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Hypertension/Anxiety

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • November 4, 2006
  • 05:20 AM

My fiance just went to the dr. for anxiety and acid reflux. His concerns about anxiety were ignored and his blood pressure was high because he was terrified of the dr. I know, because I've seen him have panic attacks in the waiting room and then leave thinking he was going to die if he didn't get out of there. But he wanted some releif from the anxiety and trusted his dr. His anxiety discussion was ignored by the dr. who was more conserned about his high blood pressure. We were wondering if this fear and anxiety can cause high blood pressure. It was off the scale, but you should see him waiting for the dr. We also wondered if the high blood pressure could cause anxiety? I'm trying to get him to seek an other opinion ... but it was all I could do to get him to the first apt.

Meanwhile, he's on blood pressure medication and it's making him feel funny. Should we call the dr. again and see if they have something else, move on to an other dr. that will listen to us or just take the blood presure medicine as prescribed anyway? It's only been a couple of days. I tried to talk him into taking only half the pill because it's making him dizzy and I read that that means it's too much.

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  • Hi there,My name is Rebecca and I have had anxiety for quite some time. I think that he should really be on anxiety medication instead. If in doubt I think you should always go for a second opinion.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 6, 2006
    • 05:22 AM
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  • Hi. i have been dealing with anxiety for about 6 months now and It's hard to control. One important thing about the blood pressure is that it will kill you if you don't contol it. My husband was diagnosed with high blood pressure right after I was diagnosed with general anxiety disorder. The medication made him feel "funny" for a little while too but he is doing alot better now and heis blood pressure has gone down. I would suggest getting treatment for both, but he won't have to worry about the anxiety if he dies of a heat attack from the blood pressure. just something to think about.
    zionlion 8 Replies
    • November 8, 2006
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  • i would suggest talking to your primary care doctor. i would not suggest adjusting his medication at all. call the office, ask for his nurse...the nurse is actually the best go to person. they will listen to you and talk with the doc.- if he is on a Beta Blocker (atenolol or inderal) it will help with anxiety. if this doesn't work get another doc.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 8, 2006
    • 08:18 AM
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  • hi, there I've been dealing with anxiety and hypertension for more than a year and I'm taking atenolol for my hypertension but the best medicine is a regular exercise and breathing exercises combined with good diet. For just a week i feel better and my blood pressure dropped to 110/70 from 150/90 and my anxiety is gone.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 27, 2007
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  • We actually have an affiliated doctor who answers questions like this on our website. Check these 2 out, they may help:Q: My blood pressure is way up due to a high level of anxiety. Can this device and counseling help me?A: Anxiety is just one of many factors that cause high blood pressure. Regular use of the RESPeRATE has been clinically shown to lower blood pressure. It is the only device cleared by the FDA to treat hypertension and reduce stress. It does not have the side effects associated with medications to treat high blood pressure.Q: Will RESPeRATE help control anxiety associated with having your blood pressure taken?A: Many people suffer from “white coat hypertension”. With this condition, blood pressure readings are higher than normal when measured in a doctor’s office as compared to those taken at home. Use of the RESPeRATE has been shown to lower blood pressure readings taken in both the home and the office setting. The RESPeRATE uses calming music to guide you through the breathing exercises that lower your blood pressure. For individuals who fear blood pressure measurement, even when taken at home, remembering the RESPeRATE melody during readings may help you overcome your fear and get a more accurate measurement. Chris P.
