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i have lupus and i am taking prednisone,plaquenil,imuran,and colchicine.and now i have a serious

By Anonymous September 17, 2011 - 11:37am
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problem;my blood pressure is very high all the time.what is the reason?soso

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Hi Anon,

Thank you for your post and I'm sorry to hear that your blood pressure has been elevated lately.

There are two types of high blood pressure.

Primary (essential) hypertension
For most adults, there's no identifiable cause of high blood pressure. This type of high blood pressure, called essential hypertension or primary hypertension, tends to develop gradually over many years.

Secondary hypertension
Some people have high blood pressure caused by an underlying condition. This type of high blood pressure, called secondary hypertension, tends to appear suddenly and cause higher blood pressure than does primary hypertension. Various conditions and medications can lead to secondary hypertension, including:

Kidney problems
Adrenal gland tumors
Certain defects in blood vessels you're born with (congenital)
Certain medications, such as birth control pills, cold remedies, decongestants, over-the-counter pain relievers and some prescription drugs
Illegal drugs, such as cocaine and amphetamines

Hope this helps,


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