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Blood Pressure Drugs Help Keep Heart Trouble at Bay: FDA

Posted 6 May 2014 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 6, 2014 – High blood pressure affects about one-third of American adults and raises their risk for heart attack, stroke, heart failure, kidney failure and death, but there are many medications available to lower blood pressure. Exercise, weight loss and reduced salt intake can help some people lower their blood pressure, but most have to take medications to bring their blood pressure under control, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. In many cases, patients with high blood pressure require more than one medication to achieve their target blood pressure. Your doctor can determine if you need to be on medication and, if so, which drug(s) may be best for you. There are a number of FDA-approved drugs to treat high blood pressure: Diuretics, or "water pills," help the kidneys remove extra water and salt from your body and decrease blood volume. ... Read more

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Common Blood Pressure Meds May Cut Risk of Early Death in Kidney Patients: Study

Posted 16 Dec 2013 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Dec. 16, 2013 – Drugs that help lower blood pressure may reduce the risk of early death for people with advanced kidney disease, a new study finds. The drugs could also lower patients' odds of requiring dialysis, the researchers said. The new study out of Taiwan focused on two types of high blood pressure drugs, angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACE inhibitors) and angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs). ACE inhibitors have long been a standby of blood pressure care, and include drugs such as Altace (ramipril), Vasotec (enalapril) and Lotensin (benazepril, among others). ARB medications are also used to lower blood pressure, and include medications such as Atacand (candesartan), Cozaar (losartan), and valsartan (Diovan, among others). Both classes of drugs have been known to delay the progression of chronic kidney disease in patients with and without diabetes, the ... Read more

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Certain Allergies Plus Blood Pressure Meds Could Be Bad Mix

Posted 8 Nov 2013 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Nov. 8 – Doctors are warning people who take certain drugs for high blood pressure to watch out for a rare but sometimes serious side effect. Patients who take ACE inhibitors may be more likely to experience oral allergy syndrome. And the drugs may increase the severity of their symptoms. ACE inhibitors are drugs that end in the suffix "pril," and they include the drugs benazepril (Lotensin), enalapril (Vasotec) and lisinopril (Prinivil). Millions of people take lisinopril. It was among the top five most commonly prescribed medications in the United States in 2011, according to the market research firm IMS Health. In oral allergy syndrome, the body confuses proteins in some fruits and vegetables for the proteins in irritating pollen grains. People who suffer from allergies to birch, grass, and ragweed pollen seem to be especially susceptible. A bite of cucumber or apple can ... Read more

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Common Blood Pressure Drugs Tied to Lower Risk of Alzheimer's: Study

Posted 25 Oct 2013 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 24 – People who take certain commonly used blood pressure medications have a significantly lower risk for Alzheimer's disease than those who don't, a new study suggests. Although it remains unclear exactly how drugs such as ACE inhibitors or diuretics might protect the brain, researchers say these new findings could lead to a better understanding of Alzheimer's and new treatments to slow or delay the progression of the memory-robbing disease. "We found a risk reduction by 50 percent. That tells you there must be something there," said study leader Dr. Sevil Yasar, an assistant professor of medicine in the department of geriatric medicine and gerontology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. The study involved information compiled from more than 2,200 older adults between 75 and 96 years of age. They had originally enrolled in an observational study ... Read more

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Common Blood Pressure Drugs May Help Slow Dementia

Posted 26 Jul 2013 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 26 – Older adults with dementia who use certain blood pressure medications may have a slower rate of mental decline, new research suggests. The study, reported July 25 in BMJ Open, found that dementia patients on particular ACE inhibitors showed a somewhat slower decline in memory and other mental skills than patients not on the drugs. And dementia patients who were newly started on the drugs had, on average, a small improvement in the first six months. The drugs linked to the benefit are known as centrally acting ACE inhibitors, which means they cross from the blood into the brain. They include commonly used medications such as captopril (Capoten), fosinopril (Monopril), lisinopril (Prinivil or Zestril), perindopril (Aceon), ramipril (Altace) and trandolapril (Mavik). However, the findings do not mean that people with dementia should be started on those ACE inhibitors, ... Read more

