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When should I tell my doctor about medication side effects?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Don't hesitate to report side effects of hypertension medications to your doctor.  Most people do not have side effects but it is important to watch for any unexplained problems.  Many problems may not even be related to the medication, but your doctor would want to know about any problems you experience when taking a new blood pressure medication.  If a problem is caused by medication, it may be possible to resolve the problem by changing the dose of the medication or using a different medication.

Weakness and sexual problems, especially in men, can happen with any of the blood pressure medications.  Some blood pressure medications can result in a dry cough or asthma symptoms. Other hypertension drugs cause fatigue. Still, there are many other causes of these symptoms, and there may be other problems present which need to be diagnosed and corrected. 

If you have any questions or concerns about your medications or other steps you are taking to control your hypertension, then get more information.

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