Originally Posted by nate28146
Today I went to my doctor for my back and my BP was 150/100. I went and got a digital blood pressure monitor at the store and just took my blood pressure. It was 131/73. Any ideas why there was such a difference within 6 hours? My doctor put me on 20mg of benicar. Should I take this? Sideaffects?
Those variations are fairly typical. The 150/100 reading is high. A single reading of 131/73 really doesn't tell you much. As others have suggested, I'd monitor it for a while and make a decision. I had many readings at home similar to yours. I also recorded readings like 143/91. I averaged around 135/85. My doctor had readings of 150/90 & 160/100. Ultimately, I decided it might be benificial to try meds. But, I wasn't willing to put up with side-effects.
As far as Benicar is concerned... It's not fair. Most of us have to go through 5+ experiments before we get to the ARB class. I'm currently on Benicar 20 mg. I've had no negative side-effects. My exercise performance is improved. And, my BP now averages around 115/65. So far, I am very happy with Benicar.