December 18, 2014
When to Take Blood Pressure Meds
Wellness Tip

When to Take Blood Pressure Meds

by Berkeley Wellness  |  

If you take blood pressure medication, consider taking it in the evening, rather than the morning.

A recent review from the Cochrane Collaboration evaluated 21 studies and found that taking the drugs in the evening results in slightly lower 24-hour blood pressure readings.

In addition, a new Spanish study of people with hypertension and chronic kidney disease found that those who were told to take at least one hypertension drug at bedtime not only had better blood pressure control, but also had far fewer heart attacks, strokes and other cardiovascular events over a five-year period than those taking the drugs in the morning.

The Spanish study was published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.