After the initial check over with my GP two weeks ago I was sent for blood tests and an ECG a couple of days later, and while checking my BP, the nurse said it was a “little bit high” but then immediately sent me upstairs to talk to a doctor, who told me to go back downstairs and get a pill from the nurse, sit there for 30 minutes, then get my BP taken again and come back to see him. After which he told me to take my BP regularly (morning and evening) until my next GP appointment (today). This meant getting on Amazon to find a reliable but not too expensive arm-band machine which would arrive quickly. That done I spent the next ten days keeping track of my BP and got Peter to do the same. He was overdue for a check up and had actually been prescribed BP meds a few years ago, but then stopped taking them and also stopped seeing the doctor. Turns out his BP is even higher than mine!
Anyhow, went back to the GP today and my blood test results were normal other than a highish cholesterol level. Not diabetic, no serious thyroid issues, everything else looking fine. But Doc Silvia wants me to take this medication, while taking and recording my BP at home twice a week, and then see her again after 90 days. With another blood test six months from now. Anyone have any experience taking this? Enalapril-Hydrochlorothiazide seems to be a pretty normal BP med without too many side effects, but I’m always a bit cautious about taking drugs, especially if they are meant to me longish term. This getting older biz kind of sucks sometimes, but I still think it beats the alternative.
Wandering Coyote said:
I take it! I have very few side effects. A bit of minor dizziness when I stand up from time to time, but not very often. I might be taken off it soon.
Ok, good to know. Though I often get dizzy when I stand up anyhow. I wonder if this will make it worse.
Janet Mendel said:
Yep, I take Enalapril, several years now. Recently increased to twice daily. No specific side effects, but who knows. I’m impressed your doctor wants you to track BP weekly. My doc never even looks at BP numbers, just the 6-month blood test.
I think the tracking is for the first three months, after that you end up taking it almost forever? Interested to see if it works.
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