Hypertension (high blood pressure) is a chronic medical condition that can be a major risk factor for heart attack, kidney disease, or stroke. Because hypertension has no symptoms regarding what is happening in your body, your doctor is likely to be the one that discovers your pressure is high during a regular physical exam. Tekturna is commonly prescribed to treat this “silent killer” either alone or with other medications for lowering blood pressure.
The guidelines for defining hypertension were changed in early 2018 and went from a reading of 140 over 90 down to 130 over 80 and there are now an estimated 103 million adults in the USA that have high blood pressure. Tekturna is not a cure for hypertension, but it can help to keep your blood pressure stable with help from a proper diet and exercise plan.
Tekturna is the first in a class of drugs called direct renin inhibitors. Its job is to block renin, an enzyme that triggers a process that helps regulate blood pressure. This action causes the blood vessels to relax and widen, making it easier for blood to flow through the vessels which lowers blood pressure. It is very important to have your blood pressure checked regularly, either from a doctor examination or you can monitor your own BP by accessing machines found at most pharmacies and report the readings to your doctor.
Some people are able to control their blood pressure by adopting a healthier lifestyle. Eating right, exercising, limiting alcohol and salt intake, and avoiding stress can help but many families these days lead hectic schedules that make it difficult to take time to look after their own health. Severe hypertension may cause headaches, nausea, and vomiting and hypertensive crisis can damage your brain, heart, or kidney if ignored and not dealt with immediately.
Untreated high blood pressure puts strain on the arterial walls, leading to the potential for strokes and heart attacks as well as kidney failure. Hypertension can eventually damage the large arteries leading to your kidneys and the tiny blood vessels within the kidneys. This potential damage could make it so your kidneys cannot effectively filter waste from your blood and result in dangerously high levels of fluid and waste accumulating. This can ultimately lead to two options; dialysis or kidney transplant.
Inform your doctor of other health concerns you have and list any current OTC and Rx medicine you are taking, including supplements and naturopathic remedies so your doctor can decide if Tekturna is the right choice for your situation. Ask your doctor if Tekturna is safe for you to take while you are pregnant, may become pregnant, or are nursing a baby.
You should avoid high-fat foods if you take Tekturna with meals. They can make it harder for your body to absorb Tekturna. Until you know how Tekturna will affect you, avoid driving, operating machinery, or performing any task that requires your full and undivided attention. All medications should be kept out of children’s reach and never your meds with anyone.