Perindopril

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.

What?!

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, 46 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Latterly, web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall. Currently on sabbatical. I am a priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, and I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir.

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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