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High blood pressure drugs are necessary for some who have high blood pressure at a moderate to severe level. Doctors prescribe these medications because they are quite helpful at reducing high blood pressure, in many patients.
Yet, as a patient, you need to stay informed about your options and about your overall health. Ask questions and find out if you need the medications. Doctors may tell you that you can lower your blood pressure medications if you accomplish other goals, such as losing weight or improving your diet.
One of the first things you should do is to know your medication options. It is not a recommendation that you tell your doctor you do not want to take a medication because you have heard bad things about it.
Rather, work with your doctor to identify the types of HBP medications most likely to provide you with improvement. There is often a reason why one medication is better than another is.
Medications often used includes some that reduces edema within your body, others open up your blood vessels to facilitate your blood flow, while some causes the muscles in the artery walls to relax and therefore to dilate better.
Know your high blood pressure related health risks and see what healthy changes you can incorporate into your daily lifestyle.
High blood pressure medications can cause complications, including some very serious side effects. The most common risk factor is taking too many of them, which can lead to an inefficient ability of the heart and cardiovascular system to get oxygen rich blood to the body.
In addition, some do have unwanted side effects. Also, some may need to be increased over time because your body adjusts to them and they fail to work as they once did.
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Keep in mind that everyone's body reacts differently to medications. What works for one person may not work for you.
so, the recommendation your doctor makes about these medications often
has a basis on any known causes for high blood pressure and any risk factors you have.
Taking medications might not be a lifelong requirement. By making changes to your lifestyle and improving your overall health, you may be able to wean off medications and eventually stop taking them.
Nevertheless, you should never stop taking medications without your doctors' approval.