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Anyone get high blood pressure on Valtrex?

Discussion in 'Antivirals, Antibiotics and Immune Modulators' started by 2Cor.12:9, Nov 5, 2017.

  1. 2Cor.12:9

    2Cor.12:9 Senior Member

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    Hi all. I've been on generic Valtrex for a month (500 mg twice daily) and my blood pressure has gone up. I normally have borderline hypertension but it's been around 155/90 in the evening when I check it. It fluctuates a lot. But it then also back goes back down to normal (117/72 - or there about). by morning.

    Anyone else experience this?
     
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    Learner1 Forum Support Assistant

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    My blood pressure varies within the same range. It varies especially with lying down, sitting, or standing. We think it's due to adrenergic antibodies and MCAS.

    I take telmisartan and a natural product, Carditone by Ayush Herbs.
     
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  3. IThinkImTurningJapanese

    IThinkImTurningJapanese Moderator

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    That is one powerful herb.

    Rauwolfia in the Treatment of Hypertension
     
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    ukxmrv Senior Member

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    No, I've only had my "normal" POTS problems but no worse since Valtrex (am on same dose)
     
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    Learner1 Forum Support Assistant

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    It is. The problem is they were using enormous doses of it. Too much of anything (water, sodium, folate) can be bad.
     
  6. SueJohnPat

    SueJohnPat Sue

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    I was on valtrex with Celebrex. After 6 months my bp was high. I assumed it was the Celebrex.

    Having a flare up again getting more valtrex on Wednesday. Bp now normal .

    Will let you know if my bp rises but to the best of my knowledge valtrex should not raise bp.
     
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    2Cor.12:9 Senior Member

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    Thanks @SueJohnPat - I take Alieve and Curcumin in place of Celebrex - I've wondered if it's the Alieve affecting my bp, since it is known to do that.
     
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    SueJohnPat Sue

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    Alleve could do this. I only intermittently take Celebrex and valtrex due to cardiovascular side effects of celebrex( NSAID’s I am 53) you could try stopping the alleve and see if it goes down.
     
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    I’ve been on 2 g of valtrex since November and my bp has risen to 168/98 most of the time. I now take amlodipine and it helps the hypertension. I never thought of valtrex being the culprit. Have you found any medical research backing this? Thank you.
     
  10. 2Cor.12:9

    2Cor.12:9 Senior Member

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    @toolongtotell - There are websites that say high blood pressure with valtrex can be a rare side effect - like Webmd for instance.
    https://www.webmd.com/drugs/2/drug-14126/valtrex-oral/details/list-sideeffects

    I stopped taking it and also stopped the Alieve due to palpitations and blood pressure. I quit the Alieve first but the palps and chest discomfort continued until I quit the AV. I was on it for 4 months and the only improvement I noticed was not having herpes outbreaks. It wasn't worth the cardiac side effects - especially since I'm in my late 60's.

    Good luck to you!
     

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