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My husband is taking Amlodipine Besylate 5 mg blood

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My husband is taking Amlodipine Besylate 5 mg for high blood pressure. Tonight he feels his blood pressure is high so I took his blood pressure with our Life Sourse blood pressure monitor. He has a reading of 156/87 using his left arm and 157/95 using his right arm. What would you recommend we do?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 1 year ago.
Hello. I'm Dr. Phil, licensed and practicing Internal Medicine Physician. Excellent service is my goal.
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This really isn't that much higher than what is considered normal for his age.
The new guidelines recommend that 150/90 is the cutoff of high blood pressure for this age group (above age 60).
So assuming he has no symptoms like chest pain or dizziness, he is fine.
I would call his doctor tomorrow and ask to increase the amlodipine to 10 mg.
This is a better dose and should get him below that 150/90 cutoff