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Hello. I am a 44 year old female who has had chronic high blood pressure since I was in college. Seems to just be bad genes, as I've been through every test imaginable and the doctors have never discovered a 'reason' for it (no kidney issues, etc). For as long as I can remember, my blood pressure was controlled quite well on Coreg CR, 40 mg. In the last year or so (I think in relationship to perimenopause) it has steadily increased and I am working closely with my doctor to tweak my treatment and find a medication/combination that works well. I am currently taking hydrochlorothiazide (12.5 mg), Lisinopril (5 mg) and Coreg (40 mg). The doctor had me try cutting out the Coreg to see what would happen, and although my BP didn't get too high, my pulse became quite fast, even at rest. So, the doctor is now having me try 20 mg Coreg along with the other 2 meds. I guess my question is (and I'll discuss this with my doctor, too) is - how can I get this back down to just 1 or 2 meds? Having to take 3 pills every morning seems, to me, to be quite a lot. Is 3 meds a 'standard' treatment for HBP? I know combinations are often beneficial over a single med, but, I guess, just ugh. 3 meds. Any insight would be appreciated. Thanks!
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