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A 19-year-old female asked:

ive had symptoms of pots at drs on bp monitor and my dr wants me to have a tilt test to diagnose and start med. can you treat symptoms without meds?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. William Ernoehazy
Emergency Medicine 36 years experience
Yes, but...: There are things that you can do to help lessen you POTS symptoms: Drink plenty of water, 60-80 oz a day. Avoid caffeine and alcohol, which can cause you to pee out enough body water to make symptoms worse. Don't skip meals. Go to bed at a consistent time, and get plenty of sleep. Avoid excessive heat or cold. These may help; but medications are often necessary. Please talk with your doctor.
Dr. Warren Foster
Cardiac Electrophysiology 20 years experience
POTS: Make sure the tilt-table-test is either done in before starting the treatment or that the results are taken into consideration in the context of the medications you are using. Certain medications can affect the results of the tilt-table-test and confuse the diagnosis. There are several non-medication treatments, including some behavioral adjustments that can effectively treat POTS.

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