As many people who know me know, I am an advocate for both Western and Eastern/natural medicine or healing applications. I will not tell you to stop taking your medication. I will tell you that there are tools and prescriptions available to you that have no side effects that allow you to get you off your medications or at the very least, lower the dosages.
Studies show, and my patients confirm to me, that most doctors don't do this, yielding BP readings that are misleadingly higher. If your SBP is over-read this way, you are at greater risk of over-treatment and harm than were the study patients. The risk of harm may be higher in the real world than in the study.
There are actually a variety ways you can reduce your out-of-pocket medication expenses without sacrificing quality. Here are a few strategies that can help, whether you are covered by employer-based health insurance, a health plan on the individual marketplace, or a private Medicare Part D drug policy.