Over the last 5 years I've gained alot of weight..am on a methadone program. 3 % of people on it suffer from heavy water weight gain and as a result my BP has gone up..I am also a smoker. (no good I know).
After a year of my BP going up and down when I would lose a little weight..my doctor finally put me on Apo-Triazide (50mg-25m tab..1/2 pill later raised to whole one), a diuretic with potassium protection. At first it worked..then not so well and my pressure rose..so she increased it from half a pill to a whole one.
Still wasn't doing the job.
A new doctor perscribed Accupril 10 mg because my BP remained high (my reg doc is gone for awhile). I'm reading one shouldn't combine ACE inhibiters with other potassium saving drugs..so why did he perscribe it...and how dangerous is taking the 2 together.
Anyway..I've had the Accupril in front of me for over a month now and for some reason am afraid to take them..why..not sure..but probably some sort of panic/stress situation going on. I know my BP is up..I can feel it..I'm also having palpitations daily. Guess the side-effects described freak me out a little bit. It probably seems odd that and ex drug addict has these fears...but I do.
Sometimes I think acess to all this knowlegde on the pc re:side effects, et al..although a blessing..also makes one more aware of stuff they normally wouldn't be. Ignorance is bliss they say..sometimes I get why...gone are the days I would swallow a pill without a second thought.
A good thing I guess.
What can I expect from combining these two drugs..or should I ust try the accupril alone first. Does anyone here take this combination of pills and if so how were the first days. How long before I get used to them..and are there any reactions that are normal the first couple of days. Any information.. insight..perspective..advice or what to expect would be much appreciated.
Hs anyone any info on Catapress or clonidine when used to control BP.
P.S. Can anyone recommend a good BP combo that's worked for them? I know everyone is different..just looking for some like experiences is all.