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High & Low Blood Pressure board

[QUOTE=Morgan99;3674781]Hi all, I have replied to a few post in the past but I now have a question for you all, I was diagnosed with HBP years back and was put on Metoprolol, had horrible side effects, heart palps, dizziness, cold hands and feet, etc. so I went off of it all together and my BP has been fine, last vist to Dr. it was very high 155/95 went on Atenolol, this time worse side effects, insomnia, hair loss, dizziness all the time,etc,, I want to swith to an Ace inhibitor, (Lisinopril) but after researching, I really don't know the difference between the two different meds, I check my BP often and it is normally around 125/80 I don't think that that is to high, but I also am still a drinker and know that this can cause the high readings, I also hate Dr.s offfices, and it's always higher when I go. any advice would be great, by the way, the Dr wanted me to start on 100 mgs of Atenolol and I told her no 50mg is what I was taking of Metoprolol, but I have been only taking a quarter of the pill 12.5 mgs and still have this horrible reaction!!!:D:confused:

Hi Morgan,

Metoprolol and Atenolol are outdated beta blocker drugs for hypertension. At least, your doctor should have prescribed TOPROL-XL (Extended release Metoprolol) which provides smoother and more even blood levels of the drug, but he's the doctor. The newer beta blockers such as COREG and BYSTOLIC are 3'rd generation blockers with less side effects. The most popular class of drugs now used for HBP with "supposedly" the least side effects are the ARB drugs, (similar to ACE drugs). These drugs include Cozaar, Benicar and Diovan.
Most people take these drugs with almost no side-effects. I'm currently taking BYSTOLIC (a new 3'rd generation beta-blocker) with almost no side effects (except fatigue) at this time.
I think it's prudent for docs to prescribe older meds for a few reasons - one, they know better how they affect their patients because they have years of prescribing them under their belt, and two, they cost less.

As far as drinking goes, I find I get much better control when I do not drink. I, personally think this is because my anxiety levels are so much lower. Previously I was on Diovan which worked (too good, in fact - but then I probably didnt' really need it in the first place). The key to good BP numbers for me is controlling my anxiety.