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If i take minoxidil *orally (tablets) for my high blood pressure, will it also help me regrow my thinning hair
bald spots?......If it does it would be like solving *both my problems, right? or wrong? (like killing 2 birds with one stone)....that way i can save money by not buying topical minoxidil or rogaine....**Only answer if you are a health expert.
BTW- i am a 51 year old man with high blood pressure, and my hair is thinning, i have male pattern baldness.
yelnatssac
08/25/07
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  Yes I think it would. might depend on the dosage.
Stephanie
08/25/07
If I switch my blood pressure medicine from cardizem to altace or a different blood pressure medicine?
will my blood pressure go up until the new blood pressure medicine starts to work

or will the New Blood Pressure medicine pick up where the other blood pressure medicine left off
Sam
03/08/11
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  It depends. The prescriber may start the new medication at a low dose to see how you tolerate it. If your blood pressure does not respond appropriately it may then be increased.
N
03/09/11
18 and VERY severe hypertension
i suffer from very severe secondary hypertension, the cause of my high blood pressure is FMD (fibromuscular dysplasia) which is a disease in my renal arteries, My blood pressure is usually around 180/140 and has known to be 230/140 but usually sticks around the 180/140 mark with medication, te meds i am prescribed are amlodipine,aspirin,bisporolol,Bendroflumethiazide,candesartan,labetalol,methyldopa and ramipril. I know that optimun blood pressure is 120/80. My question is does anybody have any ideas how to control my bp (i eat healthily, am not overweight) and also, the risks of my blood pressure being so high
The meds i am prescribed;
aspirin
amlodipine
bisporolol
Bendroflumethiazide
candesartan
labetalol
methyldopa
ramipril
thank you everyone who has answered, my renal arteries have been stented but the damage is already done, my left kidney is now 4cm and my right 8cm. the stenting doesnt appear to have done much good. I also have tahcycardia, my pulse is usually around 190 to 230 bpm
Joanne Q
08/02/08
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  Unfortunately, this type of hypertension is going to be hard to treat. My mother has secondary hypertension and has had it for years to no avail. Her cocktail was hydrazaline 3 x a day, and tenormin 50 mg. Had also taken Lisinopril, Cardizem etc. I hope you can find a good combination that will lower your pressure. My mom finally ended up end stage renal failure and had to go on dialysis. Adside from the prescribed drugs, you can do other things to help lower the pressure like exercise, lowering or avoiding high saturated and trans fats. Keeping your blood vessels healthy is the key because it is the pressure that destroys them and causes the fats to get clog as the blood vessels narrow or weaken. Cook with olive oil, and eat plenty of fish (Omega 3). I am sorry to hear of you kidney disease. It runs rampant in our family because of hypertension.
Daisymae
08/02/08
How to help allergies when you have high blood pressure?
I know there are tons of allergy medications, however, my mom has high blood pressure so she is restricted to most medications for allergies. Any suggestions?
linbell20
05/07/07
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  Patients with high blood pressure still have options with allergy meds, it's the decongestant part of medications that she shouldn't take but antihistamines are fine. Brand names differ from country to country but as long as she asks the pharmacist for a straight antihistamine (either sedating or a newer non-drowsy one will be fine) then she can get relief. Sedating ones will make her tired but are great for drying up running noses and itchy skin whereas the newer non-drowsy ones work directly on the histamines being released from the body because of whatever she's allergic to. These will help with sneezing, running nose, watery eyes etc. A Pharmacist is a great person to talk to about this as they understand about the blood pressure issue and can go through options with her. Hope this helps!
Gabrielle
05/07/07
Can I take Claritin with my high blood pressure medicne ? I take Aldomet 250 MG?
Can I take Claritin with my high blood pressure medicne ? I take Aldomet 250 MG one a day / due to pregnancy induced hyper tentsion / no longer pregnant though ......
remigirlrottweiler
04/07/08
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  I had a heart transplant 13 years ago. I take 14 different medications at this time and that number can change at any time. I always double check what any doctor prescribes with my pharmacist. The pharmacist should be your best source for interactions of medications.
Richard D
04/08/08
Question about blood pressure medicine?
i am taking micardis hct for high blood pressure (40 mg). I took one pill about an hour ago, but can't remember if I had taken one earlier and now i'm wondering about the effects of taking 2 in one day.
KATHY
07/19/09
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  How in the world can someone give advice like that, generically saying that blood pressure meds are safe to 100mg? That's crazy.

