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Wed, Nov 13 8:25pm · Klonopin in Depression & Anxiety

Those are not all the facts. The rsearch is mounting that is CUMULATIVE doses that raises the dementia risk – it is not taking it after you are 65 but how many doses people take over the lifetimes. Small dosages now and then do not seem to carry a dementia risk. Also , even for young people, benzos cause cognitive impairment, which the person him or herself may not be aware of. I am not anti-benzos. I am pro-learning all the facts and keeping an eye out for new developments, pro or con, in research.

Wed, Nov 13 7:36pm · Klonopin in Depression & Anxiety

I'm sure drugs make a lot of people feel better and many drugs save lives. However, while the claim "horror stories are the exception not the rule" may be absolutely true about some drugs, to dismiss concern of actual facts about potential and known long-term risks about specific medications is fallacious. To dismiss peer reviewed research by multiple investigators about certain drugs as "drug hysteria" when these drugs are shown to raise the risk of dementia and other problems definitely helps people to feel all warm and fuzzy about continuing certain medications without worry – but it doesn't change the fact there may be significant risks. And people have every right in the world to know those facts.

Wed, Nov 13 4:17pm · Post Exercise Hypotention in hypertensive individual in Heart & Blood Health

rom the National Institutes of Health (NIH): "It’s normal for your blood pressure to go up and down throughout each day. Blood pressure is affected by time of day, exercise, the foods you eat, stress, and other factors. Problems can arise, though, if your blood pressure stays too high for too long…'Hypertension is defined as having an average blood pressure of above 140/90,' says NIH’s Dr. Lawrence Fine, who oversees research on the treatment and prevention of hypertension. Since blood pressure can vary widely from day to day, a diagnosis of hypertension is usually based on an average of 2 or more readings taken on 2 or more occasions." I think your average blood pressure is doing pretty good. And I hope you will make a list of questions and talk to your doctor – make sure you understand and don't be hesitant to ask about everything bothering you. You need reassurance and for your doctor to take the time to explain about blood pressure fluctuations.

Wed, Nov 13 4:10pm · Post Exercise Hypotention in hypertensive individual in Heart & Blood Health

I would suggest that you write down these questions and do not hesitate to talk to your cardiologist. I cannot give you medical advice but i can assure you that EVERYBODY'S blood pressure changes during the day and rarely has the same readings from day to day. It fluctuates depending on how active you are, how stressed are, if you ate or didn't, what you ate, whether you drank caffeine, if you took a medicine that might have raised of lowered your BP temporarily and more. Your average blood pressure reading is excellent – only slightly high. I assume you have had tests that show your heart is a normal size, EKG normal, etc. Honestly, I can't diagnose you but I PROMISE you – and ask your doctor for verification – that everybody on the planet normally has blood pressure fluctuations. Check out this article from Harvard – scroll down to the graph of blood pressure fluctuations during the day. It might make you feel better. https://www.health.harvard.edu/heart-health/experts-call-for-home-blood-pressure-monitoring

Wed, Nov 13 7:21am · Post Exercise Hypotention in hypertensive individual in Heart & Blood Health

You need to clearly ask your cardiologist if this is something to be concerned about. I can't give you medical advice. However,a significant decrease in blood pressure is perfectly normal in many people – and can be more dramatic in people with hypertension. In fact, what's NOT normal is for blood pressure to not go down (as it doesn't in about 20 percent of hypertensive patients). Your drop in blood pressure is not down to a dangerous level at all. Again, take what I'm telling you, if you wish, and ask your doctor specifically if this is correct or not for you (I am basing what I'm writing on published research, by the way, but never take what your ead on line – talk to your doctor as you seem so worried). First of all , make sure you take your blood pressure pre- exercise while sitting and breathing comfortably for a while. Make sure you are not dehydrated prior to exercising. Understand that blood pressure dropping somewhat after exercise is 100 percent NORMAL whether people have hypertension or not. It will sometimes remain lower for hours. Keep a record of your blood pressure immediately after exercise in take it again a 15 minutes, half an hour. Share this with your doctor. Lower blood pressure after exercise is one reason that consistent exercise is one of the best ways to lower elevated blood pressure and why, along with weight loss as needed, it can help people get off medication as your body adjusts to exercise. Why does it drop? There is vasodilation when you exercise and also exercise also typically reduces levels of catecholamines – hormones made by your adrenal glands that can boost blood pressure (that's why stress boosts hypertension and one reason exercise can lower it; it's also one reason doctors will suggest exercise to boost mood and relieve anxiety by calming excess "stress hormones" and their symptoms). There is a complicated process through many factors influence baroreceptors which adjust the body's blood pressure according to what you are doing – the changes are mediated by the autonomic nervous system. Exercise can help normalize that system.. For example, if a person is on bedrest for months, their body typically will not automatically adjust to standing up – blood pressure my drop and they may feel faint and have to slowly get back in shape and the body adjusts.. this may not be a good example but consider that the more your exercise the more your muscles and heart function may improve and normalize – and that goes for blood pressure. Again, talk to your doctor and keep up the good work exercising!.

Wed, Nov 6 8:41am · Klonopin in Depression & Anxiety

Pharmacists definitely know more about side effects and what you should know about taking one drug combined with any others or supplements you take. They can not and will not say " don't take this.." or " Do you know there are multiple studies showing it raises the risk of dementia" etc.. – pharmacists cannot discourage a person from following a doctor's recommendation, per se, (unless the recognize a drug is dangerous combined with another prescription drug) although they certainly are great at explaining any side effects and answer questions

Mon, Nov 4 10:42am · Klonopin in Depression & Anxiety

From Harvard: "Taking the drug for three to six months raised the risk of developing Alzheimer’s by 32%, and taking it for more than six months boosted the risk by 84%." https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/benzodiazepine-use-may-raise-risk-alzheimers-disease-201409107397

Mon, Nov 4 10:39am · Klonopin in Depression & Anxiety

Klonopin is a benzodiazapine drug of the longer lasting type. It is addictive but by tapering off slowing, one can usually get off the drugs if needed. However, they can dampen thinking ability but the biggest reason I would suggest looking into meditation, exercise and counseling instead of taking the drug (although I recognize that in today's US healthcare system, the populace is most often offered drugs over other potential solutions ) is the growing body of research linking benzos – especially the longer lasting types – to Alzheimer's risk. And, no, not just in the elderly. It is a cumulative risk – number of doses taken over lifetime that appears to be the most worrisome. Do what you and your doctor think is right. But I am concerned about the risk for the countless people taking and who have taken the drugs. https://www.bmj.com/content/349/bmj.g5205