I'm starting Pegasys/Copegus treatment on the 22nd (Feb) for Hep C. It is necessary as I understand that I be on a anti-depressant during this treatment. My blood pressure is normally 110/60 and the Citalopram that I took for about 3 weeks raised it up to 140/70. The treatment meds are also can raise it. My GP's solution was to start a BP med. I'm not comfortable taking another drug to "fix" what the first drug caused..
Many anti-depressants can increase blood pressure - but not all and some more than others. Trial and error is the best way to find what works well for you without the unwanted side effects.
The problem is if you choose not to treat high blood pressure it can lead to serious consequences such as heart attack and stroke. In the end it's your decision but not treating hypertension can be risky.
Your doctor will be able to monitor your blood pressure carefully and adjust your medicines as needed.
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