Re: Atenolol/Zestril Questions - Problems with Potassium
I can see why would no longer need the potassium (K). The diuretic depletes K. The ACE Inhibitor (Zestril/lisinopril) spares K. If you were to add too much K, you can have the opposite problem.
From a long-term standpoint you are now on a regiment that will help prevent diabetes instead of cause it. IMHO, you should not have been put on a diuretic at such a young age (I assume 36).
The real question remains whether the new combo will actually work to control your BP. Your old combo was synergistic. In other words, the two drugs complement each other well and can give additional bang when combined (i.e., 2+2=5). Unfortunately, your new combo is non-synergistic (i.e., 2+2=3). The math is probably a little exaggerated, but you get the idea.