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Re: Effexor and High Blood Pressure/To StJames

Posted by stjames on May 13, 2000, at 18:03:42

In reply to Re: Effexor and High Blood Pressure/To StJames, posted by medlib on May 13, 2000, at 16:23:25

> >Effexor can raise BP. I also am having hypertension and plan to go off Effexor for a few days and see if that is what is causing it. I can't stop Effexor, it is the only thing that works, but I would like to know how much it is raising my BP.
> >
> > james
> -----------------------------------
> James--If you have no plans to d/c Effexor, why put yourself through a world of hurt stopping it temporarily? The effects are supposed to suck big-time. Why not just treat the condition that is, regardless of what you may find out about E.?
> Literature suggests that when E. does raise BP, it does so by no more than 20 pts. Unless your BP is significantly high (>150/95), a low-salt diet or low-dose diuretic may be all that's needed.
> I had hypertension before Effexor, which E. didn't change. (I'm on Vasotec, an ACE inhibitor.) No probs. with the combo.
> BTW, thanks much for the Medscape abstracts--very interesting. How did you sign up for that edition?
> Best wishes--medlib

James here....

My BP is higher than 150/95 and I am intrested to see what my baseline is. When I first went on Effexor in 1995 the top BP number went up 3-5 points but I was still in the good range. Now with the lower number going above 100 I would just like to know if I "just " have hypertension or is it med related. I don't have problems going off Effexor, just a few shocks, which my funny ADD nervious system does anyway. No big deal.

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