BP meds no longer working.

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I just need a little bit of advice.  My husband is hypertensive, and has been taking 50 mg Losartin daily for about 2 years.  Recently (for about the last 3 weeks) he has been hearing a noise that is driving him insane.  He says it sounds like a truck is idling outside the house.  He mostly hears it at night, but sometimes during the day.  Since hearing this noise, his blood pressure has been >140/100 almost all of the time, even when he takes his meds.  I don't know if the noise could be caused by his blood pressure (I can't hear the noise, and he says it's so loud he can't hear the TV over it sometimes.), but it's either causing the BP to be high because he's stressed out over it, or the BP being high is causing the noise (which is still going ever higher because he can't sleep and is stressed out).  My question is, can he take more of the meds to help with his BP until he can see his doctor?  His appointment is this Thursday, but I am really worried about his BP being this high constantly, especially considering that he is having so much trouble sleeping.  Is it normal for a person to suddenly stop responding to losartin?  This whole thing has me tied up in knots.  I am so worried that he's going to have a stroke.

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    I would advise that he get an appointment before Thursday, why has he got to wait till then ?

    It could be caused by his bp being constantly raised or something quite unconnected to it but until he sees his Dr then you cannot be sure, as for self medicating, I don't think thats an option, bp meds can lose there ability to lower it, so he needs to be reassessed and maybe be issued another med to run with it or a completely new drug.

    Hope he's ok , you can never be too careful

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      Thursday was the earliest we could get an appointment because he's a new patient.  We changed insurance providers and had to get new doctors, so the process is tedious.  I took him to Urgent Care on Friday, hoping at least for some sleeping meds to help until he can see the doctor, but they said no because of his sleep apnea.  I'm just really worried.

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      Calm down. Presumably they did a basic examination in Urgent Care and excluded a serious ear infection etc. If they'd thought there was something seriously wrong they wouldn't have sent him out again without treatment. Sleep meds are never the answer to anything anyway.

      I can understand your concern, but 140/100 really isn't all that high, and can easily be explained by his anxiety over the noise he's hearing. My money is on the Losartan, as I've already mentioned. The other possibility is that his ear is blocked by wax. This one is very close to home as I currently have one ear which keeps blocking (currently waiting for an appointment to have a vacuum extraction). When the ear is blocked it presents as an uncomfortable sensation of pressure and a roaring sound.

      Keep him on the same dose of Losartan, and help to stay as calm as possible till he sees the doctor on Thursday. I'm sure they'll find a solution. (I'm a former RN by the way.)

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    He shouldn't wait that long he must see a doctor immediately it may not relate to his BP it could be made inner ear infection bcoz I had the same when I had inner Ear infection and it raised my BP anything goes wrong or any infection in the body raise up the BP. Try to cut the salt from his diet and add gsrlic with fresh lemon.

    drink fresh lemon juice

    Hope he will get better soon

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    It could even be the Losartan! One of the side-effects of Losartan and many other blood pressure drugs is tinnitus - roaring, ringing or buzzing in the ears. It does seem unlikely that it's this if he's been on the same dose of the medication for two years, but it's by no means impossible.

    Don't panic about the rise in BP - 140/100, though on the high side, is nowhere near the level that would cause a stroke. Get him back to his doctor asap, but you certainly shouldn't be adjusting the dose of his medication without medical advice.

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