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How should I keep my doctor informed about high blood pressure drugs?

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Your doctor doesn't know everything about your life and your activities, but the more your doctor knows about you, the better he or she can help. Make sure your doctor knows about these things:

  • Other drugs you take, either prescription or over the counter
  • Vitamins or other supplements you take
  • Herbs you might use
  • Alcohol and any recreational drugs you use, or have used
  • Other health problems, especially conditions such as diabetes
  • Other factors in your life that could contribute to high blood pressure, such as difficult family issues, a high-stress job, or a sedentary lifestyle

SOURCES: American Academy of Family Physicians: "Blood Pressure Medicines, High Blood Pressure: Things You Can Do to Help Lower Yours, and How to Get the Most from Your Medicine."  American Heart Association: "Taking Medication for High Blood Pressure." Institute for Safe Medication Practices: "General Advice on Safe Medication Use." National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: "High Blood Pressure, Tips to Help You Remember to Take Your High Blood Pressure Medicine" and "Senior Health: High Blood Pressure."



Reviewed by James Beckerman on March 21, 2019

SOURCES: American Academy of Family Physicians: "Blood Pressure Medicines, High Blood Pressure: Things You Can Do to Help Lower Yours, and How to Get the Most from Your Medicine."  American Heart Association: "Taking Medication for High Blood Pressure." Institute for Safe Medication Practices: "General Advice on Safe Medication Use." National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: "High Blood Pressure, Tips to Help You Remember to Take Your High Blood Pressure Medicine" and "Senior Health: High Blood Pressure."



Reviewed by James Beckerman on March 21, 2019

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