Discussions that mention lisinopril

High & Low Blood Pressure board

From my own experience and from everything I read----it is important to be consistent in taking your bp, plus sitting down for at least 5 minutes, maybe more quietly before
taking the bp. Sitting up with your feet on the floor, resting your arm on a table--
I always do it at my kitchen table---
and I am right there with you---if I rushed in and sat only a minute my bp would be up------
and I may take my bp and it is 135/82 and then 3 or 4 minutes later it is 117/76----
who knows----

I am changing from one bp med to another---so trying to find the lowest dose possible of lisinopril so I have the fewest side effects----which I definitely get from it----diarrhea, nausea, headache, anxiety----arrrrrggghhhh
The less the better---
but you are right about how much it can vary---
and you KNOW what they call the "white coat syndrome" where it seems it is always up in the doctor's office!!
[QUOTE=debra689;3765538]I check my blood pressure several times a week. I will usually get a reading of 140 - 150 over anywhere from 70 - 80. If I check again in say 5 or 10 minutes the systolic will go down about 20 points and the diastolic about 5 points..

I need to start checking on a regular basis-- after reading your post, I took several readings, seconds and then minutes apart. My first reading was 160/84; immediately after that, 148/81 and 147/79. Then I waited about 10 minutes and it came out 139/74 and a followup at 130/73. So I'm consfused.

I'll start to document results over several days at different times each day and will bring these to my next dr. appointment. I've been on 40 mg of lisinopril for about a year-- the dose had been 20 mg prior to that. I have no noticeable side effects from the drug.