Q:
What is important to know when you are considering  whether to wean off of high blood pressure medication?

A:
 You should not try to stop your blood pressure medicine without first talking to your doctor. Stopping medications without doctor supervision and advice can cause blood pressure to shoot up to dangerously high levels.  It is important to discuss with your doctor alternative treatments to help control your blood pressure.  You may want to consider starting implementing lifestyle changes before you stop your medication, since your high blood pressure is here to stay forever.

High blood pressure is not curable, but it is manageable and the moment you let go you risk increases in your blood pressure.  To counter balance the reduction in medication and the eventual total stop, natural lifestyle changes will be helpful in controlling your blood pressure for the long term.  Take into consideration, that you may not be able to reduce your blood pressure with just natural treatments like eating healthy, exercise, Resperate, etc., and you may have to return to taking medication.   If this is the case, then you should continue maintaining a healthy lifestyle and see if the combination of natural treatments and drugs are more beneficial.

It is also important to regularly monitor your blood pressure closely as you change your treatment strategy to see how your body reacts to the changes.