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Default Jun 20, 2024 at 05:20 PM
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My entire life I always had low pressure for my weight. I would love to see some smug nurse get ready for a high blood pressure, because I was overweight, and have it come back at 110/70.

But Menopause ruined all of that. I went into Menopause during the pandemic and since then my BP has been all over the map. But in the last year it has settled in the 140/90 territory. The good news is that it isn't there all day but from about 10 AM to bedtime. Overnight it is usually around 120/80.

So my doctor insisted that I try medication at least. So I am on Losartan. So far I am pleasantly surprised that after 1/2 a pill I am down to 130/80. But I also have had a headache all day and feel a little sleepy.

But those are also symptoms of caffeine withdrawal and I might have tried to not have a lot this morning.

Anyone else on BP medications / Losartan?
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Default Jun 20, 2024 at 07:43 PM
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natural remedies you should try are blueberries, lemon juice in water, salmon, kiwi fruit and omega3+CoQ10 which you can also get from salmon. Of course, stay on the prescribed meds as well.
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Default Jun 20, 2024 at 08:03 PM
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You piqued my curiosity. I take an ACE inhibitor, Lisinopril. There is a lot of comparison info online between them and your ARB. lisinopril was my second presribed medication, after i.e., in addition to, Corgard, a beta blocker.
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Default Jun 20, 2024 at 08:52 PM
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I had to go on blood pressure meds half a year ago. I donít remember the name. I had to after trip to ER. So it was time. It runs in the family on both sides, so it was to be expected.
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natural remedies you should try are blueberries, lemon juice in water, salmon, kiwi fruit and omega3+CoQ10 which you can also get from salmon. Of course, stay on the prescribed meds as well.
I have tried them. They didn't work for me I tried Flax Seeds (which worked the best) but the effect lasted for about 2 hours. I also eat salmon frequently but it doesn't do anything.

Exercise only worked for the immediate aftermath of exercise.

Beetroot juice.

CoQ10.

I tried a few nitric oxide supplements but one sent my kidney results off in a bad way.

My "natural goal" is to lose 20 lbs of weight. But so far it hasn't been going well. I am pretty sure weight loss works for me as a few years back I lost 40 lbs and my BP went way down.

So far the medication does seem to be working... this morning I was down to 110/78... but do seem to be having some side effects... hopefully this is only short term.
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Default Jun 26, 2024 at 07:17 AM
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I gave up on the meds for a while. For the four days I took it last week I had a stunningly bad headache. Normally I have some pressure around the temples... perhaps a 2 out of 10 feeling. This was another reason my doctor wanted me to try them, suspecting that the BP could be causing the small headaches.

But this drug... the headache was a 7 out of 10. So I went off to make sure it was the drug.

And yes... 3 days without it and I am feeling back to normal again. Ironically my BP is better as well.

I am going to try going on it again and see how it goes... people have told me your body will adjust.
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Default Jun 30, 2024 at 06:11 AM
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So it didn't take long but I found this Long-term use of blood pressure drugs may cause kidney damage, study suggests | ScienceDaily

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New kidney research is raising concerns that long-term use of ACE inhibitors and other drugs commonly prescribed to treat high-blood pressure and heart failure could be contributing to kidney damage.
This really irritates me because I specifically asked for drugs that had no effect on the kidneys. The article makes clear that this also applies to ARBs. And I started looking because I had blood tests while on this drug and my kidney results came back unusually low. I have another condition that could be hard on my kidneys.

I am starting to doubt the entire thing. While reading I found a few studies that said you should never get drugs if you are 140/90 or below. And, to be fair, I am mostly that and I usually only hit the 140/90 when I am at the doctor's office ... mostly because I keep being asked move around. Before my last high reading she asked me to get up on the exam table and that could have caused it to move up.

I don't know what to think but I am irritated.
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Default Jun 30, 2024 at 10:02 AM
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IIRC, 140/90 used to be the goal on meds, but that gave bad results in the long term ie strokes etc. So that is why they want to get you down to 120/80.

They used to say that once you start having bad kidney numbers, you just keep going down. But i dont think thats true. My mother was taking all these supplements that my brother was insisting on and her kidney nbrs alarmed her dr so much that he yelled at me! After she stopped, her numbers improved and her dr was like, ive never seen that before.

What im saying is, i think kidneys can be managed. Drink enough water. Dont drink alcohol. Watch the drugs like nsaids. I may be getting kidneys and livers mixed up but hey sauce for the goose. Then watch your cholesterol ie veins and arteries. Then dont break a hip. Lunas advice on how to live a long life.
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Default Jun 30, 2024 at 02:28 PM
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I've been prescribed Irbesartan, but at half the typical dose. My PCP takes blood pressure incorrectly. I sit on the exam table with my legs hanging off the edge and the arm that the cuff is on is hanging in the air unsupported.

I don't remember to take it, but when I do, I experience dizziness. And my blood pressure tends to be normal(ish) when I take it at home.

There is some benefit from anaerobic activity. And there's Dr. Mercola's 4 minute workout for high blood pressure (IIRC).

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Default Jul 09, 2024 at 11:26 AM
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So I started back up.
- To my great joy the headache is gone. I am 99% sure the headache was caused by the drug because it was consistent when I first started. But, now it is gone.
- I don't know what is happening with my results. This morning I woke up with a 104/65 result. I checked it three more times and it was around that. But, this afternoon I am at 138/85. I have decided perhaps it is my machine and I am going to get new batteries.

My only thought is that yesterday I fasted and took Ativan to get to sleep.

So confused.

I will be taking the dose though until my check up in August.
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I think if you're dehydrated, you could get a low BP reading. In this heat wave, you could very well become dehydrated quickly before you realize it

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I think if you're dehydrated, you could get a low BP reading. In this heat wave, you could very well become dehydrated quickly before you realize it

Well, I have central air and I use it. So I don't think that is it.

I am still averaging about 102/64 in the mornings. I am not that worried about that reading per se as I have had lower but I have heard that it takes time for a medication to build up and go into full effect so... wondering what that will look like.
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