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Old 02-05-2018, 01:48 AM
 
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Going off your BP medications can be dangerous, i'd speak with your doctor of your concerns.
In the mean time you can do some minor experimentation on where your BP goes if you stop your meds for a day, normal? try 2 days etc.
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Old 02-05-2018, 06:15 AM
 
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There are several completely different classes of hypertensive drugs, each type working in different ways to reduce BP. Your doctor will make a choice based a lot of other factors, including age, weight, diet, activity level, genetic predisposition. And the doctor may change it several times, according to how you respond.
Yes, it's the fact that there's so many different types of BP meds that I am asking.
I like doing my research before a doctor recommends a drug, and getting people's opinions who've had a lot of experience with these drugs is valuable.
My husband just takes whatever his doc recommends -- I'm not so trusting, as I've had some bad experiences.
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Old 02-05-2018, 12:27 PM
 
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I like doing my research before a doctor recommends a drug, and getting people's opinions who've had a lot of experience with these drugs is valuable.
Your doctor has already done that research for you, and has years of experience with their patients taking those drugs--no one else has better knowledge that that, certainly not random people on the internet.

But, sure, trust random internet strangers rather than someone trained and educated in the health field if you want--just remember that random people on the internet don't actually know what they're talking about, that their bodies, genetics, and lifestyles are completely different than yours, and what works for them may or may not work for you.
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Old 02-12-2018, 08:34 AM
 
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Thanks for the responses. the impression that I got from my doctor was that I'd be on the meds for life. I think that's probably the case, but I was wondering if there were any people who (under medical advice) weaned themselves off the meds. I guess I just tire of having all of these pills to take.
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Old 02-12-2018, 08:55 AM
 
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Thanks for the responses. the impression that I got from my doctor was that I'd be on the meds for life. I think that's probably the case, but I was wondering if there were any people who (under medical advice) weaned themselves off the meds. I guess I just tire of having all of these pills to take.
I've seen it reduced since the systolic fell between 120 and 140. The ultimate guide will be the blood pressure. You have to measure at least twice a day everyday. The doctor is only following the standard guidelines. The most recent guidelines are more stringent.

2017 Guideline for High Blood Pressure in Adults - American College of Cardiology
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Old 02-12-2018, 10:45 PM
 
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Thanks for the responses. the impression that I got from my doctor was that I'd be on the meds for life. I think that's probably the case, but I was wondering if there were any people who (under medical advice) weaned themselves off the meds. I guess I just tire of having all of these pills to take.
My cousin very strictly followed the Joel Fuhrman nutritarian diet and dropped her blood pressure from 160/100 to around 120/75. I recommend all of Dr. Fuhrman's books, especially Eat to Live and The End of Heart Disease.

https://www.drfuhrman.com/learn/libr...strative-cases

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...70Vqtu1kZPI3_l

I think the most effective approach is a combination of a strict diet combined with exercise. I believe exercises like Qigong and Tai Chi that empahsize deep relaxed breathing are the most effective for lowering blood pressure.

Here is a link to a previous post about nutitional supplements and blood pressure.

Lowering BP without meds
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Old 02-13-2018, 12:25 AM
 
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The March 2018 issue of Life Extension magazine has a very interesting article on "Around the Clock Blood Pressure Control".

Around-the-Clock Blood-Pressure Control - Life Extension
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