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A good WiFi blood pressure monitor will help you trend BP automatically. Self-monitoring blood pressure at home 2-3 times a day will show when it spikes- noon or late evening. Take your medication in morning if BP spikes at noon. Take medication in the evening if BP spikes at night. "Dose timing" is a useful tool in BP management. You may actually reduce the number of medications you need to keep BP in control.

brandon
I couldn't stand Bystolc (nebivolol) - it made me EXTREMELY tired. I could only stand trying it for about a week and then I gave up. I was suppose to take 10mg but I cut my pill in 8ths and I still could take it. I was only taking about 1.25mg/day. I'm trying lupin (lisinopril) 5mg / day. After a couple days I'm starting to get use to it, it also made me tired at first and gave me headache. Aspirin helped with the side-effects, I'm taking 2 a day with it. I'm going to try some natural stuff

JJ
Re: High blood pressure — Family history of hypertension. I started taking hyzaar, lipitor and an 81 mg enteric coated aspirin (Swedish Cardiology Study) as a prophylactic treatment in 2000, not having any hypertension at the time. The Hyzaar controlled my bp and I have had excellent cholesterol scores since then. I had some very early dizziness with the hyzaar but don't have any dizziness now, I sleep well, 8 hrs / night, no other pains or symptoms and I have not had any acid reflux. Being monitored 2x per year my liver function is normal. In 2010 I switched to lisinopril HCTZ 20/25 2x dailiy, as my bp went up to borderline hypertense. That brought my BP down to 124/86 where is has been ever since.

Re: High blood pressure — I've been on High Blood Pressure medication now for over 20 years. Since being put on this medication my bladder is so weak. I have had a uninary problem every since.

Re: Lycopene — 20 mg lycopene/day decrease both systolic ( 10mg/hg) and diastolic BP (6mm?hg) after 5-6 weeks. When removed BP returned to pre lycopene levels.

Re: High blood pressure — I was diagnosed with mod high blood pressure 4 years ago and put on blood pressure medication. After taking the medications, I experienced dizziness, difficulty sleeping and pain in my stomach that I know now is acid reflux, a nasty piece of business. When I stopped taking the blood pressure medication, the symptoms disappeared. I had no symptoms of any kind from high blood pressure. Doctors repeatedly question the acid reflux as heart related and refuse to see the medication as producing this side effect. I have been on propanalol, lisinopril, atenolol, and norvasc. I am now on cozaar. The heart disease is likely congenital but I eat very healthy and carefully. The acid reflux has caused me to radically alter my diet and cause me chronic stress. This cannot be good for my blood pressure.

russ darrow
Re: Hawthorn berries — dyazide 37.5-25 knocked my bp from 190/100 to 120/80 and stopped my ankles from swelling-after a year was having side effects and have gone to arginine/citrulline 1g/500mg before bed and 565 mg hawthorn berries w/ lunch and dinner-keeping bp and edema down and i feel better

russ darrow
Re: Arginine/Citrulline — dyazide 37.5-25 knocked my bp from 190/100 to 120/80 and stopped my ankles from swelling-after a year was having side effects and have gone to arginine/citrulline 1g/500mg before bed and 565 mg hawthorn berries w/ lunch and dinner-keeping bp and edema down and i feel better

russ darrow
Re: Thiazide diuretics — dyazide 37.5-25 knocked my bp from 190/100 to 120/80 and stopped my ankles from swelling-after a year was having side effects and have gone to arginine/citrulline 1g/500mg before bed and 565 mg hawthorn berries w/ lunch and dinner-keeping bp and edema down and i feel better

Antidrugrep
Re: Arginine — I'm hesitant to recommend this one, because some amino acids compete with each other in your body. That arginine promotes vasodilation (and thus a modest decrease in BP) thru nitric oxide production is known. What ISN'T known (okay, I don't know) is what else it may do that's not so good. Proceed with caution, and remember: more isn't always better, sometimes it's just more. 3-6 grams a day, MAX.

Antidrugrep
Re: Magnesium — Nature's calcium channel blocker. Remember it COMPETES with calcium. If you're mega-dosing on calcium, a little extra magnesium may not help as much. Try to balance the two. You may only drop a few points, but it'll have come cheap.

Antidrugrep
Re: Reduce sodium — This REALLY works for blacks, less so for the rest of us poor slobs.

Antidrugrep
Re: Self-monitoring blood pressure at home — Um, just for the record...this isn't a TREATMENT.

Antidrugrep
Re: No smoking — You know...oh, never mind. Just quit.

Antidrugrep
Re: Exercise — Ask your doctor if getting off your ass is right for you! (Thank you Bill Maher).

Antidrugrep
Re: Tekturna — Great. Another fancy off-switch for the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system. Tell the drug rep to take a hike, and don't even bother with the cost/benefit analysis: IT'S. NOT. WORTH. IT.

Antidrugrep
Re: Vitamin D — Normalize your blood levels of 25-OH vitamin D (NOT 1,25-OH vitamin D), and see what happens to your BP. To your overall health, for that matter. Should be a minimum of 40 ng/mL (100 nmol/L), maximum 80 ng/mL (200 nmol/L). If you're an adult, and you need less than 4000 IU a day to achieve this, I'd be surprised. DON'T take more than 2000 IU a day without seeing a physician first if you have sarcoidosis, lymphoma or have ever had tuberculosis.

jscalit2
Re: Lotrel — Couldn't stand to be out in Sun while on it...problem in southern california

jscalit2
Re: Slow, deep breathing — Couldn't really get into this, finding time was also hard.

jscalit2
Re: Self-monitoring blood pressure at home — Curious what interval for monitoring is best and how necessary this is when you are on a prescription medicine.