What is high blood pressure?
What causes high blood pressure?
Risk factors you CAN control
Losing even a small amount of weight can help you lower your blood pressure.2
Lack of physical activity
Regular physical activity can help you lower your blood pressure and keep your weight under control.
Smoking or chewing tobacco can raise blood pressure. If you smoke, quit.
A high salt (sodium) diet
A diet low in sodium has been shown to help lower blood pressure.3
Too much may raise your blood pressure.
Stress can raise blood pressure temporarily and may lead to overeating, and tobacco or alcohol use. There are techniques to help reduce it.
High cholesterol, diabetes, kidney disease, and sleep apnea may increase your risk of high blood pressure. Talk to your doctor if you have these.
Decongestants, birth control pills, and certain pain relievers and prescription drugs can raise blood pressure. Talk to your doctor before taking them.
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Selected Important Safety Information
Do not take BENICAR or BENICAR HCT if you:
- Take a medicine that contains aliskiren and you have diabetes or kidney problems
Do not take BENICAR HCT if you:
- Have less urine than normal or if you cannot urinate
- Are allergic to other sulfonamide type medicines
- Have severe kidney disease
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