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BlueIsland, your post has made me reminisce about my adventures with a beta blocker and anti-anxiety drugs! In addition to the beta blocker and the Xanax, I was also on Valium! Great combination huh? While that regulated my BP most of the time, they made me feel like a zombie and depressed, with no "zest" for life. I decided to get off them unilaterally, and changed doctors. I then went to calcium channel blockers like Plendil and Norvasc, which didn't quite agree with me (side effects included unpredictable mild headaches as well as the intolerable fast pulse) which to top it all off, didn't control my BP at all.

My latest adventure is with Diovan from Novartis, in doses of 80mg. As many have mentioned, this is an angiotension-II receptor blocker (ARB), and I am very happy with the absence of side effects so far. I've only been on it a week, so I can't tell whether this is regulating my BP better than the previous meds or not. I'll post later when I've had a visit to my cardiologist in a week's time, but so far, I *think* it's working!

Oh, in case I forgot to mention, I've felt much better coming off the beta blockers, Xanax and Valium! I'm more energetic, and the "zest" for life has returned. Be very very careful about the Xanax (I was only on 0.25mg twice daily) and how long you're on it - I was on it for 8 months (a lot of people were surprised that I just quit cold turkey after that long) and I'm still suffering withdrawals from it (increased anxiety, etc, which I'm handling by telling myself that I really want to beat this darned affliction!)...

While Altace may be in the same class as Diovan, I've been told that even drugs in the same class may act differently on different people, so I would certainly give it a try if you're already suffering from your present combo of meds now...and change doctors if you don't trust the one that you have now...