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Low blood pressure (hypotension)

Low blood pressure, also called hypotension, is when the pressure in your blood vessels is unusually low.

Symptoms of low blood pressure include dizziness, feeling sick and fainting.

Treatment for low blood pressure will depend on what's causing it. It might involve things like wearing support stockings or drinking more water.

Read more on the NHS website.

Symptoms of low blood pressure include dizziness, feeling sick and fainting.

Get your blood pressure checked if you keep getting symptoms like:

This might mean your blood pressure is too low.

If you get symptoms when you stand up or suddenly change position, you may have postural hypotension.

Read more on the NHS website.

Treatment for low blood pressure will depend on what's causing it. It might involve things like wearing support stockings or drinking more water.

Medical treatments

If a cause can be found, your GP will be able to recommend treatment to ease your symptoms.

For example, they may suggest:

  • changing medicines or altering your dose, if this is the cause
  • wearing support stockings – this can improve circulation and increase blood pressure

Medicine to increase blood pressure is rarely needed because simple lifestyle measures or treating the underlying cause is usually effective.

Self-care


Do

  • get up slowly from sitting to standing
  • take care when getting out of bed – move slowly from lying to sitting to standing
  • raise the head of your bed by about 15cm (6 inches) with bricks or heavy books
  • eat small, frequent meals – lying down or sitting still for a while after eating may also help
  • increase the amount of water you drink

Don't

  • do not sit or stand for long periods
  • do not bend down or change posture suddenly
  • do not drink caffeinated drinks at night
  • do not drink too much alcohol

Read more on the NHS website.