I have tried 1 or more Med from most of the drug classes. beta-Blockers, ACEs, ARBs, CCBs and Diuretics. I have used Beta-Blockers for 3.5 years, Zebeta 5 mg, and it gave me hard times. I couldn't exercise because BBs slow your heart rate and you need high heart rate when you workout. I have had depression, vision problems and impaired concentration.
ACEs, ARBs and Diuretics made me feel like i'm half-dead half-alive guy
. Sweating a lot, dizzy and tired all the time with my legs being very heavy to move. But they did bring my blood pressure to normal range. Though I couldn't use any of those.
Finally, I tried CCB. Now I'm on Diltiazem 120mg SR twice daily. No side effects at all and good blood pressure control as long as the weather is hot, it's very hot here in Egypt at summer. In winter I don't get that good control and my blood pressure is 140/100 all the time (for 4 months).
But I can't have a good life being on anything other than Diltiazem, I do help it to reduce my blood pressure by Cardio and weight exercises and no salt at all in my diet.