The information below is intended as a reference only, and should not be taken as medical advice. If you have questions about your medications, consult your pharmacist, doctor, nurse, or other healthcare professional.
Reduce the dose by 50% every 1 to 2 weeks Once you get to 25% of the original dose and no withdrawal symptoms have been seen, stop the drug If any withdrawal symptoms occur, go back to approximately 75% of the previously tolerated dose.
Monitor (When Tapering Diuretic Drugs)
Weight gain, swelling, shortness of breath.
Monitor (When Tapering Other Blood Pressure Drugs)
Chest pain, pounding heart, heart rate, blood pressure (re-measure for up to 6 months), anxiety, tremor.
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