Low Blood Pressure (cont.)
- Diuretic medications [for example, hydrochlorothiazide (Hydrodiuril), furosemide
(Lasix)] are used to
control blood pressure by causing the kidneys to make more urine and decreasing
the intravascular volume. If the patient loses too much water and becomes
dehydrated, low blood pressure may result.
- Beta blockers and calcium channel blockers are two commonly prescribed
medications used for the treatment of high blood pressure. They may cause the
heart to beat too slowly and thus cause hypotension. Any heart medication needs
to be monitored by a healthcare provider to evaluate the body's response and to
select the appropriate dose.
- Medications like sildenafil (Viagra) in combination with nitroglycerin may cause blood
vessel dilation and low blood pressure.
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