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Old 05-27-2009, 10:17 PM   #1
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Coreg increasing blood pressure temporarily?

Would you happen to know if blood pressure elevations are considered a normal reaction when starting this medication? Is a transient increase in blood pressure anticipated and listed as a side effect on the package insert?

I wonder if some people might experience even longer sustained periods of increased blood pressure. That would seem counterproductive when the goal is lowering blood pressure to an acceptable level. However, assuming that 124/73 is your normal blood pressure, and your readings during the first 10 days of Coreg use averaged 129/73, the only notable change was a slight increase in your systolic blood pressure, with your diastolic remaining unaffected.

Would doubling your Coreg dose result in an additional increase in blood pressure?

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Re: Coreg increasing blood pressure temporarily?

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Would you happen to know if blood pressure elevations are considered a normal reaction when starting this medication? Is a transient increase in blood pressure anticipated and listed as a side effect on the package insert?
Hello Flowers!

I don't recall reading anything about Coreg initially raising blood pressure. That's probably the reason why I discontinued taking it, when I was first trying it. I just figured that it would always cause me to have higher blood pressure. Later I decided that the benefits outweighed the problems with higher blood pressure. I was pleasantly surprised when Coreg eventually lowered my blood pressure and, at the same time, started improving my health.

I'm glad that I tried it again, with more patience. It is great stuff! I love Coreg!

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I wonder if some people might experience even longer sustained periods of increased blood pressure. That would seem counterproductive when the goal is lowering blood pressure to an acceptable level.
I think that many meds require time to become effective, or for the person to be able to adjust.

I haven't read anything about Coreg increasing Blood Pressure. I did find a study that indicated that the combination of Coreg and Digoxin provided for a slower heart rate, increased ejection fraction and higher systolic, than Coreg alone. So..... while I was also making some more changes to my diet, I tried cutting my Digoxin from .25mg to .19mg, while on 25mg of Coreg. BOOM! My heart rate slowed dramatically and my blood pressure plunged, with uncomfortable breathing problems anytime I tried to lift weights or do pushups, and during the night!

I've just spent a difficult two weeks, cutting back down from 25mg Coreg to 12.5mg Coreg, where I am now. Blood Pressure is at nice, healthy levels, and the "labored" breathing problems are just about gone.

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Did doubling your Coreg dose result in an additional increase in blood pressure?

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Surprisingly, the increase from 12.5mg to 25mg Coreg had little effect, until I made some changes to my diet, and cut my Digoxin by 25%, and then Whammo!, it was like I was hit by a sledge hammer! I was getting some dangerously low blood pressure and pulse readings during the night. It was really unnerving.

Thanks for your post and your "in depth" questions.

I hope that everything is going well your way and wish you an enjoyable upcoming weekend!
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Re: Coreg increasing blood pressure temporarily?

Thank you for your informative post.

I think that blood pressure control is a fine balancing act. Achieving and maintaining healthy blood pressure levels is never easy and without ''surprises'' along the way. Often, the blood pressure fluctuations we experience remain unexplained, leaving us wondering about their causes. Some people have the opposite-paradoxical- response to a drug of what is expected. I wonder if others in your situation may have experienced the same thing - a blood pressure increase in response to adrenergic blockade with Coreg. If I dig anything up, I'll post it.

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Re: Coreg increasing blood pressure temporarily?

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Thank you for your informative post.
Well..... thank you for your timely response to my post!

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I think that blood pressure control is a fine balancing act. Achieving and maintaining healthy blood pressure levels is never easy and without ''surprises'' along the way. Often, the blood pressure fluctuations we experience remain unexplained, leaving us wondering about their causes.
Back in 1998 I started taking frequent blood pressure readings at home. I was getting readings up near 190/115, along will increasingly ill health, and I wanted to know what was going on with my blood pressure. I wanted to know if my blood pressure jumped up that badly just once in a while, or after a meal, or after what?! I had no idea that I was starting down a path towards the taking and storing of over 27,000 blood pressure readings, and I had no idea the enormous wealth of information and benefits that would come out of closely tracking one's blood pressure.

Blood pressure, in most cases, is a gauge of the general metabolic health of the body. If there are metabolic problems, such as diabetes, or insulin resistance, or caused by immune system dysfunction, it will be reflected in a higher reading in the blood pressure gauge.

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Some people have the opposite-paradoxical- response to a drug of what is expected. I wonder if others in your situation may have experienced the same thing - a blood pressure increase in response to adrenergic blockade with Coreg. If I dig anything up, I'll post it.

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When I reduced my Digoxin from .25mg to .18mg, and, also, after I changed my diet, my blood pressure and heart rate plunged. It shows the significant effect that diet can have on the reaction to medication, and the influence of one medication on another.

It has now been 7 days after the reduction to 12mg Coreg, and 63 days after the reduction to .18mg Digoxin, and my exercise tolerance is much better. Yesterday, I was able to get back to 150 pushups, 250 weight lifts, 400 steppers, and one hour power walk without struggling or suffering from breathing problems.

Different people have different reactions to medications based on diet, interactions with other medications, vitamins, minerals and other supplements, environmental factors and lifestyle factors. It is all very complex and adds some light to the complex job that a doctor has, in order to improve their patients' health.

Regards...... have a great day!
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