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Concerned about the side effects of hypertension medication - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hi,
My blood pressure is 150/105. The doctor gave me a prescription for Micardis HCT today but I am concerned about the side effects.
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   let me read your query
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   may i know your age ?
User :   Yes, I am 43 and female
Doctor :   THE drug in question is a combination of a ACE receptor inhibitor and a diuretic
User :   I see. I am concerned about having side effects of dizzyness and/or nausea
Doctor :   the possibility of dizziness is due to low Blood pressure
User :   My Doctor gave me a two week supply and has insturcted me to return in 2 weeks for a follow up. Now Im feeling anxious and nervous as she seemed so concerned! Is 150/105 really THAT bad??
Doctor :   which may occur when the dosage is in excess
User :   The dose is 80 mg, 12.5 mg if that matters
Doctor :   the blood pressure you have is very high
Doctor :   ok, the dose has a higher level of telmisartan and a mild dosage of HCT (diuretic)
Doctor :   so on the pill, has your BP improved ?
User :   Okay, I just wanted a second opinion before I start taking this stuff. Unfortunatley Im somewhat anti-medicine as Im always a bit freaked out over possible side effects whcih always seem worse than the symptom. But not in High Blood pressure it seems.
User :   Im sorry, I just got the meds today but havent taken it yet
Doctor :   please understand, the medications you are on, act on the body receptors and modify their actions
Doctor :   the side effects are as a result of the activity of the receptors itself
Doctor :   and not per se , specific to the drug themselves
Doctor :   so you need not worry about the side effects so much
Doctor :   also, these drugs have been proved to prolong life of patients and reduce suffering due to complications of high BP AND heart damage
Doctor :   these drugs are the best , to help in your case
User :   Yes thank you, I understand. I just wanted someone to say something like "Your blood pressure is fine, eat an apple and throw the pills away"! I see that is not to be. I will take the meds this afternoon and hope I dont get dizzy or nauseas. Thank you for your time and wish me luck.
Doctor :   no , thats not the case
Doctor :   Sorry to say that
Doctor :   but your BP is high, and needs medications to prevent late complications and damage to the heart and brain
Doctor :   you will definitely have great benefits with this medication
User :   Well, no more wine in the evenings, no more salt and no more fattening food for me. This should be fabulous. I didnt realize that blood pressure could do brain damage!
Doctor :   yes , strokes can occur due to high BP
User :   Well thank you for your time and patience. I didn't realize I would start having health problems in my 40's.....I thought I'd be able to do what I wanted for atleast 10 more years! Since that is clearly not going to be the way of things I will definitely do what you and my primary are saying to do. Thanks again and be well!
Doctor :   you are welcome
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