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LuAnn 08-21-2006 02:16 PM

High Blood Pressure?
Anyone here suffer from high blood pressure? What meds do you know about and are you satisfied with it/them?

My Dad had hbp and died at the age of 47 after a stroke. I am now 44. Never personally had a problem with it until I had children (during pregnancy). Now I have it chronic.

I've tried labetalol ....rats, I've tried or been prescribed three others, none of which I can remember at this point :head: but they begin with "D", "T" and "V" :lol:

Anyway, I know I need it because today at the Dr's office (on a work-related injury) they measured my bp and it was 152/110! :scare:


jrztomato 08-21-2006 02:45 PM are right that is high....120/80 is the norm high...I have hbp and am on several meds..but I also have coronary heart disease and renal problems..renal problems can make your bp zoom...right now I take Benicar, Atenolol, Sular and then also Plavix to thin my blood and Iron because my hemo is very low..
Also any pain..even a sprained ankle ..can make your bp go should really see a Md and go from there...When mine went up 3 yrs ago, I ended up with a triple clogged arteries in my heart were the culprits...the next time it went way out of control I had clogged arteries in my kidneys and ended up having stents put in those... so what I am saying is you have to find out WHY yours is going up...and what can be done about it....not doing that will cause you to have a stroke....or something else....
I see a Cardiologist and a Nephrologist regularly besides my primary Doctor....
simple blood tests can show your Doctor a slew of things that will aid him in helping you keep it under control....I am 76..mine is under control and I am doing will do well also....just seek help....hugs..

Laura 08-21-2006 05:45 PM

I'm 35 and have high blood pressure. I was found totally by accident, I was in for another problem and my bp was very very high.

Anyways, I take cozaar daily and it has worked wonderfully.

ellenmelon 08-21-2006 05:58 PM

My bp used to be normally low, 118/68 after walking into the drs office, but since I gained weight it is high, for me at least, 124/82.

The second number is the diastolic pressure. When the artery is supposed to be relaxed and open, mine is beginning to be closed and that is why I see a rise now. The doctor has ordered a statin which is not a bp drug but a cholesterol lowering drug. But if it helps clear my arteries of cholesterol clogs than it will probably help my bp too.

The first number is the systolic pressure. When the heart pumps the blood out to the body it rapidly expands the artery. If the artery is clogged and brittle then the artery won't expand as well and there is back pressure on the heart.

Both of your numbers are 'high' so you will want to seek medical attention to see what is causing the high bp and solve the problem where it begins.

A single reading is not good enough. You need multiple readings to determine high bp. Sounds like you do need to keep track of this and get some dr attention again.

High bp really wears down your circulation system and the person too!

bensmom526 08-21-2006 05:59 PM

I've had it..
I've had it forever..I was diagosed with it at 3yrs a peds visit...after that i was dragged to every specialist around...I got scared reading your post because I've had it for 30yrs. I usually don't take it seriously until I hear stories like yours

I had it under control for years using LISINOPRIL..but once I got pregnant and was taken off it <its toxic to a baby> I never got it
back under control...I've taken alot of other meds since but I can't get it under 140/90

Your BP was probably extra high because you got hurt and you had a thousand things running around in your mind...

I see an endrocrinologist for my BP, I have essential hypertension which means there is no known cause for it...schedule a physical
sometimes the silliest things make your BP go through the roof, <eg>sports drinks sandwich meats, nasal sprays


jrztomato 08-22-2006 04:39 AM

sometimes the silliest things make your BP go through the roof, <eg>sports drinks sandwich meats, nasal sprays
Nancy..I monitor mine are right about the sandwich meats...very high in sodium...I have made a lot of changes but do "fall off the salt free diet" sometimes...a trip to the Chinese buffet will send it reaching for the 2x a yr is too many times for is hard staying on a diet that is low sodium and low fat...but I do my best to adhere to it...

AnnaInOhio 08-29-2006 07:06 AM

I have had HBP for about 9 years throughout the entire time I have taken and still do, Univasc a Ace Inhibitor. It's very expensive even with Insurance it's $50.00 a month but.... it works very well. I went to the doctor last week and my reading was 120/70.

I do watch the salty foods, in fact my dh had quite a search this weekend finding any salt in our house. I eat chips but very little and we never salt our food.


janet 08-29-2006 07:38 AM


I too have high bp..I take Atacand for it. It keeps it under control...I was 46 when they gave it to me, for migraine headaches..I could not tolerate the reg. migraine meds..

