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Old 08-04-2017, 07:28 AM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic east coast
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Curious to see if anyone is on a beta blocker for high blood pressure? Currently taking lisonopril/hctz but am having annoying side effects from that combo. And it's not that effective.

As I'm a "hot reactor," very emotional, I'm wondering if a beta blocker might be a better med for me.

Appreciate your comments/observations.

Thanks.
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Old 08-04-2017, 08:05 AM
 
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I am what my cardio says I just run hot. I am on a low dose of 2.5mg Bystolic and HCTZ 25mg. It's very effective. Bystolic has the least side effects over other beta blockers but it costs a little more. However Bystolic on their website gives you a card number and you can get the RX as low as 35 a month. It costs over a hundred a month without the card.
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Old 08-04-2017, 09:17 AM
 
Location: God's Country
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Took a number of beta blockers over the years with the last one being Bystolic. On all of them, my resting heart rate would run 36-44 beats per minute. Never any symptoms, but the last doctor was alarmed at such a low heart rate, so now betas are gone. Even without betas, hear rate is usually in low 50s.


Incidentally, I took lisinopril which had no side effects at first but after a year or so it lowered my sodium too much (hyponatremia) so that was dropped too.


Every damn drug seems to have side effects with me.
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Old 08-04-2017, 09:57 AM
 
Location: Santa Monica, CA
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After I tried for yrs to get my BP under management, I succumbed to MD's BP meds and she started me on Atenolol 25mg and that's been yrs...it's an older drug as I understand it and very inexpensive. No side effects I know of, but they all cause fatigue.
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Old 08-04-2017, 10:14 AM
 
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So it sounds like every BP medication is likely to have some side effects? The HCTZ is giving me an intolerance to heat and excessive sweating. And since I live in a warm climate, that's not fun.

My friend, on the other hand, takes the exact lisonopril/HCTZ combo & dosage I do and does not have the heat intolerance/excessive sweating. So not every med is right for every person it seems.

We'll see what the Doc says when I see her soon. She keeps telling me what I'm taking are "good medications" -- which may be the case for many -- but they don't seem to be so good/effective for ME...hard to get that point across to my Doc.
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Old 08-04-2017, 10:26 AM
 
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I've been taking several BP meds for 10+ years and NONE of them have ever caused any side effects for me. They do not all cause fatigue -- as usual, one person is using limited experience to make a general claim.

METOPROLOL TARTRATE 100MG
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 2.5MG
CLONIDINE 0.1MG
TORSEMIDE 20MG
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Old 08-04-2017, 10:37 AM
 
Location: Santa Monica, CA
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So it sounds like every BP medication is likely to have some side effects? The HCTZ is giving me an intolerance to heat and excessive sweating. And since I live in a warm climate, that's not fun.

My friend, on the other hand, takes the exact lisonopril/HCTZ combo & dosage I do and does not have the heat intolerance/excessive sweating. So not every med is right for every person it seems.

We'll see what the Doc says when I see her soon. She keeps telling me what I'm taking are "good medications" -- which may be the case for many -- but they don't seem to be so good/effective for ME...hard to get that point across to my Doc.

I think it's safe to say docs have minds of their own. What we tell them can go in one ear and out the other...like they "walk in our shoes".... I'm too on to them.
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Old 08-04-2017, 10:42 AM
 
Location: Santa Monica, CA
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Interesting from AARP. I see Atenolol isn't even mentioned, it's probably too old to push as it's so inexpensive.

High Blood Pressure Medications And Feeling Tired - AARP
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Old 08-04-2017, 11:19 AM
 
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Curious to see if anyone is on a beta blocker for high blood pressure? Currently taking lisonopril/hctz but am having annoying side effects from that combo. And it's not that effective.
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That's exactly what I take for my blood pressure, which runs 110/70 with the meds, 190/100 without.

I have no side effects from either med.
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Old 08-04-2017, 11:27 AM
 
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I've been on Micardis (telmisartin) for I guess about 15 yrs. The "..sartin" drugs work in the same manner as ACEs like lisinopril but are a little higher in the ACE inhibitor/Angiotensin 2 blocker pathway and seem to not have the side effects that some people get from lisinopril.
I used to take Micardis with HCTZ but dropped the HCTZ and now take 80mg of Micardis which is the highest dose.


So usually your provider(doctor) will start you on the lowest dose of one med such as HCTZ start to up the dose every several weeks if needed, when a max dose is reached then add another med such as an ACE inhibitor or betablocker again at lowest dose and then start upping that dose.


Your heart has beta receptors and a beta blocker will lower its rate, some cardio protective benefit from this, if under stress rate stays lower uses less oxygen , preserves cardiac muscle if you were to have an MI (heart attack). But...Slower heart rate may make you feel tired and/or take a couple weeks to see if your OK with it.


ACE inhibitor such as lisinopril seems to sometimes be preferred for diabetics.


Anyway , I think a beta blocker could be a good choice for you


as a disclaimer - I'm not an expert or a physician but if I am taking a med I'll research and look up:
Onset, duration, peak effect, mechanism of action and metabolism of the drug and of course side effects
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