The People's Perspective on Medicine
High Blood Pressure (hypertension)

Should You Take Your Pills at Breakfast or Bedtime?

How do you take your pills? Are you a morning person or a nighttime person? What beverage do you swallow them with? You'll be surprised to learn it matters.

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Drug Side Effects

ACE Inhibitors Like Lisinopril and Lung Cancer

Tens of millions of people take ACE inhibitors to lower high blood pressure. Is there an association between drugs like lisinopril and lung cancer?

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High Blood Pressure (hypertension)

When Should You Take Your BP Pills? Morning or Bedtime?

Do you want the the biggest bang for your blood pressure buck? If so, you may want to ask your doctor whether you should take your BP pills before bed.

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Drug Side Effects

Losartan and Suicide? Another ARB (Sartan) Concern

Canadian scientists have found a link between losartan and suicide that also implicates similar drugs such as irbesartan or valsartan.

Anxiety

Clonazepam Withdrawal | Safe Sedative or Poison?

Benzodiazepines like alprazolam, clonazepam, diazepam and lorazepam remain popular to ease anxiety. If stopped too quickly, benzos can cause withdrawal!

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Cancer

Does Your Medicine Pose a Cancer Risk?

Establishing a drug-induced cancer risk may take 5 to 10 years or longer. The FDA rarely requires such long-term research. That leaves great uncertainty.

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Alternative Health

How Herbal Medicines Lower Blood Pressure

Scientists are excited to learn how many herbal medicines lower blood pressure. They activate a potassium channel KCNQ5 that relaxes blood vessels.

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Drug Side Effects

Another BP Nitrosamine Drug Recall and Zantac (Ranitidine)

You won't believe this. There is a nitrosamine drug recall for the BP med losartan. Other countries are recalling ranitidine (Zantac) for heartburn. Why?

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Heart Failure

Home Blood Pressure May Be Better Than Clinic

Home blood pressure measurement predicts complications of hypertension more accurately than clinic measurements.

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Drug Side Effects

Does Green Tea Interact with Heart Drugs?

How does green tea interact with nadolol? Green tea compounds can lower blood levels of this heart drug, but does not seem to affect metoprolol.

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Drug Side Effects

Can Mouthwash Increase Blood Pressure? An Unusual Interaction

Antibacterial mouthwash is supposed to kill germs. What if it has an unexpected side effect? Could mouthwash increase blood pressure by killing good germs?

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Alcoholism

What Are the Pros and Cons of Drinking?

Deciding whether drinking alcohol has greater risks or benefits is tricky. Drinkers are more likely to have hypertension, but less likely to break a hip.

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High Blood Pressure (hypertension)

Was Your Blood Pressure Measured Incorrectly?

Cardiologists keep lowering the bar when it comes to hypertension. Normal is now BELOW 120/80. Do you have hypertension? Was your blood pressure measured correctly?

nurse using sphygmomanometer in home blood pressure measurement to determine if patient needs blood pressure medication
Drug Side Effects

For Seniors, More Blood Pressure Medication Is Not Better

Increasing blood pressure medication at hospital discharge might do more harm than good for older people without heart disease.

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Editorial

Prescriptions on Demand from Online Doctors

Do you ever buy anything online? Would you consider visiting online doctors or prescriptions on demand? Online prescribing and dispensing are expanding.

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Heart Attack

Do You Really Have High Blood Pressure?

People who have high blood pressure in the doctor's office may need to confirm that it is sustained throughout the day with home blood pressure measurement.

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Depression

The Beta Blocker Blahs Can Be Debilitating

Beta blockers like atenolol, metoprolol and propranolol used to be very popular BP drugs. But the beta blocker blahs can be problematic. What else works?

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High Blood Pressure (hypertension)

Will a High Dairy Diet Lower Your Blood Pressure?

In an experiment that pitted a high dairy diet against a low dairy diet, milk and yogurt lovers lowered their blood pressure significantly.

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High Blood Pressure (hypertension)

Pomegranate Power Enhances Mitochondria and Cell Health

Could compounds created in your body from pomegranate have anti-aging properties? Swiss scientists think so. Pomegranate power goes back thousands of years!

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Drug Side Effects

A New Carcinogen DMF Discovered in Valsartan BP Pills

It is hard to believe that yet another potential carcinogen has been found contaminating ARBs. The carcinogen DMF was detected in some valsartan BP pills.