My guess is the HCTZ. Thus, I expect you'll have the same problems. FWIW, I tried Hyzaar 50/12.5 (Cozaar + HCTZ). It did absolutely nothing for my BP. And, my workout performance was reduced to the point that I couldn't even complete my 3+ mile route. I was pretty much dead after just 1 mile. I had been running this regularly for the past 2 years. Benicar 20mg (without HCT) had just the opposite effect. It took time off my run. And, it also controlled my BP very well. For me, HCTZ is very evil.Quote from Onclou9:I dropped the 80 mg of Diovan with a 12.5 diuretic as of last night and started Benicar 20 mg with 12.5 diuretic--because my insurance company dropped the Diovan.
I am okay with that because I have been having some continuous muscle pain since being on Diovan. I exercised 5 days a week for almost 7 months and still has significant muscle pain the day of and morning after. Could be the HCTZ kept me dehydrated or it could be the diovan itself.
[QUOTE]Anyway, I started on a fairly low dose of Benicar 20mg / 12.5 diuretic and am wondering if I should exercise today. I don't feel anything different at this point but I don't want to stroke out on the elliptical today. I suppose that the Diovan will take a while to get out of my system anyway, so I think I will do okay. Just wanted to see if anyone else had any experiences changing over and exercising.The two meds are in the same class. I really don't think you're going to notice any difference. Benicar is a little more potent. So, it may take a couple points of your BP. Also, you might get a little better 24 hour control.