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Q. Since I started drinking hibiscus tea I have seen my blood pressure drop. It used to run around 132/80, but now it's about 102/70. I'm delighted! I found the following recipe to be a good replacement for an evening... (Read More)
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Q. I found hibiscus tea with wild raspberry at the supermarket. This makes a refreshing afternoon pick-me-up without caffeine or sugar. Drinking a cup in the morning and another in the afternoon made an immediate difference in my blood pressure.... (Read More)
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Q. I think I have worn out several remote controls hitting the mute button on many loud drug commercials.  But I have to say I am alive today because of hearing them. I was given a new blood pressure medicine.... (Read More)
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Vitamin D supplementation did not produce meaningful reductions in blood pressure. Scottish researchers recruited 159 hypertensive patients over the age of 70. They were randomly assigned to receive either vitamin D or placebo in oil every three months for a... (Read More)
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Q. I have started drinking hibiscus tea. The last time I went to the doctor, my blood pressure was 10 points lower. I hate taking pills, and was pleased when my doctor said, "Whatever you're doing, keep it up!" A.... (Read More)
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Q. I took lisinopril for many years to control hypertension.  Every time I complained to the doctor who prescribed it about my constant nagging cough, he just prescribed cough medicine. He never told me it was due to the lisinopril.... (Read More)
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Q. I was on lisinopril for two years without symptoms. Then I developed a cough that woke me up at night. I coughed so hard I urinated. I couldn't laugh without coughing and I irritated all who were near me.... (Read More)
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Some of our most important drugs were discovered partly by accident. Penicillin was developed after Alexander Fleming found a mold devouring the bacteria he was growing in a petri dish. A class of valuable blood pressure medications called ACE inhibitors... (Read More)
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When elderly patients start taking blood pressure medication, their risk of falls and fractures goes up significantly. Canadian researchers analyzed data from more than 300,000 senior citizens newly diagnosed with hypertension. Following the first six weeks after receiving a medication... (Read More)
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One of the most popular blood pressure pills in the pharmacy these days is Diovan (valsartan). It belongs to a class of medications called ARBs (angiotensin receptor blockers). Other drugs in the class include: ANGIOTENSIN RECEPTOR BLOCKERS (ARBs): • Candesartan... (Read More)
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Stomachaches are part of the human condition. Few symptoms are more common, though abdominal pain may be more complicated than it seems. Discomfort can range from mild to excruciating. As many as one in 10 visits to an emergency department... (Read More)
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Q. I was given a prescription for lisinopril last year to lower my blood pressure. During the winter I developed a constant horrible dry cough that just wouldn't go away. One day at work I started coughing and couldn't stop.... (Read More)
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Q. On January 15, my brother experienced an allergic reaction that made his throat and tongue swell. He was rushed to the nearest emergency room, but shortly after he arrived his airways closed up so the ER staff could not... (Read More)
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Q. In an earlier column, you told a reader not to be afraid of the blood pressure pill lisinopril. I believe you should have warned her about the side effect I experienced. My face and lips swelled severely. Apparently the... (Read More)
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The bible of drug information is the Physicians' Desk Reference (PDR). It contains the prescribing guidelines for medications provided by drug companies and approved by the Food and Drug Administration. All of the data on drugs found in pharmacy leaflets,... (Read More)
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Q. I heard a rumor that a drink made from dried hibiscus flowers can lower blood pressure. Is there any truth to this? A. Hibiscus flower tea is part of traditional folk medicine in many cultures around the world. Scientific... (Read More)
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Q. Is there any blood pressure medicine that does not give you a cough or make you feel exhausted? I am almost ready to give up on blood pressure pills. A. Some people are quite susceptible to cough as a... (Read More)
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Q. I have been dealing with high blood pressure for years. When I am under stress my blood pressure goes up to around 150. My doctor has prescribed lots of different drugs with mixed results. Atenolol caused fatigue and depression.... (Read More)
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Potassium is an essential mineral, but it can be tricky. Having too much potassium in the system can be just as dangerous as having too little. A new study shows that some common medicines are linked to excessive potassium and... (Read More)
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Q. Your column saved my life (or at least made it worth living again). I have been in lisinopril hell for over three months. My insurance company switched me from Micardis, a blood pressure medicine that had no side effects,... (Read More)
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