if she has never had a heart attack? She just has high blood pressure.
When first beginning to treat hypertension (high blood pressure) usually a single medicine is tried first. If that medicine does not work sufficiently to lower the blood pressure the doctor has two options. Firstly the doctor could choose to increase the dose of the first medicine or secondly the doctor could choose to add a new medicine. The problem with increasing the dosage of the first is that it can increase the chance of the patient experiencing side effects. If side effects of the first medicine are an issue for the patient then it may be a better option for the doctor to consider adding a second anti-hypertensive drug.
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I also take meds to control my blood pressure. I started on lisinopril with a diuretic and that didn't do much in terms of decreasing my blood pressure. However, it caused my depression to worsen and I craved salt like crazy!
My doctor switched me to Amlodipine. I had no side effects but it didn't get my numbers to drop much. So the doctor added atenolol to take with the amlodipine and my blood pressure is now well within the normal range consistenly day to day. So, the doctor will typically start out with one med and maybe do a switch and if the blood pressure is still not controlled, the doctor will look into combining meds.
Finding the right medication for blood pressure control can be tricky for some people, especially if hypertension is hereditary. My dad also has hypertension and I asked which meds he takes to keep his blood pressure controlled. Taking similar meds as my dad finally brought my blood pressure within the normal range. It's nice if a family member has gone through the trial and error of trying different medications until he/she finally finds one that works. It can save some time and side effects!
a reason for your mother to be on two antihypertensives may be b/c the first medication may not have decreased the blood pressure enough to be within normal range, depending on your mothers history and other medical issues that she has, they may have not wanted to increase the 1st antihypertensive because of something within her history and physical, also these two hypertensives are of two different classes, they work in the body different ways. if the blood pressure had gotten better with the first medication but not enough they would add a second medication that works in a different area to try to help the first medication work more efficently. there are multiple reasons to be on antihypertensives also, they are not just for hypertension but atenolol for example is used for other medical problems like prophylaxis for angina or myocardial infarction, it is even used for migraines at times. All in all it really depends on your mothers history, her blood pressure, and other factors when a doctor decides on a course of treatment.
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