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

Overall, I imagine you'll be okay. But, it's far easier if you take the pill at a set time every day, maybe even write it down when you take it so that you don't have to worry any more.
kenth
07/19/09
sexual dysfunction- meds or some other cause?
i am on several medications: metformin and glimepiride, for diabetes, lipitor-high cholestrol and accupril for high blood pressure. i have a feeling of pressure that makes me feel as though i need to have a bowel movement or pass gas, neither of these things happens or if they do i still feel no relief from the pressure. i have been unable to achieve an orgasm, alone or with my partner. i feel as though my head is ' in the clouds', most of the time and i have the spots, similar to those after you get a flash photo taken......any ideas what could cause these things? are they related? i stopped taking the blood pressure med and the spots are not as bad but i still don't feel 100%.....opinions, experiences and ideas appreciated, thank you. the sexual dysfunction part has been very gradual until the last few days and i am completely without sensation in thar area,now.
Hannah's Mom
08/28/07
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  I can't speak to those specific medications, and frankly, I'm male, so there may be another level of disconnect in answering your question.

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

You really need to talk with your Dr. (or maybe another Dr.) about the side effects of these medications, and possibly some alternatives.
ButtonGear
08/28/07
How can one lower their blood pressure naturally without prescription drugs?
My dad has high blood pressure and was prescribed some medication to lower it. He has to keep taking it for as long as his doctor tells him it's ok to stop but his medication (Tarka) is pretty expensive and sometimes he can't afford it so he just stops taking it. I worry that something might happen to him when he does this. Does anyone know where I can find Tarka for less (he currently pays $72 for a 30 day supply of Tarka 2/240mg) or do you know of a natural way to lower blood pressure?
newmommie
09/26/07
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  Holy buckets, he should not start and stop. Exercise will lower blood pressure, but not all are able to exercise effectively. Write this number down. 1-877-321-6755 or go to freedrugcard.us. Get a free prescription card. It doesn't pay the whole bill, but it sure will help.
.
09/26/07
Switched from procardia xl to the generic for toprol xl. When will I see a difference in my blood pressure?
The procardia xl wasnt really lowering my blood pressure. Plus I had a high pulse.
pook
10/22/10
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  It should work in a day or two.
ckm1956
10/22/10
high blood pressure and pregnancy?
hiya, im 19 and i have pre existing hypertension. I am currently on the following meds;
aspirin
amlodipine
bendroflumethiazide
ramipril
methyldopa
bisoprolol
candesartan
labetalol
My blood pressure is still not controlled very well usually around 180/120. I also have blood and protein in my urine, and have spent roughly 5 months in hospital in the last year. I have just found out i am pregnant, how will my medical history affect my pregnancy?
Joanne Q
11/16/08
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  You need to contact the Dr who is treating your severe hypertension and let him know because those medications can negatively effect the fetus. They will probably need to admit you. Do they think that you might have a phenocomocytoma? It is a tumour of your adrenal gland that causes severe refractory hypertension. The pregnancy puts you at a higher risk of stroke so I suggest you start making phone calls today
Donna B.
11/19/08
Dyazide blood pressure Question?
Was just put on this because i have slight high blood pressure and my ENT wants to see if it helps if I have meneiers disease...question is..how long does it usually take before it starts to work lowering your BP? Its only been 4 days, including today...I think its a 25mg pill
ryanjames640
09/25/09
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  It can actually take 2-3 weeks to feel the FULL effects. One thing you will notice almost immediately is urinating more often. Dyazide is a combination drug, in that, it is also a diuretic and causes the body to rid itself of excess fluid without loss of potassium, thus gradually lowering and maintaining the blood pressure.
Desi
09/25/09
I suffer from High blood pressure and high cholesterol what would be a good and safe workout?
I suffer from High blood pressure and high cholesterol what would be a good and safe workout in regards to weight machines and cardio machines. What should i push my heart rate too if my resting heart rate is 89 bpm. What percentage of my max should i lift?
leon00762
11/23/07
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  Sorry you cannot do weight lifting, but you can do walking, even brisk, avoid fat, sugar, stimulants. and be stress free.
Dr.Qutub
11/26/07
Anyone experiencing a drop in libido/sex drive while taking Micardis HCT 40mg for blood pressure?
I am 35 years old man with a slightly high blood pressure of 134/89 so the doctor put me on Micardis HCT 40mg. The blood pressure dropped to 123./77. But ever since i been taking this med, i have been experiencing a lesser desire to have sex and when i do, my erections are not like before. This is making me very frustrated, because i used to have a very high sex drive and libido prior to taking this.

