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Author Topic: Combivir/Viramune combo and increasing blood pressure  (Read 2320 times)

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Offline BuzzJoe

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Combivir/Viramune combo and increasing blood pressure
« on: January 05, 2007, 11:05:19 PM »
I've been on this combo for 3 1/2 years.  All my numbers great except for my blood pressure.  It has been steadily increasing -- over the last year especially.  I have never had a problem with blood pressure in the past and no family history of blood pressure problems.  I'm also experiencing a "bloated" like feeling all the time.

Doc wants to put me on blood pressure meds, but I don't want to take any more pills, plus I really can't afford it.  As for the bloat, he just says to exercise more and eat less.

Has anyone else experienced increased blood pressure while on meds?  How did you handle this problem?  What about the bloated feeling?


Offline J.R.E.

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Re: Combivir/Viramune combo and increasing blood pressure
« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2007, 09:31:42 AM »
Hello Joe,

I am on two of the drugs that you are on. The Viramune, and the Epivir potion of you Combivir. Been on these meds now for 3 years, and just about 3 months. also included in my prescriptions, is Zocor, for cholesterol.

To date, I am not having any issues with elevated or high blood pressure.  I am wondering if the AZT may be responsible for that, although I have read that some of the drugs can cause high blood pressure.

My stomach is large, and I sometimes get that bloated feeling. I just downsize my meal portions a bit, and that seems to help. Do you smoke Joe ? If so, you may want to consider giving that up. I don't have any further advice to give you, perhaps others can comment more.

Take care------Ray

By the way, Welcome Joe !
Current Meds ; Viramune, Epzicom, 20mg of Atorvastatin, 25 mg of Hydrochlorothiazide.
Amlodipine Besolate 5mg-- Updated 9/24/2017

Diagnosed positive in 1985,.. In October of 2003, My t-cell count was 16, Viral load was over 500,000, Percentage at that time was 5%. I started on  HAART on October 24th, 2003.

 As of 9/18/2017,  Viral load remains <40
CD 4 @358 /  CD4 % @ 13

 65 years young.


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