Medical Questions > Mental Health > PTSD Forum

Minipress for PTSD. signs of low blood pressure ?

Hi, I take Minipress for PTSD. My doctor wouldn't prescribe it to me until he had assurances that I maintain a healthy blood pressure most of the time because he said a side effect of this medication was lowering my blood pressure. Because of that, he also told me to be aware that I might experience signs of low blood pressure like dizziness or nausea upon standing up. However I have been taking the medication for a few months now with no such signs. Not until today did I stand up and was completely overcome with dizziness and nausea to the point I felt like I might nearly pass out. It occurred to me that this was a side effect of the medication but I thought it strange that it would only occur now, after a few months of taking it with no complications. However it also occurred to me that I am in the process of overcoming a case of the common cold. Could that effect it in any way? It is my hope that it is simply the cold I have affecting my blood pressure and making me more susceptible to the medication's side effects because this medication has been extremely helpful in preventing my nightmares, which for someone who has PTSD, can be pretty terrifying and make for a really bad day the next day. Any thoughts? Thank you.
Did you find this post helpful?

User Profile
replied February 26th, 2019
Thank you for asking at Ehealth forum!

I read your question and I understand your concern.
It can lower blood pressure because it widens blood vessels. Common cold causes only light headedness.
I hope it helps. Stay in touch with your healthcare provider for further guidance as our answers are just for education and counselling purposes and cannot be an alternative to actual visit to a doctor.
Take care
Did you find this post helpful?
Tags: ptsd
Quick Reply
Must Read
What exactly is blood pressure in the first place? And how can you know if your blood pressure is either high OR low?...
Millions of American have blood pressure problems. Learn what can put you at risk of high or low blood pressure here....
High blood pressure and low blood pressure manifest physical symptoms. Learn the signs of hypertension and hypotension here....
DISCLAIMER: "Ask a Doctor" questions are answered by certified physicians and other medical professionals. For more information about experts participating in the "Ask a Doctor" Network, please visit our medical experts page. You may also visit our PTSD , for moderated patient to patient support and information.

The information provided on eHealth Forum is designed to improve, not replace, the relationship between a patient and his/her own physician. Personal consultation(s) with a qualified medical professional is the proper means for diagnosing any medical condition.