Blood Pressure Medication: What You Need To Know

Blood Pressure Medication May Have Significant Side Effects

There is certainly an abundance of prescription blood pressure medication on the market. For many of us, blood pressure medication is an important part of treating blood pressure and maintaining cardiovascular health. Unfortunately, no medication cones free of side effects. If you’re taking blood pressure medication or thinking of doing so in the future, there are some things you’ll want to know about.

Not All Blood Pressure Medication Is Created Equal

Blood pressure medications can have a wide variety of side effects. In order to understand the side effects of blood pressure medicines, it’s helpful to know about the various types of blood pressure medications available.

Medicines used to treat high blood pressure fall under eight different categories including diuretics, calcium channel blockers, beta-blockers, angiotensin II receptor blockers, angiotensin-converting enzyme (or ACE) inhibitors, alpha-blockers, centrally acting drugs, and direct vasodilators. Many individuals are prescribed more than one type of blood pressure medication so the medications can work together to provide optimal results.

The Bad News

The bad news is that many people who take blood pressure medication will experience side effects – although they may not be at all severe and they may only be temporary. Side effects of high blood pressure medicine will vary based on the individual, but they can include dizziness, headache, weakness, drowsiness, cough, skin rash, diarrhea, and/or weight loss.

If you are taking a blood pressure medication and you experience any side effects, you need to let your doctor know. It is also very important to read the pamphlet that comes with your blood pressure medication. Familiarize yourself with any side effects of the particular medication that you are taking and make note of any special precautions. You should retain that informational pamphlet so you can refer to it quickly in the event that you experience any side effects or unpleasant symptoms.

Before taking a prescription blood pressure medication, alert your doctor to any over-the-counter supplements that you take. Over-the-counter blood pressure medications, even all-natural ones, can have an impact on the effectiveness of your prescription medication, so your doctor should definitely know about any supplements you might be taking.

The Good News

The good news is that high blood pressure can be treated successfully, although it might take some trial and error before you and your physician find the solution that’s best for you. Because blood pressure medication does have side effects, you should probably try to find a natural solution to your high blood pressure prior to taking a prescription medication. However, if natural methods fail, high blood pressure medication can literally save your life -- so the side effects may be worth it.

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