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Old 02-01-2009, 06:46 PM   #1
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Changing Blood Pressure Medicine

Hi I currently take lotrel 5/20 but it seem it has stop working. I going to ask my doctor to change my medicine. My question is when your doctor changes your blood pressure medicine to another. Are there any side effect from that change. For example I take a lotrel and my doctor changes my mecidine to beta blocker or calcium channel.

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Old 02-02-2009, 07:07 AM   #2
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Re: Changing Blood Pressure Medicine

Lotrel is a calcium channel blocker with an ace inhibitor, combination pill. Sometimes if the med you are taking stops working as well as it used to, the doc will add a low dose of another med rather than completely stop the one you are taking. Often low doses of a few different classes of meds work better than just a large dose of one. I normally need to add 12.5 HCTZ, a diuretic to whatever else I am taking in order to achieve good BP control.

But, to answer your question, each drug class has some sort of withdrawal sequence, some very short, others longer.

If the Lotrel you are taking isn't causing any bad side effects, think about the addition of another at a low dose. And don't take a calcium channel blocker with a beta blocker, that is not a recommended combination.

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