Consistently high readings while on medication.

Q: You might not be able to answer this, but your input would be helpful. I am new to HBP. I am a 59 year old woman, in good health otherwise. I take Norvasc and at 5mg it seems to hold the numbers. My doctor and I tried to reduce it, but the numbers shot back up quickly. Her instructions were to go back to 5 mg if I had 3 days of high readings, which I did. My question is: I do not know when I am overreacting to the numbers. Should I be concerned about several days of numbers like 140/90,for example or just expect them to go down again? I have been given mixed advice about this. I am extremely uncomfortable with numbers like 170/100, not so uncomfortable at numbers below that. Thank you

A: It sounds like the 5mg dose of Norvasc is what your doctor is recommending to control your blood pressure. Your doctor tried you on a lower dose but your blood pressure did not remain in control. If your blood pressure is consistently at 140/90 or more and you are taking Norvasc 5 mg every day, you are not in good control. With good control, your pressure should be in the normal range. You should discuss changing your treatment or adding the Resperate with your doctor.

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