Kindra

High Blood Pressure, Scared to take meds

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It’s been awhile!

Life has been rough the last 6 months, I had a family member get sick and pass away in a 5 week time frame and it was horrible. Due to covid I was the only one in the hospital with her for the entire time. I’ve had a hard time with coping and was set up with grief counselling to help me cope and heal but due to stress and lack of self care, I now have high blood pressure. A good day for me is 151/95, a bad day puts me into “emergency categories” I ended up seeing my dr who did a 24 hour monitor and prescribed me Telmisartan 40mg. I know I have to take it but I’m terrified to! I was stupid and googled the side effects and freaked myself out 🤦🏻‍♀️ Has anyone taken this medication? Or any blood pressure medication? What can I “realistically” expect?

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My wife is a pharmacist and she takes high blood pressure medicine and has had no side effects. 

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@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!

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