Patient Comments: High Blood Pressure Treatment - Experience

What kinds of treatments have been effective for your high blood pressure?

Comment from: oka edobor, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: March 20

I was diagnosed with hypertension about four years ago and have been on a diuretic and Nifedipine (20mg each day). But recently my blood pressure has been rising. Yesterday it was 181mg/100. I took 75 mg of Vasoprin with a diuretic and Nifedipine and it fell to 120/87. I guess I should continue or maybe I should remove the channel blocker.

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Comment from: kgood1, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 11

I am a 56 year old woman - in good shape, run 3x a week, gym 3x a week, and yoga once a week. High blood pressure runs in my family - and I just started taking medications for it. I am a semi vegetarian - and eat really well. There really shouldn't be any reason for this - except for bad genes! Today I took it after a month on the medications - 170/60 and have a slight headache!

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Comment from: papolishgal, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: December 12

After taking lisinopril for a few years it started to make tongue or lips swell periodically. Spirolactone gave me muscle spasms. Amlodepine gave me edema and ankle pain. I have been on atenolol 25 mg, for about 29 years and it has not been increased to l in morning and 2 at night. This is giving me an more than an irregular heartbeat which I already had. At night I wake up and pressure is like around 150 and up over 90 and sometime 100. During day seems to be around 139 over 85 or so. I am diabetic. So what medication do I take.

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Comment from: Javier A., 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: July 19

I have been taking Cozaar for two years. My blood pressure was 160/90. I think the sudden increase was directly related to the stress and sorrow of losing a Grandson. I am 64 years old. I have modified my lifestyle. I have lost 15 pounds, and I exercise at least three days a week. Now, my blood pressure has normalized to 130/80 on average for the last year.

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Comment from: deg, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 09

I never can go to the doctor with not having higher than normal, last year it was 150-90, and I was having a bad day, last year check was 139-85, and then I went back and almost six months later, going to the emergency room twice. I still don't like the medicine I'm on. I think it is medicine #5 and I think doctors think you should deal with side effects. The emergency room put me on triamterene-htc 37.5-25 this stuff even has a side effect , but it is much easier to live with then rashes and tingling in hands and cold and hot ears ringing, and itching is the worst. My doctor was mad because I quit going to a specialist on this, because I ended up in the emergency room, and the doctor wouldn't call me and after 3 and a half weeks my blood pressure and breathing went nuts and I didn't go back. I just switched doctors because mine didn't want to treat me for this, but she's the one that started this. I really feel like some doctors really don't care they just get you hooked on it.

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Comment from: antipharma, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: October 07

I am still looking for an effective hypertension drug. I have had a lot of bad side effects. Most have been ineffective and the few that brought my blood pressure down were not effective for more than one year. The worst hypertension drug was Catapres, which caused me to have a convulsion. I think doctors should try to find the cause and stop treating hypertension as a cause.

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Comment from: Mac, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 05

I am 47 year old female. I was diagnosed with high blood pressure during a routine gyno exam and told to see my regular GP. At first they had me on Diazide (water pill) and it did nothing so they put me on 50 mg of Toprol XL in addition to the Diazide. This worked and has worked for me for about 5 years now. I tried to get off the Diazide because it has some annoying side effects, but when I did. Wow, blood pressure high again and told not to go off of it again. I have never smoked. I am not a big drinker and I exercise. I am not overweight, but all 4 grandparents and both parents were on medication since their 30's for this genetic disorder. My mom and both grandfathers had diabetes. I have to have a glucose test next weekend. Genetics plays a big role in these things I believe. I hate sweets and I don't eat a lot of carbohydrate (I don't want to be fat). I don't know what to do.

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