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Drugs Can Sometimes Prevent Migraines, but at a Cost

Posted 29 Apr 2013 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 29 – People with severe or frequent migraines often turn to drugs to prevent them. But do the medications work? A new review of preventive treatments shows there is not much difference in the effectiveness of commonly prescribed drugs – they work for some people, in some cases. But there is wide variation in the amount and severity of side effects associated with the drugs. The researchers found that drugs worked better than inactive placebos in reducing monthly migraine attacks. They prevented half or more migraines in 200 to 400 people per 1,000 treated. But many of the medications had side effects so bothersome that sufferers frequently stopped taking them. That could be because none of the drugs used to prevent migraines was designed specifically for that purpose, explained Dr. Jason Rosenberg, director of the Johns Hopkins Headache Center. "So, it's not surprising ... Read more

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Consider Weight When Choosing Blood Pressure Meds: Study

Posted 6 Dec 2012 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Dec. 6 – Taking a patient's weight into account when choosing blood pressure medications might help prevent strokes, heart attacks and death, a new study suggests. Lean and obese people react differently to different blood pressure medications, said the researchers, who believe their findings could change the way high blood pressure (hypertension) is treated. "Unexpectedly, people who have high blood pressure and are fat actually have a better prognosis than people who have high blood pressure and are thin," said lead researcher Dr. Michael Weber, a professor of medicine at Downstate Medical Center of the State University of New York in New York City. "You can now choose blood pressure medication as a means of compensating for this difference between obese and thin people, so that it's possible to treat everybody with a medicine that maximizes the outcome regardless of how ... Read more

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Heart Failure Drugs Put to the Test

Posted 27 Nov 2012 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 27 – Two new studies examine the effectiveness of medications frequently prescribed for heart failure – the heart's inability to pump blood properly throughout the body. For the 5.7 million Americans who suffer from heart failure, shortness of breath and edema (excessive water retention) can hinder normal activities. Advances in medication have dramatically changed the lives of some patients, but the question facing cardiologists is: What drugs should they prescribe for this difficult-to-treat condition? "Treatment can be difficult because of low blood pressure or kidney disease," said study lead author Dr. Adrian Hernandez. "Other conditions such as depression make it harder for patients to adhere to their medications." And patients with heart failure "are at high risk for mortality or hospitalization for worsening heart failure," he explained. (About 55,000 die of ... Read more

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Fainting Spells Often Tied to Too Many Meds at Once: Study

Posted 4 Nov 2012 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, Nov. 4 – Taking too many medications at the same time could lead to repeated fainting episodes, a new study reveals. "Simply stated, the more antihypertensive pills a patient takes, the greater the likelihood of a possible fainting spell under certain circumstances," explained one cardiologist, Dr. David Friedman, chief of Heart Failure Services at North Shore-LIJ's Plainview Hospital in Plainview, N.Y. He was not involved in the new research. In the study, Danish researchers led by Dr. Martin Ruwald of Copenhagen University Hospital Gentofte looked at more than 127,000 patients, median age 64, who were hospitalized for fainting between 1997 and 2009. Of those patients, more than one-fifth had experienced at least two fainting episodes. The researchers found that the risk of repeat fainting rose with the number of medications that patients were taking at the same time. For ... Read more

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More Pregnant Women on Blood Pressure Drugs: Study

Posted 11 Sep 2012 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 11 – Growing numbers of pregnant women are on medicines to treat high blood pressure, new research indicates. "The reasons for the increase are not entirely clear," said study author Dr. Brian Bateman, an assistant professor of anesthesia at Harvard Medical School. While it's important to manage high blood pressure during pregnancy, certain drugs are preferred due to their safety profile. In the study, Bateman found that many women were not on those drugs. "We need to do more research to figure out which medicines are the best for insuring a good pregnancy outcome for both mother and baby," he said. The findings are published in the October issue of Hypertension. Bateman and his colleagues examined Medicaid claims from 2000 to 2007, looking for the records of women who had completed pregnancies. Of the more than 1 million women, nearly 48,500 (4.4 percent) took blood ... Read more

