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Is Propranolol An Accepted Medicine for Extremely High BP in PKD

2014-11-12 14:18| Font Size A A A

Is Propranolol An Accepted Medicine for Extremely High BP in PKDHigh Blood Pressure is one of common symptoms for patients with Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) which is an inherited kidney disorder. In the condition, is proparanolol an accepted medicine for the kidney disease patients with hypertension?

To know answer, we should know the: how does high blood pressure occur in PKD?

High BP, the abbreviation of high blood pressure, is the commonly seen symptom therein. PKD is characterized by the multiple cysts on the kidneys. The main cause is enlarged kidney cysts. If left untreated, these cysts will enlarge and the enlarged kidney cysts will oppress kidney structure which will reduce the blood flow in the kidney. That will stimulate the secretion of renin, which is easily caused high blood pressure.

What is the propranolol?

Propranolol is a beta-blocker which can affect the heart and circulation (blood flow through arteries and veins). It is used to treat high blood pressure, abnormal heart rhythms, heart disease, pheochromocytoma (tumor on a small gland near the kidneys) and certain types of tremor. Also it is used to prevent chest pain and migraine headaches.

Well then, is propranolol a safe medicine for PKD patients with high blood pressure?

To be frank, although it can lower high blood pressure to some extent, it does not solve the problem from the underlying causes. What’s more, it may cause some side effects such as dizziness, difficulty sleeping, excessive tiredness, upset stomach, vomiting, rash, diarrhea, constipation and so on. All of them can worsen illness condition and can be life-threatening. In addition, if you suffer from the symptoms like swelling, unusual bleeding, sore throat, irregular heartbeat, etc, you are not suggested to take this medicine. In order to ensure your safety, you’d better take it under the guidance of your doctor.

Aside from western medicine, you might as well try Chinese herbal medicine, like Micro-Chinese Medicine Osmotherapy, Hot Compress Therapy, Medicated Bath, and so on. All of them are natural remedies which are commonly used for repairing kidney damage, shrinking kidney cysts and protecting renal function.

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