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Two years ago my GP said my BP at 185/90 was to high. I finally gave in on the arguement and agreed to medication. (Male, 67, 250, bad knees prevent any real exercise, like long walks on the beach, camp fires - oh, sorry wrong forum.....) So my doctor started me on the usual program, Lisinopril and Amlodipine together. Train wreck in three weeks. Got all the side effects. My body has a habit of rejecting "everything" Took a statin for two months in the hospital for a week. Doctor stopped the Amlodinpine - said it was usually the problem maker. Yes it was. Stayed on Lisinopril. Three months before all this I was having heart pounding late at night while sleeping. Decided to take a low dose asprin which worked great. Between that an the Lisinopril we figured out a magic formula. Took six months but took a Lis/Hctz 10/12.5 MG (Hctz = Dieuric) morning, Lisinopril 20 MG morning, 1/2 .81 Asprin morning. At night I took a Lisinopril 20 MG and 1/2 .81 Asprin. No side effects (a little sleepy once in awhile) After 18 months BP down to 135/70 and cut my stress down 80%. My GP and I were both thrilled at the continued progress.
Last month get a new cardiologist and he puts me back on Lisinoprile and Amlodipine. Two weeks = Train wreck. I tell him he's going for a long walk on the beach if he does that again. Now I'm on Lisinopril 40MG Mornings / Carvedilol 25MG Twice a day. And he's on probation for 30 days. 135 isn't good enough for an overweight 70 year old? Fine, I'll work down to the goal of 125 with a couple of pizzas along the way.
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