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

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

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

Would taking Viagra in addition to this help?
Mard
03/22/11
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  Erectile dysfunction doesn't have to be a part of getting older. It's true that as you get older, you may need more stimulation (such as stroking and touching) to get an erection. You might also need more time between erections. But older men should still be able to get an erection and enjoy sex.

This could be caused by

* Diabetes (high blood sugar)
* Hypertension (high blood pressure)
* Atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries)
* Stress, anxiety or depression
* Alcohol and tobacco use
* Some prescription medications, such as antidepressants, pain medicine and medicine for high blood pressure. if this ongoing problem then this would required a treatment: please check this article for more information:

http://www.squidoo.com/sexual-performance
Alpha Marrie
03/22/11
I take Lisinopril for high blood pressure and Ibuprofen for arthritis. Is this safe?
My doctor just prescribed Lisinopril for high blood pressure, and I take Ibuprofen at night (usually) for arthritis pain. When should I take Lisinopril?
dawnielynn52
06/15/10
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  You should talk to the doctor about mixing ibuprofen and Lisinopril, it seems that a lot of drugs (and even salt substitutes) can affect this medication, so be sire to get all the info from your doctor before you mix anything with it.
Robert W
06/15/10
Why and what is maleate in medicine?
I use Enalapril for high blood pressure. My mom uses Enalapril Maleate for high blood pressure. What is the Maleate for? I tried to look it up, but only found that it is in a lot of medicines, but not what the function of the maleate is...
snowlin
05/19/10
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  enalapril maleate. 5 mg tablet. What is in this leaflet. This leaflet ... Your baby may absorb this medicine in the womb or from breast milk and therefore there is
http://blood-pressure.emedtv.com/enalapril/enalapril-maleate.html
Mary Boo
05/19/10
What are the bad effects from taking carvedilol 3/125 mg, twice a day?
My blood pressure was very high today when I saw the heart doctor, he put in two stents. I was very nervous and when I talked with the nurse the pressure came down.
Diane R
11/19/10
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High blood pressure and Insomnia... Any sleeping medications that can mix with HB meds?
My father is on a cocktail of high blood pressure medications (Norvasc, Lisinopril, Terazosin, Triamterene, Probenecid, Atenolol, Amiodrarone and Coumadin) but also has, for years, had trouble sleeping through the night. In fact, he tends to only get about two to three hours of sleep.

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

Thanks for the help!
sonia_am_78
12/24/06
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  Here's the best, most natural and least harmful way to induce sleep that really works.

I don't think your father needs more medications, they won't be an effective and permanent cure anyway. What prevents us from sleeping is an overactive mind which we cannot switch off. Anyone can quickly learn meditation and mind calming and stilling techniques as taught by a yoga teacher. The best yoga for this is Siddha Yoga as taught by it's founder Swami Muktananda, a wonderful, inspired, and greatly respected yoga teacher. Siddha Yoga meditation centers are all over the world and you can find out more online and get some of the many books written by Muktananda that deal with this very subject. I quickly learned the technique in one attendance at a yoga session and the result was immediate, restful relaxing sleep. I urge you to try this natural and really beneficial solution. You will be glad you did. If you email me(see my profile) I can give you titles of publications by Swami Muktananda and more info about Siddha Yoga and about meditation centers near you. Incidentally, this yoga is one of the best methods of alleviating BP- it calms one down and relieves any stress.
Mukunda M
12/24/06
Currently taking blood pressure meds....Is it dangerous to mix Viagara with these?
Diltiazem XT (Cartia XT) 300 MG for blood pressure
Lipitor 5 MG for lipids
Cozaar 100 MG for blood pressure
[email protected]
12/23/06
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  I assume a doctor gave you your blood pressure meds. Why don't you ask them?
Donna M
12/23/06
can my boss legally fire me for taking lisinopril - a blood pressure medication?
I have been perscribed lisinopril for high blood pressure, and it is only 10 mg tablets and on the container it says that it may cause dizziness and not to drive a car or operate machinery until you become familiar with its effects. I work a job that involves operating machinery.
Kathy K
12/15/07
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  Tracy M and JB are both correct, you cannot legally be fired for being on anti-hypertensives. In most people, side effects are usually not long lasting and dissipate after a few days after the medication has started to take effect on the body.
TMD
12/16/07
Lower than normal blood pressure while on medication?
A couple of years ago I was diagnosed with high blood pressure, and put on Zestoretic, which brought it nicely down to usually in the 110-120 / 70-80 range. I've lost about 28 lbs since then.

