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I've been on 2 mg of Mavik (trandolapril) for about 3 years and it has seemed to control my high blood pressure quite well with minimal side effects. About 3.5 weeks ago I came down with a really bad sinus cold for which I took decongestants with pseudoephedrine as well as ibuprofen for the headaches, sinus pain and fever. As soon as that cold started I felt the pressure and feeling of fullness in my neck and head, similar to what I feel when my BP goes above normal range. But being sick I assumed it was the effect of the sinus infection. Problem is, after the cold was over (lasted about a week), the sensation continued. So I checked my BP and got a nasty surprise of pretty high BP readings (in the 160/110 range). This has been going up and down like a yoyo between the upper range and almost normal for the past 2.5 weeks. I've had no incidents like this at all in the past 3 years so I was surprised. Did some research and found out that decongestants like pseudoephedrine as well as ibuprofen can increase BP and should be avoided. Sure wish my GP told me that when he prescribed Mavik. Anyways, I assumed this was the reason for the spikes and figured once the meds were out of my system the BP would go back to normal. But, 3.5 weeks later (today), I'm still having issues. Had two days with good pressure but today, I'm back to 155/106 and feeling like poop. Tired, cold (I'm usually hot), pressure in head and neck and that almost-headache I get with high BP.
I am going to my GP tomorrow, but I was wondering if anyone has had similar experiences like this and what caused them? I should mention that I'm a classic case for a high blood pressure problem: 51, overweight at 250 lbs and 5' 9", badly out of shape in a sedentary job, little to no exercise. I've had perfect BP up to 3 years ago.
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