since 2005, I have tried to find a drug to replace my beta blocker, mostly because of the lost exercise endurance from beta blockers. I have literally tried every 1st line drug out there and discovered that they ALL cause impaired ability to think, to remember, to process information. This side effect is sufficiently severe that taking one of these meds is not compatible with being a student or an employee.
The drugs that cause this cognitive impairment include:
carvedilol, labetalol, bystolic
amlodipine, diltiazem, verapamil
I have tried many of these drugs more than once.
The drugs that do not cause this issue - beta blockers, Clonidine, HCTZ, amiloride.
I recently weened off the beta blocker, in part because it seemed not to be effective anymore. HCTZ 12.5 or 25 simply does nothing for my BP. Clonidine works very well but causes sedation.....
Can anyone offer a suggestion?? BP is 150s/70.