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Im a 72 year old female. For 17 years Ive been on medications

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I'm a 72 year old female. For 17 years I've been on medications for high blood pressure, high cholestrol and Type 2 Diabetes, probably due to being overweight. I've weighed up to 258. For the past 10 years my weight has been between 220-230. I'm 5'7", medium built. I last saw my doctor Sept. 12, at which time I weighed 219, since then I've lost 14 lbs, because I'm seriously dieting. This is my question: I'm hoping to go off, or at least reduce some of the medications. I see my doctor every 6 months for blood work and to have prescriptions renewed. Now that I'm losing weight should I see her more often? Supposing due to my weight loss and the possibility that that is correcting the medical issues is it dangerous to be taking medications I may not need? I know to NOT stop or make any changes in my medications without consultion my doctor.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Rick, MD replied 1 year ago.
I am online and happy to help you with your question today.

Congratulations on your weight loss. From personal experience I know just how difficult that can be.

What medications are your currently taking?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.


Norvasc 10mg 1x, Quinapril 40mg 1x, Lipitor 10mg, 1x, Fluoxetine 20mg 1x, Hydrochlorot 25 mg 1x, Metformin 500mg, 2x, Klor-con M20 TAB Apa 1x.


 


O-T-C: Calcium 1500 daily, 1 multi-vitamin, 2 Aleve 2x for arthritis

Customer: replied 1 year ago.


Norvasc 10mg 1x, Quinapril 40mg 1x, Lipitor 10mg, 1x, Fluoxetine 20mg 1x, Hydrochlorot 25 mg 1x, Metformin 500mg, 2x, Klor-con M20 TAB Apa 1x.

 

O-T-C:  Calcium 1500 daily, 1 multi-vitamin, 2 Aleve 2x for arthritis

Customer: replied 1 year ago.


Norvasc 10mg 1x, Quinapril 40mg 1x, Lipitor 10mg, 1x, Fluoxetine 20mg 1x, Hydrochlorot 25 mg 1x, Metformin 500mg, 2x, Klor-con M20 TAB Apa 1x.

 

O-T-C:  Calcium 1500 daily, 1 multi-vitamin, 2 Aleve 2x for arthritis

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Expert:  Dr. Rick, MD replied 1 year ago.
Thank your for that information. I think it would be worthwhile for you to see your doctor when you have lost 20 pounds. This would give her a chance to see if any of the above medications can be reduced or discontinued.

If nothing needs to be changed on that visit, I would see her again after loosing an additional 15 pounds.

Of course, should you have any symptoms or concerns, you should see her sooner.

A few years ago I lost 45 lbs and started to notice I was dizzy at times...well, I was on multiple BP medications and my pressure was falling through the floor! You would think that as an MD I would have thought about that lol!

At least you are doing a much better job of being proactive :)

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.

Congratulations on your weight loss...it's kinda hard when you love food....huh? Having had a "southern" mother I was raised on fried chicken, biscuits n' gravy, overcooked vegetables slathered with butter or bacon grease. Had to give it all up :( Thank you.

Expert:  Dr. Rick, MD replied 1 year ago.
My pleasure.

My problem is that my wife is an excellent cook.....and I'm an excellent eater lol!

Good luck on reaching your goals.

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