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FENWAYGIRL18 Posts: 5,855
11/21/12 12:46 A

my bp was 220/ 138 and every time I went it was getting higher, I watch my sodium intake and the doc put me on lisinopril and that really did the trick for me, I was on a regular water pill which did nothing and then the lisinipril is what really helped me , sometimes u just have to find the right pill... good luck!

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11/20/12 10:41 P

Most I have seen with Psyllium is in Metamucil as a laxative. It also needs to be consumed with plenty of liquid because it goes real thick and gluggy and can cause blockages in the throat. It CAN interfere with some meds, and I know that Garlic Supplements can, too - particularly if on any blood thinners at all.

As an example, my sister was telling me the other day that she was going to buy Garlic Tabs but I had to TELL her NOT to because she is on a bucket load of blood thinners. A lot of staff who sell these products don't know about the interactions or don't think to ask if the person is on anything.

Good luck :-)
Kris

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11/20/12 10:31 P

Fortunately he does not drink or smoke, I was just wondering if anyone had any success with Psyllium Fiber or Garlic tabs?

Thanks for the info, I will have him check with his doctor he meets with him Tuesday.

I just find so few doctors ever talk about vitamins, minerals, supplements. I had to ask my doctor for a vitamin D and B-12 test, I found out I was low in each. My 2 doctors (other than when pregnant) have never mentioned vitamins to me before I brought it up.



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11/20/12 9:26 P

You are best off to discuss this with your Dr. Some supplements can interact negatively with prescribed medication.

Below is a link to an article I would like you to read - particularly the first few paragraphs.
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrition_art
icles.asp?id=1631


Probably one of the best things that your Fiance can do is to consume a lot less sodium, if he consumes alcohol, to limit that, and if he smokes, to stop that.

Good luck,
Kris

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11/20/12 8:57 P

My Fiance is on high blood pressure meds, and we of course have increased his cardio exercise, decreased his sodium and he is eating a lower calorie/low fat/low cholesterol die and increasing his fiber.

My question is: Has any one tried an over the counter supplements to take from Like GNC that have aided in reducing blood pressure?

Of course he isn't going to stop taking his meds without his doctor ordering that, but we were looking for a natural supplement.

Thanks!

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