I wanted to get back to this Benicar thread with some readings since starting BenicarHCT 20/12.5.
At dr. 10 days ago, I was 164/112, pulse 96 (was very anxious, hadn't been to dr. in years, had a pap, colon exam, blood draw, and also BP was taken about 8 times as it did rise over 164 depending on who took it and what cuff used).
At dr. a week later, I was 150/100 & got the meds.
Bought home monitor, started meds yesterday a.m. Readings were consistently in the 165/100 range, but cuff was too tight & would pop off sometimes. Pulse was averaging 66-70.
Bought large cuff & readings began to be consistently between 140-155 sys and 90-97 dia, with a 72 pulse.
This a.m. took second pill, bp has been as follows since then:
7:30 AM, 3 readings a few minutes apart:
11:30 AM, 3 readings a few minutes apart:
Due to the great advice on this board, I'm throwing out the first reading each session, and averaging the other two to chart my pattern. As for side effects so far, nothing major, I actually feel pretty good aside from the fear that the next reading will be "off the chart". I do have a bit of a headache.
Hope this helps someone just starting out, and I welcome comments! Thanks everyone on this thread, for your wonderful support! And zuzu picked me up on the anxiety thread and gave me words of wisdom that helped me get going on the pills and monitoring!!!!