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What are the side effects of taking vasodilators for high blood pressure?

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Vasodilators relax muscles in vessel walls, opening blood vessels and allowing blood to flow better. These medications may cause:

  • Excessive hair growth
  • Fluid retention
  • Headaches
  • Irregular or very rapid heartbeat
  • Joint aches and pains
  • Swelling around the eyes

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "Types of Blood Pressure Medications."

NHLBI: "Types of Blood Pressure Medications."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on March 21, 2019

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "Types of Blood Pressure Medications."

NHLBI: "Types of Blood Pressure Medications."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on March 21, 2019

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