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You have been diagnosed with hypotension. When you have hypotension, your blood pressure is lower than normal. Low blood pressure can make you feel dizzy or faint. This condition is sometimes a side effect of taking certain medications, including medications for high blood pressure (hypertension). It can also result from medical conditions such as dehydration.
Follow your doctor’s instructions.
Rest in bed and ask for help with daily activities until you feel better. You may need to slowly increase the amount of time you spend sitting or doing light activity.
Don’t drive while your blood pressure is not controlled.
Be careful when you get up from sitting or lying down.
Take your time. Sudden movements can cause dizziness or fainting.
When you first sit up after lying down, be sure to sit in bed for 30 seconds or so before getting up to walk.
Tell your doctor about the medications you are taking. Many kinds of medications trigger low blood pressure.
Limit your alcohol intake to no more than 2 drinks a day for men and 1 drink a day for women.
Prevent dehydration by drinking plenty of fluids, unless otherwise instructed by your doctor
Learn to take your own blood pressure. Keep a record of your results. Ask your doctor which readings mean that you need medical attention.
Tell your family members to call an ambulance and begin CPR if you become unconscious.
Make a follow-up appointment as directed by our staff.
Call your doctor immediately if you have any of the following:
Chest pain or shortness of breath (call 911)
Dizziness or fainting spells
Black, maroon, or tarry stools
Severe upper back pain
Diarrhea or vomiting that doesn’t go away
Inability to eat or drink
Burning sensation when you urinate
Urine with a strong, unpleasant odor