Antihypertensives

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.

Tapering Guidance

  • Reduce the dose by 25-50% every 1 to 2 weeks. At 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

Withdrawal Symptoms and monitoring guidance           

  • Monitor – diuretic drugs: weight gain, swelling, shortness of breath           
  • Monitor – beta blockers and other antihypertensives: emergent chest pain (masked angina), pounding heart, heart rate, anxiety, tremor
  • Monitor – blood pressure (monitor for up to 6 months to ensure no rebound)

 

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