If you're bothered by side effects, your doctor can often help by changing:
- How much medicine you take. Sometimes side effects can be stopped or minimized by reducing the dose. Or your doctor may lower the dose and then raise it more slowly.
- When you take the medicine. You may be able to cope with drowsiness or insomnia, for instance, by taking your medicine in the evening or first thing in the morning.
- How you take the medicine. Taking your medicine in smaller doses several times a day rather than in one dose may help. Taking your medicine with food may get rid of side effects such as nausea.
- The type of medicine. A different medicine may stop your symptoms with fewer or less severe side effects.
Don't make any of these changes on your own. Always talk with your doctor before you make any changes in how you take your medicines.
You should tell your doctor right away if you think you're having side effects from medicine. Each type of high blood pressure medicine has potential side effects. These side effects may vary. However, these side effects do not occur in most patients. In fact, even the most common side effects usually occur only in a small number of patients.
You should not be afraid to take a blood pressure medicine because of the side effects listed. They are listed so that you can watch out for them and tell your doctor right away if you experience any of them. To see the potential side effects for the medicine you take, find the name of your medicine in the list under What Is the specific type of medicine I am taking?
Always take your medicine exactly as directed, and don't change the amount you're taking unless your doctor tells you to do so. Never stop taking your medicine without first talking with a doctor.