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Posted by Sue on February 21, 2000 at 00:29:52:

In Reply to: Re: BLood pressure goes down when i take ZANAX posted by beatle on February 17, 2000 at 21:45:53:

: : i went to the doctor cause of some symptoms of anxiety and got a reading of 150 /100 i was very nervous at the time .. HE diagnosed me with anxiety and is starting me on ZANAX slowly i took one ZANAX and my blood pressure went down to 115/78 in a couple hours .. but then next morning it was high again not as high but about 135 /96 . then i took half a ZANAX and it was normal again .. can Anxiety cause readings like i got ??? after taking the drug i felt great and blood pressure was down a lot .. i wonder if i get rid of the anxiety if my blood pressure could be normal again im 35 yrs old male .. anyone else find ZANAX lowers thier blood pressure drastically .. i would think if i had true hypertension it would stay high most the time but after the medicine kicks in i get normal readings .. thanks :)

: Anything I say should not substitute for advice from your doctor. Yes, if you have an awful lot of anxiety, it can raise the blood pressure. Its part of the "fight or flight" response of the body. I would suggest keeping away from all caffiene (coffee, tea and soft drinks that have caffiene). I would continue the Xanax as prescribed by the doctor and follow-up with him as he wants.
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Hello,
I had to go on blood pressure medication about 4 months ago. The high blood pressure brought on an expisode of atrial fibrillation which sent me to the ER in the middle of the night. Since I have suffered from anxiey and panic for the last several years, I firmly believe that the almost constant state of anxiety was responsible for elevating my blood pressure. I was put on atenelol for the hbp but the pressure really didn't come under good control until I had to go back on my anxiety medication - usually Xanax - a few weeks after the a-fib episode. Since I have been back on the anxiety medication my bp has been much more stable and well under control. I thought that this might interest you.
Sue

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