@Kindra If a doctor prescribed a blood pressure medication, please take it.
I know there is fear. I kind of went through the same thing. I was put on Losartan six years ago for issues with my eye hemorrhage.
The only side effect I have is if I get up too quickly, the blood is slower to go up and I can black out briefly, but that could be part of my dehydration.
Other than that, no side effects - but remember, with blood pressure - everything is "silent", so the only way you'll know is through blood pressure checks.
The meds WILL lower your BP to a better level than they are. Stress in general raises everything.
I just noticed....this is my 500th post at Anxiety Central!