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

Should I alert my doctor if I get more readings like this, so he can adjust the medication? Or are readings like that perfectly OK?
Uncle Pennybags
12/21/06
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  congrats on the weightloss!
if you are still on the same dosage of meds (that you were when you weighed more) you will need to tell the doctor...he may need to reduce the dosage due to the weight loss..
~*common sense*~
12/23/06
can i take a diet pill on inderal la (blood pressure medicine)?
im on bp medicine inderal la its for high blood pressure i know it will increase my bp but can i take one to help me feel full ? which one is good?
Emily M
12/09/06
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  If you're looking for a diet pill to get skinny, then you're kinda wrong. Diet pills don't work. They're just a scam. If you want to feel full, then drink a full glass of water before every meal, and it will help you to not eat so much.
Linguini
12/09/06
my blood pressure reading is usually 180/140,dropped to 50/20.the doctors dont know why it dropped any ideas?
i am 18 i have suffered with hypertension for over a year, and spent 5 months in hospital last year, doctors believe it is to do with my renal arteries due to the fact that i always have blood and protein in my urine.i was admitted to hospital 2 weeks ago with a pulse rate of 240 bpm (i have been tachycardic for a long time never usually this bad) and blood pressure of 200/140 (on average my blood pressure is about 180/140) whilst i was in hospital my blood pressure dropped to 50/20 and stayed around there, it has now gone back up to being around my average 180/140. The doctors have 1)no idea why my bp is so high to begin with and 2)why it dropped so low. They have tested for all the usual suspects..renal artery stenosis etc, also my oxygen SATS are around 88% on average yet blood gases test come back normal.i am currently prescribed amlodipine,aspirin,bisporolol,Bendroflumethiazide,candesartan,labetalol,methyldopa and ramipril to try and control my blood pressure,to no avail.any ideas
medications i take;
amlodipine
aspirin
bisoprolol
bendroflumethiazide
candesartan
labetalol
methyldopa
ramipril
Joanne Q
07/29/08
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  Getting adjusted by a chiropractor using a specific technique called NUCCA has been proven to lower blood pressure. You should consider looking into this.

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/553751

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

Good luck!
Abby C
07/29/08
Does bradycardia affect the maximum heart rate?
I'm a 38 year old male and about 4 years ago my normal heart rate was around 62 bpm, and my treadmill stress test yielded 178 max bpm. I wasn't particularly fit at the the time and had (still have) high blood pressure.

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

Could this be the result of taking the high blood pressure medication, or spontaneous bradycardia?
My Religion is Bigger than Yours
08/27/08
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  1. I can't say whether you are experiencing spontaneous bradycardia or not, however Mavik treats hypertension by dilating the blood vessels. Pressure is changed by either controlling the volume or space in the blood vessels. This "increased space" reduces the amount of work (after load) the heart has to work against. This then can reduce the amount of beats it takes for the heart to move the blood through your system. (It has less resistance.) This would also be true while you are exercising = lower max HR. 2. The 20 mi/wk also strengthens your heart muscle allowing it to be more effective when it beats. It does not need to beat as often to move the same volume. Hope this explains how things work inside. If you are concerned about your heart rate your doctor is your best reference.

