It’s no secret that I have high blood pressure. Do you remember this previous Roland’s Ramblings entry I made on how hypertension may have saved my life in 1969? Over the past 38 years I have had only two different meds for high blood pressure, that is UNTIL this year.
The first Rx I took for over 30 years was diazide, a brand name combination of triamterene and hydrochlorothiazide. That kept my blood pressure fairly well in check for many years. Then, as a result of changes to my insurance, I was required to change over to a generic script for hydrochlorothiazide that incidentally did not contain triamterene.
Because my blood pressure remained somewhat high after years of taking this generic script, earlier this year my doctor switched my medication to something called Lisinopril/HCTZ tabs (20/25mg) in generic form, of course. In case you’re wondering, the HCTZ stands for hydrochlorothiazide. Not long after beginning this new med, my blood pressure plummeted to the point that it was too low and I was having some serious complications of which I made a special blog entry. Do you remember this Roland’s Ramblings entry entitled Dizziness or Presyncope?
So, I consequently returned to the doctor and he changed my script to just Lisinopril in a dose of 10mg, generic of course, which I started taking about 6 weeks ago. One would think everything should be better now — right? NOT! I have been monitoring my BP as I have for 38 years, and the readings have not been to my liking. As a matter of fact, it was the BP reading of 5:30 this afternoon that has prompted this diatribe of mine today right here on Roland’s Ramblings. The reading for Roland’s Blood Pressure today: a resounding 165/98 with an accompanying pulse rate of 100. Wow, that makes me happy – – another NOT! Give me back my dyazide, will ya? You’re killing me!!!!
Now, for your educational enlightenment, you may garner more information at the following:
Blood Pressure from the American Heart Association.
High Blood Pressure from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and the National Institutes of Health.
What Is High Blood Pressure? from the American Heart Association.
Your Guide to Lowering Blood Pressure from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and the National Institutes of Health.