tisdag 10 november 2009

High Blood Pressure Medications And The Side Effects

By Chrisitan Goodman

Stroke! Heart Attack! Huh? This is what I caught while only kind of paying attention to an commercial the other night. I hit rewind to see what they were talking about. You guessed it. Potential side effects of hypertension drugs.

I regularly receive emails from people who are also desperate to avoid these side effects and others due to the medication.

I am very familiar with the host of problems various drugs can bring. However, I never tire of researching it just the same. I am amazed all over again when reviewing the side effects of the various drugs people have mentioned.

Remember, that high blood pressure is elevated blood pressure usually above--0 over 90 or so.

This is a problem as it can create weakened arteries, heart disease and stroke as well as create problems for other organs.

High blood pressure can also lead to insomnia, erectile dysfunction and sight loss. Since the symptoms can be very subtle or even non existent, it has earned the name "silent killer."

Some symptoms though are noticable by people. Blurred vision, headaches, sweating and nausea are hard to ignore. You need to actually measure your blood pressure to be sure hypertension is present.

Remember that one single reading is not a good indicator. It needs to be checked regularly.

If you are prescribed high blood pressure medication, you should be aware of possible effects. Four key types of hypertension drugs are: Diuretics, Calcium Channel Blockers, Beta Blockers and ACE Inhibitors.

The ACE Innhibitors (angiotensin-converting enzyme) relax blood vessels by blocking angiotensin II production. This is a hormone responsible for narrowed blood vessels. Some commonly prescribed are: benazepril, captopril, enalapril, lisinopril, quinapril and ramipril.

Increased potassium levels, lingering cough, headache, dizziness, nausea, joint pain, weakness, chest pain, fever and in rare cases, kidney disease are possible side effects of ACE Inhibitors.

Some Beta Blockers are acebutolol (Sectral), atenolol (Tenormin), carvedilol (Coreg), metoprolol (Lopressor, Toprol XL), nadolol (Corgard) and penbutolol (Levatol). Nerve signals to the heart are reduced, which slows the heart beat. That in turn lowers the blood pressure.

Dizziness, impotence, memory loss and fatigue can occur with beta blockers.

Calcium Channel Blockers block calcium from entering heart and blood vessel muscle cells which prevents the blood vessels from constricting and lowers blood pressure. Some of the beta blockers are amlodipine (Norvasc), diltiazem (Cardizem, Dilacor XR) felodipine (Plendil), nifedipine (Adalat, Procardia), and verapamil (Calan, Covera, Isoptin, Verelan).

Side effects include: nausea, heartburn, shortness of breath, trouble swallowing, dizziness, sexual dysfunction, and in some cases, stroke and heart attack. Hey! I thought they were supposed to help prevent stroke and heart attacks!

Diuretics flush the body of fluid and sodium. Some diuretics are chlorthalidone (Thalitone), furosemide (Lasix), and indapamide (Lozol).

Side effects include: electrolyte imbalances, impotence, breast enlargement in men (gynecomastia), increased blood sugar and blurred eye sight.

If you want to get off hypertension drugs, I recommend doing it gradually.

My all natural High Blood Pressure Program works to eliminate the need for the drugs. You're doctor may be hesitant, but most traditional doctors are. You're proof will be in the numbers.

Introduct the program but continue to take your medication. Continue to monitor your blood pressure. As it begins to lower, see your doctor and discuss lowering your medicine. Eventually you can do this until the drugs are no longer needed.

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