If I get in pain, physical or mental pressure goes it does with most people. lol

I have also been on statins for years, for high cholesterol runs in my family, and I used to not eat right..too much bakery!!! lol

Hugs, Janet

bensmom526 08-29-2006 08:00 AM

A tip
Put some black pepper in your salt shaker
since you have the visual of the black flakes
your won't be as likely to over do it =0)

I guess thats the one thing about having HBP
so long I never learned to like salty things...

although once in a blue moon chips sound
good...but the trigger a massive headache
so its not too often

That reminds me its time for a checkup too

Coll 08-29-2006 10:06 AM

I take LOTREL. Its the newest one for me. I seem to do good for about 3 years, then need a new one.
This one seems to be working well.

ditzy46 08-29-2006 03:32 PM

I was diagnozed with HBP when I turned 44. I was sick with the flu and when I was better my pressure stayed high. I now take Alltace and HCDZ(I can't spell it let alone pronounce it. My pressure has been stable for about 6 yrs now. My pills are very expensive..the alltace is $67 and the other ones are only $7 a month. My doc gives me free samples that last about 4 months. I have my pressure checked every week. Ladies ask your physicians if they have any samples of your could save you a lot of money. Believe me it helps as I have no insurance.

Bettan 08-29-2006 05:10 PM

My hubby takes Procardia XL. He has use it for years keeps his blood pressure normal.
Be sure if you smoke to quit and keep the weight down. That is really very important.

Coll 08-29-2006 05:51 PM

ditzy it is spelled hydrochlorothiazide HCTZ. I sat here one day decipering the word until i got it right. LOL. Maddie asked me what it was foor, since it is sometimes called a water pill I told her it is to make me pee. What a laugh that was.

AnnaInOhio 08-30-2006 04:16 AM


I use to take HCTZ along with the Univasc till they got mine under control enough to drop it. Dh takes it now along with Altace and K-Dur which is a potassium supplement.

Altace is pricey here too but with our insurance only $30.00 a month cheaper than my Univasc.


ditzy46 08-30-2006 04:36 AM

Yep Coll...that's See, I even had the letters bad. And yes it is a water pill and does make you pee. I take it with my alltace because the alltace alone does not control my HBP. I have such a low tolerance to any kind of drugs they had a hard time of prescribing the dosage for me. But now it is ok. I have quit smoking 3yrs ago and I do a lot of walking now that I don't have a car. My doc says that the walking lowers my pressure just as much as my pills. I am just trying to get my eating and weight under control..not and easy task at 52. I don't use salt. I season a lot of things with garlic powder and other seasonings.

jrztomato 08-30-2006 04:49 AM

I use a lot of garlic powder also...tried using the Mrs. Dash products but I don't care for them..would rather have no seasoning...
I can't take a diuretic because of my kidneys...Ironically I wouldn't have kidney problems if it wasn't for an rx..After I had my triple by-pass I was put on Enalapril.when my bp starting zooming toward the sky even though they kept increasing the dosage..I ended up in the hospital...the test showed that the Enalapril was shutting down my kidneys and causing the cortex to I now have only 50% useage of each one..went for bw last Wed. (which I do often) and will find out the results on Friday..(would have found out today but they closed the office because of the anticipated hurricane)...the last test showed that the degeneration wasn't any worse..I pray that this last bw will also have the same results...

cat lover 08-30-2006 05:45 AM

My DH and I both were diagnosed with HBP after his accident 6 years ago; we were told the stress brought it on. We both take Atenolol. It has worked well for us both even me with asthma; it is a beta blocker which sometimes doesn't work well with asthma.
Anyway my point about this one is the cost. I can't get medical insurance because of my health conditions so I have to pay myself. I have the doctor write our prescriptions for a full 365 tablets filled at once. The pills will keep this long in a controlled environment. By doing this and paying myself ( no insurance involved to say I'm only allowed 30 or 90 tablets at one time; which keeps the cost up) We paid $58 and some odd cents for each 1 year of HBP medicine! Back when I did have insurance I was only allowed 30 days at a time and had to pay $20.00 co payment each 30 days; so by doing that the same amount of pills cost me $240.00 vs $58 for the same thing bought at one time!

