Patient Comments: High Blood Pressure Treatment - Experience

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

Comment from: mamabear, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 16

I was using Vasotec for several years to control high blood pressure that, at its highest, was 140/90. I was diagnosed recently with asthma. Before that, I developed a serious cough, which may have triggered the asthma diagnosis. Then I was put on prednisone several times to control the cough. While that helped, when I came off of it, the cough started again. We did that three times. Finally, I suffered a severe nosebleed. I believe this was a result of the all the coughing and the prednisone. We were in the process of changing meds for my blood pressure when this happened. I started on 5 mg of Norvasc, and then increased to 10 mg when I came home from hospital. I now have developed itchy, little blisters all over my body. I have a ringing in my ears and sometimes a headache. I went to my doctor to ask about these being associated with new blood pressure meds, and he sent me to a dermatologist who biopsied me for scabies and sent me home with toxic creams and lotions. I don't think I will use them until the biopsy results come back. I am disappointed in my doctor.

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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: eadweardke, 7-12 Male (Patient) Published: September 15

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Comment from: bananna, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 05

HNP medications seemed to work for 40 years, now I seem to need more. Some medications messed with my breathing. Right now my blood pressure is high and I am right upset. My doctor is not of much help. I am monitoring my BP; and when it starts going up again I take another clonidine. [I hope it doesn't do me in]

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Comment from: andocor, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: October 07

I am a 53-year-old female and have recently had symptoms of high blood pressure, which my doctor tells me that I will have to deal with from now on. He has put me on Amlodac 10 mg and until now I have not noticed any significant change in my health. Here's hoping this medication works.

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Comment from: Happyman, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: July 20

I was getting my Blood Pressure checked in my 20's. I was told I had it, then I didn't have it. I stopped until my later 30's when my job requires a check up. I was told I needed to get it checked as it was a little high. Recently I was put on Antenolol-Chlorthalidone and 81 mg Aspirin. This being my first time being put on prescribed medication I was very nervous taken this stuff. I feel the same as I always have which is fine.

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Comment from: cariadbach, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 23

I have had high blood pressure for a number of years and have had frequent changes made to my medication. I heard about beetroot juice and its ability to help lower blood pressure, so I take a daily dose and have found that I do not go over 135/76 now at any time.I am 70-years-old and although I will not discontinue medication unless my doctor tells me to. I am pretty convinced about the use of beetroot juice. I also slow my breathing down to ten times per minute every day for twenty-five minutes and try to be aware of my breathing rate at all times.I feel great.

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