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Old 03-26-2008, 01:49 PM   #1
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Hi everyone,
I am new on this board. I was just diagnosed with hypertension and have been started on medication. First I was started on Altace but that did not lower my pressure. Then the doctor put me on Lisinopril/HCTZ. It took 3 days and now my pressure is getting too low. Just checked it is 108/59. I also have been getting shortness of breath, sweats, headache and shakiness from this med. It seems to get better when I drink OJ and lots of water. I am guessing I am getting dehydrated. Has anyone had this side effect. I am seeing a Cardiologist tomorrow.
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Old 03-26-2008, 02:38 PM   #2
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Re: New on lisinopril

hiya ..im on lisinopril myself ...i take it at bed time as i felt like passing out when taken in the day time ...your symptoms could be side effects from lisinopril....or your bottom number readings too low ...or maybe its lowering your heart rate too much ....but id go for side effects ..at least youll get answers tomorrow ...funny you should say you felt better after a drink ..because i have a very dry mouth during the night ..when im up for the loo ive to rinse my mouth with water !!!.

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Old 03-26-2008, 03:03 PM   #3
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Re: New on lisinopril

Thanks for your reply, I will let you know tomorrow. Aren't you up all night urinating from the diuretic?

 
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Re: New on lisinopril

MIKETER,

Welcome to the boards, Miketer...

Shortness of breath can be caused by either hct or lisininopril, but your doctor should be notified right away as this can be a serious side effect. The fact that your pressures are too low suggest several things...a med overdose (and yes, it happens!) and perhaps dehydration...but again, you need to check with your doctor. I would also suggest checking with your pharmacist because doctors do not always recognize side effects and if they do, don't realize how serious they can be.

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Old 03-26-2008, 05:30 PM   #5
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Re: New on lisinopril

Sally,

You've told us several things here and on your other posts that suggest you may have a sleeping disorder (you're relatively young, you've experienced anxiety for a number of years, you get up at night to go to the loo, and your mouth is dry at night).

I would encourage you to read some of my previous posts on sleep apnea...treatment for sleep apnea is often med free and it can in some people reduce pressures enough to get off of meds...and it can reduce anxiety in some people. I went from pressures of 200/100 to normal pressures (120/80) with cpap treatment and diet alone...

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Re: New on lisinopril

Hi mik,

I would certainly check out sleep apnea as Beth said. Your b/p is low. Right now you better educate yourself about taking diuretics namely HCTZ before you end up in the ER as many people do. You are losing potassium so you need a blood test to concern your potassium level. Call your Dr in the morning & let him know. Look up potassium rich foods & make sure you are getting the daily amount. Drinking a 8 oz glass of orange juice everyday for a starter. You are right to drink water also. Avoid taking any calcium supplements because HCTZ causes calcium to be retained. Fam

 
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Re: New on lisinopril

hiya beth....doctors have know for years that i go to the loo a few times during the night ....i also take the lisinopril ..atenolol ..simvastatin..minutes before i go to bed .....my doctor suggested to limit my fluid intake after 8.00 pm and it helps ..but i like my cups of tea lol......i also have gastric reflux...and suffer from sinus sometimes bad sinus ...constant face pain ..earache ....sometimes i cant blow my nose for a few days ....or one or the other nostril will be blocked for a few days and if the above is bad i end up with a wheezy chest or infection....also i breath through my mouth mostly not my nose .....had to go to breathing classes when i was young .....its a bit of a nuisance up for the loo during the night but i would rather have that than take them tablets in the day time ...

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Re: New on lisinopril

sally

Unless there is an urological problem, getting up to pee more than once a night is a signal that there may be a sleeping disorder (it means you're not getting into the deepest stagest of sleep). Other symptoms include gastric reflux, anxiety, and high blood pressure. Some of the physical symptoms are sinus problems, breathing through the mouth, and asthmatic symptoms (wheezing, coughing, breathing problems).

Sally MOST doctors (including specialists) do not recognize the signs or problems of a sleeping disorder...my doctors missed the signs for over 30 years...I was the one who asked to see a sleep specialist! When I consulted with a specialist he told me that he strongly suggested a sleep disorder based on the info on the chart my primary doctor had sent over...a history of acid reflux prescriptions, nocturia (getting up to pee at night), and high blood pressure.

Do yourself a favor, and do some extensive reading on sleep apnea. I have no doubt that if I had been diagnosed over 20 years ago, I wouldn't be dealing with hypertension and weight issues now. At least I don't have acid reflux anymore and I no longer get up at night to pee (even when I have 2 glasses of milk before bedtime, ).

