I have been taking lisinopril 10 mg twice a day for about 3 months and amlodipine 2.5mg once at bedtime for about 3 weeks for high blood pressure, with no real substantial drop in bp readings.
Have they thought about adding a diuretic like hydrochlorothiazide? I was taking 100mg of Atenolol (I am unable to take a lot of antihypertensives due to side effects) and was having a hard time keeping the B/P in an optimal range but once they added the HCTZ I was able to reduce the Atenolol to 50mg with 50 mg HCTZ. I am not black but often adding the diuretic will help potentiate your antihypertensive.
I agree with dzoo about the diuretic, especially if you are having issues with edema (swelling of ankles and legs where if you press your skin with a finger, the indentation remains). I would guess race is not a factor. I was on both medications that you take and also did not have success keeping bp in check. It took hydralazine and toprol to work for me.
I am a 53 year old black male. Without meds, my average BP runs about 158/109. My BP meds include Diovan HCT, Nifedipine, and Meloxicam. My BP now averages about 140/80. Any lower than that, my face feels flush and I shouldn't operate machinery. I have been on these meds for 18 months.
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