Blopress, an angiotensin II receptor antagonist, is used for the treatment of hypertension (high blood pressure). It works by blocking chemicals in the body that cause blood vessels to tighten. It also relaxes the blood vessels to help blood flow more freely throughout the body.
Blopress is used alone or in combination with other medications in the treatment of high blood pressure. It can be used to treat heart failure, as well. In one study, Blopress was shown to lower both mortality and morbidity rates in congestive heart failure.
Some medical conditions may interfere with Blopress treatment. Patients suffering from heart disease, kidney disorders, liver ailments or diabetes should let their doctor know before starting this medication. Patients should also inform their doctor if they have any food, medicine, or substance allergies, or low blood or sodium levels.
Prior to any surgery, patients should tell their doctor if they are taking Blopress. If they are allergic to Blopress or any of its ingredients, or are allergic to other medications, they should let their doctor know as well.
Taking Blopress with diuretics or lithium may aggravate the side effects. ACE inhibitors like captopril and potassium-sparing diuretics can increase the potassium levels in the blood when taken with Blopress. It is important for patients to let their doctor know what kinds of medications they are taking, whether prescription, over-the-counter medications, or any vitamin, mineral or herbal supplement, before they start taking Blopress.
Patients taking Blopress should refrain from driving or performing any activities that involve great amounts of risk. This is because the medication can cause dizziness. Consuming alcoholic beverages or taking medicines containing alcohol should be avoided as they can aggravate the symptoms of lightheadedness.
Within two weeks of beginning treatment, patients will experience a marked decrease in their blood pressure levels. If other blood pressure medication is taken in tandem with Blopress, they may also experience fatigue for the first few weeks after starting the medication.
Doctors may order regular laboratory testing, including monitoring of blood pressure levels, during Blopress treatment. This is to determine whether the medication has taken effect, or if there are any adverse side effects.