hi I am 25 and have been on lisinopriol for a year now, 20mg. Yesterday my pressure spiked and doc wants me on meds twice per day. bp yesterday was 180/110. Is 40 mg a lot for a 25 year old and can the meds affect other organs such as the kidneys.
hey pal - i'm 32 and on 20 mg lisinopril and 12.5 mg hydrocholorothiazide (water pill). been on varying doses of lisinopril for 5 years. only problem i've had is the occasional annoying cough. overall, i think it is very safe. my doc said it actually helps the kidneys and is used in diabetic patients...but i agree, have also seen some articles about long term kidney problems in isolated cases. any med can have side effects...but as far as bp goes, no med is as dangerous as high bp. that's what my doc always says. 180/110 is gettin up there. do you think it's always that high? or are you an anxious person and just get nervous when he takes it? regardless of why it's high, it's high and it's best to get it down...nothing wrong with 40mg...i took that for a little while too. my doc says you can go all the way up to 80mg if it's tolerated. i would take the meds for now, but also work on lifestyle. how the weight? diet? exercise? stress? alcohol? caffeine? smoking?
if you're overweight - here's a sure fire way to get it under control...pull out your high school prom picture and then don't stop busting your *** until you are the same person in that pic. granted, if you're overall very healthy and at a good weight, it could just be genetic. but we can all improve our lifestyles some.
hey my blood pressure is not always that high, it just spiked that high a few times once in a while. I do monitor it at home and occasionally at the fire department to maintain accuracy. I currently am 62" and weigh 197 so I am almost overweight but I really try to watch what I eat and last week I joined the gym. I have some stress this week with a new job I am beginning today. My bp has been better but my pulse is 115-132. not sure why. hope that information helps.
do you mean 72"? if you really are 5' 2" your weight should be in the 130s or so. that could be a big part of your problem...i know it's hard to lose weight especially when you feel you are doing everything right. jobs, family, bills, health issues, etc all add to the stress. if you are 6'2" then yeah you are on the border...although that BMI is garbage if you have a lot of muscle. but, i've also found it to be brutally honest. we don't want to think we are fat or out of shape, etc...but generally these numbers don't lie. a pulse of 115 - 130 is on the high side if you are at rest. if you were running around and just sat down to check it, it might be that high...all depends. check with your doc...keep taking the meds and work on that lifestyle. and that's exactly what it is my man...hard for me to even come to terms with. you can find religion for a month or two...anyone can. but most of us truly need lifestyle modification...long term. sure we can splurge some...but overall, we moderation is the key. i used to drink a 12 pack a day and sometimes 1/2 bottle of whiskey...eat fast food, wings, etc...i was still in decent shape, but after years and years it adds up. i think it's just a mindset...we look in the mirror and say "hey i'm pretty healthy"...i've lost 5 or 10 pounds this year...not knowing that we are still 40 pounds heavier than we need to be. it's a gut check bro. didn't take until having kids for me to wake up. call your doc if your worried and we're here for you.
Thanks so much for responding. I am not really worried about it right now. Meds seem to be bringing the pressure down. I just started a new job this week which is probaly going to make the pressure rise but the meds seem to be working okay although I sometimes forget to take it twice a day. I am going to my regular doctor on friday and had blood work completed last week. And yes I have learned that moderation is the key. I have joined a gym last week and for my new job I do a lot of walking which helps bring the pressure down a few points.
I went to the firestation this morning and pressure was 132/70 so that was good! i go there every few days just to check blood pressure and compare my home readings as well. thanks and yes I am 6 foot 2" not 5.
you could try one of the compound pills that contains lisinopril along with hydrochlorothiazide - the combination of two drugs lowers BP better than one, yet you avoid having to take a high dose of either drug.
I would certainly ask your doctor about it (the combo is very cheap, its on most of the $4 prescription plans)
Noone likes taking lots of pills, but in your case, they will add many many years to your life, so even if you end up having to take 2 or 3 different pills, it is most certainly worth it.
naturaly, you should watch your weight, get some excersise, etc
Yes noone definitely likes taking a pill especially twice a day. I do excercise and I am not overweight at all. A few days ago I had a bad headache so I went to the fire dept. to check the pressure and it was 170/90 then 190/86 then fell down a little bit. Then yesterday I had it checked again and it was 162/88. Usually its lower but it often spikes up and down a lot. Very strange and I def. don't want to be put on more meds for this! Please help thanks.