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Old 02-04-2006, 09:27 AM   #1
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Panic Attacks and High Blood Pressure

Okay, I am a panic attack sufferer. When I panic I get chest tightness that spreads to the neck and jaw. Sometimes I have the pain first and then the panic sets in and sometimes it's the other way around.

I've been on blood pressure pills for 2 years now (after my doctors convinced me that I need them) and recently I started thinking it could be the panic/anxiety that makes my blood pressure rise; and that I truly don't have blood pressure ALL THE TIME, only when I am anxious.

So, with my doctors apporval I've tried to slowly stop taking my pills to see if I really need them. For 1 1/2 weeks I took 1/2 a pill. My pressure was fine. It got even as low as 109/72 and was consistanlty low.

Then two days ago I took 1/4 of a pill. All was good. Yesterday I took no pill. I wanted to do 1/4 every other day and then completely stop. So, last night I was feeling anxious out of the blue while relaxed, I tool 1/2 a Xanax. It helped. Then three hours later I started feeling tightness in my chest and jaw out of nowhere. I felt very anxious because of how my body felt and checked my pressure. It was 158/98. I freaked and took a whole pill for my BP.

I am so confused. Am I really a candidate for HBP pills or could my anxiousness be causung this. I mean my pressure was fine for 2 solid weeks? If I was truly a candidate wouldn't my blood pressure have gone up right after I cut my pills in 1/2 and 1/4?

Anyone else out there that can relate? Any advise? Thanks!

 
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Re: Panic Attacks and High Blood Pressure

I dont know the answer but it should have been a beta blocker type BP pill, was it?
anxiety sufferers BP often fluctuates a lot
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Old 02-04-2006, 10:42 AM   #3
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Re: Panic Attacks and High Blood Pressure

I won't take a Beta Blocker. I did when I had a rapid heart (200+) for two week straight last year. When I took the beta Blocker I was sooo tired all the time and was freaked out because I knew this drug was controlling my heart beat. And I couldn't just stop it, or it could bring on a heart attack. I had a hard time getting off the darn drug and said I would never do that again.

For someone that has panic/anxiety it is not smart to give them a pill like this....you can get overly anxious just thinking about what it's doing to your body. No way.

 
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Re: Panic Attacks and High Blood Pressure

in general we should co operate with our meds and not try to stop them helping us
it can take several attempts to find a beta blocker that suits us and then the dose may need to be adjusted
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Re: Panic Attacks and High Blood Pressure

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Okay, I am a panic attack sufferer. When I panic I get chest tightness that spreads to the neck and jaw. Sometimes I have the pain first and then the panic sets in and sometimes it's the other way around.

I've been on blood pressure pills for 2 years now (after my doctors convinced me that I need them) and recently I started thinking it could be the panic/anxiety that makes my blood pressure rise; and that I truly don't have blood pressure ALL THE TIME, only when I am anxious.

So, with my doctors apporval I've tried to slowly stop taking my pills to see if I really need them. For 1 1/2 weeks I took 1/2 a pill. My pressure was fine. It got even as low as 109/72 and was consistanlty low.

Then two days ago I took 1/4 of a pill. All was good. Yesterday I took no pill. I wanted to do 1/4 every other day and then completely stop. So, last night I was feeling anxious out of the blue while relaxed, I tool 1/2 a Xanax. It helped. Then three hours later I started feeling tightness in my chest and jaw out of nowhere. I felt very anxious because of how my body felt and checked my pressure. It was 158/98. I freaked and took a whole pill for my BP.

I am so confused. Am I really a candidate for HBP pills or could my anxiousness be causung this. I mean my pressure was fine for 2 solid weeks? If I was truly a candidate wouldn't my blood pressure have gone up right after I cut my pills in 1/2 and 1/4?

Anyone else out there that can relate? Any advise? Thanks!
I do believe there can be rebound from both blood pressure pills and especially Xanax! Almost sounds like rebound from the Xanax. I wouldn't have skipped a pill but rather continue cutting down to an 1/8 or intil not much left, then maybe do the every other day thing. But taking Xanax might always result in a rebound effect so that would just complicate things.

Are you just taking Xanax as needed or everyday? veryday use would require some tapering, but it sounded like you only used it that one day so it's not relevant then. So while you are weaning off the blood pressure med (EVER so slowly and stay on a low dose for a few weeks if necessary before cutting again), you might want to try some chammomile tea or milk if you start to feel anxious (these things won't stop a full-blown panic so only for anxiety) instead of the Xanax (provided you don't regularly take it and don't need to taper) and see if that doesn't help a bit.

 
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