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    Old 01-20-2007, 08:22 AM   #1
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    Question controlling my blood pressure

    I am having trouble finding the correct medication for High Blood pressure for over a year. I have been on Cozaar since Mid December and two weeks ago I increased the medication to 50mg a day. Two days ago I went into ER with my blood pressure over 200/93/103. They kept me overnight and said I may have vertigo and gave me Meclizine. I have always had problems taking medication and I feel if I can not get my blood pressure under control I will have a stroke. I also take Hctz 25 mg 1x day for over 3 yrs and potassium 20 mg 2x a day.

    Has anyone had better results with this medication or similar experiences?

     
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    Old 01-20-2007, 10:13 AM   #2
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    Re: controlling my blood pressure

    It appears that Cozzar + HCTZ combination is not controlling your BP, especially the systolic (the high #). There are so many drugs available at the pharmacy and your doctor should find a med or meds to bring down your BP. Do monitor your BP at home and take your log to your MD. Do not hesitate to approach your doc.

     
    Old 01-21-2007, 05:29 AM   #3
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    Re: controlling my blood pressure

    Tabman,
    Cozaar is not the storngest drug around and 50 mg. is not a large dose.

    Why not try taking 50 mg. morning and night instead.

    Is that potassium 20 mg. or 20 Meq???? There is a HUGE difference.

     
    Old 01-21-2007, 05:42 PM   #4
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    Re: controlling my blood pressure

    I take 20 mg. of potassium. The other is just for the vertigo that they said I had when in ER. I never had vertigo that is why I think it is the medication Cozaar. thanks you for replying!

     
    Old 01-22-2007, 05:19 AM   #5
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    Re: controlling my blood pressure

    tabman,

    Double check that potassium becasue 20 mg. is indeed an insignificant amount...a banana has 451 mg. and a glass of milk has 426 mg.
    I doubt that a 20 mg. supplement actually EXISTS.

    Describe the pill...if it is what most people would call a HORSE pill (almost an inch long inch long ellipse) it's 20 millequivalents (Meq) and thus over 800 mg. potassium. If you are taking 2 of these you could be taking too much postassium.

    When you have your blood tested, what kind of sodium and potassium values do you get?

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