My history is as follows: 10+ years phobic anxiety/OCD managed with Zoloft 75mgs. I am 30, excellent weight, female, non-smoker and relatively fit.
At doctor's visits despite being quite anxious, my BP has only ever spiked to 155/90 which I am okay with given my BP is normal otherwise.
Just recently, however, I have reduced the zoloft and added 5mgs of Inderal to help with the symptoms of phobic situations. This has been fantastic as the Inderal seems to take the scary symptoms away.
The problem is that now I seem to have developed high diastolic pressure despite the addition of Inderal. At my last GP visit, I got 133/96, 132/100, 120/85. I went back the following day and got 145/100, 132/95, 123/93.
My concern is: the Inderal seems to be controlling the systolic number really well, but the diastolic is consistently high - it isn't coming down, but staying in the 90 - 100 range.
My questions are:
1. Could the Inderal be playing a part in this - I only take 5mgs?
2. Could the reduction of Zoloft have some effect on BP?
3. Should I be taking medication for the diastolic numbers?
4. Is the increase in diastolic numbers suggestive of some other (more sinister) problem? Such as the cumulative effect of so much stress over time?
I would really appreciate your thoughts on this!