DEAR DR. DONOHUE: My doctor has me taking two blood pressure medicines every day. There was a time when my pressure was quite high. Now it’s normal. I take my pressure every day. I am retired, and I think that brought my pressure down. Can I safely stop one of my blood pressure medicines? – D.K.
ANSWER: It would be safe for you if your doctor thinks it is a good idea. He or she probably will, if you discuss it.
When you see your doctor, bring with you a record of your blood pressures. That information will carry much weight in making the right decision.
Blood pressure medicine is usually, but not always, taken for life. If people make big life changes – reduce their salt intake, exercise, lose weight, minimize life’s stresses – then it is possible to decrease the dose of blood pressure medicine and sometimes to eliminate it.
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