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.
Which bp medications are more successful for African American patients?
Question posted by drharris14 on 9 March 2011
Last updated on 31 December 2011 by Pepperzonian
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.
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.
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.
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