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2/12/09 4:39 P

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Jenny..are your numbers okay enough for you to delay medication? Nobody "likes" taking pills (I'm one of the worst), but it IS very important to protect ourselves from heart attack or stroke.



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2/10/09 7:21 P

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Hi everyone! I had a health check yesterday for insurance. And the good news is my blood pressure is great and so is the cholesterol and weight at 199. I haven't had Med's for the past year.

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2/10/09 6:06 P

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I am working to get off of my meds as well. I take pills for high blood pressure and high cholesterol. I also take one to lower my heart rate and another to make my blood pump faster.(I would think those two would work against one another but I guess the doctor knows what he is doing.) My resting blood pressure can be a low as 79/43. It is really hard to get my pulse up during cardio exercise because of the last two medications.
I have been checking for alternatives to my meds and I will be discussing this with my doctor on my next visit as well. I went on-line and found a lot more side effects than they list on the papers that come with your prescriptions. It explained why I was tired all of the time, my frequent urination(and 8 glasses of water a day isn't helping-LOL!!) and my almost daily headaches. I believe it is in everyone's best interest to do research on new medications. You would be surprised what you may learn and what OTC drugs may be a replacement. I have already learned that Centrum Cardio Daily Vitamins for High Cholesterol may very well replace one of my meds. I am still at the point I really don't care for too much exercise(I hate sweating.) but if I can get off the meds it will be worth it.



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2/10/09 3:55 P

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Boy is it encouraging to see that some of you are off meds. Mine were reduced in December and I am hoping to come off completely in April. Such freedom when I do it and not the meds.



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2/10/09 12:11 P

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Keep it up, guys and gals! You are all doing terrific jobs. I go back to my doctor in May and I hope to be able to at least reduce my dosage. Maybe even get off completely. We are showing that YES it can be done!

Way to go! WoooHooo

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I met one of my goals yesterday I had a follow up appointment with my Dr. I didn't have to go on Cholesterol medicine. I lost 15 pounds since November, and my B/P is down. I go back for an office visit at the end of April and hopefully I'll be able to start to get off some of the Med's. I am on. emoticon

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I have not taken any meds in at least 6 mos. Thank God.

After going for my oncology check up, I was disappointed in some of my Statistics; but I an not discouraged. I am more determined than ever to live life to the fullest.


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2/9/09 10:14 P

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I hope to be one of those that can report a reduction in meds and eventually off all together! Good luck all

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Good work! I can't wait to join you!!

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I am close to getting off my meds and it is an amazing feeling. I dont have that headthrobbing headache or feel hot and out of balance. Im so proud of myself. Making this change has been a great step.

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2/9/09 11:02 A

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I can't wait to get off my meds! Every pound I lose pushes me closer to that goal. 6 more pounds and I'm making my doctor appointment.

Wooo weee!

Losing weight is a little like hiking. If you only look at how big the mountain (or how much you want to lose) is, it becomes overwhelming. But, if instead you look just 5 feet (or 5 pounds) ahead, it isn't quite so hard!

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2/8/09 11:01 P

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I take avalide for my HBP and my doctor is reducing my medication dose, to a lower dose, now that I lost 40 pounds and we will re-evaluate as I continue my weight loss. I hope to some day be totally off my HBP medication all together.




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2/8/09 10:18 P

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Heather: Good luck on your weight loss goals and I will keep my fingers crossed for you as well. You go girl!

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Thank you so much for the great comments. I'm only on 25 mg of the water pill, so I'm lucky in that respect.

When she takes me off (or weans me off), I'll post and let everyone know what happens.

*keeping my fingers crossed*

Losing weight is a little like hiking. If you only look at how big the mountain (or how much you want to lose) is, it becomes overwhelming. But, if instead you look just 5 feet (or 5 pounds) ahead, it isn't quite so hard!

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2/8/09 4:58 P

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You have the right idea, Jenny. Chances are that if you lose the weight first, you won't need the meds at all. Good luck on that!


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2/8/09 3:17 P

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Its funny that you said that. My sister in law lost a lot of weight and her cholerterol numbers had really gone down. The doctor said it was because of the Meds. Thats why I want to lose weight before taking BP pills.

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2/8/09 12:53 P

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Doctors are trained to treat every problem with a pill. There is a lot of reluctance, then, to take you off the meds. The TV show The Biggest Loser shos that a lot of them ARE able to drop their meds once they lose most of the excess weight. A great many medical problems are solvable by simply losing some weight. So, that's the first step. I have lost 40 pounds, so far, and I plan on losing more and finally getting completely off the HBP meds. So, yes, it IS possible and doable. Hang in there and good luck.

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2/8/09 12:45 P

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I have been fighting to stay on just the diuretic and when I was working out 3x a week and meditating it was ok but since things got really hectic my bp has gone up again and my dr says if I don't get it back under control I will have to go on meds again - another dr told me that once you are on meds they are reluctant to take you off unless the meds aren't working so I think it's great that you dr will try this!
good luck!!

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2/8/09 9:56 A

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My dad has always had problems with meds. (I don't want to scare you, just letting you know what happened to my dad). When he tried to get off them, hi BP wouldn't regulate itself back down and stayed too high for too long and had to go back on them.
I tend to react the same to medication as my dad does. I too deal with HBP so I have been working on doing everything I can to lower it on my own with out meds because I do not like taking meds.
I think for most, their BP will regulate itself, but just keep an eye on it!

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2/8/09 8:43 A

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I have been on meds since I had my last son 6 months ago. Never had the problem before. I am hoping with this site it will help me lose the weight and quick smoking,, I have lost 10 pounds since January and hope to quit smoking in the next couple. My dr also said if I lose some weight and quick smoking I should be able to get off the meds.. I hope so cause I hate being on meds...

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When I orginally was put on meds, I was on 8 blood pressure meds. I am now down to 4 with lower dossages. My doctor has said as I lose more weight then meds will be changed or eliminated. I track my bp at home. Yes when he adjusted my meds my pressure went up but it regulated itself. Like workingman's doctor he did warn me that I maybe on a med for the rest of my life. But my doctor said it was best for me to try and lose the weight.

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Hi,I was reading some of the comments about getting off HBM's.I have been taking them for about 2 years now.I have learned that,a water pill & HBM and some asprin,keep my BP down alot.122/74.I check it twice day and keep a log to give to my doctor every month.I am hoping that one day,I can stop taking the HBM's.I am not over wt & i do work out & power walk a few times a week.My doctors tell me do to me being African American over 50.That is why I have it.All I could say is wow.I only wt about 153lbs.So good luck to anyone that can get off the meds.



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Right now I'm on two meds, my doctor told me if I lose weight I'll be taken off as well.


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Heather: My hubby was taken off some of his HBP meds after losing 25 lbs. His BP did go up slightly but only for a couple of weeks then it regulated. He was advised by our Dr., though to buy a good BP monitor for home use and monitor it over the two week period following the change in meds. He was also advised that if it went higher than the Dr. indicated to him to inform the Dr. and make another appt to see him a.s.a.p.

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My doctor said that when I lose 20 pounds, she would start taking me off my HBP meds. Has anyone gone thru this? How exactly do they do it?

She said my BP might go up a little at first. That's kind of scary...

Losing weight is a little like hiking. If you only look at how big the mountain (or how much you want to lose) is, it becomes overwhelming. But, if instead you look just 5 feet (or 5 pounds) ahead, it isn't quite so hard!

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