Does blood pressure medication have to be taken for the entire life?

Generally yes. The bigger the blood pressure values and longer the condition is treated the smaller the probability that blood pressure will normalize without the aid of medication.

From clinical experience it seems, that a well-chosen anti-hypertension drug (or drugs) should be used chronically and should not be exchanged without a good reason if a new drug appears on the market. If the blood pressure values during the treatment remain in the normal range for at least 1 year the number of administered drugs may be reduced or their dose may be decreased. This should always be done under your doctor’s supervision. Keep in mind, that some drugs continue acting even a few days after they have been stopped. What is the actual effect of a reduction / elimination of a drug will be known after 1-2 weeks from the change.

In persons (about 50%), who demonstrate only slightly increased blood pressure, within half a year the pressure stabilizes. Particularly, when the patients loosed weight, limits his/her intake of alcohol and sodium. In such cases there might not be need to include anti-hypertension drugs into the treatment or elimination of an already taken drug.

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Professor Asked on July 20, 2015 in Health.
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