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Around a third of adults in the UK have high blood pressure, although many will not realise it. The only way to find out if your blood pressure is high is to have your blood pressure checked. Adults over 40 are advised to get their blood pressure checked every 5 years. If your blood pressure is high, you are at risk of developing certain diseases and can be a sign of more serious issues like obesity. Medication such as Atenolol tablets can help reduce your blood pressure.
Common causes of high blood pressure include age (the risk of developing high blood pressure increases as you get older), a family history of high blood pressure, being of African or Caribbean origin, a high amount of salt in your food, lack of exercise, being overweight, regularly drinking large amounts of alcohol, smoking, long-term sleep deprivation and long term health conditions such as diabetes, kidney disease and lupus.
High blood pressure is a common condition that can be treated with lifestyle changes such as losing weight and staying active. For many people this is paired with specific medication that can help reduce blood pressure.
High blood pressure can be prevented by staying fit and healthy, if you are worried about high blood pressure contact your doctor or GP who will be able to test your blood pressure.
There are a variety of medications and tablets available to treat and lower blood pressure, you can find a full list of treatments for blood pressure at e-Surgery.com.
Like all medication blood pressure tablets can cause some side effects which will vary depending on which medication you are on. Common side effects include headaches and fatigue.
At e-Surgery our UK based prescribers can provide you with a private prescription online for your blood pressure medication if you have been diagnosed with high blood pressure and have used it before.
Your blood pressure medication will be sent from our UK based private pharmacy and sent via the Royal Mail to a delivery location of your choice in plain, discreet packaging.
Some blood pressure medications such as beta blockers have been known to cause hallucinations. The side effects of beta blockers are extremely serious, so a thorough consultation is needed before being prescribed these types of medication. If you are experiencing side effects from your medication, it is important to inform your GP so they can make an informed decision about the medication you are on.
Yes, dizziness can be a side effect of several blood pressure drugs. Many antihypertensive drugs, especially those that reduce blood pressure by relaxing blood vessels or altering the function of the heart, may cause dizziness as a side effect.
Find out more about how having high blood pressure can affect you by reading e-Surgery’s article ‘Can High Blood Pressure Cause Migraines?’
Yes, some blood pressure medication is known to potentially cause weight gain. The level of weight gain is dependent on many variables, including the type of medication, the amount taken and the person’s body. Here are some classes of blood pressure medications that could be associated with weight gain:
If you are experiencing these side effects from the medication you are on, you should speak to your GP or Pharmacist so they can advise you on how to best approach the weight gain, taking into consideration the medication you are on.
Due to their effects on blood flow and circulation, some blood pressure drugs, including beta blockers, diuretics, and alpha blockers, may cause erectile dysfunction. These medications may lessen blood flow to the penis, making it challenging to get or keep an erection.
The most effective medication depends on individual factors, including health conditions, age, and potential side effects. A medication will be chosen by your GP or Pharmacist that best suits the symptoms or the condition that you have. If you have any concerns, you should always raise them during your consultation.
There could be several reasons why blood pressure medications are not working effectively. Missing doses does impact the effectiveness of the medication. Inaccurate blood pressure measurement, underlying medical conditions, or interactions with other medications can also greatly affect the medication. Your GP or pharmacist may need to make adjustments to the dosage to see how your body responds. You should always inform the medical professional of any noticeable effects of the medication you’re taking.
Blood pressure medication is known to take days or even weeks for the full effects to be seen. However, some medication can show slight reductions in blood pressure within a few hours.
It’s crucial to follow your GP or pharmacists’ instructions, monitor blood pressure regularly, and allow sufficient time for the medication to take effect and you should always consult a doctor before making any changes to your medication.
Yes, some medicines including Beta blockers and certain calcium channel blockers used to treat high blood pressure can make your heart beat slower. Beta blockers stop adrenaline from affecting your heart, which can cause your heart to beat slower and not as strongly. Some calcium channel blockers also affect the signals that control how your heart beats.
Not all blood pressure medication will affect your heart rate, so you should raise this with your GP or pharmacist if it is something you are concerned about.
It is likely that if you are prescribed blood pressure medication, you will need to stay on them indefinitely. If you stop taking blood pressure medication without consulting your GP or pharmacist first it could have serious consequences to your health. Doing so could increase your chances of a heart attack or stroke. If you are considering stopping taking your medication speak to a medical professional right away.
Before taking any blood pressure medicine, it is critical to speak with your GP if you are pregnant or intend to get pregnant in the future. Some blood pressure drugs might not be safe to take while pregnant since they might harm the growing foetus. Due to potential hazards, some blood pressure medication groups, such as ACE inhibitors and ARBs, are often avoided during pregnancy.
Your healthcare professional will evaluate your case and provide recommendations for the best possible treatments that put the health and welfare of both you and your unborn child first. Never start or stop taking any medication while pregnant without consulting a medical professional.
When you’re cold, your body tries to stay warm by constricting your blood vessels, which may temporarily raise your blood pressure. Read e-Surgery’s blog that answers ‘Does being cold raise blood pressure?’ If you’re concerned, discuss ways to manage your blood pressure when it’s cold outside or during winter with your doctor.