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Old 06-28-2014, 01:15 AM
 
Location: State of Grace
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Morning Folks!

After a heart incident about four weeks ago, the ER docs put me on Metoprolol - a beta blocker - and it doubled my BG levels within half an hour, and has kept up the trend. I'm going to see my own doc on Tuesday and have no choice but to ask for Metformin.

Prior to ingesting Metoprolol, DH and I both kept our levels under excellent control for over three years using diet and exercise only. DH's last A1c was 5.2 and mine was 5.3, which is normal for both of us.

Another oddity in my life of late is sudden and unexplained weight gain. Last October I gained 17 lbs in three days while maintaining my normal diet. My doctor didn't say a word, which ticked me off royally, I confess. Now, 9 months later, I've gained back the 80 lbs I lost after my initial diagnosis 3.5 years ago - and no one appears to know why. I'm still gaining, by the way, and while I'm pretty sure it's my thyroid (I have Hashimotos) I can't get the docs to run a decent battery of tests! Just trying to get my name off the map here - and my BG back under control, of course.

Feeling waaaaaay out in left field here. Anyone else experienced this?

TIA

Mahrie.
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Old 07-12-2014, 06:54 PM
 
Location: State of Grace
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No one?
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Old 11-10-2015, 06:13 PM
 
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Default Beta Blocker Metropolol - weight gain

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Originally Posted by Mahrie View Post
Morning Folks!

After a heart incident about four weeks ago, the ER docs put me on Metoprolol - a beta blocker - and it doubled my BG levels within half an hour, and has kept up the trend. I'm going to see my own doc on Tuesday and have no choice but to ask for Metformin.

Prior to ingesting Metoprolol, DH and I both kept our levels under excellent control for over three years using diet and exercise only. DH's last A1c was 5.2 and mine was 5.3, which is normal for both of us.

Another oddity in my life of late is sudden and unexplained weight gain. Last October I gained 17 lbs in three days while maintaining my normal diet. My doctor didn't say a word, which ticked me off royally, I confess. Now, 9 months later, I've gained back the 80 lbs I lost after my initial diagnosis 3.5 years ago - and no one appears to know why. I'm still gaining, by the way, and while I'm pretty sure it's my thyroid (I have Hashimotos) I can't get the docs to run a decent battery of tests! Just trying to get my name off the map here - and my BG back under control, of course.

Feeling waaaaaay out in left field here. Anyone else experienced this?

TIA

Mahrie.
I just read on Web MD tonight that Metroprolol causes weight gain. Metformin also causes weight gain. So does Propranolol. Beta Blockers = big weight gain!!
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Old 11-10-2015, 06:20 PM
 
Location: 39 20' 59"N / 75 30' 53"W
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Morning Folks!

After a heart incident about four weeks ago, the ER docs put me on Metoprolol - a beta blocker - and it doubled my BG levels within half an hour, and has kept up the trend. I'm going to see my own doc on Tuesday and have no choice but to ask for Metformin.

Prior to ingesting Metoprolol, DH and I both kept our levels under excellent control for over three years using diet and exercise only. DH's last A1c was 5.2 and mine was 5.3, which is normal for both of us.

Another oddity in my life of late is sudden and unexplained weight gain. Last October I gained 17 lbs in three days while maintaining my normal diet. My doctor didn't say a word, which ticked me off royally, I confess. Now, 9 months later, I've gained back the 80 lbs I lost after my initial diagnosis 3.5 years ago - and no one appears to know why. I'm still gaining, by the way, and while I'm pretty sure it's my thyroid (I have Hashimotos) I can't get the docs to run a decent battery of tests! Just trying to get my name off the map here - and my BG back under control, of course.

Feeling waaaaaay out in left field here. Anyone else experienced this?

