Our expert says:
It is always a good idea for anyone who had or had high blood pressure to discuss the use of sibutramine-containing medications like Ciplatrim with the prescribing doctor. In your case the GP has probably decided that you can use Ciplatrim, but need to monitor your blood pressure every other day at the pharmacy and to return to him if your bp shows signs of increasing again. Perhaps you should also talk to your gynae who prescribed the Glucophage and het his/her opnion on using the 2 medications together - rather safe than sorry. I am pleased to hear that you have joined a gym and that this appears to be lowering your bp. The exercise should also help with weightloss. I trust that you have also been referred to a registered dietitian (visit the Association for Dietetics in SA Website at: www.adsa.org.za and click on "Find a Dietitian" to find a dietitian in your area) for a low-fat, low-GI (glycaemic index) diet? If not please do contact a dietitian ASAP because anyone with insulin resistance requires an individual diet prescription based on foods with a low glycaemic index (GI). Click on 'Diet' and 'Weight loss' and 'The Glycaemic Index' and read the articles on the GI. Also click on ‘Food as Medicine' on the Diet Site and then on ‘Type 2 diabetes’.
Please check with your GP and gynae about using Ciplatrim and Glucophage together.
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