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Suggest safest blood pressure medication

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Posted on Thu, 1 Sep 2016
Question: In your opinion , what is the safest blood pressure medication, with the least side effects?
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Answered by Dr. Panagiotis Zografakis (11 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
no 100% safe choice

Detailed Answer:
Hello,

Although there is no such thing as a 100% safe drug, I can say that my personal preference for antihypertensive drugs is for angiotensin receptor blockers like valsartan, irbesartan, olmesartan, etc. All drugs have side effects and in most cases they're unpredictable. There are some predictable ones too, that's why the patient's history has to be taken into account.

For example a patient with high potassium may get into danger with olmesartan. Another patient with marginally low potassium who's also using digoxin may get into danger with diuretics. There are a lot of clinical scenarios and the doctor has to consider them before prescribing a new drug.

Starting with the lowest dose is a good way to avoid side effects. Don't forget to discuss any option with your doctor.

I hope it helps!
Kind Regards!
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Brief Answer: no 100% safe choice Detailed Answer: Hello, Although there is no such thing as a 100% safe drug, I can say that my personal preference for antihypertensive drugs is for angiotensin receptor blockers like valsartan, irbesartan, olmesartan, etc. All drugs have side effects and in most cases they're unpredictable. There are some predictable ones too, that's why the patient's history has to be taken into account. For example a patient with high potassium may get into danger with olmesartan. Another patient with marginally low potassium who's also using digoxin may get into danger with diuretics. There are a lot of clinical scenarios and the doctor has to consider them before prescribing a new drug. Starting with the lowest dose is a good way to avoid side effects. Don't forget to discuss any option with your doctor. I hope it helps! Kind Regards!