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Is it normal to get occasional high bp on medication

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I am on Benicar 40 HCTZ, I take only 3/4 of the pill as I have been exercising and losing weight "nearly 20 lbs". What I want to know is the following.

22 year old male

Usually my systolic is 125-140 and my diastolic is 65-75. My machines average reads 132/75 although I am worried for one reason.

I get occasional high readings, like 155/81 or 146/84, I even had a 160/75 a few days ago! However, I check almost consistently "about 30-40" times a day "I have OCD". And I only get those high readings 2-3 times and most of the time they are like "144/75" although I am still worried about the high 150-160's that I occasionally get.

So I guess what I want to know is, since my bp is not consistently high, and is for the most part in the right range can I consider myself treated? Also, am I in danger of a stroke or heart attack or is it consistent high readings that are a problem?

Doctor doesn't want to overmedicate me, and neither do I.


Todays readings


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replied December 15th, 2011

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Let me explain you that BP keeps on fluctuating throughout the day and is never constant.It is not at all required to measure the BP so many times in a day and you can track it only when you feel any unusual symptoms or regularly once in 15 days.
The BP readings are increased after exercise,food,anxiety,stress so kindly avoid measuring it now and then.
The readings are fine and you need not worry and increase the medication.
Take care!

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