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Blood Pressure Drugs Linked to Lip Cancer in Study

Posted 7 Aug 2012 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 6 – A new study suggests several high blood pressure drugs, including Adalat, Nifediac and Cordipin, increase the risk of lip cancer in white people, possibly because the medications increase susceptibility to sun damage. Lip cancer is very rare even among those who take the drugs, however, and the preliminary findings shouldn't convince patients to stop taking them, a researcher cautioned. "They should be on the medication that's best for them," said study lead author Dr. Gary Friedman, an adjunct investigator with the Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program of Northern California in Oakland. "It's really important to emphasize that this is a low-risk condition – a rare cancer that's generally easily treated and not life-threatening." Also, protection from the sun – such as sunscreen and hats – can ward off the sun damage that can lead to lip cancer, Friedman said. ... Read more

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U.S. Task Force Issues Blood Pressure Guidelines

Posted 15 May 2012 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 15 – "Team-based care" should be used to improve patients' blood pressure control, the U.S. Task Force on Community Preventive Services recommended on Tuesday. The recommendation is based on a review of 77 studies that showed improvements in patients' control of blood pressure when they received care from a team of health professionals – a primary care doctor supported by a pharmacist, nurse, dietitian, social worker, or community health worker – rather than a primary care doctor alone. The task force found that team-based care increased the percentage of patients with controlled blood pressure, led to a decrease in both systolic (top number) and diastolic (bottom number) blood pressure, and improved results in patients with diabetes and elevated levels of blood fats. Team members assist primary care doctors by providing support and sharing responsibility for high blood ... Read more

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New Guidelines Issued for Severe Lupus

Posted 3 May 2012 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 3 – When diagnosed with lupus, one in three people already has kidney inflammation, and during the first 10 years with the disease as many as 60 percent of patients will have some kidney problems. Because kidney inflammation (also called lupus nephritis) is so common in people with lupus, the American College of Rheumatology has issued new guidelines for the screening and management of this potentially devastating complication of lupus. "Without treatment, lupus nephritis can lead to end-stage-renal disease, which requires dialysis or a kidney transplant. But, not all types are this serious. It depends on the pattern of damage to the kidneys," said the lead author of the new guidelines, Dr. Bevra Hahn, a professor of medicine and chief of rheumatology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles. Hahn said the course of lupus ... Read more

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Treatment Advances Improve the Odds for Heart Failure Patients

Posted 16 Feb 2012 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 16 – Although a growing number of Americans now struggle with heart failure, experts say new treatments have dramatically improved both quality of life and life expectancy for these patients. "The present environment for heart failure is substantially improved, and the future holds promises that will truly remove the term 'failure' from the description of this illness," said Dr. Gregg Fonarow, director of the Ahmanson-UCLA Cardiomyopathy Center in Los Angeles and co-director of the Preventive Cardiology Program at UCLA's David Geffen School of Medicine. Dr. Clyde Yancy, past president of the American Heart Association and chief of cardiology at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, seconded that notion, pointing to what he sees as "the edge of a new dawn" in which advances in treatment will enable clinicians to "take the heft, the drama and the 'failure' out of ... Read more

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Treating Prehypertension Lowers Stroke Risk: Study

Posted 8 Dec 2011 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Dec. 8 – A new study found that the risk of stroke dropped about 22 percent in people with prehypertension who took drugs that lower blood pressure. These people didn't yet have high blood pressure, but they still benefited from taking the medications, although there was no significant reduction in the rate of heart attacks for people taking antihypertensives. "We know that blood pressure and stroke are closely related, and high blood pressure is an extremely high risk factor for stroke. If we could reduce blood pressure, we thought we could reduce the risk of stroke," said lead researcher Dr. Ilke Sipahi, an assistant professor of medicine at Case Western Reserve University's Harrington-McLaughlin Heart and Vascular Institute and University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland. "We found a highly statistically significant 22 percent risk reduction in stroke with any ... Read more

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