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  • I recently went to the doctor and she noticed my blood pressure was lower than the last time, significantly lower, despite not that much of a time lapse between visits, and similar medications/diet in the course of both recordings. What she didn't facotr in was my use of Lidoderm patches (transdermal lidocaine) which acts as both a a local anaesthetic (handy for numbing the pain before shots) and also tends to lower your blood pressure and pulse. I would be quite, quite careful though in mixing lidocaine with another blood pressure drug, of course, but it may be an option to consider in consultation with your doctor, and yes we all know non-medical treatments are the best first-line approach (aka controlled breathing, meditation, that sort of thing), but for me, a long time sufferer of white coat hypertension, lidoderm really does the trick, you just put a piece of gauze-like patch on your skin 30-60 minutes before the visit and you should feel calm (this technique can however result in inaccurate blood pressure readings, since you are not at baseline, so thats an important thing to keep in mind).Teddy
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  • Stress and anxiety can raise blood pressure, but there are some other factors that may contribute to high blood pressure. It would be a good idea to monitor his blood pressure to know for sure if the increase is caused only by anxiety/stress.
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  • I have been diagnosed as hypertensive since I was 21. I'm now 32. I have been on several medications and I don't see much improvements in my bp. I am currently on atenolol and norvasc (god knows why they are prescribing me 2 different meds). After taking these meds, at times I do find my bp drops to as low as 117/65. On average I am around the 130/80 range. However, recently I just gave birth and suddenly my bp has become quite unstable. This condition is worsen with the build up of anxiety. I have always been a nervous person, but this is nothing I have ever experienced before. I had my first anxiety attack 2 days ago - it was sudden heart race / palpatitions. Good thing I had xanax with me at the time (prescribed by doctor as I complained of my build-up anxiety) and took a pill. 5 mins later I was calmer but my blood pressure did not go down until hours after. I was worried what I exoerienced was a heart attack, but thank god it was not. My ECG is normal in spite of my bp taken at the clinic hitting the ceiling at 178/94!!! (did i mention that i have white-coat hypertension?). In my case, I might have been wrongly diagnosed as having hypertension when I was 21. I have always hated going to hospitals.. or seeing doctors or nurses and having my bp taken. All these will definitely make me nervous. But whenever I tell the doctors that it may be due to anxiety, they'd usually brush it off and concentrate on my high bp and keep prescribing me high doses of it. Unfortunately, they don't bring my bp down to the ultimate range, plus it also gives me side effects such as dizziness and vertigo.Anyone with similar experience, do share... I am currently looking into trying homeopathic products.
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  • I have been diagnosed as hypertensive since I was 21. I'm now 32. I have been on several medications and I don't see much improvements in my bp. I am currently on atenolol and norvasc (god knows why they are prescribing me 2 different meds). After taking these meds, at times I do find my bp drops to as low as 117/65. On average I am around the 130/80 range. However, recently I just gave birth and suddenly my bp has become quite unstable. This condition is worsen with the build up of anxiety. I have always been a nervous person, but this is nothing I have ever experienced before. I had my first anxiety attack 2 days ago - it was sudden heart race / palpatitions. Good thing I had xanax with me at the time (prescribed by doctor as I complained of my build-up anxiety) and took a pill. 5 mins later I was calmer but my blood pressure did not go down until hours after. I was worried what I experienced was a heart attack, but thank god it was not. My ECG is normal in spite of my bp taken at the clinic hitting the ceiling at 178/94!!! (did i mention that i have white-coat hypertension?). In my case, I might have been wrongly diagnosed as having hypertension when I was 21. I have always hated going to hospitals.. or seeing doctors or nurses and having my bp taken. All these will definitely make me nervous. But whenever I tell the doctors that it may be due to anxiety, they'd usually brush it off and concentrate on my high bp and keep prescribing me high doses of it. Unfortunately, they don't bring my bp down to the ultimate range, plus it also gives me side effects such as dizziness and vertigo.Anyone with similar experience, do share... I am currently looking into trying homeopathic products.
