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Old 01-28-2013, 03:53 AM   #16
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Re: Headaches/Blood Pressure Medicine

I would wean off it. Take half pill for a week, then maybe a quarter pill for a week and then stop. I have read that Bystolic is much easier to wean off of than traditional beta blockers, however I dont know if this is true.

 
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Old 01-28-2013, 07:49 AM   #17
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Re: Headaches/Blood Pressure Medicine

Thanks so much. My doctor also said to break it in half and i could wean off but I don't think they even know what to try next. What do you take for high blood pressure? I just don't want the panic attacks to start again.

 
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Old 02-05-2013, 09:24 AM   #18
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Just an update on bystolic. I have been cutting it in half for 4 days and feel a little better. My blood pressure has remained the same. My heart rate has increased a little but I am glad because i did not feel well with a heart rate in the 50's. My doctor said to cut in half for 3 days and then just stop and see what my blood pressure does for one month, but I am a little worried about taking nothing for blood pressure. Do you know if I could take something else like a diuretic if my blood pressure spikes after discontinuing bystolic? I am a bit worried. Thanks for any advice.

 
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Old 02-05-2013, 02:05 PM   #19
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Re: Headaches/Blood Pressure Medicine

What have you tried?? ACE inhibitors (lisinopril), angiotensin receptor blockers (losartan) are good choices. Yes, you could also try a diuretic (hydrochlorothiazide). These are all good choices.

 
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Old 02-07-2013, 08:07 AM   #20
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Re: Headaches/Blood Pressure Medicine

Thanks again. I will try one of those you mentioned though in the past I did try those and remained with a headache with enalapril and losartanhctz. Not sure why. My blood pressure was controlled. Thanks for your help. I am also trying to wean off of xanex that I have been taking for panic attacks. i am down to .125 twice a day. I am wondering if stopping the bystolic and xanex at the same time is a good idea because i don't want panic attacks again. Thanks so much for your help during this difficult time.

 
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Old 03-19-2013, 07:53 AM   #21
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OP, what is your pressure without medicine? Is your pressure controlled on the meds you have tried (IE make sure that high blood pressure isnt causing your headache)?

How low is your pressure with just hydrochlorothiazide alone (a component of ziac)?

One thought is verapamil. Is is a calcium channel blocker that has been used for migraine prophylaxis. It is a bit of a vasodilator so it may produce a headache, but this should improve over time, and it is effective to prevent headaches....
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I am trying hctz alone now and it is working. no more headaches and my blood pressure is coming down. I have been on it 2 weeks. I am concerned about potassium loss and was wondering if 1 banana a day is enough. That is what my doctor said. I am taking half of a .25 per day. Also, can I become dehydrated? I am trying to drink more but don't know if it is enough. Any help is appreciated. I would like to stay on this but don't know if it is dangerous.

 
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Old 03-20-2013, 08:05 AM   #22
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OP, what is your pressure without medicine? Is your pressure controlled on the meds you have tried (IE make sure that high blood pressure isnt causing your headache)?

How low is your pressure with just hydrochlorothiazide alone (a component of ziac)?

One thought is verapamil. Is is a calcium channel blocker that has been used for migraine prophylaxis. It is a bit of a vasodilator so it may produce a headache, but this should improve over time, and it is effective to prevent headaches....
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I just thought I would let you know. Atengnr, that i am on the hctz alone now. You helped me so much with bystolic and now i am off of it. Thank you so much. I know I am a little anxious over medicine, but do you think I will get too dehydrared on half of .25 every day of hctz? My mouth seems very dry but my blood pressure numbers are good and no headache! Thanks for any advice. Just wondering if losartan would have been a better choice to try again long term.

