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Sun Oct 16 13:31:25 UTC 2011

I am having panic attacks / high blood pressure incidents, and want to know if it's related to my meds and drinking red wine -supposed to be good op.
Asked By: martinm017  

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In Nov of last year, we added Metphormin (avandamet 4/1000mg x2/day). In August, we added Onglyza Saxagliptin 5mg once in the am. This along with Gliclazide MR 30mg x4 nd 1 Crestor in the am. Since last Nov, I have had repeated incidents of high blood pressume (150-175/100-110, bp 100-120). Doc gave Ramipril 2.5mg to use if needed, along with Tecta 40mg in case it was acid reflux. I never took either for a week, then last night, had 2 glasses of dry red wine (only alcohol I drink) - had bp raise to 175/101-125bp. I have also had sexual issues (frist time ever, this yr) I am 39, Endicronologist meeting 2x yr, all is good, control is best ever, diagnosed at 26, good shape, no exercise. I wonder if meds and the wine are causing this, or the Metphormin+Onglyza are not a good combo. I have heard bad things about Met, but my Endo says not to worry at 39. Thoughts? Been to hospital 4-5times, and stress test/heart ultrasound all good. Thoughts?
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2011-10-25 18:49:33.0


Thanks for asking dLife.

There is an association between panic and hypertension. Fortunately both conditions are treatable.

People with diabetes are already at risk for high blood pressure. Alcohol has been shown to raise blood pressure to unhealthy levels even further. Chronic high blood pressure can contribute to diabetic complications, including kidney failure, heart disease, and retinopathy.

Also, alcohol can interfere with the effectiveness and increase the side effects of some blood pressure medications. Talk with your doctor about your concerns. he or she can review your symptoms and adjust your treatment plan.

Learn more about alcohol!

Take care.

Answered By: Liz Quintana
Accreditations: EdD, RD, LD, CDE
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