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.
I'm also looking for an anti-depressant that doesn't raise blood pressure. Effexor raises mine and is known to do that. So that may not work for you either. I was going to try Citalopram since someone here mentioned it might work with high blood pressure, though I see it doesn't work for you. Every person is different so it's worth a shot to check for me and for you. Good luck. Hope we both find something that will work for both conditions.
I'm on Vibryd and it neither raises my blood pressure nor sedates me. I take 40 mg in the morning and gradually built up to that dose. I have tried 11, yes eleven, anti-depressants for my major recurrent depression up until now, and this one seems to be helping. I also take a small amount of thyroid. My blood pressure is normal.
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