Re: is teveten a good high blood preasure med?
Teveten is one of the newer additions to a class of antihypertensive meds known as the ARBs (angiotension 2 receptor blockers).
The ARBs are good meds in that they not only control moderate hypertension for most people but are virtually free of side effects. For those who don't get appropriate BP control on an ARB alone, the addition of a diuretic is usually very effective. I myself take an ARB (Diovan) and it gives me great control all by itself.
Apart from the head pain, did the doctor find anything else wrong? What was his "diagnosis?"
Was this an ER visit or doctor's office?
Have you ever had elevated BP before?
I'm rather surprised that he thrust you onto medication based on one moderate reading. Your bottom number of 76 is perfectly NORMAL. In fact, it is OPTIMAL. The top # should be below 140, and ideally around 120. But still, unless there is something else the doc found that was concerning, with 176/76, and no other health issues, most doctors would want to monitor your BP for a while before prescribing meds, especially at the young age of 32!
Pain and anxiety alone can make your BP soar temporarily. And that doesn't necessarily mean you have high blood pressure.
Since your bottom number was so good, that reading sure smacked of anxiety to me rather than true hypertension.
Before I go on a rant about pill-pushing doctors, tell us a little more. What did he tell you? and what's the next step he wants you to take?
Last edited by zuzu8; 04-24-2005 at 02:10 AM.