How do you know when you don't need BP med? I had a kidney infection and my bp was 160/100 my doctor put me on med right then but after only a couple of days of taking antibiotic and one day of the bp med my bp is now around 112/70 I am 42 does that mean I don't need the bp med? I have always heard that you can never stop taking it but I don't know why.
Thanks for your question.
Blood pressure is a very dynamic part of our physiology. It is affected by everything we do including exercise, stress, lack of sleep, and infections. It is quite possible that your higher than usual pressure was induced by your kidney infection. Once the infection is cleared and if your readings remain low, I would ask your physician about the possibility of weaning you off the medication while being monitored closely. If your pressure remains normal during and after the weaning process, then you can stay off your medication.
Best wishes and feel better.
Martin Cane, M.D.