diet is important. "atti-editor" is right. for me, salt is a big deal. I no longer use salt at all, and I have learned to read labels VERY carefully. Some prepared/frozen foods are VERY high in sodium, as are most soups, deli meats.
if you need to lose weight, diet and salt could be key in getting your BP back to normal and getting off medication.View Thread
I have a mild version of White coat syndrome (sometimes called white coat hypertension). But it doesn't always happen. my normal is around 120/70. it sometimes goes up to around 140-145/80-85 at doctor...IF I am stressed about something. As an example, last time at a doc, my BP was normal...today I am going to doc, worried about something so I expect WCS (white coat syndrome) to appear.
While I do not take "wikipedia" articles as "gospel", this has the basic info. If this continues, talk to your doc.
I originally had lisinopril about 5 years ago. I am LONG past the same issues you had, but I noticed a cough about halfway thru first bottle. It developed rapidly and I was coughing (at times) so badly that I almost threw up (I think twice I DID - not a lot).
I also was switched to Losartan. Occasionally I have a dry "tickle" but that could be because it's arizona.
I take a number of meds and I always check contraindications and side effects. I also COMPARE Meds to see if they can be taken with each other (that's how I found out I can NOT take Aleve or Advil. And cannot take TUMS within 2 hours of another med I take.)
Do you have all Prescriptions filled at same pharmacy? I think that is essential in management of medications.View Thread
I took lisinopril when I was first prescribed this type of med. I was coughing so badly (to the point of throwing up) that I was switched to Losartan potassium. TOok weeks for problem to subside. I also had issues with a "statin" med. I swear part of my current problems are combo of all meds. my cardiologist will not stop any of the meds nor has she suggested lowering dosages.View Thread
Cut ADDED salt out of your diet entirely. Not as easy as it may sound. be VERY careful with salt in processed foods such as soups, deli meat/cheese. If you are overweight, try to lose some weight. start on an exercise program.
(this is from my personal experience. You should start by checking with your doctor. And if you dont already do it, take your bp every day and keep track of events in your life. A pattern MAY emerge. FOr instance, my BP is always a little higher when I go to dr.'s office.)View Thread
You really need to talk to your doctor. Have you asked pharmacist whether hbp could be side effect of meds. R U overweight, do you have any underlying factors which can cause hbp? YOu probably should have regular check-ups with cardiologist and your primary care.
I know what initially worked for me (this is just my personal opinion) is diet and CUTTING OUT ALL ADDED SALT and being very conscious of the amount of sodium in processed foods (soups are notorious for high sodium). I try to buy no salt added or low salt (even low salt can be HIGH in sodium). I"m oN Weight watchers and I watch fat, sodium, cholesterol etc. and portion control is key. I weigh/measure almost everything that is preportioned, and I have to be VERY careful if I eat out.
PERSONAL OPINION. NO one else's "opinion" is a substitute for seeing your doc on a regular basis.View Thread
change your way of eating, more (or SOME) exercise, BP monitoring. I'm sure DASH is good diet - the key thing for DASH is BP, losing weight is secondary.
if the APP is free, try it. especially if it reminds you to take meds.
get a BP monitor and keep a spreadsheet. take BP daily. I personally like the WRIST monitor, but I would ask your doctor if that one is good for you.
I follow WEIGHT WATCHERS. of course, they are about losing weight, but if you follow whatever plan you folow, CUT SALT OUT OF YOUR DIET - I even cut out salt substitute., In my case my BP DID lower to a good range. If you dont need to lose, then DASH would work. Be careful with cholesterol. An average large egg can be around 195mg of cholesterol, that is (in my opinion) too much. I also cut out eggs. I use egg whites and egg beaters.
Be VERY VERY careful of processed foods (frozen and canned). They can VERY HIGH in SODIUM.
Learn to read nutrition labels. Even "No sodium" products have SOME sodium. The lower in fat for a food, usually it is higher in sodium. Be VERY careful of deli meats. even the "low sodium" versions are too high in sodium.