High Blood Pressure
Amlodipine Tablets (5mg & 10mg)From As low as £12.99
- Highly effective in treating high blood pressure
- Relaxes the blood vessels and allows blood to flow through more freely
- Can lower the risk of suffering a heart attack, stroke or developing heart disease
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Lercanidipine HydrochlorideFrom As low as £19.99
- Used to treat High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)
- Works by widening blood vessels allowing blood to flow more freely
- Also helps to prevent more serious risks associated with hypertension such as Heart Attacks
Please note brand received may vary
What is High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)?
Hypertension, more commonly known as high blood pressure, is a condition that affects a huge number of people throughout the UK. In order for blood to move effectively around your body, a certain amount of pressure is needed to keep it flowing in a healthy way. However, if this pressure becomes too high over a period of time, it will narrow your blood vessels and put a strain on your heart.
This is known as high blood pressure, or hypertension. It is believed that one in four adults in the UK have hypertension, but because the symptoms are hard to see, many do not realise they have it. Reasons for hypertension vary, but things like age and unhealthy lifestyle choices play a big part.
Is high blood pressure dangerous?
If left untreated, hypertension can lead to a number of other medical conditions and can increase the risk of developing the following health conditions.
- If you already suffer from angina, having a high blood pressure can make your symptoms much worse
- Coronary artery disease
- Heart attacks
- Heart disease
- Heart failure
- Kidney disease
If you are prescribed high blood pressure medication, this can also lead to other risks and complications due to the side effects that certain medications have on the body. For example, most high blood pressure medications increase the uric acid levels in the body; this can then lead to gout which is caused by increased uric acid levels. Many individuals that take hypertension medication have an increased risk of developing gout.
Can high blood pressure be fatal?
High blood pressure can lead to a fatal stroke or heart attack.
High Blood Pressure Symptoms and Warning Signs
How do you feel when you have high blood pressure?
In most cases, high blood pressure does not present any obvious physical symptoms. However, in severe cases, when your blood pressure is excessively high, you may experience some of the following symptoms:
- Nose bleeds
- A headache that does not go away
- Blurred or double vision
- Shortness of breath
These symptoms are rare, but if you do experience any of them, you should speak to a doctor as soon as possible. Having any of these symptoms would be classed as a medical emergency that requires urgent treatment.
What causes High Blood Pressure?
There can be several causes of high blood pressure, including:
- Age (the risk of hypertension increases as you get older)
- Family history of hypertension
- Being of Caribbean or African origin
- Being overweight
- Unhealthy lifestyle and diet habits, including a high salt and/or alcohol intake, smoking, a lack of exercise and not sleeping enough
High cholesterol levels - too much cholesterol causes the arteries to become harder and narrow. As a result the heart is forced to work harder when trying to pass blood through the blood vessels to the rest of the body and causes blood pressure to also increase to a high level.
How is high blood pressure diagnosed?
High blood pressure does not normally come with any physical symptoms, so the only way to be certain is to have a blood pressure test.
Healthy adults over 40 years old should have their blood pressure checked at least once every five years, but if you are at an increased risk of hypertension, you should get it checked once a year.
How can I measure my blood pressure at home?
You can visit your doctor for a blood pressure test, or you can test yourself at home with a blood pressure kit. If you are concerned that you do have high blood pressure, fill out a Medicine Direct health questionnaire here. This will be passed to one of our doctors, who will assess your symptoms and prescribe the right course of treatment for you.
What counts as normal and high blood pressure?
Blood pressure is measured in millimetres of mercury (mmHg).
A high blood pressure reading in an otherwise healthy person could be anything above 140/90mmHg. Ideally, a normal blood pressure reading should be somewhere between 90/60mmHg and 120/80mmHg.
Below this level would be classed as low blood pressure, which is a different medical condition.
I have had a high reading – does this mean I have hypertension?
If your reading is as high or higher than those stated above, the likelihood is that you do have high blood pressure.
High Blood Pressure Treatment
Medicine Direct offers a variety of different high blood pressure treatments. These include ACE inhibitors, ARBS (Angiotensin-2 receptor blockers), beta-blockers, calcium channel blockers and diuretics. Each works differently but all have the same aim; to reduce your blood pressure to a healthy and stable level.
To find out more about how beta blockers such as propranolol can help with high blood pressure you can read our detailed medical guide.
Lercanidipine and Amlodipine are two of the most widely prescribed high blood pressure medications in the UK. They work by relaxing and widening your blood vessels, meaning that the heart can pump blood around the body more freely. Medicine Direct offers Lercanidipine in packs of 28 tablets at a dosage of 10mg. Amlodipine is available in packs of 84 or 186 tablets, in a dosage of either 10mg or 5mg.
The type of medication and dosage you will be prescribed will depend on your own specific circumstances.
How can I lower my blood pressure quickly?
There is no quick fix for high blood pressure, but certain lifestyle changes can help to reduce it. In some cases, treatment may also require medication like ACE inhibitors, calcium channel blockers or beta-blockers to reduce hypertension.
Lifestyle changes to reduce your blood pressure
You may find that basic lifestyle changes are all you need to reduce high blood pressure.
These lifestyle changes can include:
- Reducing salt intake
- Reducing fatty food intake and eating a more balanced and healthy diet
- Reducing alcohol intake
- Reducing caffeine intake
- Increasing exercising and being more active
- Increasing sleep and getting at least six hours per night.
- Losing weight
- Stopping smoking
However, you may find you need medication to help widen your blood vessels and support your heart. If this is the case, you will need to speak to a doctor about which type of high blood pressure tablets will suit you best.
Medicine Direct have an experienced clinical team of doctors, pharmacists and dispensers, all of whom are based in the UK. All are fully trained and qualified to provide appropriate and considered care across all areas of treatment we have available at our online pharmacy.
This means that no matter which member of our team is assigned to your case, you can rest assured that you are in the hands of a highly skilled medical professional, who possesses the compassion and clinical expertise to properly advise you on the best course of treatment.
We are fully regulated
All of our doctors and pharmacists are fully registered with both the General Medical Council (GMC), MHRA and the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC). Each member of our team has also worked in various clinic settings in the past, such as community pharmacies and NHS hospitals.