Perindopril 2mg Tablets

Last Wednesday my renal consultant (I have Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease) put me on ACE inhibitors, which are a drug that have the side-effect of reducing one’s blood pressure.

Today Jane picked them up from the chemist. But I’ve just read the instructions:

ONE tablet to be taken in the MORNING
Take 30-60 minutes before food.


They’ve to be taken half-an-hour to an hour BEFORE breakfast?! That’s enough to send my blood pressure sky high!!

Tomorrow morning I’m going to a training workshop on “writing for the web” somewhere west of Glasgow, but east of New York. Which will mean leaving the house at 05:30.

That means that I’ll need to get up somewhere between 04:00 and 04:30 just in order to pop a pill. What a healthy way to begin!

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 49 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Enneagram type FOUR and introvert (INFP), I am a non-stipendiary priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir, play guitar, play mahjong, write, draw and laugh… Scrum master. Latterly, web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and former warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall.

9 thoughts on “Perindopril”

  1. Ricky — good plan. Except that my breakfast usually consists of a nice, big bowl of muesli, which could get messy on the train. 😉

    Moyra — I couldn’t stomach that idea (no pun intended). I must eat when I get up. I’m very much a morning person. And a late night person … it’s just the bit in the middle that I’m not so good at! 🙂

  2. Thanks Mike, but I think that it means that I need to take the pill before I eat for the first time each morning (therefore ‘breakfast’).

    And I NEED breakfast.

    It’s the most important meal of the day, you know.

    The Hobbits got it right, I think.

  3. Damn, this is probably for people who have breakfast at 8, take the pill at 7, even then thats an early start each day.

    Sometimes I wonder if chemists and pharmsists think about the advice given on medication.

  4. It’s interesting how we’re all different!!

    My stomach definitely is not at it’s best in the morning – has all kinds of tantrums of the indigestion variety if I force food on it too early. It does need liquid, though!

  5. Having been taking a tablet 1/2hr before every meal in order to be allowed to eat for the last 24 years I can assure you it soon becomes second nature – put the muesli complete with milk etc in a sealed container with a small spoon and you can eat anywhere.!

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