Did You Take Your Blood Pressure Medicine Today?
When you miss a dose of your blood pressure medicine, you might not notice a difference. But your body does. Skipping your blood pressure medicine can make your blood pressure go up. This can cause damage to your heart and blood vessels.
your medicine at the same time every day will help keep your blood pressure at the right
level and will help your heart and blood vessels stay healthy. And knowing when and how to
take your medicine will help make sure that it’s working the way it should be. Here are
some tips for taking your blood pressure medicine:
Ask your doctor or pharmacist what time of day to take your medicine and whether you
should take it with food.
Consider setting a medicine alert on your phone or computer. There are many apps
that can used on a smart phone or tablet that will help with medicine tracking and
even refill reminders. You may find one that will work well for you and your
Keep your medicine with something you use every day to remind you to take it. This
might be with your toothbrush, coffee mug, or computer.
Put a reminder note in a place you sit or on a door you open every day
Buy a pillbox that has a compartment for each day’s pills.
Don’t forget refills. Every time you refill your medicine, mark a note on your
calendar to remind you to pick up the next refill.
Ask your provider or pharmacist what to do if you miss a dose of your medicine.
Don't double up doses to "catch-up" on your medicines for the day. This could cause
a dangerous drop in your blood pressure.
Never stop taking your medicine without talking with your provider first. If your
blood pressure readings are going down, it's because your medicine is working.
Stick with your medicine plan long-term. Not doing so can increase your risk for
heart disease and stroke. It's important to be honest with your healthcare team about
your ability to take the medicine as prescribed.
- Also track your blood pressure and heart rate. This is to see how
your body responds to the medicine. Changes in your health status can affect your blood
pressure. Knowing what a normal trend for you will help in guiding your short-term and
long-term treatment if changes occur.