When is the best time to take my pills for high blood pressure?
When considering the best time to take your blood pressure medicines choose a time where you are most likely to remember to take your medicine at that particular time every day. It needs to become part of your daily routine like brushing your teeth at night or boiling the jug for a cup of tea in the morning.
In most people, blood pressure begins to rise just before getting out of bed in the morning, and reaches its peak around mid-day. It falls during sleep, reaching its lowest point of day between midnight and 3:00 or 4:00 am.
Some studies suggest that blood pressure pills taken at night might improve blood pressure and prevent more heart attacks and strokes than taking the same medications during the day.
Talk with your doctor too. If you take only one blood pressure medicine ask your doctor whether taking it at night might be better for you. There might be specific reasons why your doctor prefers you take your medicine in the morning. For example, older people need to be careful about taking blood pressure pills at night. Standing up too quickly in the middle of the night can lead to a sudden blood pressure drop and a fall.
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