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Hi Mabent,

I also take BYSTOLIC. As I mentioned in previous posts, the first few weeks of side effects ranged from tiredness to occassional joint/knee pain. These mild side effects will probably get better as your body adjust to the medication. Remember, all medications have side effects. As patients, we need to determine (along with our doctor) the medication which best agrees with us. BYSTOLIC is probably the best beta-blocker when it comes to heart rate control. Currently, my doctor has me only on BYSTOLIC 5mg and no other blood pressure medications, (to see if my numbers continue to improve). He said this pill is like no other HBP med.or beta blocker avaliable because it targets critical cardio-functions, increases blood flow, benefits platelet function, increases Nitric Oxide production, Vasodilates blood vessels, works within calcium (Ca) channels, calms the heart rate, relaxes the system, improves sexual function, and like other beta blockers or ace inhibitors, works to benefit the Angiotensin system.

It appears that if a pill can target all these supposed "beneficial critical areas" and provide a vasodilatory effect, why should we be taking a Calcium Blocker such as NORVASC to provide vasodilation. NORVASC/Amlodipine is notorious for causing flushing, swollen limbs, edema (face swelling), and palpitations. Ace Inhibitors also provide vasodilation without the high rate of leg edema, and have also been proven to prevent strokes and MI. The main problem with the Ace Inhibitor is a dry cough, which effects about 25 % of us.

I think your doctor made a good choice to prescribe BYSTOLIC. I don't believe you will have the side effects you had with NORVASC, but keep in mind that everyone reacts to medications differently. The things to watch for with this Class of medications (beta blockers) are change in lipids (cholesterol/trigs), Glucose numbers and weight gain. Even though the drug makers make claim to the contrary, the jury is still out. Some years ago on these same boards, DIOVAN was touted as the greatest HBP medication ever with the least side effects, after about 2 years when all the side effects appeared evident, the story changed. The main difference with this pill (BYSTOLIC) though, is this class of medication (along with diuretics) have been around for over 40 years, with a proven track record. It is still a beta blocker with added properties. DIOVAN and COZAAR were a new breed of drugs to imitate ACE INHIBITORS but without the cough.

P.S. I hope this information on BYSTOLIC makes you feel better.
Hi Mabent,

Personally I believe, that amlodopine is definitely not one of the better pills.
Calcium Blockers in general have not been proven to provide any mortality benefits at all. Certain calcium blockers were actually cited for causing an increase of over 25% in heart attacks (and no benefit in strokes). I will take my chances to always try and stay away from them. My brother in laws ankles are always swollen while taking amlodopine. How can this be a good pill?? The oldest and best known pills which have also been highly effective for over 35 years are diuretics and beta blockers. BYSTOLIC is one of the newest beta blockers and may one day prove to be just as effective as the other more well known researched beta blockers like TOPROL and COREG. I think it is fair to give a pill at least 2 to 3 months. For the past week or so I am giving TOPROL a try once again (BRAND of course) because I believe I was also substituted with the generic junk a couple of years ago while I was taking METOPROLOL and then TOPROL. In the beginning TOPROL was fine. I had great blood pressure numbers, I felt less anxiety, a relaxed heart rate, and eliminated my PAC's and PVC's. My doctor than added ALTACE for better blood pressure control, and my TOPROL XL tablet changed to generic and that's when side effects increased. I dropped the TOPROL and took only ALTACE which continued to give me side effects like dizziness, cough etc. I was then switched to COZAAR which gave me an almost daily tickle in my throat, was then switched to DIOVAN (which was not controlling my blood pressure) I was then swithced to BENICAR which gave me excellent blood pressure numbers, but I also started suffering from gastro-issues, stomach pains, irritabilty etc. my doctor recommended a colonoscopy which showed an inflamed colon/ulcerative colitis. Which my doctor found very odd at my age. I stopped the BENICAR and thats when my doctor gave me a sample of BYSTOLIC. Within 3 weeks the stomach pains ended, stomach and bowel movements returned to normal and I felt much calmer (the beta blocker effect) The problems as I mentioned in an earlier post with BYSTOLIC are the weight gain, higher total cholesterol, lower HDL, and a recent glucose increase. Another problem I am having is the constant fatigue I feel at work. If I close my eyes I will definitely fall asleep. I'm an IT System Engineer, I can't afford to fall asleep at work. Also some effects which I mentioned to my doctor (that mostly pertain to men) Though the pill manufacturer states that all these side effects are highly unusual for this pill, my body tells me different. I am also aware they are trying very agressively to push this new pill. After I started the TOPROL XL, within 2 days my energy level increased and all other functions returned rapidly to normal. The only side effect I'm having with TOPROL are vivid dreams, (which supposed to improve as your body adjusts) and my heart rate is not as controlled as the BYSTOLIC. The proper dosage for heart rate control is something I will discuss with my doctor on my next appointment. My cardiologist blieves that TOPROL/METOPROLOL is one of the best HBP/CARDIO medicines which exists.
I have to value his opinion. He has been a Cardiologist for almost 45 years. He is not alone because apparently about 80 % of Cardio doctors recommend TOPROL. I figure, it must be a pretty safe and reliable drug. (If we take the BRAND not GENERIC). Sometimes a very good pill could take a bad rap....