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PD and sudden blood pressure fluxuations
An_252511 posted:
My mom has PD and is experiencing a 50 point BP drop sometimes when standing. Today her BP was very high. Her doctors are hesitant about BP meds that may cause issues with the meds she is currently taking. Those are Carbidopa-Levodopa and Amantadine. Do you know if these could cause the sudden fluxuations? and what other drugs could be taken that wont cause this?

thx for any info..

Mark A Stacy, MD responded:
Rapid blood pressure change is a difficult problem for some people with PD. Certainly, carbidopa/levodopa and amantadine can lower blood pressure, and low blood pressure is also a symptom of PD. In addition, patients with mobility problems may reduce fluid intake to reduce the risk and frequency of voiding and possible incontinence.

I would suggest these steps:
1) check your mom's fluid intake, and try to increase her water intake. See if you can make the daily fluid intake fairly consistent.
2) review all of her medications for possible blood pressure lowering effects
3) If she has swelling (with redness) of her legs. That may be a side effect of amantadine - and you would want to discuss discontinuing this drug with her neurologist
4) check her blood pressures sitting and standing just prior to and 2 hours after taking levodopa. If there is a major change (the first check will likely be the higher one) your doctor may need to make some changes in her dosing times, to keep her blood level of this drug - and her blood pressure - more constant.
lajygal replied to Mark A Stacy, MD's response:
thx for a reply, always good to hear options..
She is currently in the hospital and this is still happening.. will ask ..
lajygal replied to Mark A Stacy, MD's response:
Dr Stacy,

My mom has slowly been responding to a drug called Flourinef.
She has been stabelized and moved to a rehab to further help with walking issues..

Thx again for your response, i am sure it wont be my last!


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