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  • I have been diagnosed as hypertensive since I was 21. I'm now 32. I have been on several medications and I don't see much improvements in my bp. I am currently on atenolol and norvasc (god knows why they are prescribing me 2 different meds). After taking these meds, at times I do find my bp drops to as low as 117/65. On average I am around the 130/80 range. However, recently I just gave birth and suddenly my bp has become quite unstable. This condition is worsen with the build up of anxiety. I have always been a nervous person, but this is nothing I have ever experienced before. I had my first anxiety attack 2 days ago - it was sudden heart race / palpatitions. Good thing I had xanax with me at the time (prescribed by doctor as I complained of my build-up anxiety) and took a pill. 5 mins later I was calmer but my blood pressure did not go down until hours after. I was worried what I exoerienced was a heart attack, but thank god it was not. My ECG is normal in spite of my bp taken at the clinic hitting the ceiling at 178/94!!! (did i mention that i have white-coat hypertension?). In my case, I might have been wrongly diagnosed as having hypertension when I was 21. I have always hated going to hospitals.. or seeing doctors or nurses and having my bp taken. All these will definitely make me nervous. But whenever I tell the doctors that it may be due to anxiety, they'd usually brush it off and concentrate on my high bp and keep prescribing me high doses of it. Unfortunately, they don't bring my bp down to the ultimate range, plus it also gives me side effects such as dizziness and vertigo. :(Anyone with similar experience, do share... I am currently looking into trying homeopathic products.
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  • I have been diagnosed as hypertensive since I was 21. I'm now 32. I have been on several medications and I don't see much improvements in my bp. I am currently on atenolol and norvasc (god knows why they are prescribing me 2 different meds). After taking these meds, at times I do find my bp drops to as low as 117/65. On average I am around the 130/80 range. However, recently I just gave birth and suddenly my bp has become quite unstable. This condition is worsen with the build up of anxiety. I have always been a nervous person, but this is nothing I have ever experienced before. I had my first anxiety attack 2 days ago - it was sudden heart race / palpatitions. Good thing I had xanax with me at the time (prescribed by doctor as I complained of my build-up anxiety) and took a pill. 5 mins later I was calmer but my blood pressure did not go down until hours after. I was worried what I experienced was a heart attack, but thank god it was not. My ECG is normal in spite of my bp taken at the clinic hitting the ceiling at 178/94!!! (did i mention that i have white-coat hypertension?). In my case, I might have been wrongly diagnosed as having hypertension when I was 21. I have always hated going to hospitals.. or seeing doctors or nurses and having my bp taken. All these will definitely make me nervous. But whenever I tell the doctors that it may be due to anxiety, they'd usually brush it off and concentrate on my high bp and keep prescribing me high doses of it. Unfortunately, they don't bring my bp down to the ultimate range, plus it also gives me side effects such as dizziness and vertigo. Anyone with similar experience, do share... I am currently looking into trying homeopathic products. Hi, I am 32 and had conflict at workplace. Infact it wasnt conflict it was selfarousment ( anger caused by thoughts) which i couldnt control and i supperessed it inward. I felt diferent after that moment. I felt something in my fingers and that was higherbloodpressure. In that time i didnt know what it is and only syptoms which i had was anxiousity but i didnt noticed. 5 months later again somebody provocate me at work and again i suppressed anger inward after what i got strong arrythmia and after that palpitations and high bloodpressure. Now i have avarage blood pressure 136/83 without medics. 10 months I dont take nothing for reducing becasue i want to solve my conflict what produced that anger. What are yours opinions about all that.?!? I made one mistake and it is taking diazepam 7 months ago for 5 months and my anger emotions gone what i find out problem.Diazepam suggested my psychatrist. So my advice is dont take drugs for essetnial hypertenison if its not too high bet go to psychaitrist and dont take anything what he recommend. Just solve conflict and thats it. I have one question, is it possible that my filling of turned inward breath will come back , because it disappear after taking 4 months diazepam 3x2mg. Now I am clear.
