Hi all! New to the forum - just diagnosed with HBP last month.
I have been taking generic Altace for 7 days now. BP is responding very well BUT the last 36 hours I have had lots of VERY liquid diarrhea. I'm just wondering - do you know if this is something which will resolve itself with time (aka should I wait it out) or should I be heading back to the doctor for yet another medication (already tried HCTZ - couldn't stand that - felt like crap!)?
Welcome to the boards and I hope you will find your answers between its pages. I can't help you with your question, but I can say the same thing about HCTZ. I felt so bad, to the level that I can't live with it, with alot of BP medications. I kept coming back here and researching until I got almost side effect free medication. Now I don't have a problem with BP anyway so keep trying until you find your medication.
First BP med they put me on was Altace about 3 years ago and I had the same problem, plus it did nothing for my BP. I tried waiting it out, for almost 6 months, but it just kept coming and going till I finally couldn't handle it anymore. I'd give it another week and if you see no improvement, call your DR. and ask about something else.
I am very sensative to meds., so have tried quite a few. Right now I am on Avapro, and although it seemed to do fine for about a year, I'm finding it seems to give me a lot of pains and aches, especially the lower back and legs. Definately going to speak with my Dr. about a change.
Good luck, and don't let the Diarrhea go too long, as you will get dehydrated, I did, and man, it isn't fun.
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JJ, thanks for the reply. Since I posted, the diarrhea has not happened again but things still aren't completely "settled" . I called the dr and they said there is a diarrhea bug going around so it could be that too. So hard to know! We'll see how it goes over the next few days.
Flutterbye77, I was on only 12.5 mg too!! It lowered my pressure but not a lot and wiped me out. Strange how things affect one person and not others. Glad it is working for you!!
Yes there definately is a bug going around, but keep an eye on things if it flares up again. Mine kept coming and going till I finally couldn't handle it anymore, but yours may just be a bug.
AS far as the HCTZ stuff, sometimes it depletes a persons potassium and that is what will drain the heck out of you. Many years ago after a hysterectomy and bladder operation, my Dr. put me on a small dose. It did help, but man it drained the heck out of me. Some folks are more sensative then others. Good luck with the Altace, hope things work out.
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