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Old 03-27-2008, 05:12 AM   #9
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hiya Beth...the next time im at the doctor ill mention it to them ...but i dont think it is sleep apnea ...but you never know....i do have a lot going on health wise not major things ...i have h.b.p which you know ...mild asthma but wont take inhalers ..cause me palpitations ...have been perimenopause for about 2 years which has took me a long time to come to terms with the symptoms ....overweight ...and a smoker and can have some nights TERRIBLE JOINT PAIN which runs in the family ..my poor sister in terrible pain most days and nights ....i come from a family where H.B.P is hereditary (mums side ) and heart problems (dads side ) my family and my kids are classed as high risk at the cardio clinic ...i have 2 adult kids and at the moment there fine my youngest whos 10 has to start having bp checks at the age of 13 ...we dont come from a very healthly stock lol...lol... when im in bed i have a really good sleep always do unless my joint pains play up ...and of course the bp meds making you need a wee ...you know i never knew till recently that all bp meds make you need a wee within the first couple of hours after taking them .any way gave you a big epic here lol... just thought id let you see whats going on health wise ..but i will mention it to gp on next visit ...hope your doing ok yourself ..youll need a lie down after you read this lol...

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Re: New on lisinopril

Sally,

Mild asthma, a history of hypertension and cardiovascular problems, weight problems, nocturnal joint pain, perimenopause, are more symptoms of a sleep disorder...and sleeping disorders can be hereditary!! Every thing you've said suggests this possibility needs to be investigated...do some reading...DO NOT RELY soley on your physician to do this work for you because most doctors are not well versed in sleep medicine!

Nights of terrible joint pain may be due to oxygen levels dropping too low...if you have apnea, and are treated, oxygen levels go back to normal and nocturnal joint pain goes away. Again, sleep apnea can run in families and joint pain can be a symptom of sleep apnea!

You may not have apnea...but there are other sleep disorders that can cause similar problems with your health. Unfortunately, sleep problems aren't identified by the people who have them because they occur when the person is sleeping...

Bethsheba

PS Cardiologists often refer patients to sleep clinics because they are becoming aware that sleep problems cause cardiac problems....this is slow in coming...I have a friend who had a serious heart attack 30 years ago. Based on my experience, I suggested several years ago he be evaluated for a sleeping disorder....30 years later, his cardiologist is now suggesting the same thing. Again, don't wait for your doctor to take action.

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Old 03-27-2008, 06:15 AM   #11
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hi again Beth ...im popping in and out here like a yo-yo lol...meant to be doing housework lol....i dont think i would look up info myself <removed> about the sleep thing ..cause with my health anxiety i would end up with symptoms Ive never had before lol....but hey that's hypochondria for you ...all the joint pain comes from inflammation at the top of my spine its took 12 year for it to really start bothering me ....none of my family suffer with sleep probs both sisters have really bad arthritis and bronchitis ....in saying all that about my family's health issues my mum lived till she was 76 ..she passed with dementia had hbp for 36 years ..my dad lived till he was 85 ..he had heart probs ....i still think my problems relate back to atenolol Beth and lisinopril ...i was never like this till i went on them ...if only they sold bp machines over the counter years ago i maybe would not have suffered all these years...after i lost my mum and dad in 2003and 2005 my health anxiety and panic went through the roof ...but over the last 4 months the better im feeling in my head and going out more i think my body's telling me i dont need all these bp meds ...by the way my bp settled back to normal readings (117/65 ....130/69....pulse between...64-55 ) so ill give it another few weeks take more readings and we"ll see ...actually when i think about it ...it was when i went on lisinopril that most of the probs started ..think ive been on them 4-5 years? ...another epic for you lol....youll me fed-up listening to me

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Old 03-27-2008, 05:00 PM   #12
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Re: New on lisinopril

Well, I went to the Cardiologist today. He told me to take lisinopril without HCTZ. and to take HCTZ only on Monday,Wed, and Fri. Hope this works. He felt that the fast heart rate and shortness of breath was due to the HCTZ.

 
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Re: New on lisinopril

miketer,

thanks so much for getting back with us to tell us what you've learned. If you would be so kind, would you get back with us and share with us how long it takes for the side effects to go away? There is no one answer to this question, but many people may be interested in your experience, especially since so many take hydrochlorothiazide.

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Re: New on lisinopril

Hi,
Well I took the Lisinopril 10mg and my pressure dropped so low I had to call the doctor. Now I am cutting them in half and holding off on the HCTZ until I see how this works. It really seem hard to find just the right dose.
I will let you know.
PS Interesting to know that I first started on Altace which is an Ace and this did nothing. Now on Lisinopril my pressure dropped so fast. I thought they were the same thing. My cardiologist doesn't seem to like Altace at all.
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Hi,
Well I took the Lisinopril 10mg and my pressure dropped so low I had to call the doctor. Now I am cutting them in half and holding off on the HCTZ until I see how this works. It really seem hard to find just the right dose.
I will let you know.
...
Well, I guess that's a good sign, . At least it is working! I started on 10 mg of lisinopril and had a similar experience...do be careful! There was absolutely no warning, day or night, when it would drop me to my knees, so to speak.

Bethsheba

 
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