Originally Posted by barbaradevi
... My internist put me on Benicar, only 10 mg, saying it had virtually no side effects he's ever seen. It has been one week and I feel woozy, as if I had a few drinks ( even a few sips of wine makes me fuzzy so I don't drink).
One of the most common cautions about Benicar is that you may get drowsy or dizzy.
My MD is puzzled and asked if I wanted to try other meds but |
I don't want to be a guinea pig.
Your doctor is puzzled that Benicar, which he prescribes, causes the common side effect of drowsiness or dizziness???
To me, this would wave a red flag of caution regarding the knowledge and experience of your md.
... I don't want to have a stroke, but walking around feeling strange is horrible,
I'm sure that your doctor could find another medication which he is sure has no side effects.
... and I have now read on other sites about hair loss and even worse effects. ...
Doctors spend their days, good or bad, writing prescriptions, not evaluating or researching a patient's health. Doctors, like House, are mostly only on TV. Doctors don't like it when a patient complains about their main calling, which is writing prescriptions.
I wonder why he started you on the expensive Benicar, instead of an Ace Inhibitor, which might have the same side effects, but are available as cheaper generics?
One thing that you can do is stay with the Benicar and hope that the side effects go away after a while, and no new side effects pop up.
If you want to try and stay away from blood pressure medications, which is not always possible, there are a few things that you can do for yourself:
- You could get a blood pressure monitor, and start checking your blood pressure at home, once in the morning when the blood pressure is at it's lowest, and then once in the evening, when blood pressure is at it's highest.
- The best thing that you can do for yourself, IMHO, is eat a healthy, balanced, low calorie diet, and do daily, appropriate exercise. You would be amazed at what a healthy diet, and exercise, can do for one's health.
Regards, and best of health!