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Your blood pressure is normal now because of the medicine.
It is possible that you are on a dose which could be lowered.
But lowering the dose or stopping the medicine should be done with the help of your physician
People have the idea that they can 'tell' when there blood pressure is high
and this is not true
hypertension is dangerous because it does NOT cause symptoms and can lead to heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, and eye problems (to name a few)
so your blood pressure is good right now and while your numbers are lower than 120/80 this is also a good thing
unless you are having symtpoms of light-headedness on standing or fainting
the lower the better as long as you are not having symptoms as above
I have not experienced lightheadedness. Should I start taking the meds everyother day? IThought that Dr. Owen was responding to my inquiry.
I am looking for alternative methods. Are you knowledgable about those methods . I am asking you these questions because my doctor said that I will be on this for the rest of my life.
as a medical doctor that is the answer
you will need to be on these medicines the rest of your life
unless you are overweight and can lose weight or are not actively exercising, losing weight and exercising can often obviate the need for lifetime therapy
the fact is that there is no 'natural' remedy that has proven to work for high blood pressure
though you will find many practitioners who will claim that a certain herb or supplement will work
MAYO CLINIC ON HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE
there are suggestions at the bottom of that link for lifestyle changes that could help
AND for alternative medicines that MIGHT help
so that will be a good reference for you
i am sorry i was absent from the chat
i had a phone call and lost track
as you can see from the Mayo link
some alternative therapies that you can try include
alpha linoleic acid
cod liver oil
omega 3 fatty acids (usually fish oil)
though you will want to check with your doctor before starting these
as there are some interactions
with other medicines
but honestly, if the alternative medicines worked, we would prescribe them
there are some cases, especially with people who drop weight or increase their cardiovascular fitness
where blood pressure normalizes without medicines
but this is usually with people who are quite obese and sedentary who manage to change their lifetsyle
if you smoke, quitting could also do the trick
Thank you. How do I know what works if I dont try? If i break an arm I dont wear a cast all my life. If the medicine is working to lower it, when Does the dosages prove its worth? I will take another chance and talk with my doctor.
please do try. one thing to remember is that it's not a single blood pressure measurement that matters. to get a good guage of where you are in the control of the blood pressure issue a 3 day check needs to be done by your doctor. it's the average of these readings that matters.
the dosage proves it's worth
over the years
as it takes years of unctontrolled high blood pressure to cause damage
that's why high blood pressure is often called the 'silent killer'
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