Re: What side effects did you have with your BP meds and did they go away?
I am taking different medication, but hopefully my experiences can help. First, some background info. I resisted taking high BP medication for a few years. I'm 39, good shape, eat relatively healthy, exercise, etc. However, I always have elevated BP at the doctor's office...white coat syndrome. Therefore, I have home monitored for about three years. I would estimate my readings are about 10-20 points lower at home.
In December, I had significant stress from work. To be honest, I have been in more stressful situations so I'm not sure what triggered everything. Anyway, I started having heart palpitations (PVC). I immediately went to the doctor and he prescribed a beta blocker (metotropolol). I believe it was 50mg but I'm not 100% sure.
I took the medication for about three weeks. It didn't stop the PVC, but my blood pressure definitely was lower. At first, I felt exactly as you describe. I was somewhat groggy, couldn't concentrate, was exhausted. However, I felt better once my body adjusted after the first few days. About two weeks later, I started to feel worse. I started getting headaches which is totally unusual for me. I never have headaches. Similarly, I started having heartburn. I didn't think too much about it because the warning labels said I could experience these side effects.
What finally sent me back to the doctor was my throat. I started feeling like my throat was constricted. It was almost like someone had both hands around my neck and was gently squeezing. I went to the doctor and he was very confused. The side effects are very similar to someone experiencing an angina due to blocked artieries. However, the medication should make those symptoms decrease, not increase.
He pulled me off the beta blocker and put me on a calcium channel blocker. Unlike the beta, I didn't have the exhaustion or concentration issues. I felt great for the first two weeks. My BP was down, and my PVC's were significantly diminished. Unfortunately, the past few days has seen a significant increase in the PVC's. I have an appointment on Wednesday so we'll have to see what the doctor says. I think I'm going to request a stress test or something similar. They tell me not to worry about the PVCs...that they aren't life threatening. I need to KNOW there isn't something else wrong.
Anyway, while I can't specifically relate to what you're feeling, I can absolutely relate to the frustration side effects can have. Hopefully it will help you to know there are others who are living with the same issues you are. This is why I joined this forum. It makes it easier to cope when I can read about other people with similar problems, and from the encouragement they offer. Hang in there!
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