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Old 03-16-2009, 06:28 PM   #1
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What side effects did you have with your BP meds and did they go away?

I started 20 mg of lisinipril and I'm so tired I can hardly function. That's so not me. I usually run around at work, come home, get dinner going, pick up the house, etc etc. Tonight I came home and laid down.....two different times!!

My BP meds said they could cause some fatique but this is ridiculous. Will it go away????

I was taking 10 mg of it for the past month and was systolic # was still high so they doubled my dose. Ironically, the # is still high and I'm on Day 4 of the strong stuff.

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Old 03-17-2009, 05:23 AM   #2
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Re: What side effects did you have with your BP meds and did they go away?

I am taking different medication, but hopefully my experiences can help. First, some background info. I resisted taking high BP medication for a few years. I'm 39, good shape, eat relatively healthy, exercise, etc. However, I always have elevated BP at the doctor's office...white coat syndrome. Therefore, I have home monitored for about three years. I would estimate my readings are about 10-20 points lower at home.

In December, I had significant stress from work. To be honest, I have been in more stressful situations so I'm not sure what triggered everything. Anyway, I started having heart palpitations (PVC). I immediately went to the doctor and he prescribed a beta blocker (metotropolol). I believe it was 50mg but I'm not 100% sure.

I took the medication for about three weeks. It didn't stop the PVC, but my blood pressure definitely was lower. At first, I felt exactly as you describe. I was somewhat groggy, couldn't concentrate, was exhausted. However, I felt better once my body adjusted after the first few days. About two weeks later, I started to feel worse. I started getting headaches which is totally unusual for me. I never have headaches. Similarly, I started having heartburn. I didn't think too much about it because the warning labels said I could experience these side effects.

What finally sent me back to the doctor was my throat. I started feeling like my throat was constricted. It was almost like someone had both hands around my neck and was gently squeezing. I went to the doctor and he was very confused. The side effects are very similar to someone experiencing an angina due to blocked artieries. However, the medication should make those symptoms decrease, not increase.

He pulled me off the beta blocker and put me on a calcium channel blocker. Unlike the beta, I didn't have the exhaustion or concentration issues. I felt great for the first two weeks. My BP was down, and my PVC's were significantly diminished. Unfortunately, the past few days has seen a significant increase in the PVC's. I have an appointment on Wednesday so we'll have to see what the doctor says. I think I'm going to request a stress test or something similar. They tell me not to worry about the PVCs...that they aren't life threatening. I need to KNOW there isn't something else wrong.

Anyway, while I can't specifically relate to what you're feeling, I can absolutely relate to the frustration side effects can have. Hopefully it will help you to know there are others who are living with the same issues you are. This is why I joined this forum. It makes it easier to cope when I can read about other people with similar problems, and from the encouragement they offer. Hang in there!

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Old 03-17-2009, 02:41 PM   #3
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Re: What side effects did you have with your BP meds and did they go away?

Hi Kattie,

On Lisinopril I have had fatigue, stomach pain (sharp), as well as strange little sticking sensations that I think are called neuralgia, or something like that. The pills work, but sometimes I wonder if the treatment is worse than the symptoms. What are your numbers with and without meds?

Regards, Brenden.

Old 03-18-2009, 03:15 PM   #4
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Re: What side effects did you have with your BP meds and did they go away?

In January and before my BP readings were usually 130 ish over 70ish.

Then in February my bp spiked several times to numbers like 205/112 and higher!! Spent a few days in the hopsital and luckily found nothing wrong with my heart. But they never really gave me an answer on why my BP spiked and why now I'm playing the pill game.

So I started out with 10 mg of lisinopril and went to a 20mg pill last week. My numbers still spike but only to like 180/ 85. I feel the systolic is still rather high but the bottom # has been good.

Old 03-30-2009, 11:16 AM   #5
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Re: What side effects did you have with your BP meds and did they go away?

What's your diet like, what are you eating, drinking ?

Do you regularly exercise?

How is your stress?

Do you have any medical condition, taking any meds?

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Old 03-30-2009, 03:51 PM   #6
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Re: What side effects did you have with your BP meds and did they go away?

This is just the post I was looking for! I have been 25mg of Toprol for 5 weeks and I'm having that constricting feeling around my throat. I'm taking it for PVC's and it has helped, but has not made them totally go away. Did you get a Echo done? I have a friend that told me I should get one, but my Dr. never mentioned it. I keep debating wether or not get one. How are your PVC's now?

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