Androgel Raising My Blood Pressure?

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    Androgel Raising My Blood Pressure?


    I am 46. I was diagnosed with low T about 7 years ago but ignored it. I just had it rechecked at it was worse. My total T was 180 and normal values are 240 to 800 according to my lab (Inigma).
    Low T has apparently been a life long issue for me, because when I was a child, I had and still have gynocomastia and I remember my mother taking me to the doctor for biweekly T shots! She did it for a few months and then for some reason stopped. I was 8 years old.
    Back to todays problem:
    Back in October I was started on 2.5 mg (2 pumps) of androgel. Level went up to 440 Total T. I pushed the doc to let me try 5g (4 pumps) so we can get into he high range. I have been on that now for 3.5 months Just got checked and my T was 785 and Free T I believe 22.0 (very good). I fell GREAT! Great libido, felt young again.
    But about 2 weeks ago he checks my blood pressure and it was 145/90. I also was experiencing some Tachardia (although I drink alot of espresso). SO I stopped the espresso and heart rate normalized, but the BP is still hovering around 150/90. He did a BP test in his office yesterday as follows:
    Sitting138/90
    Standing 144/98
    Laying down 142/76
    M doc is a general intern. He said maybe we should stop the androgel and see if it lowers, or we could reduce the dose. I get the feeling he is not 100% sure either. I dont want to go on BP medicine, but I hate to go back to the way I was!
    I stopped the gel for 2 days and felt like crap. I had a terrible brain fog.
    So I dropped back down to 2 pumps. The morning wood is gone, my libido is decreased substantially.
    I think I need to find a doc who specializes in HRT. My dic never tested any levels except total T and Free T. I know he should be looking at my entire adrenal function. I have good insurance (Aetna) and dont pay anything for my gel.
    But in the meantime i am worried about the high BP.
    What should I do?
    Does androgel normally raise BP like this even 5 months into the dose?
    Anyone know any good doctors in the NYC area?

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    You were getting shots of test at 8 years old? What the ****?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Noumenon View Post
    You were getting shots of test at 8 years old? What the ****?
    I was thinking the same thing, nuts.
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    there are plenty of natural supps to adress blood pressure , have you tried any of those bud?
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