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Had stopped BP medicine as was taking antibiotics. Should I restart the tablets now?

My bloody pressure is 148/99 I was on medication for high blood pressure but my doctor took me off it while I was on anti biotic and steroids for a chest infection as he felt it was inhibiting the performance of my antibiotic and steroid. Chest infection is gone and my blood pressure is what I consider high. Should I go back on my blood pressure tablets?
Asked On : Sat, 13 Apr 2013
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Hello, and welcome to HCM!

In general, it is never a good idea to start, stop, or change the dose of a prescription medication without specifically being told to do so by your doctor. There may be times when your doctor says "stop taking the medicine if XYZ happens", which is fine.

So talk to your doctor about restarting the blood pressure medicines. High blood pressure can be dangerous, leading to strokes, heart attacks, kidney disease, blindness, etc. Taking steroids as you have been can cause a short term increase in blood pressure. Other things that can cause blood pressure to be high are obesity, genetics, cocaine/amphetamines ("uppers").

If you would like, your doctor can also refer you to resources to help with your drug abuse, which is a serious threat to your health.

I wish you the best of health, and thanks for posting on HCM.
Answered: Sat, 20 Apr 2013
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