Question I've got high blood pressure. Most of the medication that my doctor has prescribed keeps me from having proper erections. Right now, I've been on Ismelin (guanethidine) for a long time. Are there any lifestyle changes I can make so I can have a proper sex life with my partner? Answer By Dr. Owens at Sexualhealth.com Erections are caused by increased blood flow to the penis. Medications against high blood pressure act by lowering the blood pressure in the entire body, also affecting the blood supply to the penis. Therefore it often becomes difficult for men taking this type of medication to achieve the increased blood flow necessary for having proper erections. A good resource book for various medications' sexual side effects is Sexual Pharmacology. Drugs That Affect Sexual Function by Crenshaw & Goldberg (1996) . Sexual side effects of guanethidine include impaired erectile function. Preferable alternatives are prazosin or similar alpha1blockers, calcium blockers...
Do you remember the story that came out a few years back, about mixing grapefruit juice and certain medications and how it was a big no-no? According to the University of Florida, Center for Food-Drug Interaction Research and Education : "Grapefruit juice appeared on the food-drug interaction radar in the late 1980s when scientists discovered that it contains natural substances that can affect the way certain prescription medications are broken down (metabolized) by an enzyme, known as CYP3A4. If a person drinks grapefruit juice and takes one of these drugs orally, more of the drug may enter the bloodstream than would have under normal circumstances. This means that grapefruit juice has the potential to enhance the absorption of these certain prescription drugs." So grapefruit juice and certain medications can interact and become toxic.
Hmmm, an excellent reminder for even those of us who are not taking these medications. All food is chemical and interacts chemically with...
Hypertension is blood pressure that is often higher than 140/90 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg).
HBP; Blood pressure - high
Blood pressure can vary throughout the day and change with activity. A blood pressure measurement has two numbers:
The top (systolic) number is the blood pressure during the heartbeat.
The bottom (diastolic) number is the blood pressure between beats.
According to the American Heart Association, adults should normally have a blood pressure less than 120/80 mm Hg.
Pre-hypertension is when the top number is 120-139 mm Hg and the bottom number is over 80-89 mm Hg on most measurements. If you have pre-hypertension, you are likely to develop high blood pressure at some time in your life, unless you make lifestyle changes.
High blood pressure can affect all types of people. You have a higher risk of high blood pressure if you have a family history of the disease. High blood pr...
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