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Old 06-05-2010, 10:50 AM   #1
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BP and RHR drop after stopping medication?

Has anyone experienced a DROP in bp and resting heart rate when going off bp meds? I've been on Benicar HCT for 2 years and it was doing an outstanding job (no side effects at all) of keeping my pressures level throughout the day, but after losing over 60 lbs, I finally went off the medication 2 weeks ago.

I track resting heart rate (first thing before I crawl out of bed) and blood pressure at home daily. The last few months on the medication, my pressures were generally 120/80 and my resting heart rate around 64. Now, two weeks after stopping, my pressure is 115/75 and resting heart rate around 57. I also noticed that while doing my daily cardio workout my heart rate is 5-10 beats slower at the same intensity than it was while on the medication.

Is this something that has been seen before? It was also a little interesting that my pressures had been slowly rising while on the meds the past few months, from 110/70 to 120/80, despite a weight loss plateau and continued daily cardio exercise...but I guess that could be due to my stress level, which has been much higher recently.

 
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Re: BP and RHR drop after stopping medication?

Thats interesting, I was on BP meds for a year and the side effects were so unbearable that I begged with the GP to come off them. I lost weight and controlled my diet and my BP is now better. I think that the meds (as far as I understood) worked to stabalize your BP at a good rate. So yes you may have a better BP rate now, although watch the stress as I find that just a little trigger can cause it to raise. But this is something I know is very individual so may not be the same for you, ask your doc next time, so long as its good then I can't see why there would be any problem.

 
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Old 06-07-2010, 08:34 AM   #3
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Re: BP and RHR drop after stopping medication?

Yes, I think you're right. My bp overall has come down due to weight loss and exercise, but the meds kept it stable. I know I see it jump up to 125 or even 130 over 85-90 when I'm stressed, so I'm trying to manage that better.

Also, something just clicked with me...I started drinking half-caff coffee over the winter (1-2 cups per day), so I wonder if that's what caused the elevation while on the medication.

Thanks for the reply!

 
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Re: BP and RHR drop after stopping medication?

Stress, humm its a difficult one and caused my BP to be very dangerous during pregnancy, but I tend to walk away from things now and I have got alot better at saying no to things. I have to be a little selfish sometimes, I used to say yes to everything, I also have got to a place where I can feel myself getting annyed / upset, thats how I know to walk away. I did cut cafine out for a while - but now have it moderation and decaff is the right thing, its all I have.

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