Antihypertensives give me high blood pressure. No, really.
December 24, 2010 2:20 PM Subscribe
Medical types and/or hypertension patients: ever hear of Diovan *increasing* blood pressure?
posted by chez shoes to Health & Fitness (9 answers total)
First things first: my HTN specialist is out of the office until January. I will be in touch with him ASAP but thought I'd put this out there in case anybody has any ideas.
I've been on Diovan for HTN for a few years now. Pre-medication, my BP was around 130/85. My Diovan dose has gone from 80 to 180 to 360mg over the years, as my BP has risen to around 160/100 (while on meds). The Diovan has been augmented with a miles-long list of other meds, mostly which I found intolerable. In addition to HTN, I've experienced low potassium, various type of palpitations and a general, constant heightened sense of fight-or-flight anxiety.
In preparation for undergoing testing for hyperaldosteronism, my HTN specialist had me stop the Diovan last Monday. Tuesday morning I woke up feeling strangely calm. Took my BP - sure enough, 133/85, the lowest it's been since starting the Diovan several years back. I've taken it several times a day since then, and it's consistently been in the 130s/80s.
To recap: while on Diovan, I get readings of 160/100 average. After stopping the Diovan, my BP seems to have immediately gone back down to 130s/80s.
Medical and science types - can any of you explain to me how this could be possible? I am a bit of a special snowflake when it comes to all things medical, and am used to weird, uncommon adverse reactions to drugs, but - really? An antihypertensive actually *increasing* blood pressure?
Bonus question for hypertension patients - has this happened to you? Have you been given an explanation for it?