Blood Pressure Meds – When Should I Take Them?

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This is a very good question. Usually blood pressure is the lowest while you sleep. Blood pressure is usually highest in the mornings and throughout the day. It makes sense to take blood pressure medication in the morning then, right? Not necessarily!

New studies have found that this may not be the case. They show that night-time blood pressure readings are the best estimators of total heart health. This means by controlling your blood pressure at night, you may have overall better results. One large study found a decrease in heart attacks in patients who took their blood pressure medication at night.

It is important that you speak to your doctor before making any changes. Some people may not benefit from taking them at night. This is sometimes true for those with diabetes or kidney disease. Also, some blood pressure medications like diuretics, or “water pills” should not be taken at night. Taking water pills at night could force you to wake up having to use the bathroom. So be sure to talk to your doctor about it first. If you take multiple medications for blood pressure, just be sure to talk to your doctor. You may benefit from taking one or more of them at night.

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