Online forums for managing high blood pressure?
February 19, 2014 5:08 AM Subscribe
Are there any good (no woo-woo) forums for managing high blood pressure? I need to ask some technical questions about medication.
I have been diagnosed with high blood pressure. I am on medication (and I have also lost some weight, and will continue to lose weight, and have eliminated sodium from my diet).
Allergy season is coming up, and I take anti-histamines. I get pretty severe hay fever starting in May and June, but I am also in Japan until April and the change in seasons will give me very severe allergies.
I need to know if the over the counter allergy medication I have brought with me is safe to take with my medication for high blood pressure. Doctors here in Japan will not be familiar with my medication, Claritin, because the active ingredient, Loratadine, I think may be not be popular here.
In other words, my doctor here in Japan, a high blood pressure specialist, may not be familiar with the OTC anti-histamines I am taking.
So I would like to look around on some forums to get a second opinion.
As a caveat, I will likely NOT take anti-histamines without my doctor's advice, unless there is *very* clear information indicating it is safe to do so.
I will instead ask my doctor (in Japan)'s advice on a safe anti-histamine. The challenge then is finding an anti-histamine that works, because my rhinitis is pretty damn severe here in April due to Chinese pollutants and Mongolian sand.