 
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I just thought I would let you know. Atengnr, that i am on the hctz alone now. You helped me so much with bystolic and now i am off of it. Thank you so much. I know I am a little anxious over medicine, but do you think I will get too dehydrared on half of .25 every day of hctz? My mouth seems very dry but my blood pressure numbers are good and no headache! Thanks for any advice. Just wondering if losartan would have been a better choice to try again long term.
not sure what you mean by .25 the dose in these pills us usually 25 mg or 12mg If you are taking 12mg it is a low dose and wouldn't normally cause dehydration unless you sweat alot have diarrhea or vomit. If your mouth is dry, that is normal just drink more or use gum or lozenges to keep saliva level up to reduce any dental issues from a dry mouth. Your doc will check your blood for electrolytes lipids and sugar which can get a bit wacky on thiazide diuretics but nothing to worry about. If your potassium gets low they will give you a supplement, if sugar and lipid elevate it is usually minimal they will keep an eye on it. This drug can make you sensitive to sunlight so use sun block and stay hydrated if out in sun.

 
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Old 12-04-2013, 11:19 AM   #24
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Re: Headaches/Blood Pressure Medicine

Hi, I just started taking A medicine called Azor and I have A constant headache and also had to break pill in half because the 1st day I got dizzy because my pressure dropped too fast. Has anyone ever taken this drug, I am new to high blood pressure.

 
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Hi, I just started taking A medicine called Azor and I have A constant headache and also had to break pill in half because the 1st day I got dizzy because my pressure dropped too fast. Has anyone ever taken this drug, I am new to high blood pressure.

 
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Old 12-04-2013, 03:21 PM   #26
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It amazes me that calcium channel blockers are sometimes prescribed to PREVENT headaches. I experienced the worse headache ever on amilodipine, and I've heard many people say that they had the same experience.
Years ago, we were all taught that "relaxed" (i.e., dilated) blood vessels prevented headaches. Now, it's known that the opposite is true. Dilated blood vessels in your head can cause pressure and inflammation, which often leads to headaches. Many substances that are used to prevent or stop headaches are vasoCONSTRICTORS. Which, unfortunately, will increase your blood pressure.
I tried Bystolic and was initially very happy with it. My bp fell to safe levels, and the fatigue wasn't nearly as extreme as what I'd experienced with other bp meds. I had fewer headaches initially. However, as I was in my second month of taking it, I started developing MORE headaches. By the third month, every dose resulted in a nasty headache within hours.

 
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Old 12-04-2013, 09:10 PM   #27
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I have gotten tremendous headaches that I couldn't even function! But the doctor was no help in changing anything, so I just stopped taking them altogether that was 5 tears ago. I come to realize that these numbers change according to what they want to sell, so I just stopped taking these meds and seeing doctors altogether. There was no point. I don't recommend doing that but I do it. My average BP is about 150/105, maybe more, maybe less. I check my BP about once a month, with a home machine. I do not smoke or drink and even with the meds my pressure was in that same range of 150ish.105ish. But it doesn't really matter, these are numbers the medication corporations make up to sell drugs.

 
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Old 12-24-2013, 06:54 PM   #28
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Now they are saying 120/80 is pre high blood pressure and you have to start taking meds at 140/90. Will they make up their minds already?!?!??!? Oh yeah I forgot that have to change numbers around to sell medications. All this number changing as I said before gets me thinking that "High Blood Pressure" is a myth. Spread by doctors to keep them in business.

 
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Old 01-06-2014, 08:28 PM   #29
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I spent four years on Bystolic and boy am I sorry! I gained 25 pounds, my asthma got way worse, bad acid reflux, I had worsening tachycardia because Bystolic blocks your tissues from taking up potassium. After spending six weeks weaning off the drug, it felt like my adrenaline was in overdrive-tinnitus, heart pounding. And now, I still have all those symptoms and can't keep my BP down. Right now I'm on Losartan and it's giving me excruciating headaches. My doctor doesn't believe that it's the Losartan, even after I told her when I quit they went away but when I started they came back. Now she wants to refer me to a nephrologist who specializes in hard to control blood pressure. I keep telling her to let me try a calcium channel blocker, but because we thought I reacted to it in the beginning she won't. She had first put me on one, told me to quit Bystolic cold turkey-NEVER DO THAT!!!! It's a good way to have a stroke. That's when all the problems started. I don't think we gave the CCB a good chance, so now I get to pay a specialist and tonight I will wake up with another screaming headache! Run away from Bystolic!

 
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