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I am taking Doxycycline and experiencing headache and light headedness. Could it be the medicine? Could it be Benign Intracranial Hypertension?

I am taking Doxycycline and experiencing headache and light headedness. Could it be the medicine? Could it be Benign Intracranial Hypertension?

Yes: If you have blurred vision or worsening of a diffuse headache with reclining I would be concerned about Pseudotumor. We usually see loss of spontaneous venous pulsations in the back of the eye on exam. A lumbar puncture with an opening pressure of greater than 20 CM H2O is typically seen. Removal of some CSF should get rid of symptoms. Look for other causes. Diamox, Topamax (topiramate) and Zonegran can help. ...Read more

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Hypertension (Definition)

A blood pressure reading has two numbers: a systolic blood pressure and a diastolic blood pressure. The systolic blood pressure is the maximum pressure the blood exerts on the vessels when the heart is beating. The diastolic blood pressure is the pressure the blood exerts on the vessels in between heartbeats. Hypertension, or high blood pressure, begins when the systolic blood pressure remains above 140 or when the diastolic blood pressure remains above 90. Hypertension can be a result of increased blood flow through vessels or increased resistance to ...Read more


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Are there alternative treatments to beta-blockers for hypertension?

Are there alternative treatments to beta-blockers for hypertension?

Many: There are a wide variety of treatment options including diet ( low sodium), weight loss, and exercise. There are also numerous pharmacological options available, besides beta blockers. Discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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Are there any effective alternative treatments for pulmonary hypertension?

Are there any effective alternative treatments for pulmonary hypertension?

No: None proven. It is not an easy condition to treat. It is serious and potentially fatal. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for wide intracranial arteries caused by chronic hypertension?

What is the best treatment for wide intracranial arteries caused by chronic hypertension?

Intracranial HBP: The most significant treatment is to lower your blood pressure into a normal range. See your doctor for management of your blood pressure. ...Read more

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Should i Try Oral Route Glycerol for treatment of my Intercranial hypertension before I try something more toxic like Topiramate?

Should i Try Oral Route Glycerol for treatment of my Intercranial hypertension before I try something more toxic like Topiramate?

Huh? Come Again?: I'm not sure I quite understand. Who recommended oral glycerol to treat intracranial hypertension? That is a highly antiquated form of treatment for IIH. Results are poor. Nobody recommends that first line anymore. Weight loss is better than glycerol to treat IIH. Diamox is the standard drug of choice for IIH followed by Lasix then, possibly steroids. Topamax (topiramate)? For headaches? Poor efficacy. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for raised intracranial pressure?

What is the best treatment for raised intracranial pressure?

Reduce it!: True rise in intra cranial pressure is serious it is evidenced by headache, nausea and vomiting , swelling of the optic discs and sometimes altered mental status. There is a relatively benign condition called benign intracranial hypertension ( otherwise known as psuedotumor cerebri) with different causes that is relieved by taking cerebrospinal fluid through a lumbar puncture. ...Read more

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Is ultram for a few days contraindicated if you have benign Intercranial hypertension?

Is ultram for a few days contraindicated if you have benign Intercranial hypertension?

Depends: Ultram itself is not contraindicated, however, pain is a sign that something maybe getting worse. i.e. the pressure is going up. If you have Idiopathic intracranial hypertension and the pain is increase you should see your neurologist and ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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Without papiledema, is my benign intercranial hypertension unlikely to make me go blind? Other SX are bad but eyesight ok so far. Please help.

Without papiledema, is my benign intercranial hypertension unlikely to make me go blind? Other SX are bad but eyesight ok so far. Please help.

Unlikely: Most commonly papilloedema from idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH) causes the natural blind spot that everyone has in their vision to be slightly larger. Most of the patients I see are still 20/20. It is reassuring that your eye exams are coming back normal. Continue follow up with your ophthalmologist and the team managing your IIH. Missing check ups is a hazard. Good luck. ...Read more

Raised Intracranial Pressure (Definition)

All persons have pressure in their brain fluid that can vary with position, respiration, bearing down, cough, etc. However, if the fluid pressure is very high, it can cause pressure on structures in and around the brain. The most sensitive test is the spinal tap with pressure monitor that can measure in mm of mercury or cm of water. For high pressures the ...Read more