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81 year old woman

Posted by Tammy on May 02, 1999 at 15:26:54
My grandmother has had high blood pressure for many years.  She is diabetic and takes insulin.  She has had many "diabetic" related problems over the years but in the last few days has been experiencing low blood pressure (118/49 today).  She has been "weak".  She thinks she can stand but upon rising cannot hold her self up.  She is taking many medications including 3 different ones for her blood pressure.  She is taking 5 mg of Accupril, 1 mg-twice a day of Clonidine and 180 mg of Verapamil.  She also takes Dipyridamoil, Neurontine, Elavil, Zocor, Lasit, Synthroid and Bicitra Oral Sol.  She begins the day feeling alright but after she takes her meds begins to feel weak.  This all began just a few days ago and I have encouraged her to see her physician ASAP.  She is concerned that she is taking too much blood pressure medication.  Do any of these drugs cause interation with one another?
Any help you can give would be appreciated.

Posted by CCF CARDIO MD - MTR on May 02, 1999 at 21:46:34
Dear Tammy, thank you for your question.  First, your grandmother's blood pressure of 118/49 would be considered normal, not low.  Second, I agree that she is taking a number of medications that could potentially interact to cause her symptoms.  However, it's difficult to pinpoint which medication is causing the problem.  Thus, I encourage you to have her see her physician to investigate this problem.  
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