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African-Americans May Need to Be More Proactive in Dealing with High Blood Pressure


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APRIL IS "NATIONAL MINORITY HEALTH MONTH"--A TIME TO INCREASE AWARENESS OF DISEASES AND HEALTH-CONDITIONS THAT DISPROPORTIONATELY IMPACT MINORITIES.  WHILE HYPERTENSION, OR HIGH BLOOD-PRESSURE, CAN AFFECT ANYONE, RESEARCH SHOWS THAT AFRICAN-AMERICANS ARE 40-PERCENT MORE LIKELY THAN CAUCASIANS TO HAVE THE CONDITION.  IT'S IMPORTANT TO KNOW THAT HIGH BLOOD-PRESSURE CAN LEAD TO HEART-ATTACK AND STROKE.  DOCTOR DAVID S- KOUNTZ--PRESIDENT OF THE "INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY ON HYPERTENSION IN BLACKS"--UNDERSTANDS THE CONCERNS AFRICAN-AMERICANS MAY FACE, WHEN DIAGNOSED WITH HIGH BLOOD-PRESSURE...

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STUDIES SHOW THAT AFRICAN-AMERICANS DEVELOP HYPERTENSION EARLIER IN LIFE--AND TO A MORE-SEVERE DEGREE--THAN CAUCASIANS--WHICH IS WHY IT IS IMPORTANT FOR INDIVIDUALS TO BE PROACTIVE IN CHECKING THEIR BLOOD-PRESSURE NUMBERS--AND TO WORK WITH THEIR DOCTORS, TO FIND THE RIGHT TREATMENT-PLAN.  LIFESTYLE-CHANGES ARE ALSO KEY TO HELPING LOWER BLOOD-PRESSURE:  THIS INCLUDES A LOW-SODIUM DIET [THAT'S] RICH IN FRUITS, VEGETABLES, AND LOW-FAT DAIRY-PRODUCTS; EXERCISING REGULARLY; AND AVOIDING TOBACCO.  WHEN LIFESTYLE-CHANGES AREN'T ENOUGH, YOUR PHYSICIAN MAY PRESCRIBE A MEDICATION, TO HELP LOWER BLOOD-PRESSURE."

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SOME PATIENTS MAY REQUIRE MEDICATION, TO REACH THEIR BLOOD-PRESSURE GOALS.  ONE TREATMENT-OPTION IS "EDARBYCLOR"--OR "AZILSARTAN MEDOXOMIL" AND "CHLORTHALIDONE".  IN ONE 12-WEEK CLINICAL-STUDY OF PATIENTS WITH MODERATE TO SEVERE HYPERTENSION, "'EDARBYCLOR' 40-SLASH-25 MILLIGRAMS" WAS SHOWN TO LOWER SYSTOLIC BLOOD-PRESSURE IN PATIENTS MORE THAN "'BENICAR H-C-T' 40-SLASH-25 MILLIGRAMS"--ANOTHER HYPERTENSION-MEDICATION.  THIS RESULT WAS SIMILAR ACROSS PATIENT-GROUPS TESTED--INCLUDING AFRICAN-AMERICANS.  LEARN MORE AT "EDARBYCLOR"-DOT-COM; THAT'S "E-D-A-R-B-Y-C-L-O-R"-DOT-COM.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

WARNING:  "EDARBYCLOR" CAN CAUSE HARM OR DEATH TO YOUR UNBORN-BABY.  IF YOU BECOME PREGNANT WHILE TAKING "EDARBYCLOR", TELL YOUR DOCTOR RIGHT AWAY.  IF YOU PLAN TO BECOME PREGNANT, TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR ABOUT OTHER TREATMENTS TO LOWER BLOOD-PRESSURE.

BEFORE TAKING "EDARBYCLOR", TELL YOUR DOCTOR IF YOU ARE BREASTFEEDING OR PLAN TO BREASTFEED.  DISCUSS WITH YOUR DOCTOR OTHER WAYS TO LOWER YOUR BLOOD-PRESSURE.  IT IS NOT KNOWN IF "EDARBYCLOR" PASSES INTO BREAST-MILK.  YOU AND YOUR DOCTOR SHOULD DECIDE IF YOU WILL TAKE "EDARBYCLOR" OR BREASTFEED.  YOU SHOULD NOT DO BOTH.

DO NOT TAKE "EDARBYCLOR" IF YOU MAKE LESS URINE BECAUSE OF KIDNEY-PROBLEMS ("ANURIA").

DO NOT TAKE "ALISKIREN" WITH "EDARBYCLOR" IF YOU HAVE DIABETES.

