I have been on blood pressure medication for a couple of years, but would like to get off. My only side effect is it causes me to cough at times. Is it best to wean oneself off the meds gradually?
Blood pressure medicines need to be weaned gradually, because the body gets used to their effects and stops doing what it should do. Stopping cold turkey could be a strain on your body.
There are some supplements that increase the likelihood that you can successfully wean off the medicine. These are CoQ10 200 to 400 mg per day, high doses of magnesium 800 to 1000 mg per day, and hawthorn berry, an herb that acts as a vasodilator. I would start these for a month, then take ½ dose of your blood pressure medicine (which I assume is an ACE inhibitor, as this category has the best chance of causing a cough as a side effect) for 3 weeks, then ½ it again for 3 more weeks if on a fairly high dose, or just stop it all together if on a lower dose. Take your blood pressure every few days to see if it goes up, or if it causes high blood pressure symptoms. If not, you have removed a toxin from your body.
In Joel Kauffman’s book Malignant Medical Myths, Kauffman makes a strong point about the fact that blood pressures below 160 to 180 systolic over 95 to 100 diastolic carry no increased risk of heart disease or any cardiac event. Since the reason blood pressures are lowered is because of the ‘silent killer’ hypertension, and there is no ‘silent killer’ below the above mentioned levels, why be on any blood pressure medicine unless there is truly a medical risk at levels greater than 180 / 100, unless there are negative symptoms felt at lower levels? I recognize that some may consider this crazy (because it doesn’t jive with party line medicine, but read the chapter in Dr. Kauffman’s book and decide for yourself. The science is all there.
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