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the hypertensive part.. rsk

Posted by twinleaf on June 1, 2009, at 20:10:06

In reply to Re: Went to ER with a possible panic attack, posted by jouezmoi on June 1, 2009, at 19:12:54

That sounds so hard to have gone through. I always like to hear about how careful and thoughtful your pdoc-therapist is. About the hypertension- one medication jumped out at me- the Wellbutrin. It's so well known for causing hypertension, because it works through epinephrine and norepinephrine, and pdocs routinely prescribe anti-hypertensives along with it. It probably wouldn't have caused the severe levels you described, but it, combined with a panic attack, could have pushed the numbers up to a very high level.
It's always a hard call- to take anti-hypertensives in order to safely take Wellbutrin in high doses. The same thing happened to me, and although Wellbutrin was very helpful, I decided against doing it.

Brief, but very high blood pressure readings are typical of stress reactions related to PTSD. I normally have a reading of about 110/70, but, several times, have gotten as high as 240/130 when feeling panicky. So you are definitely not alone!




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