What are the side effects of not taking high blood pressure medication?
Sudden discontinuation of beta-blockers (such as metoprolol, atenolol and propranolol) can cause a spike in blood pressure and elevated heart rate.
People with underlying heart disease may develop chest pain and even have a heart attack..
What if I missed my blood pressure medication?
If it is almost time for the next dose (within 2 hours), skip the missed dose and take the next dose when it is due. Otherwise, take it as soon as it is remembered, and then go back to taking the medicine as usual. Do not take a double dose to make up for the dose that you missed.
How long can you go without treating high blood pressure?
If left untreated, a blood pressure of 180/120 or higher results in an 80% chance of death within one year, with an average survival rate of ten months. Prolonged, untreated high blood pressure can also lead to heart attack, stroke, blindness, and kidney disease.
What happens if I miss my blood pressure medicine for a few days?
If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses to make up for the dose you missed.