TELL YOUR DOCTOR ABOUT ALL YOUR MEDICAL-CONDITIONS--INCLUDING IF YOU HAVE HEART-PROBLEMS OR STROKE, HAVE GOUT, OR HAVE LIVER- OR KIDNEY-PROBLEMS.  KIDNEY-PROBLEMS MAY BECOME WORSE IN PEOPLE THAT ALREADY HAVE KIDNEY-DISEASE.  IF YOU HAVE KIDNEY-PROBLEMS, YOU MAY NEED BLOOD-TESTS--AND YOUR DOCTOR MAY NEED TO LOWER YOUR DOSE, OR MAY NEED TO STOP TREATMENT WITH "EDARBYCLOR".

TELL YOUR DOCTOR ABOUT ALL THE MEDICINES YOU TAKE--INCLUDING PRESCRIPTION- AND NONPRESCRIPTION-MEDICINES, VITAMINS, AND HERBAL SUPPLEMENTS.  ESPECIALLY TELL YOUR DOCTOR IF YOU TAKE OTHER MEDICINES TO TREAT YOUR HIGH BLOOD-PRESSURE OR HEART-PROBLEM; WATER-PILLS (DIURETICS); LITHIUM; OR "DIGOXIN".

"EDARBYCLOR" MAY CAUSE SERIOUS SIDE-EFFECTS, INCLUDING LOW BLOOD-PRESSURE (HYPOTENSION)--WHICH MAY CAUSE YOU TO FEEL FAINT AND DIZZY.  VOMITING AND DIARRHEA, A LOW-SALT DIET, SWEATING A LOT, OR NOT DRINKING ENOUGH FLUID CAN ALSO LEAD TO LOW BLOOD-PRESSURE.

IF YOU FEEL FAINT OR DIZZY, LIE DOWN AND CALL YOUR DOCTOR RIGHT AWAY.  IF YOU PASS OUT (FAINT), HAVE SOMEONE CALL YOUR DOCTOR OR GET MEDICAL-HELP.  STOP TAKING "EDARBYCLOR".

IF YOU HAVE FLUID- AND BODY-SALT- (ELECTROLYTES) PROBLEMS, TELL YOUR DOCTOR IF YOU EXPERIENCE ANY OF THE FOLLOWING SYMPTOMS: DRY MOUTH, CONFUSION, THIRST, LACK-OF-ENERGY/WEAKNESS, DROWSINESS, PASSING VERY LITTLE URINE OR PASSING LARGE AMOUNTS OF URINE, SEIZURES, MUSCLE-PAIN/CRAMPS, RESTLESSNESS, MUSCLE-TIREDNESS (FATIGUE), FAST OR ABNORMAL HEARTBEAT, NAUSEA AND VOMITING, OR CONSTIPATION.

PEOPLE WHO HAVE INCREASED LEVELS OF URIC-ACID IN THE BLOOD MAY DEVELOP GOUT.  IF YOU ALREADY HAVE GOUT, TELL YOUR DOCTOR ABOUT WORSENING OF YOUR GOUT-SYMPTOMS.

IN CLINICAL STUDIES, THE SIDE-EFFECTS SEEN WITH "EDARBYCLOR" INCLUDED DIZZINESS (8.9%) AND TIREDNESS (2.0%).

USE OF "EDARBYCLOR"

"EDARBYCLOR" IS A PRESCRIPTION-MEDICINE USED TO TREAT HIGH BLOOD-PRESSURE (HYPERTENSION) WHEN ONE MEDICINE IS NOT ENOUGH--OR AS THE FIRST MEDICINE--IF YOUR DOCTOR DECIDES YOU ARE LIKELY TO NEED MORE THAN ONE MEDICINE.  MEDICINES THAT LOWER YOUR BLOOD-PRESSURE MAY LOWER YOUR CHANCES OF HAVING A STROKE OR HEART-ATTACK--BUT THEY DON'T WORK ALONE.  IT SHOULD BE PART OF A COMPLETE TREATMENT-PLAN.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, TALK TO YOUR HEALTHCARE-PROFESSIONAL, SEE COMPLETE "PRESCRIBING INFORMATION" FOR "EDARBYCLOR", AND VISIT W-W-W-DOT-"EDARBYCLOR"-DOT-COM.

YOU ARE ENCOURAGED TO REPORT NEGATIVE SIDE-EFFECTS OF PRESCRIPTION-DRUGS TO THE F-D-A.  VISIT W-W-W-DOT-"F-D-A"-DOT-GOV-SLASH-"MED-WATCH"--OR CALL 1-800-"F-D-A"-1088.



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