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I just wanted to chime in and advise you to keep an eye on your bp readings over time and be sure they don't start going up. On Atenolol, at first my bp readings were good, but over time my body began an allergic reaction to it and my bp escalated. I'm getting off Atenolol now and my bp is coming down. Just keep an eye out. Not trying to worry you, I'm just not a beta blocker fan.
Hi -
Thanks for your advice! I also do not like beta blockers. What are you taking now, if anything, to replace the Atenolol? I'm sure that my doctor would be willing to let me try any drug which would bring my systolic pressure down. I now take Vasotec 5 mg. and Hctz 25. When I first started b/p medications, I was taking Inderal, which made me sleep most of the day. :( Mabent
I am taking Lisinopril/HCTZ 20/12.5 and added diltiazemCD (a calcium channel blocker, to replace the beta blocker, 120mg, it's lowest dose.) The Diltiazem is the same class of meds which caused your legs to swell and tingle, but supposedly the ace and Hctz I also take, makes it better. But for you, might be a problem.

I have never had problems with ace or diuretics. CCBs in the past bothered me a little, but not too much. Beta blockers (which I believe are Sulfa drugs, and I didn't know that) caused major allergic reactions for me as I am allergic to Sulfa drugs. And they caused my vessels to constrict, definately not what a person with HBP wants.

Since my bad experience with Atenolol, I have lost about 10 pounds (1 month) with 20 more to go. With less weight I think I will be able to drop the CCB, at least that is my goal. Time shall tell.

You know, we all react differently to the drugs and my experience is just my body's reactions, not really indicitative of others.

Best of luck with what you are taking, we're all in the same boat with this pill roulette.
Mabent,

I'm glad to hear you are doing OK with BYSTOLIC. I think that certain drugs take a little longer to see the positive effects. Some drugs lower blood pressure within 1 week, others can take 7 weeks. This has to do with absorption, peak blood levels, metabolism etc.. I think BYSTOLIC needs more time to do it's stuff. Many previous posts all mention beta blockers in a very negative way. The thing to remember is that all those old beta blockers mentioned such as PROPANOL, METOPROLOL, ATENOLOL etc. are older 1'st and 2'nd generation beta blockers, though they are also well proven drugs and apparently a Cardiologist's best friend for lot's of positive reasons such as Post heart attack, Atrial fibrillation, Tachycardia, Heart attack prevention (especially early morning heart attacks), and angina prevention and relief.
How many HBP pills can boast all these benefits?? The thing to also remember is that the newer beta-blockers such as COREG and BYSTOLIC are known as 3'rd generation beta blockers. They don't cause vaso-constriction, cold extremities, and very slow heartbeat. They have strong Antioxidant properties, vasodilation and increased blood flow to heart and other organs.

Mabent - If BYSTOLIC continues to work fine, stick with the pill. Your blood pressure numbers appear pretty good and you don't appear to be suffering from the terrible side effects you were experiencing in the past. I am also new to this pill, I will also continue as long as all goes well. If not we still have other choices.
I am not too sure what caused my glucose levels to rise. A good guess would be the Hctz and my beta blocker. I take other drugs, such as an acid blocker, so maybe that one had also contributed. This PPI inteferes with the production of stomach acid, thus altering the digestion.

Thiazide diuretics and beta blockers are associated with the development of glucose intolerance and diabetes. The newer beta blockers that cause vasodilation and the beta blockers with ISA should not be as bad.:) How many people with diabetes, who have been taking beta blockers for many years, can say with absolute certainity that their disease is a direct result of taking this drug, and that no other factors have played a role in their getting this disease (such as being overweight, genes, etc.)? I think the correlation between the drug and the development of diabetes can be very difficult to establish. The actual number of people with impaired glucose tolerance from using these drugs could be higher than we think. :(

An analysis of an ASCOT study showed beyond doubt that calcium channel blockers and ACE Inhibitors limit new-onset diabetes, while the beta blockers, such as Atenolol, and thiazide diuretics, help cause it. One must look not only at the intial results of the study, but also post-hock analysis and substudies for this type of information. The CCBs you took should have had little or no effect on your blood glucose. There are other drugs for treating various conditions that have this effect on glucose metabolism.

One theory is that the beta blockers affect the glucose tolerance adversely because by increasing the peripheral vasoresistance, they also cut off the blood supply to the muscles. This, in turn, cuts the skeletal muscles' ability to metabolize blood sugar. Interesting, isn't ít? :)

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