Can You Get Side Effects From Blood Pressure Medicines?

In this article, I’ll tell you if you can and also why this can happen. I’ll also describe the medically advised natural alternatives to drugs.

The answer to this question is a resounding “yes”. Patients taking blood pressure drugs will often get side effects. These drugs are not like other medicine where side effects may be relatively rare. No, with b.p. drugs, side effects are unfortunately quite common. This is because they have “systemic” effects on the body.

Systemic Drugs

You see, the problem with high blood pressure is that it is a condition that has no direct cause.

For example, a person may have the condition because they get stressed. But when you are not stressed, you still have the condition. This is because stress causes long term hormonal changes. In fact, all the factors that affect high blood pressure are like this and rely on a complex chain of events to occur.

For this reason, there is no single drug that will cure you. Instead, there are a number of drugs that affect the entire body. It’s a bit like firing a shotgun to try to hit a pea. Probably, you will hit it but you will also hit many other things too!

Types Of Side Effects

These common side effects are numerous and include dizziness, constipation (or diarrhea), frequent urination, increased cancer risk, irritating cough, swollen ankles, gout, increased risk of developing diabetes and more.

Your doctor will typically prescribe you a pair of drugs and then ask you to schedule a future appointment where you can discuss your side effects and make a small change to your daily medication to try and limit these.


Many doctors now recommend that you use natural methods at the same time as drugs, or instead of them. For example, the DASH diet is the result of an extensive study carried out by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. There are also many other natural ways to lower your blood pressure.