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  • I left work 4 weeks agao with a diastolic of /120, i had been feeling unwell for months, nausea, balance problems. Im a midwife and had a student with me who was practising blood pressures so she did mine. The previous day my diastolic was /101, on the day of it being /120 i left work and went to my GP's.My GP took a full history, bp was /90 in the surgery and he ordered some bloods and said come back in 3 weeks.Obviously concerned i bought a bp machine to monitor at home. My diastolic seemed to be the problem. I also suffer with anxiety (panic attacks in the past) i know avoid situations i know to provoke them.I went back to my GP's saw a new doc and she was fantastic. Could see i have a raised diastolic but have no family history or indication for this. I have just undergone a 24hour urine collection to test for metadrenalines. She is wondering if the anxiety is linked. Aparently the adrenal glands can over produce cortisol, and the main side affect/symptoms is raised BP and anxiety, also excessive sweating, headachesI am waiting for the results now, hopefully all will be fine, but i would recommend anyone with anxiety and BP problems to read more into adrenal function and raise this with your GPx
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 16, 2009
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  • I left work 4 weeks agao with a diastolic of /120, i had been feeling unwell for months, nausea, balance problems. Im a midwife and had a student with me who was practising blood pressures so she did mine. The previous day my diastolic was /101, on the day of it being /120 i left work and went to my GP's.My GP took a full history, bp was /90 in the surgery and he ordered some bloods and said come back in 3 weeks.Obviously concerned i bought a bp machine to monitor at home. My diastolic seemed to be the problem. I also suffer with anxiety (panic attacks in the past) i know avoid situations i know to provoke them.I went back to my GP's saw a new doc and she was fantastic. Could see i have a raised diastolic but have no family history or indication for this. I have just undergone a 24hour urine collection to test for metadrenalines. She is wondering if the anxiety is linked. Aparently the adrenal glands can over produce cortisol, and the main side affect/symptoms is raised BP and anxiety, also excessive sweating, headachesI am waiting for the results now, hopefully all will be fine, but i would recommend anyone with anxiety and BP problems to read more into adrenal function and raise this with your GPxHi there,Thanks for your response. That a first someone ever mentioned about metadrenalines. I don't even get those info from my gps. In the past I used to get excessive sweating, especially when I am nervous. But these things never really bothered me. In the past my average bp reading was 150/100 and that too never bothered me, in other words perhaps I didn't have so much as an anxiety problem then. It is just after I gave birth 5 months ago that my anxiety level became worse. My body is more sensitive to every little pain or anything new that's happening to my body no matter how mild it is. My bp has somewhat stablilised to an average of 128/73. I am now on this bp med called niftas, used to be called niften. It's a combination of nifedipine and antenolol. I also take CoQ10 and this herbal supplement called muktavati.For those interested to try these supplements, I would advise to get a home blood pressure machine and take your own readings at home as these supplements may be lowering your pressure too much. Low blood pressure is not a breeze in the park :o So yeah, do monitor it to see where you are especially when you still take your meds with these supps.
    Peakateth 2 Replies
    • September 10, 2009
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  • My blood pressure is always high at the doctors, but when I do self-checks at like, the grocery store, or at home, its always normal. There is sucha thing as doctor-visit anxiety which can make your blood pressure higher. Your blood pressure also goes up when you are sick, or anxious, and my doctor is able to recognize that and doesn't currently have cause for worry yet about it. Usually you go to the dr. when you aren't feeling well.
    Plastikfear 64 Replies
    • September 28, 2009
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  • Anxiety is related to the development of stress chemicals, especially adrenaline that is designed to activate the fight flight response to activate the body for danger. When faced with a tiger you need to be anxious and alert and not relaxed. However stress, poor sleep and pain releases adrenaline and is not consumed as it is not followed by running or fighting. A natural way to rid yourself of stress chemicals is to use the sauna as this activates the stress chemicals by inducing sweating. Three times a week for 20 minutes for the first month and then once a week is usually all that is required. Hypertension has been linked to anxiety and depression in one study that followed people for 7 to 16 years. I have recently performed a study on use of the sauna for chronic headaches and the depression scores reduced significantly in four weeks. Information on the fight flight response in chronic pain can be seen on www.southerncrosspain.co.nz.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 17, 2009
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  • I also wanted to interject here, as I am young 30's overweight (not extremely), need to lose 30 lbs. I have lost 10, and have seen no improvements. I also have chronic low back pain (they've advised me for surgery, spinal fusion facet syndrome with DJD L4-L5-S1; L5 now is showing new abrupt scoliosis, which I think is my pain source). I have taken A LOT of ibuprofen 600-800mg a dose, in addition to tylenol, and aspirin (I switch to try and keep from over taking any one of them). Aspirin, Naproxen, Ibuprofen ALL cause kidney problems and I am getting them checked since my pressure is now even higher, was controlled on Cozaar for 7 mos. I am concerned a beta blocker is in my near future and I will end up with the bad side effects...wish me luck in the mean time. I have relied on Xanax at times and it is not the right approach for long-term. If you take it daily your body will WANT it. You grow dependency, and your b/p will go up because you need Xanax. It is horrible. So the only way out of that cycle is to work with your doctor and be very cautious how you rely on it. Best wishes, I wonder if any of you have chronic pain, I think that makes it worse as well.
