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Is amlopin AT and coltro safe to take life long? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 03-Jul-2014
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Can you please assist me with your advice related to my mother's health check up and mdeication to be continued.
Please find below details of my mother :-
Age 68 years
Medication on - 1) Amlopin AT ( for blood presssure) ..having since last 2-3 years
2) Medicine - COLTRO 10 , ( for cholestrol ) having since last 2-3 years.

I want to know as to when should she stop having these medicines or how long this needs to be coninued.
Also will it help if I were to get her complete heatlh check up done - if yes, please suggest of a plan and a good hospital in XXXXXXX .

Thanks !
Doctor:Unfortunately both these medicines are meant for life. Unless there are specific events that occur in future
Doctor:medicines are given for fairly long period of time say years
Doctor:She should keep her blood pressures recorded.
Doctor:The medicines will be lowered or stopped if she develops dizziness, nausea, abdominal pain, muscular pains
Doctor:or if her blood pressure and heart rate are found abnormal
Doctor:or if her liver functions are deranged.
Doctor:Are you following?
User:Doctor I am amazed to get your reply so qucikly and specifically many thanks for the same.
Doctor:Do you wish to ask any more questions?
User:At the moment can you kindly suggest me how to keep the record of her BP
Doctor:You can start with weekly or monthly blood pressure check up at a nearby hospital.
Doctor:If needed, you can purchase an automated blood pressure monitor.
Doctor:You will get one such instruments for Rs 3000 to Rs 10000
Doctor:these machines will record blood pressure without assistance.
User:So in case her BP reflects normal, should there be a chance to stop the medicine
Doctor:you can keep a track of pressure weekly at home.
Doctor:I would reduce these drugs if blood pressure falls below limits.
Doctor:If the pressure are within control, I would like to keep them.
User:presently she has one tablet a day .
Doctor:These tablets are generally given once or twice a day.
Doctor:If her doctor instructed once a day, let it be the same.
Doctor:In future, based on her blood pressure and drug tolerance, the drugs can be changed.
Doctor:Have you followed?
Doctor:Do you have any more questions?
User:Do you suggest I should get her healtch check up done & which plan/tests it should include
Doctor:Health check ups are planned based patients need.
Doctor:In this age group, with this profile
Doctor:I would suggest cardiac check up or
Doctor:renal check up
Doctor:+/- cancer screening.
Doctor:If she has no history of diabetes, you can opt for cardiac check up
Doctor:with option of cancer screening tests.
Doctor:Have you followed?
Doctor:Do you have any more questions?
User:Sir, so should I go for a comprehensive health check up with other tests like cardiac and cancer screening
Doctor:Cardiac check up usually has basic tests within it.
Doctor:My suggestion is go through all the tests available in each package.
User:ok sir
Doctor:you can choose the nearest multispecialty hospital for reference.
User:Thank you
Doctor:Once you find common tests,
Doctor:the need for extra test in each package can be determined.
Doctor:You can choose the most suitable tests based on the needs.
Doctor:Hope it make sense.
User:sure !
Doctor:Do you have any more questions
User:That's all
Doctor:Before we end it
Doctor:I would like to know
Doctor:since I see the same question posted on my dashboard a
Doctor:as ask a doctor query
Doctor:can I ignore it
Doctor:or do you want answers there too?
Doctor:Are you there?
User:Sir answer there mentioning the type of tests will help me !
User:Thanks you very much !
Doctor:Thanks for visiting me here. Bye for now.
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