Good luck!
Sarah
08/27/08
What are the side effects of RANBAXY Lestric (Lovastatin Tablets USP 20mg)?
As the question above, what are the possible side effects? My friend is suffering from high blood pressure and he has been taking this tablet for three years. He has no known allergy but lately he has stiff muscle. So far his blood pressure is ok. What could be the problem, was it some side effect? Thank you.
john
08/30/08
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  Muscle pain is a side effect noted with most statins - the side effect profile for lovastatin can be viewed at any website that has approved product information. eg http://www.medicinenet.com/lovastatin/article.htm

It is recommended that you friend see their Doctor who prescribed the product - even if just to be cautious
Aussiemay
08/30/08
How long can it take for my Blood Pressue Meds to work?
I'm panicking, like usual. Last friday my doctor put me on exforge for high blood pressure, my BP was 154/110. Well its still running high it was 145/97 last night. How long does it take to work. I'm worrying myself sick that I'm going to have a heart attack or stroke and die.
lacarter1963
02/12/09
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  It may be a good idea to take your blood pressure several times throughout the day for several days (at the same times each day) and then contact your doctor with the results. He may want to adjust your dosage, add another agent, or change the medication altogether.
mburke17
02/12/09
What is the drug "Lovaza" used for?
Is it for high cholesterol and high blood pressure? I know someone that has both but doesnt want to take this without any knowledge. When I researched it just mainly referred to "triglycerides." What is that? I know that it is fat consumed right? please help, tell me anything i need to know.

Thank you so much!
baby kakes
07/10/10
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  Lovaza is used for treating patients who have very high triglyceride levels, the 'bad' cholesterol. It's not used to correct blood pressure though. Medicinenet.com has a good page on triglycerides, and how to endeavor to keep them in check. Consuming non-saturated fats is helpful, and avoiding saturated fats, and especially trans-fats is a good idea to decrease bad cholesterol and increase good.
Robert W
07/12/10
i have high blood pressure 140 over 98 is Norvasc a good medication to take to treat high bp?
and does bp pills really make you worse and destroy your liver?
wwefanhere
01/07/11
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  http://myhealthbuystore.com
icu
01/08/11
should cozaar and midodrine be taken together?
If someone has high blood pressure should they take cozaar and midodrine together? Note that blood pressure is at 173/85 laying down; 157/88 sitting; and 96/68 standing?
rmazmortgage
09/18/08
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  You really should ask a Pharmacist to be absolutely sure.
Bellvusnob
09/18/08
Have any diabetics out there WITHOUT high blood pressure been put on Cozaar to prevent kidney problems?
I have once again been told by a doctor that as a diabetic I should be taking a hypertension medication for my kidneys. In the past, the medication made my blood pressure so low I swooned! I tried lower doses but still couldn't function so I stopped using it. Now about 10 years later, I am spilling a tiny bit of proteins in my urine, so I was sent to a kidney doctor. He wants me to start taking Cozaar to help with my kidneys. I still have a normal blood pressure so I am scared to try this again. I now have neuropathy in my feet and have balance issues. If my BP get low and makes me dizzy, I am afraid of falling and really hurting myself. Anyone who can give me some feedback would really be helping out. Thanks!
groovyfranni
06/12/07
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  Ask for a different ARB or ACE medication until you find one you like. I had to try a few different types before finding one I liked. I take Atacand which for me has no side effects. Atacand also protects your kidneys like Cozaar does. I haven't experienced dizziness on Atacand like I have on some other blood pressure meds, but just to be safe, you should always get up slowly if you've been sitting for a long time or after sleeping.
Rockford
06/12/07
Can Diet Coke raise blood pressure and how do you flush it out?
I had about 100 ounces of diet coke today (2 big gulps) and my blood pressure is high 149/102 and I can feel it. How do I flush it out? I've drank 1 64 ounce big gulp every day and it never bothered me. I'm also taking Avelox and Hycodan for bronchitis, perhaps this is part of the problem? Thanks for your help!
Kitty
02/22/09
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  The drugs and your illness are probably more at fault than your soda. Although your soda intake IS a tad on the high side. Even diet soda can be bad for you, and it still does contain sodium -- a direct contributor to high blood pressure.

I'd lay off till you're completely well.
Brutally Honest
02/22/09

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