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Ask Dr. Gott 5/19

Experts disagree on blood-pressure strategy

DEAR DR. GOTT: Is it necessary to use diuretics to control some instances of high blood pressure, while other patients' high blood pressures can be controlled with one of the nondiuretics? I am currently taking atenolol, which, I understand, is not a diuretic, although I have been on diuretics in the past. Both have been successful in keeping my blood pressure at an acceptable level. I believe the type of medication prescribed me changed with a change in doctors: i.e., doctor's choice rather than my need to make a change. Why would you NOT prescribe atenolol?

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