The effect of a decongestant on people with high blood pressure.

Q: I am a relatively healthy 61 year old, African American male. I take Lisinopril 10mg and Crestal 20mg, I feel the two are helping a great deal, however, at times I fail to take them daily as prescribed and will go a month, feel great, light jogging,lifting light weights and strong other drive, then suddenly head-aches. Am I hurting myself by failing to take medication as prescribed?

A: You are hurting yourself when you don’t take medicine as prescribed. When you don’t take your medicine, your blood pressure can shoot out of control and put you at risk of having a heart attack or stroke. This is especially true if you don’t take your medicine for a whole month. Most blood pressure medicines will be completely out of your system by then.

Further Reading:

Decongestants Pose Potential Risk to High Blood Pressure Sufferers –
Decongestant and High Blood Pressure – The Risky OTC Drug – Minus Blood

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