(By Dr. Rowena Sobczyk)

Q:

A few months ago, my blood pressure was averaging 160/90, now with Resperate it is around 130/65, however I am also taking Amlodipine 5mg.

Can I stop taking the medication? I am 72, and apart from BP and high cholesterol, I am generally fit and healthy. I swim almost daily and I am around 65 kg

A:

 Never stop taking blood pressure medicine without consulting with your doctor. Stopping blood pressure medicine must be done carefully with proper monitoring. Although your blood pressure is good, it is still not in a normal range. It is likely both the Resperate and the amlodipine are contributing to your control.  Discuss this further with your doctor.

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