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Old 02-17-2012, 01:38 PM   #1
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Scared to take High BP medicine, how much will it drop?

Hi, I am 21 weeks pregnant and when I take my bp at home it runs anywhere from 113/63 to 135/85, usually on the lower end. When I go to the doctor it shoots up to 140/90. He has prescribed 250mg methyldopa once a day but I'm scared my pressure will drop too low at home. How much can I expect it to drop from like 115/65?
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Re: Scared to take High BP medicine, how much will it drop?

Did you tell your doctor that your BP is normal/below normal at home? The spikes at the office are probably due to "white coat hypertension". Happens to a lot of people, me included. Since you're pregnant, I would be very careful taking any meds. Please discuss this with your doctor again. Is this your OB/Gyn doctor? Take care

 
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Re: Scared to take High BP medicine, how much will it drop?

You need to get a baseline. Take your pressure at home for at least two weeks at various times of the day. If it is always normal, then as pointed out above, you may have white coat hypertension (which means you get anxious at doc office).

 
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