The TRIPLE THREAT drug aimed at YOU
Docs know that you're sick to death of swallowing so many pills.
And they know that you absolutely don't want to choke on any more than what you're taking already.
So, they're cooking up a plan right now to sneak more meds down your throat in a plot so sinister that it sounds like it was cooked up by a medical supervillain.
This new plan involves a single pill.
It looks like ONE drug. But it's really THREE!
This three-in-one combo Frankenmed is supposed to help fight high blood pressure by mixing an angiotensin-receptor blocker, a calcium channel blocker, and a diuretic.
In reality, it's a TRIPLE THREAT to your health -- because three times the meds means three times the risks.
That's not how they're selling it, of course.
They're starry-eyed over a new study in which patients given the piecemeal approach -- some got one med, some got two -- didn't have much success hitting blood pressure targets.
Just 55 percent reached those goals.
Folks on the triple-trouble pill, on the other hand, were much more likely to reach those targets. Some 70 percent hit their blood pressure goals.
But don't sign up for a little triple trouble of your own just yet.
Blood pressure drugs are notorious for their side effects.
Some can rob you of your memory, leaving you so hazy that your own family -- and even your doctor -- will think that your mind is going.
Others will rob you of your balance, turning a simple walk across the room into a danger-fraught expedition that could end in a devastating injury.
The risks aren't rare, either.
They're shockingly common, and the study proves it, too!
More than 1 in 3 patients on the "usual" drugs suffered from side effects, while 40 percent of those on the Frankenpill three-in-one drug had major problems.
That's a huge number of patients.
And when you're talking about giving this drug to millions of people, that means hundreds of thousands -- maybe more -- will end up with real problems.
All for a drug most of them never even needed!
The folks in the study had a mean systolic ("top number") blood pressure level of 154 mmHg, which is well above the 130 pushed by the American Heart Association, but it's just a hair above the 150 specifically recommended for older patients by the American College of Physicians.
If you need to shave just 4 points, you don't need a drug.
Eat a little better and drop a couple of pounds, and your BP will plunge. If you need a little more help, calcium, potassium, magnesium, and coenzyme Q10 can all work to bring those numbers down.
Dr. Mark Stengler
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