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Hypertension medication and its side effects - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   My boyfriend is 40 years old and his blood pressure has been running 140/109 approximately. The lowest bottom number has only been 97 the last two weeks. He has an appointment with a physician tomorrow but I told him that I would research medications. He's concerned about side effects.
User :   Can you help me with any information I can give my boyfriend before his appointment tomorrow about high blood pressure meds and the one with the least amount of side effects? He works out 3-4 times a week and is in great shape. He eats pretty healthy but his dad suffers from high blood pressure and has to take meds
Doctor :   there are many other criterias to consider
Doctor :   like the wellbeing of the cardiac and renal status
User :   He doesn't suffer from kidney problems or diabetes. He actually has no other health problems. However, the last several months he has suffered from headaches and fatigue
Doctor :   as some antihypertensivces work via renal functioning , some cardiac and some on the peripheral blood vessels
User :   What is usually the first step med that physicians will start with? I'm aware that they usually pair it with a diuretic?
Doctor :   yes,you are right
Doctor :   its diuretics which are used when BP is around the reading you mentioned
Doctor :   also may or may not be combined with ACE inhibitors
Doctor :   some times ACE inhibitors alone may be given if the kidney functioning is ascertained
User :   Is there a specific med that you have heard about that has minimal side effects and is usually given as a first step in someone his age? Do you think they may just start him out with a diuretic? Which ACE inhibitor do you think is the best? He's concerned about erectile dysfunction
Doctor :   As far as the beta blockers are avoided there would be no problem with erection
Doctor :   and Ca channel blockers are ones which serious sideffects and used in very High readings
User :   so if he is put on a diuretic and an ACE inhibitor he shouldn't experience any side effects?
Doctor :   yes, but rarely , since you say he is perfectly alright other than the BP
User :   Thank you so much. I really appreciate your help! Have a great night
Doctor :   you are welcome
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me
Doctor :   Kindly provide your feedback
Doctor :   Very good nite
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