Let me preface by saying that I am seeing my doctor tomorrow on this very topic. I am not seeking formal medical counsel. Just some unprofessional chatter/or experiences.
I have been on lisinopril /or lisinopril HCTZ since around 2004/2005. Back then, I was finishing up grad school and under a lot of stress and anxiety. I had experienced panic attacks and the like. At the time, I weighed around 160 (height 5'8").
FF to August of last year, I weighed 235. My boyfriend left me and I took that opportunity to make major dietary changes and started watching what I took in. I lost 40 lbs. and am still working on the last 30-40lbs. that I still want to lose.
On the anxiety front, it's pretty much nil. I haven't had a panic attack in a few years, pretty sure it's been longer than that, but I just can't remember. I like to keep the good stuff around just in case, but I never need it.
I have learned how to manage stress a little bit better and don't feel like I let things get at me like I did before. Maybe it's age, maybe it's growing up, maybe it's the fact that my boyfriend came to his senses, came back and I'm happier than ever. Don't know.
I bought a blood pressure monitor and have been checking my BP a few times a day. I haven't taken my medication in 8 days. My reading is always between 110/65 or 140/90 (usually somewhere smack in the middle). The reason I started doing this was because I was having some lightheaded/dizzy spells and I attributed it to the meds.
I did all of this without consulting my doctor (eek!). I called there yesterday to tell them and his nurse called me back and told me that he wouldn't advise I stop the medicine.
I was dizzy before; now I'm not; my blood pressure reads fine. I don't get the logic?
Do any of you have experience getting off of BP medicine? Or do any of you know why he is telling me I should get back on the stupid drugs?
I am going to meet with him tomorrow and get to the bottom of it, but I was just curious if anyone had some experiences or wisdom to share.
Good judgment comes from experience...
and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.
-- Will Rogers