Low BP

Treatments For Low Blood Pressure

Treatment for low blood pressure totally depends on the underlying cause(s) of low blood pressure. For, the treatment methods vary from the cause to cause. Every doctor prescribes the medication as per the need and suitability of the person's condition.

Here are some of the common causes of low blood pressure along with the treatments preferred.

Blood loss and Septicemia. Sometimes low blood pressure is caused by the loss of blood. This condition can be treated with intravenous fluids and transfusions of the blood. If the cause is septicemia, it should be treated with intravenous fluids and antibiotics.

Dehydration. If your low blood pressure is caused by dehydration, it ought to be treated with fluids and minerals. If dehydration is mild and with symptoms of no nausea and vomiting, it should be treated with oral fluids and electrolytes. Moderate to severe dehydration requires the treatment under the supervision of a doctor in the hospital.

Bradycardia. Generally it results from medication. So it can be treat with the adjustment of the dosage or discontinuing the medications.

Tachycardia. The treatment of low blood pressure caused by the tachycardia depends on the nature of the tachycardia. With the help of medications or with an implantable defibrillator, ventricular tachycardia can be treated.

If the cause of the hypotension is not clear, then you only need to do something that can raise your blood pressure and reduce signs and symptoms. Blood pressure can be raised in several ways:

Increased intake of salt. Increase your intake of salt and sodium. It will help you raise your blood pressure. But don't go beyond the limitation. Excess sodium can cause heart failure.

Increased water. Dehydration is one of the causes of the low blood pressure. So it is very imperative for people with low blood pressure to drink sufficient water. Fluids increase blood volume and thus help prevent dehydration which causes low blood pressure.

Medications. Medications are also prescribed to treat low blood pressure. It depends on the type of the low blood pressure you are suffering from.

If it is Neurally Mediated Hypotension, then following medications are prescribed,

1) Fludrocortisone (Florinef)
2) Beta-blockers (e.g., atenolol)
3) Disopyramide (Norpace)
4) Fuoxetine (Prozac)
5) Sertraline (Zoloft)
6) Ephedrine

If it is the orthostatic hypotension then medications such as fludrocortisone (Florinef), erythropoietin and midodrine are prescribed.