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Old 01-15-2005, 04:59 PM   #1
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Need advice on blood pressure medicine

I've been taking Benicar for approximately 1 year. Prior to taking the medication My blood pressure was running around 150/78 while at the doctor's office. One time at work it did peak at 180/100 (very stressful day) nurse told me to go see my doctor. Started with lotensin and had very bad side effects first week-rapid heart beat / frequent papations. Changed to Benicar 20mg.- bp didn't seem to drop (at doctor's ran 160/80) -got to be so nervous when they started to check I think that caused the high readings. Dr.. upped the Benicar to 40mg.- week later she wanted to add another bp medication - I bought a home monitor (auto inflate) an began to take my own-it runs at times 89/58 pulse at 60. Most time is 95/65. In September while at work I had a very bad dizzy spell / difficulty walking (felt like I was 10 feet tall!)-couldn't stand movement of any kind-nurse took my BP and it was 180/100! Went to the dr-Bp was down and was put on antibiotics for possible inner ear infection. That was 3 months ago -still having balance problems. BP at home still running in 90/60 or less. Dr wants me to continue the Benicar. Had carpal tunnel surgery 3 weeks ago and my bp at the hospital prior to surgery was 120/70 (I was extremely nervous you would think it would be have been higher))-in recovery it was 100/70 or less and the nurse commented that my bp stays pretty consistent. ( I could see my bp by the monitor I was attached to). I think my dosage needs to be lowered-but dr doesn't agree. BP under 90/60 cant be good. Any suggestions or input appreciated! I was very apprehensive to begin taking the pills-but doctor told me the risks associated with HBP and scared me into them. Now I'm nervous about trying to get off-told once your one that's it -your one for rest of your life. (By the way I have lost about 35 pounds since starting the Benicar)

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Old 01-16-2005, 01:31 AM   #2
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Re: Need advice on blood pressure medicine

Ditch this moranic doctor! 150/78 looks very suspicious of "white-coat". And, for many folks, you can load up all the drugs in the world. And, this office number won't budge. But, your home numbers keep dropping. This doctor needs to consider your home measurements. You may not need Benicar at all. And, lowering the dosage seems like a no-brainer. BTW, Benicar is an easily splitable tablet. So, you can split it to 20 yourself and save some $$$.

BTW, the American Heart Association now recommends using home measurements. See:


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