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    • January 25, 2010
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  • I have been diagnosed as hypertensive since I was 21. I'm now 32. I have been on several medications and I don't see much improvements in my bp. I am currently on atenolol and norvasc (god knows why they are prescribing me 2 different meds). After taking these meds, at times I do find my bp drops to as low as 117/65. On average I am around the 130/80 range. However, recently I just gave birth and suddenly my bp has become quite unstable. This condition is worsen with the build up of anxiety. I have always been a nervous person, but this is nothing I have ever experienced before. I had my first anxiety attack 2 days ago - it was sudden heart race / palpatitions. Good thing I had xanax with me at the time (prescribed by doctor as I complained of my build-up anxiety) and took a pill. 5 mins later I was calmer but my blood pressure did not go down until hours after. I was worried what I experienced was a heart attack, but thank god it was not. My ECG is normal in spite of my bp taken at the clinic hitting the ceiling at 178/94!!! (did i mention that i have white-coat hypertension?). In my case, I might have been wrongly diagnosed as having hypertension when I was 21. I have always hated going to hospitals.. or seeing doctors or nurses and having my bp taken. All these will definitely make me nervous. But whenever I tell the doctors that it may be due to anxiety, they'd usually brush it off and concentrate on my high bp and keep prescribing me high doses of it. Unfortunately, they don't bring my bp down to the ultimate range, plus it also gives me side effects such as dizziness and vertigo.Anyone with similar experience, do share... I am currently looking into trying homeopathic products.As a CCU nurse one book I loved was Paul Wood's Diseases of the Heart and Circulation. Paul Wood was the preminent cardiologist in England before I was born . He discusses the proper way to diagnose HTN. According to Dr.Wood, the patient should be placed in a quiet room at rest for 20 minutes before taking the BP. Only when under those conditions does the BP elevate repeatedly should the patient be called hypertensive. I bet you would have been much better off had that been done for you!My problem is after a life time of very low BP 90/50 most of the time, I now have HTN and it is all over the place, It is really scary to find it so high and be left wondering about the times I don't know it. Half the time when I feel weak it is low or normal and other times it is high. I over react to stress with anxiety and also have food and chemical sensitivities and Hep C so I agonize over every symptom trying to get relief.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 4, 2010
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  • Yeah, HBP is nothing to play around and guess about. It scares/d me too 2 yrs ago. I worked on my diet, exercise... and HBP went down to a normal level that I stopped taking the medication for about a year til it started to creep up again. So, definitely get it checked daily @home. The reason I went on it again is because I also stopped eating healthy as I did 2 yrs ago and not exercising regularly. Be very careful...
