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A 36-year-old female asked:

I have dysautonomia and my bp is 71/56 tonight. i feel so sleepy. what can i do to raise my bp with out going to er for fluids?

5 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Raymond Schneider
47 years experience
Try some stimulants.: Coffee, tea, no doze may all raise your blood pressure. You can also get some medication from your doctor that will help you retain fluid and raise your blood pressure. I wonder if this is actually related to the dysautonomia or maybe an adrenal problem instead.
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Dr. Amrit Singh
Cardiology 52 years experience
General measures: must do these first Symptomatic and supportive Treat underlying condition Elevation of the head of the bed Frequent small meals A high-salt diet Increased fluid intake drink fluids hourly. Compression hose on leg and ace bandages May get these from ur MD Benzodiazepines Fludrocortisones Mitodrine Ephedrine SSRIs
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Dr. Donald Collins
Dr. Donald Collinsanswered
Family Medicine 42 years experience
Lie down: If you lie down and elevate your feet above heart level, this can help raise BP. Also, drink plenty of fluids, especially water. If you continue to feel dizzy and weak, go to ER for fluids. Good luck!
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Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 62 years experience
Too low: That BP is too low and I recommend going to the hospital for treatment if your reading is accurate. Fainting is a real potential problem for you. Lying supine,taking in salt and some caffeine may raise your BP but you should inform your physician of this very low BP along with your symptoms. Other treatments are best administered in a hospital setting.
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Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 16 years experience
Try some: bullion or salted anything. I would have a low threshold if you are feeling more fatigued or pressure gets any bit lower to seek more urgent care.
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Last updated Apr 24, 2015

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