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Hypertension, taking regular 50 mg candesartan, headache - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hi. My aunt, a 44-year old woman with established hypertension on regular 50 mg candesartan has been having headaches for the past couple of days which are somewhat relieved by panadol/neurofen. She's also been having dry, chesty cough all throughout the day. Her BP has also been quite high recently, with an average of about 160/100. Tonight, she has developed maculopapular rash that is at the moment only located in her chest.
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Doctor :   How fast has the rash shown up /
Doctor :   ?
User :   We've only noticed it tonight, so probably a couple of hours?
Doctor :   Ok.
User :   She's been using duro-tuss for her cough since 24 hours ago
Doctor :   Ok. Does she have any profound itching
User :   she says it's not too itchy. but she does scratch at the rash
Doctor :   Ok.
User :   Could it have something to do with her uncontrolled hypertension?
Doctor :   No, it could be due to the medication sometimes.
User :   The candesartan or the cough syrup?
Doctor :   Since how long has she been taking candesartan
Doctor :   it might be due too the cough syrup, not due to candesartan.
User :   2, maybe 3 years?
Doctor :   Ok.
User :   So, in your opinion, this is not something we have to be alarmed by? We are taking her to our local GP tomorrow to have her BP looked at. I was just a bit worried about the sudden onset of the rash.
Doctor :   Do not worry about the rash much.
Doctor :   I would be more worried about the high blood pressure.
User :   Cool. What would be your next course of action reagrding the BP in her case? Would you add a different class of anti-HT or would you up her dose of her current medication?
Doctor :   It would be better to use a combination of drugs .
Doctor :   And how is her Lipid level ?
Doctor :   And her BMI ?
User :   her BMI probably is around 23-25 range. Her lipids haven't been checked in at least 18 months if I remember correctly
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   BMI is perfect.
Doctor :   Pls. do get her Lipid levels checked when you gor the check up.
User :   definitely...
User :   I think that's all I needed to know. Thanks for the reassurance with regards to the rash
Doctor :   Thank you for consulting me.
Doctor :   Take care, bye for now and hope she gets well soon.
User :   thanks!
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