Tips for Taking Medicine for High Blood Pressure
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- Make sure you take your medicine every day as your doctor tells you, not only on the days when you do not feel well.
- Tell the doctor the names of all other medicines, home remedies, herbs, or supplements you take. Bring everything with you when you have a doctor’s appointment.
- Tell the doctor right away if the medicine makes you feel strange or sick. Ask the doctor about changing the dosage or switching to another type of medicine.
- Refill your prescription before you run out of medicine.
- Have your blood pressure checked often to see if the medicine is working for you.
- Do not stop taking your medicine if your blood pressure is okay. That means the medicine is working.
Questions to ask the doctor:
When the doctor gives you medicine for high blood pressure, ask:
- What is the name of the medicine(s):
- How much of each medicine should be taken?
- When should the medicine(s) be taken?
- What may be eaten or drunk with the medicine(s)?
- Can other medicines be taken safely at the same time?
- What number should be called immediately if problems occur?
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Information on this page is taken from the English print version of “Healthy Heart, Healthy Family: A Community Health Worker's Manual.” U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, NIH Publication No. 08-3674, Originally Printed 1999, Revised May 2008.
Last Updated March 2012