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Perhaps I have an unreasonable outlook for this and would appreciate some feedback.

Today is day 18 after an in the Dr.'s office diagnosis of high BP. He started me on Lotrel 5 / 20 and on day 9, increased the dose to 10 / 40.

In the last 11 days, I've had 5 readings just under high normal at around 135-139 / 83-84. The others have all been around 140- 150 / 80-95.

I started from a very high point, with the odd reading going as high as 220, with 180 / 120 in the Dr,'s office so I have experienced a reduction. My question would be should something else be added or changed at this early stage.

Thanks.
The next logical addition to your Med is a small dose of a diuretic. That would control your blood pressure along with your Lotrel 10/40, what I'm always thinking about is the side effects :(. Diuretics have a lot of bad side effects, like causing ED and depleting Magnesium and Potassium from the body. It's better to minimize your Sodium intake to less than 500mg daily, which comes from vegetables without adding any salt to them.

I'm a 25 years old and if I start taking Diuretics then by age 35 I can't even imagine what would happen.
I hope that someone else will be able to tell you more and please stay healthy :)
Good luck,
Michael
I would like to express my thanks for all of the excellent comments!

I'm not yet at the 4 week stage on Lotrel 10 / 40 but have seen, in the last 3-5 days, a steady dip in BP levels. For the last 3 days, aftenoon readings have been in the mid 130's over 75-80. I was advised to stop taking multiple readings.Taking it when I get up at 4AM was probably causing an axiety spike, based on jumping out of bed and fretting about the BP level.

My weight is dropping by about 2lbs per week and I'm exercising with some vigor, 6 days per week.

I hope to see some tangible results from this but also recognize (more than previous times in my life) that a long term lifestyle change is on order.

Probably what put the wind up me more than the BP readings was the glucose reading of 107. In the month leading up to that, I had a lot of cookie dough, chips and various other indulgences. I thought the fact that I was exercising would prevent any diabetes onset but the 35% excess weight combined with my diet, still exacted a toll!

Next time I do a lipid panel and have official BP readings, I'll post them. Hopefully they will reflect some changes!
[QUOTE=michaellabibat;3303276]The next logical addition to your Med is a small dose of a diuretic. That would control your blood pressure along with your Lotrel 10/40, what I'm always thinking about is the side effects :(. Diuretics have a lot of bad side effects, like causing ED and depleting Magnesium and Potassium from the body. It's better to minimize your Sodium intake to less than 500mg daily, which comes from vegetables without adding any salt to them.

I'm a 25 years old and if I start taking Diuretics then by age 35 I can't even imagine what would happen.
I hope that someone else will be able to tell you more and please stay healthy :)
Good luck,
Michael

I would have thought the Dr. would have added a diuretic right away to my treatment but I guess I'm glad he is waiting. My BP isn't perfect but it's improved over what it was 3 weeks ago. I'm 55 and thus far, the Lotrel 10 / 40 hasn't caused any ED issues.

How is your overall health - lipids, weight, exercise etc.?

When I went to the Dr. for HBP, I was almost 270lbs, about 35% overweight and in the obese category as defined by the government. Thinking of myself as obese was very difficult because at age 39, I weighed 180lbs!

At any rate, the increase no doubt played a large part in my HBP and borderline glucose. The problem when someone like me show's up at a Dr.'s office with such elevated BP, it's almost assured you will get meds prescribed.

Having said all of that, there are some inspirational posts on this board from "Cobaltblue", showing a transition from a very unhealthy person to someone with a medication free lifestyle.

While I would acknowledge that a very good lifestyle and exercise habit may not put everyone in a pefect BP range, it will go a very long way to increasing a sense of wellbeing. As I've dropped a little bit of weight and upped my exercise, I sense a little of the optimism that drove me to be fit 16 years ago.

I wish you well on your quest for better health and will post #'s which hopefully, will show a little progress in my life.