High blood pressure medication side effects
High blood pressure medications are often the first thing that a doctor will prescribe when high blood pressure is detected. This leads to millions of people taking them everyday.
This has resulted in soaring profits for the pharmaceutical industry. But what about the people taking these drugs?
Unfortunately high blood pressure medications do not cure high blood pressure but merely regulate it. Which means you have to take them everyday for the rest of your life – or your blood pressure will climb back up to dangerous levels.
Another negative aspect of blood pressure medications is bad side effects.
Overview of high blood pressure medication side effects
Below is a list of common high blood pressure medication side effects:
The most common high blood pressure medication side effect here is a dry cough.
Rarer side effects include:
- reduced appetite,
- increased blood potassium,
- changes in the flavor of foods and swelling.
The main high blood pressure medication side effects of this drug are dizziness and feeling faint when sitting up or standing up.
Additional side effects include:
- pounding heartbeat,
- nausea, weakness,
- weight gain.
Angiotensin II receptor blockers
Side effects (relatively rare) include:
- back and leg pain,
- sinus congestion,
- kidney failure,
- liver failure,
- allergic reaction,
- lowered white blood cells,
Common high blood pressure medication side effects include:
- Cold hands, dizziness,
- fatigue, and weakness.
Less common side effects include:
- reduced libido (sex drive),
- insomnia (trouble sleeping),
- shortness of breath.
Beta-blockers may cause severe asthma attacks. They can also block indications of low blood sugar (like a racing pulse) in diabetics. Beta-blockers can temporarily affect cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Abrupt discontinuation of beta-blockers can increase risk of heart attack and other heart issues. Not so nice!
There are a number of other possible metoprolol side effects (a common beta blocker also known as Lopressor / Toprol XL) and it’s important to discuss these with your doctor.
Calcium channel blockers
Common side effects of this high blood pressure medication include:
- Constipation, drowsiness,
- rapid pulse,
- swelling in the lower legs and feet.
Some calcium channel blockers react with grapefruit and foods that contain grapefruit by blocking the liver from properly removing them from the blood – resulting in dangerous concentrations.
Side effects of these high blood pressure medicines include:
- dry mouth,
- impaired thinking,
- weight gain.
Abrupt discontinuation can cause dangerous spikes in blood pressure – especially when taken with a beta-blocker.
Their side effects include:
- Increased urination,
- too much potassium in the blood (with potassium-sparing diuretics),
- too little potassium in the blood (with thiazide diuretics),
- breast enlargement in men,
- increased blood sugar,
- increased cholesterol,
- erectile dysfunction (ED, impotence),
- low blood sodium,
- gout (joint inflammation),>
- menstrual irregularities.
Side effects of this category of high blood pressure drugs include:
- Chest pain,
- fluid retention,
- heart palpitations,
- sinus congestion,
- racing pulse,
- excessive hair growth.
(High blood pressure medication side effects list source: www.bloodpressuresecret.com)
When I was first diagnosed with dangerously high blood pressure I was prescribed Rampril, an ACE inhibitor commonly used here in the UK. Just like it says on the list above, I developed a persistent dry cough. All day and night.
(For the two months I was on Rampril I kept a glass of water besides my bed. Taking a sip of water was the only way I could relieve the irritation long enough to get back to sleep after waking up every few hours needing to have a bout of coughing.)
After two months of this slow torture my blood pressure remained high with no sign of coming down. I could have gone on to other medications but instead made a commitment to try to get my body back in balance using alternative methods without the use of drugs.
Four months on and my blood pressure had dropped to 135/100 range – a drop of some 55 points. Now, 8 months after following natural methods my blood pressure is in the 120/80 range.
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