You’ve just been diagnosed with high blood pressure and your doctor gives you a prescription for medication for your hypertension treatment. Sounds like everything will be fine, right? Until a few days later, when you start experiencing some annoying, uncomfortable and sometimes dangerous side effects. Here are the most common types of medications and the secondary effects associated with them.
Calcium channel blockers can cause constipation, headaches and bleeding gums.
Alpha-blockers can cause fainting, dizziness, drowsiness, headaches and increased sensitivity to cold.
Beta-blockers can lead to drowsiness, frequent night-time urination, increased sensitivity to cold, photosensitivity (increased sensitivity to sunlight) and an upset stomach.
Those are three of the most commonly prescribed types of drugs given for hypertension treatment but there are others that are less commonly prescribed that also cause side effects. Some of those include the ones listed above as well as others such as dry mouth, dehydration and potassium loss.
Some of the time these secondary effects will disappear on their own as your body adjusts to the medication. Other times simply changing when and how you take your medication can relieve symptoms. Quite often, however, the solution is to give you another medication to counteract the side effects from the first drug. Are you seeing the problem here?
The vast majority of those with blood pressure problems can be treated and alleviated without the need for medications that cause unwanted secondary effects but we have become a nation addicted to taking a pill for every issue. Most people can bring their condition under control with some simple diet and lifestyle changes without the necessity of any kind of medication.