I was 38 and my doctor gave me a beta-blocker.
My bp was 158/108, and my doctor prescribed 25mg lopressor at first, then he said if that's not enough, 50, then a 100. Then he told me I'd be on bp meds for the rest of my life. I eventually did go to a 100, and i've been screwed ever since then.
In retrospect, I think Docs try to make pts into bp med junkies, in order to increase the profits of the pharmacy companies. I had no education about meds, rebound effect, or beta-blockers versus milder meds. I've had problems ever since. <edited> Beware.
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