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    Old 10-19-2009, 06:25 AM   #1
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    Medication Side Effects

    I'm curious if anyone else has experienced what I'm current going through.

    I started out on a beta blocker in January of 09. I would take my pill in the morning and initially things seemed fine. However, after two weeks passed, by afternoon my throat would gradually start feeling constricted. My doctor decided to change my medication to a calcium channel blocker. I've been on it ever since and its done an decent job of controlling my blood pressure and PVC.

    However, after 9 months now I'm starting to feel the constricted sensation again. It's been happening for the past two weeks. I haven't called the doctor yet because I was trying to wait it out and see if this would go away on its own. I thought maybe it was a cold or something else, but no such luck.

    My question is if it's possible for there to be a long period between side effects? Also, does it make sense that I had the same sensation with two separate medications? Does anyone have any insight into this? I'm calling the doctor today, but I wanted to see if anyone on the board had any insight.

     
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    Old 10-19-2009, 05:45 PM   #2
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    Re: Medication Side Effects

    I went through about two yrs of side effects from b/p meds. Some of them very serious.

    You should have an epi-pen (adrenalin) in case your throat swells & you can't get air. One can get this reaction even after taking a drug for 15 yrs according to my hypertension specialist. I always have an epi-pen in my medicine drawer. I have a note saying I can carry it on a plane too.

    I was the one who finally connected the dots & found out that yellow dye #6 was the cuprit in at least two of my reactions. You have to get the package insert for the two drugs you have taken & see what is in the medications. Compare both drugs.

    This is what I did. Then I had a special pharmacy make up a dye free capsule of one of the drugs. I was able to take the drug. The pharmacist thought I was so smart. Such a simple process of elimination.

    Don't give up. I had to try many drugs before I found two I could take. Fam

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    Old 10-20-2009, 12:59 PM   #3
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    Re: Medication Side Effects

    Thank you so much! What great insight. I never would have thought to dig down into the components of each to find the potential cause. I'm as impressed as your pharmacist. Hopefully I can find something that works. It's frustrating to think I may have to battle finding the right type of medications for the rest of my life.

     
    Old 10-23-2009, 11:07 AM   #4
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    Re: Medication Side Effects

    My husband is going through similar symptoms.....He takes Norvasc.

    It's been three days since your post..... Have you changed your meds? Are you feeling better? My husband is thinking of skipping a day or two of the Norvasc to see how he feels. His blood pressure is only slightly elevated so it shouldn't cause much harm. He also cannot get in to see a cariologist before 11/13.

    Anyways..... Hope you are feeling better.

     
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    Hey 19,

    Norvasc gave me horrible headaches among other side effects. The package insert & my pharmacist said I could stop it suddenly. BTW most b/p meds can't be stopped suddenly without the possibility of having "rebound hypertension" which can cause a stroke or heart attack. So always check with your
    Dr. or pharmacist. Of course, if your b/p is very high you would have to have a substitute med. I got severe heartburn & almost had to go to the ER from Norvasc. It didn't lower my b/p much (about 10 points) & by the 3rd day my b/p increased again from the pain. Fam

     
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    Hi James,

    Thanks James for the compliment. I was desparate to get my b/p under control. Doctors just don't have time to do the "leg work" involved in "special cases." I feel for the patients who are unable to do the work necessary to resolve their b/p problems. Fam

     
    Old 10-27-2009, 07:22 AM   #7
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    Re: Medication Side Effects

    James - You never mentioned which beta blocker you were taking? That can make a difference.....

     
    Old 10-28-2009, 06:30 AM   #8
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    Re: Medication Side Effects

    The beta blocker was metoprolol and the calcium channel blocker was diltiazmen.

     
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    Re: Medication Side Effects

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    The beta blocker was metoprolol and the calcium channel blocker was diltiazmen.
    James - Metoprolol and TOPROL XL are mainly sold as generic drugs. Several were taken off the market already, due to horrid side effects and FDA complaints. The Metoprolol brand name is called LOPRESSOR manufactured by Novartis, TOPROL XL is manufactured by Astra Zeneca or PAR pharmaceuticals. These are the safest choices according to ConsumerLabs and the FDA. Take the others at your own peril (if available). I'm taking a beta blocker called Bystolic (Nebivolol). As with any hypertensive medication,
    side effects can occurr. This medication is different from most beta blockers now available. At 5mg. a day it lowers blood pressure, reduces inflammation and blood CRP levels, does not impact glucose and cholesterol levels as the other beta blockers and effects on sexual function are minimal (if at all). Side effects tend to happen for the first few weeks after starting. This levels off after awhile. The calcium blockers you mention are notorious for causing water retention, swollen ankles, edema, flushing and heart palpitations. Worst of all their are no proven benefits at all for this class of medications. (They are the worst of the bunch). The safest class which do not increase mortality rates are the Diuretics, Ace Inhibitors and Beta blockers.

     
    Old 10-29-2009, 01:36 PM   #10
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    Re: Medication Side Effects

    This is all very good information. Thank you for the insight.

    I guess the obvious question for me is why the doctor would perscribe the calcium channel blocker if there were alternatives to the metoprolol? Second, how do I go about getting the doctor to switch to my medications? These are both rhetorical questions but please share if you have insight or suggestions.

    I cut the diltiazem back for the past couple of days and my blood pressure has jumped five points for both numbers. I obviously need something to regulate my blood pressure.

     
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    This is all very good information. Thank you for the insight.

    I guess the obvious question for me is why the doctor would perscribe the calcium channel blocker if there were alternatives to the metoprolol? Second, how do I go about getting the doctor to switch to my medications? These are both rhetorical questions but please share if you have insight or suggestions.

    I cut the diltiazem back for the past couple of days and my blood pressure has jumped five points for both numbers. I obviously need something to regulate my blood pressure.
    Their are many alternatives. As patients, we have some say about our medical care. Doctors are a business, and as such they often prescribe pills pushed on them by the pharm. sales reps. For ex. You can suggest to your doctor that you heard of a new pill called Bystolic, I'm sure he will gladly give you free samples. You can also mention that a friend mentioned a pill with less side effects. Unless theirs a compelling reason why you should not switch from your current medication, their are lots of choices.

     
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