has gone away but i still have the urge too pee.IM AWARE uti leads to kidney infection thus to blood thus to death.. i have no insurance and no money.. a checkup plus anti b wil cost around300 please help with any information.
Guillermo
04/23/10
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  You can easily check your minimal health care rates in internet, for example here - health-quotes.isgreat.org
Michael
04/23/10

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