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I have a Dr's appt. this Wends. I have been on labetalol for 2 months now. At first I was on 50 mg twice a day then for a month have been on 100 mg twice a day. I do not like this pill at all. It makes me feel like I am drunk or something and when my blood work came back my sugar was slightly high, which I believe to be caused by this pill. I have been doing a lot of research and seen it was 50% more likely to cause diabetes. My mom was on Norvasc several years. I have looked it up and I am requesting that my dr switch me to that. How risky is it going off betas after only being on them two months? I have only took a 100 mg in the morning then 50 mg at night for two days, trying to gradually lower it. How long should I gradually lower it? I seen that there was a high risk of things to get worse after going off of these so that has me concerned. My blood pressure was staying about 160/110 when I wasn't on them.
Hi Joanne,

[QUOTE]I have been on labetalol for 2 months now. At first I was on 50 mg twice a day then for a month have been on 100 mg twice a day. I do not like this pill at all. It makes me feel like I am drunk or something and when my blood work came back my sugar was slightly high, which I believe to be caused by this pill. I have been doing a lot of research and seen it was 50% more likely to cause diabetes. My mom was on Norvasc several years. I have looked it up and I am requesting that my dr switch me to that. How risky is it going off betas after only being on them two months? I have only took a 100 mg in the morning then 50 mg at night for two days, trying to gradually lower it. How long should I gradually lower it? I seen that there was a high risk of things to get worse after going off of these so that has me concerned. My blood pressure was staying about 160/110 when I wasn't on them

You are not likely to have difficulties with the withdrawal. Your dose is low and you've only been on Labetalol for two months. I was on 800mg and Fam takes 1800mg I think though I cannot imagine how she manages. Maximum recommended daily dose is 1200mg.
I am glad you are seeing your doctor tomorrow. Make sure to ask him for guidance and also ask what (if any) symptoms you might experience. He will probably tell you he doesn't anticipate any problems. :)
I wonder if Norvasc alone will be able to bring your blood pressure down to an acceptable level. I don't know if it is capable of bringing about a reduction in blood pressure of 40/30mmHg. I doubt it. Remember, Labetalol is a combination of TWO drugs, an alpha and a beta blocker. You might need an additional medication, such as a low dose of a diuretic. I think that a diuretic or another antihypertensive combined with a low dose of the CCB would be preferrable to just a high dose of a calcium channel blocker. Sounds like Norvasc has worked well for your mom! :) I am glad you have informed yourself about its possible side-effects. They are dose-related, by the way.

Good luck,
flowergirl
Wow! Those are some high doses. Could the diabetes be more related to dosage as well? That was the main reason I was thinking I should go off these. When I heard my sugar was slightly high it worried me. I don't know what foods can raise sugar levels, but I need to do research on that and try to avoid them. I had to go to the er over my bp and the dr there was the one who first prescribed these pills to me. He said it was a new drug and would lower it faster. I'm kinda torn between which way to go here esp. if Norvasc doesn't lower it that many mmhg's. I thought I would ask on here and get some info since my doctor doesn't seem to be one that cares to listen to what I say. I want to go to someone else after this time. She just sits there and doesn't seem to listen at all. I could talk to the wall and get more response lol.
Hi Joann,

There is a new pill approved by the FDA in Sept 2007, combining two very well known medications. The pill combines NORVASC (Calcium Blocker)and BENICAR (Angiotensin Blocker). The pill is called "AZOR". BENICAR is suppose to be excellent for kidney protection, and improve artery function for diabetics. NORVASC helps lower the blood pressure even more. I think even BENICAR (alone), which is suppose to be one of the more powerful and effective 24 hour medications (according to research and Holistic Vitamin magazines) will probably lower your blood pressure taken alone. The "Angiotensin Blockers" or "Ace Inhibitors" are very closely related drugs and either ones are known to be the best for Diabetics. The drugs include other pills such as "MICARDIS", "COZAAR", "DIOVAN", "ALTACE" etc....

NOTE: The drug "MICARDIS" (according to Research) is suppose to be the best drug to prevent diabetes and improve symptoms. The pill has a unique property which I believe is called PPAR-gamma for insulin/glucose improvement and diabetes..