Lower Your Blood Pressure Naturally
"Learn The Commonly Prescribed Drugs And Their Potentially Dangerous Side Effects"
As I discussed in the previous article, there are many methods of the treatment for high blood pressure. In the last article we talked about basic lifestyle changes and drus sucha s diuretics. There are still many other methods used to treat High Blood Pressure that also include drugs and medications.
Another major category of blood pressure medication is known as beta-blockers. These drugs reduce the nerve impulses to the heart and blood vessels, making the heart beat more slowly and with less force. This causes the blood pressure to drop because the blood is putting less force on the vessels.
If you have been taking beta-blockers and then stop using them, you may have increased asthma symptoms, lowered good cholesterol levels or an increased heart rate. Beta-blockers are a good example of why, if you use traditional medicine for your treatment of high blood pressure, you may end up having to take drugs for the rest of your life because the rebound when you go off the drugs can be dramatic.
Other side effects of beta-blockers can include insomnia, cold hands and feet, tiredness and depression. People who have diabetes need to be monitored very carefully if they are taking insulin along with beta-blockers.
Angiotensin Converting Enzyme inhibitors, also known as ACE inhibitors, prevent the formation of a chemical, angiotensin II, which causes the blood vessels to narrow. Taking an ACE inhibitor can help the blood vessels relax, allowing blood to flow more easily.
Side effects of ACE inhibitors can include skin rashes, loss of your sense of taste, or a chronic, dry cough. In rare instances kidney damage can occur.
Other similar drugs include the angiotensin II receptor blockers—which shield blood vessels from angiotensin, allowing the blood vessels to widen—and calcium channel blockers, which keep calcium from moving into the muscle cells of the blood vessels and heart, allowing vessels to relax and blood pressure to go down. Both of these types of drugs may cause dizziness, while the calcium channel blockers can also lead to heart palpitations, headaches, swollen ankles, constipation and varied other problems depending on the particular type of ACE inhibitor you are taking.
Alpha-blockers reduce nerve impulses to the blood vessels. Without the impulses, the muscles can't contract. This relaxes the blood vessels, allowing blood to flow more easily and the blood pressure to be reduced.
When you first take an alpha-blocker, you may have a huge dip in blood pressure that causes dizziness and can make you feel faint. After continued use of the drug, side effects may include headaches, nausea, weakness, pounding heart, weight gain and increase of "bad" cholesterol. Some studies have even shown that alpha-blockers can cause heart failure when used long-term, exactly one of the conditions you're trying to prevent by treating your high blood pressure!
Sometimes alpha and beta-blockers are combined to make for a safer treatment plan, but all of the same side effects and potential problems are still there.
Vasodilators, also known as blood vessel dilators, open the blood vessels by relaxing the muscle in the vessel walls, allowing blood pressure to go down. These drugs are usually used with other blood pressure reducing drugs for best results.
These drugs can cause headaches, swelling around the eyes, heart palpitations or aches and pains in the joints. These symptoms usually go away after a couple of weeks. One vasodilator you may have heard of is Minoxidil, which is also marketed as a hair- growth stimulator. It shouldn't be a surprise, then, that a side effect of taking it for high blood pressure is hair growth. Another is extreme weight gain. It is only used in very severe cases of high blood pressure that do not respond to other treatments.
Warning! Don’t Just Stop Using Your Blood Pressure Drugs.
If your doctor has prescribed a blood-pressure lowering drug or combination of drugs for you and you are currently taking them, do not stop all at once or without consulting your doctor.
As mentioned above it is possible to cause health problems by coming off the drugs, and you certainly don't want to make your problems worse by playing doctor yourself. Talk to your doctor about your intention to treat your blood pressure naturally, and the two of you can develop a plan for getting you off the blood pressure drugs without further harming your health.
If you aren't already on one or some of these drugs, however, read on to learn about some more natural ways you can control your blood pressure. Armed with information, you and your doctor should be able to come up with an intelligent plan for treating your high blood pressure and getting it under control before it causes any health problems for you. Let's move on to talking about the concrete things you can do, starting today, to reverse your high blood pressure problems.