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Old 12-31-2004, 09:27 PM   #1
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Is 83/49 and 87/42 normal???

I went for a doctors appt. and my blood pressure was high 140/90. So before my doctor gave me meds for high blood pressure I bought a monitor to check my blood pressure at home. I had always had relativly low blood pressure in the past. These readings were taken in the evening.
So since I have been taking it at home I have had alot of these really low reading. I know the monitor is correct, because my husband is a steady 120/80.
I called and asked the doctor about it but he has not returned my call.
I feel ok...I'm mid fortys by the way.
I would apreciate any feedback!
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Old 01-01-2005, 03:46 AM   #2
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Re: Is 83/49 and 87/42 normal???

Yeah, that's pretty low, but some ppl have it that low and it's normal for them.

It could be that you're BP is normal and you don't really need the meds. You could've just been a little anxious at the docs office.

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Old 01-01-2005, 05:54 AM   #3
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Re: Is 83/49 and 87/42 normal???

vuitton,

Numbers like that are dangerously overmedicated. The last thing you want is to fall down a flight of steps because you passed out.

What are the drugs...any beta-blocker there...(I smell nadolol.)

Until your doctor gets back to you, I think 1/2 dosage or less of whatever you are taking might be appropriate especially if you keep monitoring. Nothing lower than 115/75 is particularly desirable unless it's natural (unmedicated)...some researchers say that even THAT is too low a medicated goal for a longtime average.

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Old 01-01-2005, 12:34 PM   #4
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Re: Is 83/49 and 87/42 normal???

No beta blockers, only xanax ,lexapro and lipitor. All of which, I have been taking for several years. I am never dissy, although I am tired alot. Can anything bad happen from such low pressure?
Thank you!!!!

 
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Re: Is 83/49 and 87/42 normal???

Hmmm,

Xanax and Lexapro eh...a potent combo.
I'm not all that well versed in the antidepressants (none seems to be getting good press these days) but my bet is that the Xanax (tranquilizer) is causing the low BP. Does your doctor condone mixing these two drugs? Seems risky to me, because they tend to pull in opposite directions. Give him a call. Less Xanax seems like a good idea if you can handle it (the stuff is pretty addicting.)

Main danger of SUPER low Bp is falls, fainting, passing out at the wheel and the like.

None of the three drugs you mentioned was a BP drug; did you leave any out?

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Old 01-03-2005, 03:33 PM   #6
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Re: Is 83/49 and 87/42 normal???

Xanax worked much better for me for High Blood Pressure than any blood pressure medication. No side-effects for me & I feel relaxed & good. On Atenolol & Lotrel it is a different story. Xanax is addictive, but so are beta-blockers. Why don't they just call beta-blockers controlled substances as well....

 
Old 01-03-2005, 07:49 PM   #7
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Hmmm, I had no idea Xanax controlled blood pressure. No wonder I have always had low blood pressure. I have been taking Xanax for GAD for the last 20 years. By the way, I have never had a problem with it. I use it as needed, usually one at night, unless something troublesome is happening in my life. I also was able to stop during pregnancy...
Thanks for the info, on the amazing Xanax!!!

 
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Re: Is 83/49 and 87/42 normal???

Vuitton,

Xanax doesn't "control" blood pressure per se.

If you happen to have BP spikes due to anxiety, it can help with the anxiety and therefore reduce anxiety-related elevated blood pressure. It doesn't work for sustained primary hypertension unfortunately.

Would that it did!!.. (or even better- for me at least- good ol' fashioned Valium)....most of us would dump these high blood pressure meds in 2 seconds flat!

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Re: Is 83/49 and 87/42 normal???

Zuzu,

Does your doctor hold up a cross and start chanting incantations when you ask for your annual bottle of diazepaam.

The scenario is always that the very best drugs get popular on the street and then get controlled to the max and are treated as taboo and are replaced by some more useless crapola.
The relatively useless drugs with multiple dangerous side-effects are the ones that continue to get prescribed.

Meanwhile the good drugs of yore: the barbiturates of the 50's and the Quaaludes of the '60's (for sleep) and the, the Miltowns and the Valiums for tension, the amphetamines for weight loss.
These pills, because they got popular because they worked well (too well?) were replaced by the nighmarish Halcion, stupid and overprice Ambien, and killer phen-phen and the truly awful lorazepaam [Ativan] (panic drug...that CAUSES panic.)

It's all so wrong headed.

If they ever found a hypertension drug that FELT good, they'd immediately have to ban it and only the street junkies and people who live near Mexico would have smiles on their faces and well-controlled blood pressure.

I've seen the pattern repeated so often. I guess one of the ways to beat the addictive quality of drugs is to make them all feel REALLY bad! They're succeeding eminently.

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Re: Is 83/49 and 87/42 normal???

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Zuzu,

Does your doctor hold up a cross and start chanting incantations when you ask for your annual bottle of diazepaam.
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No s...Sherlock!

GIVE ME LIBRIUM OR GIVE ME METH!

zuzu x

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Re: Is 83/49 and 87/42 normal???

I've seen the pattern repeated so often. I guess one of the ways to beat the addictive quality of drugs is to make them all feel REALLY bad! They're succeeding eminently

It also means more appointments & more $'s for the doctor.

 
Old 01-04-2005, 02:47 PM   #12
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Re: Is 83/49 and 87/42 normal???

Hey Lenin, I quite enjoyed your post, and totally agree with you. I have taken all of the drugs you mentioned, in my time. And some of them were, REALLY enjoyable!
Thanks for the memories....

 
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Re: Is 83/49 and 87/42 normal???

Ok those readings you listed can you list any more see if they are close to the same. also if the doc doesnt return calls staraight away call a nurse at the hospital etc. just to check with them if in doubt. how do yoi generally feel whats the other symptoms.
if ur meds dont lower BP and you are a healthy mid 40's adult then that is probab;y too low whats the family history on BP. ?

 
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