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I have no idea if this will give the same result to other people---I have reported earlier and nobody responded---that is fine----but I switched from Benicar to the one with the diuretic and within 3 days my bp has dropped dramatically---

I have been on bp meds for 5 years---my family member pharmacist and others had said, well you know the first line of defense for newly diagnosed high bp in an otherwise healthy person is a diuretic---

Nobody did that---I won't go through my whole adventure---but after just a couple of days my bp has gone way down-----
and I feel good--

I was transitioning off Norvasc---didn't like side effects---Lisinopril didn't work well---the Benicar alone---
and we are also dealing possibly with thyroid issues so the anxiety factor overlaps---

but my God, my numbers are good, I slept last night, I can get a ring on my finger I could not do for a year or two----
if this really works I am a very happy camper
Hi LeeAnn,

[QUOTE]I have no idea if this will give the same result to other people---I have reported earlier and nobody responded---that is fine----but I switched from Benicar to the one with the diuretic and within 3 days my bp has dropped dramatically---

Sorry about the oversight. What a great news! It's always nice to hear success stories. :)

[QUOTE]the first line of defense for newly diagnosed high bp in an otherwise healthy person is a diuretic---

Surely by now you have started to question your doctor's judgement in making treatment decisions. Has he offered an explanation? In the absence of contraindications, there is really no excuse for his not having tried a diuretic as part of an initial treatment. By following the hypertension treatment guidelines he could have spared you a lot of misery over the years. I am sorry it's taken this long for you to find an effective medication. Things can only get better from now on.

Benicar/hctz drug combination should have a significant blood pressure lowering effects in most people. Numerous studies have shown that the ARBs are just as effective as the ACE inhibitors in reducing the blood pressure, without the ACE Is' side effects. It makes sense, since the two drugs have a similar mode of action. The only drawback is their cost. I m glad you seem to tolerate this drug combination well.

[QUOTE]I can get a ring on my finger I could not do for a year or two----

I had the same problem...do you think it was from the CCB? I had to have my rings re-sized and still could not wear them after a while. One day the fingers on my hands simply stopped swelling. My rings are too big now but that's tough luck! :)

flowergirl
I think I was not clear----that the original doctor I had 5 years ago is the idiot who
put me on a ccb because he had samples in his office. Fortunately, for a variety of reasons I "fired" him a few months ago and now have an internist who is great. I first
fired the original doc because of issues of his treatment for my thyroid and how he treated me like an idiot. My new doc and I are working on that----and I asked him to change my Norvasc to another drug. He was all for it and he himself didn't understand the ccb as a first line of defense--

So we tried lisinopril which didn't agree with me---then Benicar---but it seems the HCTZ in the Benicar is what I needed all along.

Frankly, the Norvasc (amlodipine now) kept my bp down, but I got tired of the swelling and I am convinced that the numbness I have had in my feet which seemed to increase the longer I took amlodipine was a side effect.

My new internist very much likes the ace inhibitors and the ARB's for a variety of reasons----and I can see how the diuretics are such a great anti-hypertensive, too.

I try so hard to be pro-active and read and ask questions and research----and I should have asked a long time ago, well why not a diuretic since everything I read talks about that.

Well, here we are finally.

And I did file a complaint with my insurance company who takes very seriously if their customers are happy-----in particular because I am fortunate my husband works for a large company and my insurance company has a particular phone number for those employees. I partly blame myself for not firing that first doctor a long time ago---but at one point I had thought he was a pretty good doctor-----until he started treating me
like a candidate for the asylum.

Thanks for all the input