Best blood pressure medicine?
I'm 45 and have stage 1 hypertension. Anyone out there on blood pressure med? I'm looking for the one with the least side effects, and generic if possible. Experiences?
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Originally Posted by WestTexasHusker
have your liver checked first...many high blood pressure meds are toxic to the liver
Metabolized by the liver is not the same thing as toxic. But you are correct, any good MD would check the liver and kidney function before prescribing a chronic medication.
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I would agree but
Originally Posted by jikastew
there are three types of toxicity, dose dependent, idiosyncratic and drug allergy
dose dependent example would be the over use of acetaminophin
idiosyncratic would be a gene a few folk have that that keeps the liver from metabolizing the drug causing a build up of the drug in the liver causing toxicity
drug allergy can cause the the liver to be affected by the immune system attacking the the drug with antibodies and immune cells ( white blood cells)
so we agree...get your liver checked
I've found that beer works best for my high blood pressure...though, it also can have some long term liver effects.
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lisinopril works wonders for me. always check with your doctor.
also take a full strength bayer aspirin daily
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A good dose of cardiac excercise (three or four times a week), on your off days try some light weights and consentrate on reps not the weight amount, a healthy low fat diet (try to eat 5-6 small meals a day), quit smoking if applicable, get rid of love handles if applicable, try practicing yoga or pilates, practice deeeep breathing (oxygen is king for self healing) and limit alcohol. If these measures don't provide relief........try standing up tall with your arms extended towards heaven, take a deep deep breathe, while exhaling, bend over from the waste till your head is in the proximity of your knees and kiss yourass goodbye
Seriously I brought my bp down to an acceptable level by doing the above. good luck and take care of your wonderful self
Leaving a very high stress job was the best medicine for me
What one person receives without working for, another person must work for
When they checked my pulse before my last doc appointment, it was 38
Agree with the exercise comments. My pulse is generally around 55 BPM, and at the last visit my doc was a bit worried that my BP was around 105/65. My cholesterol is a bit high but that is a different matter.
Also consider a few things about the circumstances under which it is measured:
- If you have a cup or two of coffee before having it taken, it can cause it to go up a fair amount. That is a temporary spike; it usually would go down after an hour or two.
- If you eat right before hand, it can cause similar spiking especially with certain foods or a very large meal
- After exercising, it will go up too.
You may want to have it taken a few different times a day a few days a week, to see if there are variations or a pattern if it does change significantly.
Many drug stores have a tester you can use for like $0.50 - $1.
You can get a small battery operated tester for very cheap and do it at home. We got one of these for my father-in-law, and tested it out before giving it to him. The results were pretty accurate but this type of device should supplement the doctor's "official" measurement.
What is your BP?
This. I used to be tachycardic (resting hear rate avg 104). I started exercising, and within 6 months of exercise and proper eating, I shed enough weight to have a resting rate of 58.
Originally Posted by utsker
Plus, avoid the HM Cafe. And attend regular scotch-tastings.
I only take blood pressure medication so I can keep on drinking and smoking.
I agree fully with the positive effect of diet and exercise. In addition, don't underestimate the value of some form of stress management training and/or relaxation training. Stress management is essentially adrenal management and this impacts BP, obviously.
If you must have an anti-hypertensive, (and after thorough bloodwork), the ACE Inhibitors (lisinopril, altace, captopril, etc.) are probably the most popular drugs of choice. In addition to not having significant adverse affects, they are also the least sexually toxic of the anti-hypertensives. The Calcium Channel Blockers are also not to bad in this regard, but beware of the thiazides, diuretics, CNS agents, beta blockers, and vasodilators as they all will have an ED effect.
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