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.