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  • yeh, me too a guy of 26 years now on atenolol 50mg treatment for hypertension. i started the medication almost 3 years ago. me too had a white coat hypertension of about 150/100. All the investigations are normal and the cause could not be ruled out. now, my hypertension is normal. what helped me is the medicine plus the regular breathing exercises i do whenever i get the time gently and very slowly. positive thinking and business at work with regular consultation with doctor works. its very important to control the diets with high salt, fat and cholesterol. Controlling hypertension is important whatever the cause is and anxiety will go down slowly and automatically.I have been diagnosed as hypertensive since I was 21. I'm now 32. I have been on several medications and I don't see much improvements in my bp. I am currently on atenolol and norvasc (god knows why they are prescribing me 2 different meds). After taking these meds, at times I do find my bp drops to as low as 117/65. On average I am around the 130/80 range. However, recently I just gave birth and suddenly my bp has become quite unstable. This condition is worsen with the build up of anxiety. I have always been a nervous person, but this is nothing I have ever experienced before. I had my first anxiety attack 2 days ago - it was sudden heart race / palpatitions. Good thing I had xanax with me at the time (prescribed by doctor as I complained of my build-up anxiety) and took a pill. 5 mins later I was calmer but my blood pressure did not go down until hours after. I was worried what I exoerienced was a heart attack, but thank god it was not. My ECG is normal in spite of my bp taken at the clinic hitting the ceiling at 178/94!!! (did i mention that i have white-coat hypertension?). In my case, I might have been wrongly diagnosed as having hypertension when I was 21. I have always hated going to hospitals.. or seeing doctors or nurses and having my bp taken. All these will definitely make me nervous. But whenever I tell the doctors that it may be due to anxiety, they'd usually brush it off and concentrate on my high bp and keep prescribing me high doses of it. Unfortunately, they don't bring my bp down to the ultimate range, plus it also gives me side effects such as dizziness and vertigo.Anyone with similar experience, do share... I am currently looking into trying homeopathic products.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 22, 2011
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  • I have been diagnosed as hypertensive since I was 21. I'm now 32. I have been on several medications and I don't see much improvements in my bp. I am currently on atenolol and norvasc (god knows why they are prescribing me 2 different meds). After taking these meds, at times I do find my bp drops to as low as 117/65. On average I am around the 130/80 range. However, recently I just gave birth and suddenly my bp has become quite unstable. This condition is worsen with the build up of anxiety. I have always been a nervous person, but this is nothing I have ever experienced before. I had my first anxiety attack 2 days ago - it was sudden heart race / palpatitions. Good thing I had xanax with me at the time (prescribed by doctor as I complained of my build-up anxiety) and took a pill. 5 mins later I was calmer but my blood pressure did not go down until hours after. I was worried what I exoerienced was a heart attack, but thank god it was not. My ECG is normal in spite of my bp taken at the clinic hitting the ceiling at 178/94!!! (did i mention that i have white-coat hypertension?). In my case, I might have been wrongly diagnosed as having hypertension when I was 21. I have always hated going to hospitals.. or seeing doctors or nurses and having my bp taken. All these will definitely make me nervous. But whenever I tell the doctors that it may be due to anxiety, they'd usually brush it off and concentrate on my high bp and keep prescribing me high doses of it. Unfortunately, they don't bring my bp down to the ultimate range, plus it also gives me side effects such as dizziness and vertigo.Anyone with similar experience, do share... I am currently looking into trying homeopathic products.I have had hypertension since I was young, they always discount you. I think, however, that it is caused by anxiety, I do have bipolar and so they always ignore that as well. I had a "hyperintensive crisis" which I had to be transported by ambulance to the er b/c my blood pressure was so high as to cause a stroke. Since my "crisis" I have seen a cardiologist as well as my regular psychiatrist. The medicines prescribed by both in combination have greatly lowered my bp. Although without the benzo (which I have taken in extremely low dosage--less than .25 per day) I don't think it would be regulated (as I think anxiety is a large component of the high bp ).I think most dr's try to do their research, but really don't know what they are doing. As a patient, you NEED to be your own advocate and research, not just "help" sites, but actually look at reseach journals and articles yourself, otherwise you are always at the mercy of others. Please, please, BE YOUR OWN ADVOCATE and reseacher, otherwise others will take advantage of your supposed weakness ( bipolar always seems to be a punchline when people don't know you have it) Please help yourselves, I know I hate being a victim, so should you!!! :)
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