Smaller Doses Of Blood Pressure Meds Are Just As Effective

  • Quarter doses of two meds combined worked just as well as a standard dose
  • Produced fewer side-effects such as dizziness, insomnia and headaches
  • Quarter doses of four drugs together was twice as effective, say researchers
  • However, the adverse effects for quadruple quarter dose therapy are not known
  • Only one in three with blood pressure problems are able to gain control of it
  • Findings could alter the way we treat hypertension but more research is needed

Lower doses of blood pressure lowering medications appear to be as effective in treating hypertension as a standard dose and produced fewer side effects, new research has found.

Two medications in combination, each at a quarter of the recommended dose, worked just as well, Australian scientists discovered.

The study, the first in its kind, suggests potentially millions may be suffering unnecessary adverse effects from medication – such as weakness, dizziness, insomnia, headache and muscle cramps.

The findings could bring about a rethink of the way doctors treat raised blood pressure, which affects 1.13 billion people worldwide – that’s around one in four adults in the UK and one in three in the US.

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