Monday, August 3, 2009

Types Of High Blood Medications

If you have high blood pressure, you should see your doctor once in a while to know the proper medications for you. High blood pressure medications depend on the patients. Do not take medications which are not prescribed by your doctor. It is better if you seek the help of them to understand your condition. It is important to talk to your doctor about the high blood pressure medications and the desired or side effects of these drugs.

I have listed four general high blood pressure medications that can be given to you. Kindly note that these are not only the medications you should take. Ask your doctor for best suitable medication for you.

It lowers blood pressure. This medication is often given to patients who have diabetes. It has lower side effects and it does not affect the blood sugar levels. It can also protect your kidney. It is usually used for treating the symptoms of heart failure. The side effects of this drug are: rash or itching, dry cough, allergic reaction and even excess potassium in the body. This is the reason why your doctor might take a blood test in order to assure that there will be no effects on your potassium levels.

It lowers the blood pressure by taking away the excess fluids and sodium through the process of urination. This medication is not usually for patients with diabetes because it can increase the blood sugar level. Or if this medication should be given to diabetic patients, there are some factors to correct this. Example is a change in diet or anti diabetic dosage. Since this type of high blood pressure medications can decrease your potassium, you should eat foods which are rich in potassium to prevent the loss of this mineral in your body. You can also take some tablet form drugs to increase the potassium. The side effects of this are: decrease in potassium level, leg cramps and fatigue.

Beta blockers
It decreases the heart rate and cardiac output as well to lower the blood pressure. This medication when given to patients with diabetes may not show the warning signs of low blood sugar. This is the reason why you should check your blood sugar levels immediately after taking this high blood pressure medication. If in case you have low blood sugar level your doctor will change the dosage of your medicine for diabetes. The side effects of this are: fatigue, depression, insomnia, slow heartbeat and some symptoms of asthma.

Calcium channel blockers
It is also called as calcium antagonist. This medication will stop the flow of calcium into the cell vessels and heart. The side effects are: headache, constipation, nausea and rash.