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Old 07-15-2008, 12:41 PM   #1
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When To Come Off High Blood Pressure Meds?

Hi I am 26 and have readings from 118/76-125/80, the last three doctor visits my bp was 130/80, 120/80, and 120/80. When the nurse takes my bp she takes it immediately when i come into the office, and does not hold up my arm , when the doctor comes in he waits 5 minutes before taking my bp and always keeps my arm elevated, right now im on 5mg of norvasc. My question is when does a doctor normally decide for someone to come off bp medications? I am also on 10mg paxil ,but the thing is when i started taking norvasc i noticed i felt very tired, groggy, i always feel off, i can be going for a walk and after about 10-15 minutes of exercise get so tired i feel like just going to sleep. I'm not anemic, all ekg's are normal, lungs are clear. Only issue is my bloodpressure, after I had a panic attack my bloodpressure at that time was 140/80 for over 8 months and my doctor decided to put me on bp meds any insight is appreciated.

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Old 07-15-2008, 01:33 PM   #2
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Re: When To Come Off High Blood Pressure Meds?


I was told by my GP if I got my values down to 110/70 I could come off medication. I got slightly less than that and was duly taken off the pills. Hope this helps.

At the moment I am free from medication.

Old 07-15-2008, 01:55 PM   #3
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Re: When To Come Off High Blood Pressure Meds?

Hi - I just posted about Norvasc and mentioned that I have been taken off of it because of side effects. However, your blood pressure readings sound very normal! It's perfectly normal for blood pressure to rise when you are anxious, etc. Have you spoken to your doctor about the way you feel when you take Norvasc? Also, have you mentioned your current readings to him? Maybe he will have you monitor your blood pressure at home to determine whether or not you still need to be taking medication. Good luck. Mabent

Old 07-15-2008, 06:47 PM   #4
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If I were you, I would look into going on the Dash diet for HBP plus other self help methods of reducing b/p. Are you sure 140/80 was a resting b/p with an accurate b/p machine? These drugs can have serious side effects so I would exhaust every possible means of managing your b/p without them. Biofeedback is perhaps one means that you haven't considered. I tried it but by then I was already on a high dose of meds which caused the biofeedback machine to give inaccurate results. Fam

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