Maybe someone else can benefit the way we do this on several of my DH medications. By working with the doctor and checking cost at three different pharmacies we end up paying much less most of the time by not using DH's insurance that he has on his presciptions. It takes some time to check into and as long as you explain the cost savings to your doctor most of them will work with you; half the time the doctors have no idea what the medications they are prescribing cost. Good Luck!

jrztomato 08-30-2006 05:53 AM

I have been taking Atenolol since 1992 when I had my first heart is good for bp and angina..
I only have a 2.00 co-oay on this med..(compared to a 59.+ on Plavix)..but you could also save if he/she would put that you need it 2-3 x a day instead of would then get double the amt. for the same copay...I went from 50mg to 25 mg 2 x a day and now 25mg lx a day..I still had refills coming on the old ones so took them and cut the 50's in half and then the 25's once a day..of course when these run out I will have to get new ones and am sure they will be accurate..but this is the cheapest one I take so it won't be a problem....

roisindubh 02-01-2007 09:07 AM

My bp is okay, but my dh has malignant hbp. At his doctor's office last month, it was 306/262! The med tech told him that he'd set a new record for their office. Not the sort you brag about.... :eek: His doc wanted to send him straight to the hospital, but dh was worried that we'd never be able to pay the part of the hospital bill not covered by insurance. I hadn't gone with him, so the first I knew about what was going on was when he got home. Yes, he drove himself! That's the weird thing about him (all right, just one of 'em! LOL) He can have a bp (or blood sugar level, for that matter, since he's also a bad diabetic) that would knock someone else flat on their back and he still keeps going. I call him my "Energizer Bunny"... or my miracle man, since he seems to keep defying the odds. As you can imagine, he really worries me, but, although he's on several bp meds, nothing really seems to help. A lot of his problem seems to be stress, but telling him to try to relax isn't much help. If nothing else, he worries about his health. Then there are worries about his kids back in WA, his parents whose health's not good either, trying to live on a fixed income, etc. Everyone suggests that he needs a hobby or some other outlet to help him chill, but his health won't let him do the things he enjoys the most anymore. I'm frustrated (and scared), so I can only imagine how he must feel. Sorry to vent, but this is one of the things most on my mind these days.

cat lover 02-01-2007 09:51 AM

roisindubh, good luck with your DH's blood pressure! I've never heard of any that high!

A hobby might help some; isnm't there something he enjoys doing that can relax him otherwise if he doesn' want ot get into a hobby? Maybe you and he could take long walks together; that can be relaxing too! Be areful and take care!

Coll 02-01-2007 06:17 PM

roisindubh, I'm surprised the doctor allowed him to leave the office with a bp that high. My doctor would have bene on the phone to my husband or one of my older kids and demand that I be treated in the ER immediately.
I pray that he is able to get things under control and soon.

roisindubh 02-05-2007 08:37 AM


Originally Posted by Coll
roisindubh, I'm surprised the doctor allowed him to leave the office with a bp that high. My doctor would have bene on the phone to my husband or one of my older kids and demand that I be treated in the ER immediately.

I wish the doc had called me, too, but I doubt it would have changed the outcome. As Jamus pointed out to the doctor, if stress is a big part of his problem, lying in the hospital worrying about the bill wouldn't help much. I suspect he was right, although I don't like it much.

Originally Posted by Coll
I pray that he is able to get things under control and soon.

Thank you!

Originally Posted by cat lover
roisindubh, good luck with your DH's blood pressure! I've never heard of any that high!

I worked the desk on general medical floors and in telemetry units, CCUs, and ICUs for about 10 years; I charted a lot of patient vital signs in that time, and I don't recall one anywhere near that, either.

Originally Posted by cat lover
A hobby might help some; isnm't there something he enjoys doing that can relax him otherwise if he doesn' want ot get into a hobby? Maybe you and he could take long walks together; that can be relaxing too! Be areful and take care!

Because of combination of a knee injury (that didn't heal due to his diabetes) and complications of his diabetes and blood pressure, he usually uses a wheelchair, so the "walk" part of "long walks" is out. In his chair, he can tootle along forever -- I'm the one who poops out! LOL He has diabetic neuropathy and basically has no feeling left in his fingers, which makes it hard to do any sort of hobby or craft that needs much dexterity. Plus, the diabetes is messing with his eyesight (retinopathy), so he has a hard time focussing on things: he says everything is "sparkly." We got him signed up with the state's books for the blind program last month; they send him books and magazines on tape every month, which is proving to be a nice diversion for him. He turns off the lights, which helps his eyes, pops on the headset, and listens to a few chapters at a time. If you know anybody with poor eyesight or who has trouble holding a print book, I recommend getting info on your state's program. Every state has one; they're coordinated by the Library of Congress in DC. It's all done by mail, and you don't even have to pay postage to return the tapes when you're done. It's been a Godsend so far for us!

cat lover 02-05-2007 08:43 AM

Sounds like you are are doing everything you can already! The books on tape is a great idea! I understand the knee injury thing, my DH needs a total knee replacement so I know how it limits things. Good luck in all you are doing!

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