My LDL also went up from 126 to 139 in the 4 weeks. I will ask my doctor those questions. Were you on benicar/hct also. What did you do?
Sorry for the delay. Have been trying to stay hydrated in this heat wave and it's a full time job, ;) !
I was on hydrochlorothiazide for about a year, then went to lisinopril, and then to benicar/hct...so I've been on hct and benicar/hct and have serious side effects with both. I experienced restless leg syndrome while on benicar/hct which started in the afternoon and I suspect continued until my next dose of benicar/hct in the am. My sleep doctor and my primary denied the rls was due to benicar so I was the one to demand another medication...and yes, the restless leg syndrome (and my exhaustion) stopped very soon after discoing the med. Haven't had it since...
As far as my cholesterol goes, my pre hct total cholesterol was 160 but it's increased radically since being on bp meds. Although hct initially elevated my cholesterol, I believe the side effects of fatigue with other meds interfered with my ability to eat right and to exercise so the problem got worse (and yes, I am aware that perimenipause may play a role here but I suspect very minor). I took myself off bp meds about 2 months ago (after doing so my bp dropped to a prehypertension level) and my total cholesterol dropped about 20 points, the hdl is now 60 (was 65), and the ldl dropped from 164 to 150 which is still quite aways from my normal of 108! However, the only thing I consciously did was to disco my bp med and switch to skim milk. I want to consciously eat right to lose the pounds I've gained on bp meds, increase my energy and exercise levels, and drop those ugly total and ldl cholesterol levels in the next few months.
PS I was surprised that my cholesterol level didn't drop more than it did, but then I remembered that for a couple of weeks before my test I decided to clean out the "cheese drawer" in my refrigerator, and no, I didn't throw any cheese out, groan! There was the mild, medium, and sharp cheddars, oh my. The havarti, ooo la la. The fontina, a must in my broccoli timbale, the brie which is the only one I like in a puff pastry, and any other odds and ends....now you get the picture! Perhaps I shouldn't have done that a few weeks before the test...