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Suffering from high blood pressure. Wants to start antibiotics. Can medication be discontinued?

hello, My husband sometimes have high blood pressure ....i just want to know if somebody starts a high blood pressure control medicine....does he have to continue using it through his life????.....can he use it for sometime and discontinue it after the blood pressure is in control....please answer completely, thankyou.
Asked On : Tue, 4 Dec 2012
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
Hi, thanks for using healthcare magic

Hypertension can be classified as primary (there is no obvious cause) or secondary (the high blood pressure is due to another condition such as abnormal levels of certain hormones in the body)
Most persons have primary hypertension and in general blood pressure rises as we age.
The reason that hypertension is called the 'silent killer' is because persons can have elevated blood pressure, experience no symptoms, but the high pressure is causing damage to various organs such as the kidneys or heart.

Some persons who are over weight or obese, if their weight is normalised or reduced by at least 10% may experience a decrease a blood pressure and they may be able to reduce the number of medications used, though they are not eliminated completely.

Usually the reason blood pressure becomes controlled on medication is because the medication is working, if it is stopped the blood pressure will rise and the person may not know because there are usually no symptoms (unless really high).
The risks of uncontrolled high blood pressure are greater than than the risks of taking medication.
If he is experiencing side effects of the medication , his doctor can switch him to medication that he can tolerate.

The use of high blood pressure medication does not impact on the need to use antibiotics.

I hope this helps
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Internal Medicine Specialist Dr. Mayank Bhargava's  Response
Jan 2013
Thanks for posting your query.
In 99% cases of high blood pressure, there is no definite cause and such cases are labeled as "Essential Hypertension".
As there is no cause, a patient with high blood pressure should take these medicines for life long to prevent complications related with high blood pressure.
In 1 % cases, raised blood pressure is due to hormonal causes such as Hypo/ hyperthyroidism, Cushing's syndrome and pheochromocytoma.
You should consult with internal medicine specialist and should take proper treatment along with few preliminary investigations such as lipid profile, renal function test, urine routine & microscopy, blood sugar.
Take care,
Dr. Mayank Bhargava
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Nephrologist Dr. Aditya Bhabhe's  Response
Thanks for the query.
A good control of blood pressure at all the times is very important to prevent long term damage to the heart brain and kidneys.
Lifestyle measures like low salt diet, stopping alcohol, weight reduction and relaxation go a long way in keeping BP under control.
After adopting above measures its advisable to monitor the blood pressure by a physician and if the readings are consistently normal he might be able to reduce and/or stop the medications.
Hope this helps.
Good luck.
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