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Hi. I was wondering if anyone might have any insight on this. I have had allergic reactions and side effects to several different BP meds. I would really like to be on an ARB, because I am insulin resistant, and studies suggest ARB’s help with that and weight loss, or not impeding weight loss in insulin resistant people. (My experience with ARB’s also backs this up). I also do not want to be on a diuretic or a beta blocker, since these classes are both thought to raise glucose levels and I am already insulin resistant.

I have had allergic type reactions to two ARB’s from just taking one pill (Benicar – severe itching all over body, and Atacand – lips numb, facial twitching and itching). For both of these, I was told to take Benadryl and discontinue the med. I have also tried another ARB – Micardis. I didn’t have an allergic reaction to this one, but rather very intense pressure behind my eyes along with constant tearing.

I am wondering if there would be any other ARB where I would not have the allergic reaction? I guess I am wondering which ARB might be more like Micardis and just cause a side effect (hopefully something tolerable) and not an allergic reaction. I know I’m grasping here, but otherwise, this class seems like it would be perfect for me.

Thanks for any advice!