Posted by: Vanessa | 2008/10/29

High Blood Pressure


I have high blood pressure and currently I get my medication from the state. I take 10mg Pharmapress once a day and 1 Ridaq 25mg (water tablet) also once a day.

I want to go and see my doctor and ask him to prescribe me High Blood Pressure tablets as a replacement for the above. I no longer want to go and sit and wait at the state clinic. I am currently on my husband medical aid but have a waiting period for chronic medicine which ends only the end of April 2009.

Could you please advise me what will be the best replacement for the above and not to expensive.


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Hi Vanessa

These tablets (Pharmapress and Ridaq) are available from all pharmacies and, once you get a prescription from your doctor, it would be no problem to get it from a pharmacy every month.
The good news is that this is not an expensive treatment at all - It shouldnt cost you more than R75 for a months supply (Ridaq should be roughly R30 for 30 tabs, and the pharmapress in the region of R45 for a pack).

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Posted by: Deidre | 2016/03/09

Hey I couph non stop pharmapress and ridaqe use for high bp please help me.

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Posted by: Deb | 2016/03/13

Had a persistent cough and went to the GP. She told me it's a side effect of Pharmapress and will disappear within a week after I change bp meds. I now use Valsartan and the cough has eased up quite a bit. Looking forward to it disappearing!

Posted by: Anonymous | 2016/03/02

Hi I drinkFedaloc Sr 50mg and Zartan 100mg my blood pressure is 165/105, when I wake up in the morning my pressure is high can I drink thetablets at night to see if it will brinb my pressure down. Thanks and Regards

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Posted by: Anonymous | 2016/02/05

hi my mom is 2months away from her 70th birthday. shes using pharmapress and a water tablet not sure wich one is making her stomach works and feeling dizzy and very weak. what can she do?

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Posted by: Anonymous | 2016/02/03

hi i'm 35yrs i have highblood and i take pharmapress 10mg &ridaq everyday after drinking its i got dizziness and nose bledding can i stop to take them

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Posted by: Irene | 2015/12/27

Thanks for the info in your website, I'm on ridac and have leg cramps, I think I found the answer - side effect. Thanks

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Posted by: Lena Cunha | 2015/10/16

My BP is 188/92 for 2 weeks went to Springs clinic 2 sisters told Me it's to high refers me to dr het said it's not too high for meds My father died of a stroke it's in the fam what can we do So that the Dr listen too me the headaches are killing me. Got no med no income for private dr please help Thanks

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Posted by: Dr D | 2015/10/11

Hi Vanessa Ridaq is prescibed for hypertension. It is described as a diuretic - it increases urination which reduces sodium and fluid in the body. That can help lower blood pressure because it lowers blood volume. One side effect of diuretics is a loss of potassium, which is carried out of the body in urine along with the sodium. Potassium is needed for proper muscular movement and a deficiency of this mineral can result in fatigue, weakness, leg cramps, and even problems with the heart. So often, patients on traditional diuretics will be advised to take their medication with a potassium-rich food, such as orange juice or a banana, or they'll be prescribed a potassium supplement.

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Posted by: Lena Cunha | 2015/10/16

Hi I just want ask my BP is for past 2 months 188/92 went to Springs clinic dr Say it's not high. My father pass away from stroke of BP what must we do if clinic doesn't want too help please help

Posted by: Anonymous | 2015/09/11

can high blood pressure medication cause weight loss diabetes?

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Posted by: Anonymous | 2015/08/31

I use athro guard and ridaq together,will there be any complications

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Posted by: Sherrifa | 2015/08/26

I use arthro guard and ridaq wil there be any complications

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I use arthro guard for joints and ridaq will it be any complications

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Posted by: Anonymous | 2015/08/10

Pharmapress makes many people cough. Nasty side effect. See your doc and get a replacement asap. Almost cost me my life. Coughed days on end and ended up using an asthma pump. Stopped the meds and the cough went away

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Posted by: Anonymous | 2015/06/02

I use pharmapress is it the best high blood medication,cause my high blood stay the same.

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Posted by: Rebecca | 2014/10/08

Hi What is the use of RIDAQ

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Posted by: Rebecca | 2014/10/08

Hi What is the use of RIDAQ

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Posted by: Lynton | 2014/04/08

Hi I am currently using 5mg Lomanor and 4mg Pearinda For my hypertention , and it costs me around R305 per 30 Pearinda and 60 Lomanor ,I now see there are cheaper drugs available ,but. My queation is Is the more expensive drugs better or more effective as the cheaper Ridaq and Pharmapress? Or should I just stick to what my GP prescribed? Thanks

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Posted by: Ellen | 2013/10/29

Hi my mom was diagnased with hypertension and hyperglyceamia, she is taking fedaloc sr 30mg, metformine 850mg and ridaq 25mg. These tablets are making her more weak and she ends up not eating at all because she vomits afterwards. What can she do?

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Posted by: Corrika | 2009/10/16

is it save to use ridaq during pregnancy

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Posted by: ESME | 2009/03/26

I am currently on pharmapress, metformin, alodipine and glycron. one of those tablets makes me cough continuosly! Can you advise me as to what i should stop

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Posted by: Vanessa | 2008/10/30


Thanks very much for the info.


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