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Ms58,

[QUOTE]I wonder if you might be able to take a very small dose of a beta blocker without it bothering you, to help with your pulse. My husband had to cut his very small dose of a diuretic in half in order to get his BP to a good range, not too low, as the whole dose was too much (even tho it was the lowest dose available). So he just kept cutting the pill till it worked right for him. Maybe you could do something like that with a beta blocker.

I have just discussed my situation with yet another pharmacist whom I trust. She knows very little about me, other than that I come in once in a while and ask a bunch of questions. I do not have my prescriptions filled there.

Her suggestion matched yours word for word. She'd told me to cut one of my old beta blocker pills in 1/4s, do the same with the HCTZ, and take 1/4 of each pill every day. This on top of the 25mg Spironolactone and 20mg Ramipril. While it won't hurt anything, it will help reduce my blood pressure. According to her I am putting myself at great risk by taking only my two old meds. In her opinion 1/4 of a beta blocker pill should not bother my lungs too much.

The pharmacist sold me my first pill splitter ever. Lenin would consider my only purchase a wise one. I wonder how many pill spliters he goes through? :D

All I need to do now is figure out how to use it. Thanks once again for your great advice.

Flowergirl
lylone, :)

thank you for your comment. I will start with only a small dose of HCTZ, as suggested. The pharmacist did not think this med could have affected my heart rate so drastically and caused the pain. My problem was most likely a result of some chemical imbalance, which might have been caused by the use of HCTZ. Either way it was a new type of chest pain for me and, combined with the fast heart rate, scary. If it ever happens again, I'll have it checked out.
I will ask my BP specialist whether I can take potassium supplements instead of the potassium sparing meds. I feel that my Spironolactone is doing nothing for me and has very bad side effects to boot. Predictably, it affected my female hormones and I am not anxious to find out firsthand whether or not it also causes tumors in people, not just the lab mice.

Flowergirl