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[QUOTE=dmer;3446656]This is truly remarkable. If you don't mind sharing - when was the 200 / 100 diagnosed, what were you prescribed, how long did you take it.

What you might find even more remarkable is that

1. In April/May 2007 my doctor told me that given my pressures, I would
be taking medication for the rest of my life.

2. In April/May 2007 my doctor told me that he was doing me no favor
by not prescribing a second medication to go with the first to control
my blood pressure.

3. Despite gaining over 35 pounds on bp medications, my pressures are
still lower now than they were on medication.

As for your questions...

I was diagnosed with hypertension in August 2003 and prescribed 25-50 mg of hydrochlorothiazide. In April of 2006 the hct was dropped and I was prescribed 20 mg of lisinopril. In August of 2006, the lisinopril was dropped and I was prescribed benicar/hct (40 mg of benicar and 25 mg of hct). In December 2007, the benicar/hct was dropped and I was prescribed 25 mg of atenolol. I stopped taking the atenolol, a beta blocker, cold turkey, :nono:, and when pressures jumped up (due to what I now suspect was rebound hypertension) I went in for a new prescription, 5-10 mg of norvasc (amlodipine). I stayed on this prescription for about 4 months when I stopped taking it due to sleep problems. I watched my pressures drop, about 20 points if I remember correctly, and I haven't been on meds since...my pressures have been in the pre hypertension category since and although risky, for me it is far less risky than the side effects I experienced on medication.

I've been telling people about the DASH food plan for the last year and have finally decided to listen to myself for a change and DO IT, :D...

I'm surprised at the results for several reasons...first off, since being off meds, I've been eating more fruits and veggies, and not addiing salt to my foods so I didn't expect to see any change at all. The other surprise is how easy the foods are to prepare...so I'm pleased.

Now, if I could only start exercising and losing more weight....