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How long before you were able to kick BP Meds to the curb? I have been on them about 10 years and have had some really low readings at times since surgery. I also suspect they create a little weight gain. Looking forward to being off these in the near future!

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I had been on BP meds for more than ten years as well and stopped taking it fairly soon after surgery, but I can't remember now exactly how long it was. I was actually experiencing extremely low BP and getting very dizzy. I didn't expect to be able to stop taking the meds until I lost a significant amount of weight, but that wasn't the case.

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3 minutes ago, Recidivist said:

I had been on BP meds for more than ten years as well and stopped taking it fairly soon after surgery, but I can't remember now exactly how long it was. I was actually experiencing extremely low BP and getting very dizzy. I didn't expect to be able to stop taking the meds until I lost a significant amount of weight, but that wasn't the case.

Thanks I am glad to hear this. Thanks again for sharing. I hope others will share their stories. I got really light hheaded the other day and checked my BP. it was 61/42! Wow I have never seen anything like that. Took a couple of hours to get back in the normal range.

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26 minutes ago, Tim C said:

How long before you were able to kick BP Meds to the curb? I have been on them about 10 years and have had some really low readings at times since surgery. I also suspect they create a little weight gain. Looking forward to being off these in the near future!

Funny story actually... my PCP took me off my blood pressure meds a few months after my surgery because I was experiencing dizzyness and she suspected it was low blood pressure (phone appointment due to pandemic). However, the dizzyness didn't get better after I was taken off my blood pressure meds and just got progressively worse. On top of that my tachycardia shot through the roof because I was taken off my BP meds and I had a constant headache from what I KNEW was high blood pressure. My doctor immediately put me back on my meds when I saw her in her office and my blood pressure was 196/114 with a heart rate of 133. I started doing PT for dizzyness to try and figure out what was triggering it (which it started toward the end of February 2020 and a year later is just as bad and they STILL don't know what's causing it) and we discovered something really strange... the diastolic (lower number) dropped when I sit up or get up. Literally, a whole 10-15 drop. No idea what causes it, but it's likely one of the issues with my dizzyness. The one bright side is... I don't take the meds as MUCH. I used to take them every other day (I know that's weird but my BP dropped too low if I took it every day so my doctor said it was fine to do that since it worked) but now I take them every three days and my BP has been under control (other than the weird thing with the diastolic number dropping when I sit up or get up). However, I don't think I'll EVER be off my BP meds.

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im off all meds i was on before surgery. and it took about a month for my doc to get me off everything

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Was on them for about 5-6 years prior to WLS. I was taken off them within a week after surgery.

Even after being taken off them, I was consistently around (80-90/(55-65) for about a year...I have a blood pressure machine at home so I used to check every day. I thought this was low, but my doc never showed any concern 🤷🏽‍♀️

These days I'm usually around (100-110)/(70-80).

P.S. as an aside, I was off my cholesterol meds by 1 month post-op too.

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53 minutes ago, Tim C said:

Thanks I am glad to hear this. Thanks again for sharing. I hope others will share their stories. I got really light hheaded the other day and checked my BP. it was 61/42! Wow I have never seen anything like that. Took a couple of hours to get back in the normal range.

I've been really light headed too. I never thought to check my blood pressure. I just assumed it was from the lower calorie intake. I'm going to keep better track of it now. I'm on meds for blood pressure and tachycardia and the last time I went to the doctor my BP was low too. How long do you think my pressure should be low for before I mention it to my doctor? And is there some kind of correlation between the meds and weight?

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I was on two BP meds before surgery. My surgeon had me stop one pre-op and I stopped the other about 3 months post-op. My BP runs 100-110/65-75 with no meds. I also stopped my cholesterol meds around the same time and my labs are great. I was having some bouts of dizziness when standing prior to stopping my BP med, and this is now resolved.

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1 hour ago, JAKE H said:

im off all meds i was on before surgery. and it took about a month for my doc to get me off everything

Hey you look great and I hope to be about the same size. I can get back in the gym in 3 weeks. When you started back did you you hve to take it easy or were you getting after it? Looking forward to getting back in the gym.

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1 hour ago, JAKE H said:

im off all meds i was on before surgery. and it took about a month for my doc to get me off everything

Just checked my BP....104/72 HR 54. I have not had a pill today.

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3 minutes ago, Tim C said:

Hey you look great and I hope to be about the same size. I can get back in the gym in 3 weeks. When you started back did you you hve to take it easy or were you getting after it? Looking forward to getting back in the gym.

once i was cleared i got after it pretty hard. just make sure to get your Protein, Water and Vitamins in.

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1 minute ago, JAKE H said:

once i was cleared i got after it pretty hard. just make sure to get your Protein, Water and Vitamins in.

1 minute ago, JAKE H said:

once i was cleared i got after it pretty hard. just make sure to get your Protein, Water and Vitamins in.

THANKS! That is what I wanted to hear. My wife asked me to quit going to the gym several months ago. She said you re just getting bigger, which I was. I am glad I have some dded muscle in case of loss this first few weeks.

Are you taking any supplements for the gym?

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Just now, Tim C said:

THANKS! That is what I wanted to hear. My wife asked me to quit going to the gym several months ago. She said you re just getting bigger, which I was. I am glad I have some dded muscle in case of loss this first few weeks.

Are you taking any supplements for the gym?

nope! just follow a healthy lean diet.

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Dealing with this now. My BP was very well managed with one med before surgery but I had one high-ish reading when I saw my GP a week post-op. She's young and very inexperienced and wants me to continue taking the meds. But I kept getting dizzy so I stopped taking them. I had them take my BP at the dentist's office last week and it was something like 100/64, so ... going to ask my son's pediatrician's office to take it when he has an appointment tomorrow. (I'm pretty sure they'll do that?)

I'm off all diabetes meds, but still on cholesterol. I've had no labs since surgery on Feb. 3.

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I actually started BP meds in May 2020 (Lisinopril). I had just started having high BP right before that.. My surgery was July 23, 2020, and my BP was low after surgery and so they told me not to take Lisinopril, and I have not had to go back to it. My BP has been normal since surgery.
It may take longer the longer you've had hypertension and been on meds though.

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