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How bad are the side effects from blood pressure medications?

Different blood pressure medications have different side effects. Calcium channel blockers are used to lower blood pressure, and the biggest side effect is having some edema or swelling. There are medications that may affect the kidneys. There are medications that slow the heart rate down and may make you a little bit tired or fatigued.

However, without medication, the biggest side effect of hypertension is a stroke. Other negative effects of high blood pressure include heart failure, heart attack and kidney failure.

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Dr. Ronald M. Firth, MD
Family Practitioner
Less than 10% of people experience annoying side effects from blood pressure medications--and changing medication or dose of medication can usually reduce or eliminate these effects.

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