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Old 10-20-2004, 08:50 AM   #1
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Unhappy Anybody taking Avalide 300 mg? Side effects causing me to miss work - FRUSTRATED!


I have been taking 150 mg of Avalide and doc at last visit raised me to 300 mg taking 150 mg tabs twice a day.

My BP goes down for about an hour or two then starts elevating. I take my meds at 6:00 am then again at 2:00 because it is really starting to get up there 152/102.

I have been really dizzy with the med and feel as if I'm always in a daze. My heart rate is (sitting) in the 110-139 vicinity. I get so winded when I even try to do a little task as going to the grocery store. I got so lightheaded that I had to ask the grocer to have someone take me out to the car. I feel as if my arms and legs get weak and tired.

I don't know what to do anymore! I have missed work for over 5 days now trying to get over this. Do I have a more serious heart problem. I had ECG's done, heart xrays, blood tests, cholestorol tests. All show I'm perfect! What else can be wrong? Is it my meds!

 
Old 10-20-2004, 10:17 AM   #2
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Re: Anybody taking Avalide 300 mg? Side effects causing me to miss work - FRUSTRATED!

If you have had all of the tests run, I would think that the meds. would play a major role. Tell your GP that you want to be weaned off of this cr*p & is there something that you could be on with much less side-effects.

I don't think that there is anything wrong with you. There is something wrong with docs. that prescribe & don't believe the side-effects.

 
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Old 10-20-2004, 09:29 PM   #3
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Re: Anybody taking Avalide 300 mg? Side effects causing me to miss work - FRUSTRATED!

My blood pressure was very hard to control until a new doctor gave me 300 mg. Avalide along with a high dose of Atenolol (beta blocker) This combo is working for me...praide the Lord! I think the atenolol is one that's doing most of the work...it brings my pulse down to a very normal level and my bp has been very normal, evey low at times. I was getting readings as high as 170/120 before going on this medicine combo.

Things to keep in mind...Avalide has a water pill additive in it which can cause problems for some people. If you have a high resting pulse when not on the meds, you might suggest to your doctor trying a beta blocker along with the Avalide or alone. Just a suggestion. It's usually a "try and see" situation. My previous doctor would NEVER combine meds and would jump from beta blockers, to ace inhibitors to calcium channel blockers with no relief!....I even had higher BP and higher pulse! This combo of AValide and Atenolol does seem to be working so far!

Go to your doctor and don't tolerate those bad side effect. There are other good drugs out there that work. Also, Avalide is very expensive and that is another reason why drug companies are pushing doctors to prescribe it. Food for thought.

 
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