Find Information About:

Drugs & Supplements

Get information and reviews on prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and supplements. Search by name or medical condition.

Pill Identifier
WebMD

Pill Identifier

Having trouble identifying your pills?

Enter the shape, color, or imprint of your prescription or OTC drug. Our pill identification tool will display pictures that you can compare to your pill.

Get Started
My Medicine
WebMD

My Medicine

Save your medicine, check interactions, sign up for FDA alerts, create family profiles and more.

Get Started

WebMD Health Experts and Community

Talk to health experts and other people like you in WebMD's Communities. It's a safe forum where you can create or participate in support groups and discussions about health topics that interest you.

  • Second Opinion
    WebMD

    Second Opinion

    Read expert perspectives on popular health topics.

  • Community
    WebMD

    Community

    Connect with people like you, and get expert guidance on living a healthy life.

Got a health question? Get answers provided by leading organizations, doctors, and experts.

Get Answers

Sign up to receive WebMD's award-winning content delivered to your inbox.

Sign Up

White Coat Syndrome
avatar
Shoes05 posted:
Any ideas, suggestions, on how not to have "white coat syndrome?"
Pressure always high in doctor's office and fine at home.
Reply
 
avatar
kjme11374 responded:
Try to figure out WHY its happening. Its probably a fear of the "unknown". MY BP also goes up at dr's office (if it's a NEW doctor), yet when I had my endoscopy, BP hardly went up at all. if you can, take a trusted friend with you. Discuss with him/her before you go what you want to ask doctor. This way if you forget to ask, your friend can ask.

Here's some reading material for you:

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/482891

http://www.webmd.com/anxiety-panic/features/beyond-white-coat-syndrome

http://www.everydayhealth.com/hypertension/why-you-shouldnt-ignore-white-coat-hypertension.aspx

And this one is a forum in the UK:
http://www.patient.co.uk/forums/discuss/white-coat-syndrome-73198

hope this is helpful to you. BTW, I have no medical training, but I LIKE to read and any advice I give is based on my personal experience.

Lastly, have you talked to your doctor about this? I think generally its a normal reaction.
 
avatar
oldhollywoodgal replied to kjme11374's response:
My doctor knows I have White Coat Snystrum. My bp is fine when I am at home. I get really nervous in his office. But he prescribed bp pills. They don't agree with me. He doesn't listen.
 
avatar
billh99 replied to oldhollywoodgal's response:
Have your doctor give you a an ambulatory BP test. That is a portable BP monitor that you will wear for 24 hrs and it takes a reading every 10-20 minutes.

That is considered the gold standard. And home BP is second best.

Learn some relaxation exercises. The book Relaxation Response, by Herbert Benson is a good place to start.

Make sure that they use approved methods when taking your BP. Which is never done.

Sitting with the back supported, feet on the floor. And rested for 5 minutes in a quiet place. Not rushed in and the BP taken as soon as you can roll up your sleeve.

But he prescribed bp pills. They don't agree with me. He doesn't listen.

Remember, you are always in charge.

White coat hypertension indicate a "sensitive" system and in some cases leads to full time hypertension.

So don't completely ignore it. With any treatment there is a trade off between effectiveness and side effects.

Maybe a different class of med or lower dose would be more appropriate.


Helpful Tips

WARNING! - Grapefruit and meds (heart and others)
This will probably show up in a day or two, but I felt that it should be posted now. For a long time there has been a warning about the ... More
Was this Helpful?
6 of 6 found this helpful

Helpful Resources

Be the first to post a Resource!

Related Drug Reviews

  • Drug Name User Reviews

Report Problems With Your Medications to the FDA

FDAYou are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

For more information, visit the Duke Health General and Consultative Heart Care Center