Due to reactions to an antibiotic (azithromycin) I have made two trips, consecutive evenings, to ER over the weekend and am confined to very light activity.
Although I apparently used this antibiotic once before, this round was bad news with spiking systolic pressure above 200 and diastolic pressure above 100. But the convincing side effect was rare (1 in 1000) spasmodic side effect of burning, stinging sensations with no signs of rash, known as paraesthesia.
So I am behaving, and much better today, blood pressure spiking less spectacularly twice since Sunday and the paraesthesia less intense.
It takes awhile for the drug to clear the body after last dose (Sunday).
There was reason not to take it and I (a retired pharmacist) questioned the pharmacist, whose glib response was it was only for 5 days. That was 5 days too many!!
Unfortunately two other events complicated zeroing in on the culprit, which included an accidental inhalation of an insecticide and use of an OTC cough syrup.
You are your own best advocate!!!