What causes persistent hypertension despite taking medication?

Posted on Tue, 17 Nov 2015 in Hypertension and Heart Disease
Question: I have taken Losartan 100 mg and HCTZ 50 mg for some time. Recently this has not been controlling my bp, so my doctor added Amlodapine 5mg. Still my bp remains too high, especially my diastolic bp. Now we've added 0.1 mg Clonadine. BP is still not staying within normal limits. Is there a time or spacing of my meds that would help stabilize my bp? I am 64 y/o/f, overweight, but otherwise in good health.
Answered by Dr. Meriton Siqeca 24 minutes later
Brief Answer:
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Detailed Answer:
Hello. Thank you for your question and welcome to HCM. I understand your concern.

I would recommend you that some of the drugs should be divided in halves. A good strategy would be that Losartan and Hidrochlorthiazid should be divided in halves, taken in the morning and in the evening. And this has to be accompanied by amlodipine taken in the afternoon. I have seen this strategy works, in many cases, in my own experience. The blood pressure figures should be kept under 140/90 mmHg. Every figure between 100/60 and 140/90 is considered normal.

Also, if this strategy does not provide a better control of the hypertension, then other drugs should be taken into consideration. I am referring more to the beta-blockers and angiotensinogen converting enzyme inhibitors (ACE-I). You can discuss this option with tour cardiologist.

I hope I was helpful with my answer. Wish you a good health.

If you have further questions, I would be happy to help. Please rate my answer, if you do not.

My kindest regards,
Dr. Meriton
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Follow up: Dr. Meriton Siqeca 27 minutes later
Should I consider an ECHO if my bp continues to remain high?
Answered by Dr. Meriton Siqeca 50 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Welcome back.

Detailed Answer:
Hello again!

Well, echocardiogram is always an option, as a diagnostic procedure, not as a treating one. Hypertension means that heart has to work against peripheral resistance. This means that it, eventually, will be subject to muscular hypertrophy. Thus, a "thickening" of the heart chamber walls is an expected finding in echocardiogram. If you do not have any symptoms, I would not recommend it, at least at this moment. Also, it is a harmless test.

I hope I helped.

Best regards,
Dr. Meriton
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