26. Prescribing Medicine


A: Is there a medication you can prescribe to help me with my problem?

B: There are various choices of blood pressure medication that we can try.

A: What is available?

B: We could start with Hydrochlorothiazide, which is a diuretic.

A: Are there many side effects?

B: There really are not many side effects. You need to drink a lot of water when you take this pill.

A: Is that the only medication I need to take?

B: It might be, but for a while I also want you to take an ACE inhibitor, Lisinopril.

A: What are the side effects of that drug?

B: You may have a little bit of a dry cough, but you will feel much better.


A: Can I get some medicine to help me?

B: For your high blood pressure, we have several choices of medications.

A: What types of drugs can I try?

B: Hydrochlorothiazide is a diuretic that helps with water retention.

A: What about side effects from that medication?

B: Most people have no side effects. You will have to make sure that you drink plenty of liquids with this medication.

A: Do I only need to take that one drug?

B: I am going to add a second drug for now, Lisinopril, which is an ACE inhibitor.

A: What can I expect when I take that medication?

B: You will feel much better except for the fact that you might have a little cough.


A: What about a medication to help me with my problem?

B: There are several types of medications that we can try for your high blood pressure.

A: What types of medications would be best?

B: For water retention, I am going to start you on Hydrochlorothiazide, which is a diuretic.

A: What are the side effects from taking that drug,

B: You need to stay hydrated on this drug, but most people experience little side effects.

A: Will that one medication take care of all of my problems?

B: For now I want you to take a second drug, Lisinopril, an ACE inhibitor.

A: Am I going to experience any complications with that drug?

B: The most you will experience will be a dry cough but you probably won't experience anything negative.

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