High blood pressure (hypertension)

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What is high blood pressure (hypertension)?

Blood pressure is considered high when the systolic (upper number) reading is consistently greater than 140 or when diastolic (lower number) is consistently 90 or greater.

Common symptoms reported by people with high blood pressure (hypertension)

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with high blood pressure (hypertension)

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Zestril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
223
Treatment name(s)

(Norvasc)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
165
Treatment name(s)

(Hydrochlorot)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
113
Treatment name(s)

(Cozaar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
101
Treatment name(s)

(Metoprolol Tartrate)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
99
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
83
Tried for
Pain (74) anxious mood (6)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
80
Tried for
Pain (80)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
73
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
63
Tried for
Pain (63)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
62
Tried for
depressed mood (56) Pain (9)
1 more

Data from patients with high blood pressure (hypertension), who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with high blood pressure (hypertension)

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Zestril)
Perceived effectiveness
for high blood pressure (hypertension) (94 evaluations)
Side effects
cough dry cough 25 more
Total evaluations
106
Treatment name(s)

(Norvasc)
Perceived effectiveness
for high blood pressure (hypertension) (120 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness dizziness and feeling faint 35 more
Total evaluations
127
Treatment name(s)

(Hydrochlorot)
Perceived effectiveness
for high blood pressure (hypertension) (76 evaluations)
Side effects
frequent urination hypokalemia 15 more
Total evaluations
87
Treatment name(s)

(Cozaar)
Perceived effectiveness
for high blood pressure (hypertension) (55 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness cough 9 more
Total evaluations
56
Treatment name(s)

(Metoprolol Tartrate)
Perceived effectiveness
for high blood pressure (hypertension) (50 evaluations)
Side effects
tiredness diarrhea 12 more
Total evaluations
57
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (57 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness drowsiness 28 more
Total evaluations
72
Tried for
Pain (74) anxious mood (6)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (57 evaluations)
Side effects
itching sleepiness 19 more
Total evaluations
62
Tried for
Pain (80)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (45 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness drowsiness 19 more
Total evaluations
47
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (28 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness constipation 6 more
Total evaluations
28
Tried for
Pain (63)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (52 evaluations)
Side effects
brain fog difficulty with orgasm 23 more
Total evaluations
77
Tried for
depressed mood (56) Pain (9)
1 more
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with high blood pressure (hypertension), who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has high blood pressure (hypertension) on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 16
20s 238
30s 1,085
40s 2,774
50s 4,785
60s 3,840
70+ 1,248
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 261
20-29 years 648
30-39 years 970
40-49 years 846
50-59 years 354
60-69 years 77
70+ years 4

Sex

Distribution of sex

70% Female
30% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 5,513
Not Diagnosed 151

These charts show data from high blood pressure (hypertension) patients who have completed their condition history
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