HAART therapy and Hypertension
Sep 19, 2003
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I've been on combivir/Sustiva for approximately 3 months with excellent results, went from viral load of 281K and cd4 of 177 to undetectable and cd4 of 566 as of 3 weeks ago. My question is for the first time in my life I am now hypertensive, 140/100. Since starting treatment 3 months ago I have gained 30 lbs (which I am working on getting rid of now that the virus is under control) but my doctor wants me to start liprosol sp?, right away for the hypertension, if at all possible I want to hold off for a while. Do you think it's possible to get the blood pressure under control with diet/exercise again considering its 140/100? Or should I really start taking another pill every day? Am in great danger without taking this medication immediately?
Response from Dr. Henry
Many patients gain considerable weight when they start HIV medication (some of that weight seems to come off later). 30 extra pounds can increase your blood pressure. I would consider increased exercise and some modest dieting. A mild diuretic such as hydroclorothiazide is often all that is needed if the blood pressure doesn't come down with some weight loss. The short term danger with a blood pressure of 140/100 is low for most patients. KH
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