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In most individuals there is no causative factor for the high blood pressure, and this type of high blood pressure, called primary (essential) hypertension, tends to develop gradually over many years. Therefore though stress and weight gain have a role to play in increased blood pressure, still your blood pressure may remain high even with weight loss, exercise, and lowered stress. However with exercise, weight loss, and decreased stress your blood pressure may lower towards normal. Therefore I would suggest keeping a log book of your daily blood pressure and showing it to your doctor. If it is consistently normal and low then your doctor may suggest to take only Benicar instead of the combination Benicar HCT. Then again if your blood pressure continues to be low and normal with only Benicar, finally your doctor after a month of only Benicar may go ahead with discontinuing the Benicar. You need to regularly monitor your blood pressure during this period of trial.
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