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Been on 4mg Doxazosin as well as 3 other meds for last 9 months. Had to stop taking in the day because it was making me too light headed, so I took it at night. When combined with the other 3, my BP came down to about 135/85 for about 4 hours in the day going back up to about 170/95 for the rest of the day. The side effects make the drug very hard to live with, mainly dizziness, blurred vision, erectile dysfunction, migraines and the worst one, it attacks the bones in my feet. This week I have had 3 days off work unable to walk and in so much pain that put me to the edge. It starts like Gout in my big toe and the spreads around the foot finally hitting your ankle, my foot currently looks like a blown up glove it is so swelled up. I think it could be something that was eaten that could trigger it, as I have had 2 outbreaks before but with another drug (ending in 'INE) and one time I ate rich Ice-Cream (Ben & Jerrys) which is what I had last Monday night. I am also going to take Magnesium tablets because I think low magnesium could be a cause as well. My BP left untreated got to 245/130, yes I was being looked at like I should have been dead, which was unsettling to say the least. I have had CT scans, Ultrasound, ECG, 24hr monitoring, and there was no evidence of what is causing it, never smoked and drank 2-4 units a week. A specialist wanted to increase my meds, which would have made my life not worth living, so nothing really has been done to get my BP below 150/90. BP is in my Dad's side of the family and I think that is one of the reasons that it is so high, the main reason though is that at 5' 8" I am about 270 lb, about 100 lb over what I should be, so that is what I am working on now, basically if the BP does not kill me the Meds will, my advice if you have high BP and you are over weight, LOOSE it! Certain body types are prone to increased BP so why burden it with weight? This will help you lower your BP a lot safer than taking pills, quality of life will return and you will feel and look better as a result. (I live in the UK)
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