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    Old 12-12-2002, 08:19 PM   #1
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    Question Help with side eccects of zocor / toprol / enalapril

    I need help. My father is currently on Zocor 40mg, Toprol 50mg, and Enalapril 10mg. He has been on this for appx. 9 months. Within the last month his blood pressure has droped dramiticly, he has severe sheet soaking BED Sweats, and he is very cold to the touch. It seems as he has very little circulation, his fingers will turn white and numb. He also has absolutly no energy. 4 months ago he was diging dirt and hauling wheel barrels of dirt, now he has no energy at all? He has no complaint of chest pains. The odd thing is if he takes 1 Tylnol Sinus he feels better. My question is does any one know if these symptoms are from the drugs or has any one experienced this same problem??? Please help.

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    I was on Lipitor 20mg and Toprol XL 50mg for almost two years, and gradually came to the point where I felt like bird poop on a fence post. I was taking the Toprol for chest pains, and it did help, however I faced ever increasing problems with shortness of breath, extreme tiredness (like falling asleep while eating), and inability to maintain erections. Two months ago my Dr dropped the Toprol to 25mg and I felt 100% better in a matter of days as far as sob and being tired.

    I would suggest that your dad talk to his doctor about the side effects he is having, and hopefully they can get in straightened out, or at least show some improvement in his general well being. Good luck.

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    Re: Help with side eccects of zocor / toprol / enalapril

    Hi all, just found this board to be what I was looking for. My Dr. prescribed Enalapril for me when I was trying to find a lower cost med (Went back to Atacand).....That was about 6 months ago and I haven't stopped with the hacking cough yet!!!
    When I cough, it's not just a little throat clearing cough but an all out painful cough. It feels like the back of my head is going to explode, I see flashes of light in my peripheral view and most times I start with the dry heaves and occasionaly I do end up vomiting some. I also get very lightheaded and feel like I'm going to pass out. Has any else experienced this? I can not find much information about the side effects from this med, is anyone aware of any more info?? I would appreciate hearing from someone who has had a similar reaction. Thanks...

    Old 03-28-2004, 05:23 AM   #4
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    Re: Help with side eccects of zocor / toprol / enalapril


    Your father's doctor is the classic BP idiot. The FDA has announced it's scorn for doctors who pile on all the more expensive BP meds while skipping the most cost effective of the bunch, the diuretics (either thiazide or chlorthalidone). I notice the diuretic is conspicuously absent from your father's salad bowl of pills!

    The enalapril almost always causes a horrible hack, as Frank can attest to; the Toprol will slow his heart and lower his heart beat (and it sounds like it's responsible for most of your father's symptoms), and the Cozaar is expensive (so doctor's LOVE it!)

    He needs to get off the Topropl and NOT replace it with another beta-blocker, IMHO.

    Oh yeah, male erections become a fond memory on beta-blockers....probably good for use in prisons?

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