High blood pressure is a common health condition, especially in the elderly. It can cause heart disease and is a leading cause of stroke [1, 2]. It is managed through prescribed medications that have to be taken on a regular basis. Many blood pressure medications have side effects including taste alteration causing bitter, sour or metallic taste in the mouth.
One example is the ACE inhibitor captopril (Capoten). It is prescribed to treat high blood pressure. Captopril side effects often include taste changes [3, 4].
The taste changes alter normal eating and drinking habits. They also affect the mood and mental state of patients. The elderly are more at risk when they try to remedy bad taste by consuming excessively sweet and salty foods. Some also refuse to eat, and are at risk for malnutrition. This may affect the ability to follow the treatment regimen and cause additional health problems.
Many people also increase fluid intake to help with the bitterness in the mouth. This may cause incontinence and pose a risk of falls in older people as their need to go to the bathroom increases. This is especially true when a patient has to get up more often during the night and walk to the bathroom.
If blood pressure medication has been prescribed, it is important to take it consistently. It is often not possible to stop taking or change the medication. However, it is possible to manage the side effects without altering normal eating habits.
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