Quote from CASSIEBEL:Well there are a lot to choose from. I don't know what is best for diabetics but if calcium channel blockers are best try verapimil or diltiazem. I could not tolerate Norvasc or any others like it. They all made my heart race and made me nervous. Verapimil and diltiazem do the opposite. They calm you down. ARBs and ACEs are good too and there are always beta blockers. If all those fail Clonidine usually always loweres BP But it does make you drowsy and you have to take it multiple times of the day.
Hang in there. There are tons of meds to try and you will find a combo that works best for you.
Cass, you are right. There is a lot to choose from. And, two drugs in the same class don't behave the same. This is especially true in the calcium channel blocker class.
Norvasc was very nasty to me. I only made it through two days on this. Day 1 was uneventful. During day 2 face was numb, total anxiety, no sleep, heart pounding (rate unchanged, though). No change in blood pressure noted. However, Dr. said it would take a while on this drug.
Next up was Cardizem (Actually, Cartia XT). It had a good blood pressure response from day 1. I had none of the problems that I had with Novasc. And, the fact that it was a generic made it very cheap for me. However, it caused a continuous headache. Tylenol or Aleve did absolutely nothing for it.
Now, I'm on Day 5 of Benicar. So far, this one looks like a keeper.