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Thank you Beth and Fam -
I appreciate you both!

I am sure it is not heartburn as I had quite a bit of it while pregnant and have continued to struggle with it in the past year (actually had an upper GI type test done and it was all clear).

I have been taking the med @ 8:30 am before eating something, so will try with some food.

I will be calling in the AM and talking with my doctor/NP about trying something else. It seems Benicar is relatively highly rated on this board.

Fam - I know how you feel. I have been taking vitamins/supplements (more recently some natural BP support) for years and would so prefer to do this a more natural way. I am taking several heart healthy supplements now (CoQ10, garlic, Omega 3's, Cal/Mag) but it is not enough. I have reached a point where I have finally accepted the fact that I may have to be on some medication the rest of my life, but I don't like it!!

Thank you again.......
[QUOTE=mrt123;3492948]Thank you Beth and Fam -
I appreciate you both!

I am sure it is not heartburn as I had quite a bit of it while pregnant and have continued to struggle with it in the past year (actually had an upper GI type test done and it was all clear).

I have been taking the med @ 8:30 am before eating something, so will try with some food.

I will be calling in the AM and talking with my doctor/NP about trying something else. It seems Benicar is relatively highly rated on this board.

Fam - I know how you feel. I have been taking vitamins/supplements (more recently some natural BP support) for years and would so prefer to do this a more natural way. I am taking several heart healthy supplements now (CoQ10, garlic, Omega 3's, Cal/Mag) but it is not enough. I have reached a point where I have finally accepted the fact that I may have to be on some medication the rest of my life, but I don't like it!!

Thank you again.......


Hi mrt123,

DIOVAN is a pretty good ARB, but I believe extremely overated due to taking first place as one of the best selling HBP meds, mostly pushed by pharmaceutical reps. I took DIOVAN for a few years, but it seemed to lose effectiveness over time. Rather than increase my dosages (or add HCT) I was switched to BENICAR. A dose of only 10 mg of BENICAR lowered my blood pressure more than DIOVAN 80 mg. Most people find that when taking BENICAR they don't need the HCT added. BENICAR and MICARDIS are the most potent of the ARB class. I believe the HCT carries alot of side effects on their own. DIOVAN tended to increase my heart rate and cause more occasional stomach cramps. BENICAR gave me a calmer feeling, and never affected my heart rate. It also definitely provided better HBP control.
I sometimes experienced more heartburn with BENICAR. When my doctor suggested increasing doses, adding the HCT or Calcium Blocker to the mix to better improve my blood pressure numbers. I decided to try another newer medication called BYSTOLIC (the newest beta blocker) which has given me great heart rate control, less heartburn, less nervousness and (so far) good blood pressure control.

P.S. Keep in mind that everyone responds differently to meds, and not all experience the same side effects... I hope this info. helped...