BP and insomnia

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My hypertension had been pretty much under control in the past two years and I was down 12.5 mg of losartan a day.

With worsening insomnia perhaps two sleeps of about two hours and a later dose between 6 and 7.30 am my BP in the past two or there months has been very erratic and for the first time my brain and body are feeling the effects of it. I'm happy if my BP is around the 140/80 mark but I have been getting readings of 210+/110 but my heart rate stays around 70 bpm. I do have a pacemaker and I'm in permanent AF although I mostly do not notice it even though the pacemaker clinic recently told me that it had recorded an instance of 191 bpm just after midnight the previous week. If I increase losartan to 25mg morning and night or perhaps if I'm very relaxed by bed time it can go down to 114/69 but by morning it is mostly up to about 180/90.

When I waken in the night I don't lay there worrying it about I get for about 45 minutes each time and have some hot milk and a biscuit. I've been taking CBD oil for the past six months. It's made me more relaxed about the situation but has not helped my insomnia.

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    It sounds like you understand the proper behavioral treatment of the insomnia, but it still remains a problem, what do your doctors say about the insomnia itself? If that goes on a long time it can certainly aggravate other conditions like your BP.

    I've had some myself but never really had it treated, either, but I'm sure most doctors would be happy to offer various pills for you to try? More than that it would be good to figure out what is causing it - mine was caused by another medical condition, it wasn't really any secret.

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      My doctor has given me pills that I did not want or take as that is only a temporary answer. When I had a situation like this many years ago I did take Mogadon. One became two and two became another two during the night. It too a long time to get off them.

      I know the reason. It is due to Fluorquinolone Toxicity Syndrome. I was prescribed that drug in 2013 when I had prostatitis and the hospital could not get a normal catheter in prior to my aortic valve replacement and had to fit a supra pubic one. It caused what is often the first reaction tendonitis. I wondered how I got tendonitis sitting around in hospital for a week. It cleared up after ultrasound treatment and physio, I was later twice prescribed it and stopped it each time after two days when tendon pain started again.

      This drug can lay dormant for a long time and in my case about four years later it was triggered by two other drugs I was prescribed. This time I got many other side effects including neuropathy in my left leg and insomnia.

      There is a Cipro Fluoroquinolone Forum if you are interested.

      https://patient.info/forums/discuss/fluoroquinolone-toxicity-syndrome-427305

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      That's new to me, so don't have anything specific to offer, besides what you could dig up on any sleep disturbance search.

      Sounds pretty awful, but so many of these drugs we "have" to take for something, come with side-effects. Have to play the hand we're dealt I guess.

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