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Re: hypertensive experiences? may-b

Posted by jsarirose on July 20, 2002, at 13:49:58

In reply to Re: hypertensive experiences? LLL, posted by may-b on July 20, 2002, at 11:43:51

> > Regarding hypertensive crisis and it being >rare - I consumed a small piece of teriyaki >chicken breast and had a "ride to hell" as a >result. Not only did I require a trip via >ambulance to the ER, I was subjected to >terrible care by personnel who kept asking in >unsympathetic fashion "why did you try to kill >yourself"?
>
> I had a similar experience -- disrespectful ER 'care' and the same offensive question. The idea that I would have to deal with more unenlightened medical personnel has scared me away from using Parnate, the only AD that has actually helped.
>
> Best wishes,
> may-b

May-b: I hate to see you avoid a potentially positive drug because of the ignorant out there. It is a lifesaver for me as well. I do find I need to periodically educate pharmacists (luckily I have a good psychiatrist). I have never had to go to the emergency room because of a hypertensive crisis however, and I've had three. All doctors should be required to prescribe some sort of "emergency" pill. I'm shocked at the number that don't and refer people to the emergency room if in crisis.

I take Chlorpromazine (Thorazine) for at attack. It works great, I just take one pill, and the best part is that if I'm not actually having a blood pressure spike it won't hurt me. The first two attacks, the doctor's on call asked what my blood pressure was. Of course I had no idea as I wa at home! Then my doctor told me it was safe to take if I thought I was in crisis as it won't bring my blood pressure too low if it's not elevated.

I highly recommend giving Parnate another try if you are still searching for something. Just make sure you have some sort of crisis pill. And I think a home blood pressure kit is a great idea.

-Jessica


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