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  • High Blood Pressure [hide all summaries]
    A study of nutritional therapy showed that over one-third of people who previously needed drug treatment for high blood pressure were able to adequately control their blood pressure with nutritional therapy alone.Several factors should be taken into account when considering whether your high blood pressure should be treated. One is the benefits of the treatment for your blood pressure, which vary significantly depending on how high it is, your age, and whether you have other risk factors such as high cholesterol or are a smoker or a diabetic, and whether you have had a heart attack, heart failure, a stroke, or have kidney damage. The other consideration is the risks or the adverse effects of the treatment, which will vary depending on what is being considered.

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  • Dangers of Post-Surgery Delay in Resuming Blood Pressure Drugs [hide all summaries]
    (January 2016)
    Patients taking drugs to treat high blood pressure often are directed to stop their medication at least 24 hours before surgery. Learn why restarting these medications as soon as possible after surgery could save your life.
  • Further Evidence Confirms Danger Of Blood Pressure Drugs Used Together [hide all summaries]
    (April 2015)
    Patients should never take more than one of the following drugs used to treat high blood pressure at the same time: an angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor, an angiotensin II receptor blocker (ARB), and aliskiren. Learn why doing so could have serious, even fatal consequences.
  • New Blood Pressure Treatment Guidelines Released [hide all summaries]
    (September 2014)
    In December 2013, new guidelines for treatment of high blood pressure were issued by a group of experts appointed by the National Institutes of Health. The guidelines stirred much controversy in the medical community. Get the Public Citizen Health Research Group’s independent take on these new guidelines.
  • Hypertension Drugs Plus NSAIDs May Injure Kidneys [hide all summaries]
    (April 2013)
    Recent evidence points to increased acute kidney injury associated with combining nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) with two antihypertensive drugs: a diuretic plus either an angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor or an angiotensin II receptor blocker (ARB). Find out the names of these drugs. This is especially important for patients with hypertension, diabetes, congestive heart failure or chronic kidney disease, because such patients are routinely treated with diuretics, ACE inhibitors and ARBs.
  • Do Not Use These Blood Pressure Drugs in Combination [hide all summaries]
    (December 2012)
    It is dangerous to take any of the 18 popular blood pressure drugs of one type (ACE inhibitors) in combination with any of the 14 blood pressure drugs of another type (ARBs). It also is dangerous to take a drug in either of these classes in combination with a newer high blood pressure drug, aliskiren (TEKTURNA). Find out why.
  • Do Not Use Azilsartan (EDARBI) for High Blood Pressure [hide all summaries]
    (July 2012)
    Find out why we recommend that you do not use the recently approved high blood pressure drug azilsartan.
  • Some Anti-Hypertensive Drugs Increase the Risk of Gout [hide all summaries]
    (May 2012)
    The article lists many drugs that treat high blood pressure but can also increase the risk of gout. If you have gout, ask your doctor whether your dose of any of these drugs could be reduced or whether you should switch to a medication with a lower gout risk. However, hypertension control is of utmost importance.
  • Lithium Toxicity Due to Drug Interactions [hide all summaries]
    (January 2010)
    This article lists a large number of drugs, used to treat high blood pressure and other carediovascular disease, that can interact harmfully with lithium (ESKALITH; LITHOBID; LITHONATE;generic lithium carbonate), drugs used to treat bipolar (manic/depressive) disorder. This may result in a dangerous condition known as lithium toxicity because these drugs stop the body from getting rid of lithium and lithium blood levels are increased; in severe cases, this can cause seizures, coma and even death. The article also lists other symptoms of lithium toxicity.
  • Medications and the Perils of Too Little Sodium in the Blood [hide all summaries]
    (July 2008)
    Low levels of sodium in the blood are one of the most common laboratory abnormalities and the consequences range from mild and non-specific to life-threatening. The article discusses the symptoms of low blood sodium and lists 53 prescription drugs that can cause it. We urge that both patients and health professionals be alert for symptoms that may signal the onset of hyponatremia if the patient is predisposed to this disorder as a result of their drug therapy or diseases.
  • FDA Public Health Advisory: Birth Defects with High Blood Pressure-Lowering Drugs Containing Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme (ACE) Inhibitors [hide all summaries]
    (August 2006)
    Because of the risk of birth defects, you should contact your physician immediately if you are pregnant and are taking either an ACE or ARB inhibitor at any stage in pregnancy. DO NOT discontinue a blood pressure-lowering drug without first consulting the prescriber.

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