TIA

Mahrie.
Weight gain could be from beta blockers or Hashimoto. Isnt Hashimoto known to cause weight gain? I didnt put on an extreme amount with beta blockers...about 12pds before my treatment for Graves disease. After going off blockers, dropped the pounds.
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Old 11-10-2015, 07:21 PM
 
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Isn't Metoprolol a generic drug. Do you think maybe the Brand would work better for you?

Most of my meds are Brand- cuz sometimes generics make my heart race. Weird, huh?
They seem to have more 'ummph' to them too.( the Brand meds)

imo
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Old 11-10-2015, 07:29 PM
 
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Isn't Metoprolol a generic drug. Do you think maybe the Brand would work better for you?

Most of my meds are Brand- cuz sometimes generics make my heart race. Weird, huh?
They seem to have more 'ummph' to them too.( the Brand meds)

imo

If you can afford it! Most insurance co's won't pay for a brand name if there's a generic available. Even if they do pay for a brand name, your co-pay is much higher, like several hundred dollars for some drugs. Even with generics, my co-pays came to $3800 last year
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Old 11-11-2015, 07:38 PM
 
Location: State of Grace
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Evening all!

Well, since I authored the above post, I'm guessing about 18 months ago, I had to double the amount of Metoprolol I was taking, which didn't make my BG any worse or better. My A1c is presently about 6.5 With A-fib, SVT, PAT, and PVC's, it's unlikely that I'll be able to manage without the beta blockers. (My specialist told me, when I was twenty-six, that I'd probably need some chemical help by the time I was sixty. I'll be sixty in January, if I'm spared, so I guess he was right.)

Yes, Hashimotos puts on weight, but I maintained a weight of 104 lbs for years with that condition. I've seen aaall the docs and specialists (cardiologists and endocrinologists) and they all say the same thing: they don't know how to regulate weight in people who are coping with similar conditions to mine -- and GPD certainly doesn't help.

On the sunny side of the equation, my weight seems to be inching slowly downward at the moment, but it's slow, and I can't even relate to my body anymore. The most I've weighed is 258 and right now I'm on the south side of 250, closer to 240, and I'm hoping this trend will continue. I *hate* the thought of having to go on tour this year weighing 90 lbs more than I did last year. My closet contains clothes ranging in size from 5 to 22. Oh, well, we can only do our best and control the things we can and learn to accept those things that we cannot.

I think what bothers me most, having to live my life in the public eye, is all people who believe that everyone that's overweight ATE themselves up the scale. What sane person would want to be overweight (obese) or sick? So many people here on CD are of that opinion and, well..., it hurts.

Oh, well, at least we're still selling out concert halls!

P.S. Being self employed we pay for all our own meds, but Canada has some quirky legislation and name brand pharmaceuticals aren't always available.
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Old 11-11-2015, 07:39 PM
 
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If you can afford it! Most insurance co's won't pay for a brand name if there's a generic available. Even if they do pay for a brand name, your co-pay is much higher, like several hundred dollars for some drugs. Even with generics, my co-pays came to $3800 last year

It was that high, due, in part, to the number and type of RX I take. But also due to doctors not writing RX to maximize my benefits. Yes, they wrote it for generic, but not in the correct manner to utilize my mail order benefits. You name it, they'd screw it up. I did my part. I wrote down every RX,neatly printed out, doctor approved it, then, the little "play nurse" simply refused to do it correctly. I guess she didn't want to bother with 12 rx at once, so she'd just fill a few, and I had to practically beg for the rest. I finally ended up having them filled at a local pharmacy for 3X as much because I was out of refills

I finally changed doctors. I wrote a letter to the office manager of the doctor that was fired, telling her exactly why I was switching doctors. Then, I had a conversation with the office manager of the new doctor, explaining to her why I had switched, and if I could anticipate such problems here? They accept ExpressScripts, so, I should be able to expect them to utilize them correctly. I'm not the first or only patient to use ExpressScripts, I shouldn't have consistent problems.

So far this year, which is almost through, my xo-pays for RX have been ~$800, which is a savings of about $3000 All because some little "play nurse" didn't think she should do her job!
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