Is the Increase of My Medication Causing My Blood Pressure to Rise?

Q: I am 56yr old female who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis 9 years ago. I was given 150mg Venlafexine for depression and then about 6 months ago it was increased to 300mg daily. I have a gut feeling that the increase of this drug has caused my blood pressure to rise. The doctor wants my blood pressure to be monitored frequently. The nurses I work with have not called my home to check on this and I don’t know what my blood pressure readings were.  Should I be concerned?

A: The increase in your drug may be the cause of your higher blood pressure. Venlafaxine is known to cause high blood pressure.  The increase in pressure is dose related.  You should let your doctor know that no one has come to check your blood pressure.

More Reading

PubMed.Gov – Effects of venlafaxine on blood pressure: a meta-analysis of original data from 3744 depressed patients.

MedicineNet:  Venlafaxine (Effexor) – Drug Class, Medical Uses, Medication Side Effects


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