Dear Pharmacist: Are there any natural remedies I can take for high blood pressure? I do take medicine but I want to stop because it makes me cough. Can you help? — T.L., Dallas, Texas
Answer: Promise to remain supervised by your physician before going off your medicine. Some have to be weaned; You can’t suddenly stop. High blood pressure is one of those things I consider a symptom rather than a disease itself. It is “silent,” meaning there are few obvious signs that you have it until a big event (for example, a heart attack). As blood pressure rises, you may get headaches in the back of the head which may feel worse in the morning upon arising. You may also experience dizziness, blurred vision, ringing in the ears, fatigue, nosebleeds or the urge to urinate at night.
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