Bad Side Effects Of Hctz After 8 Years...


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ColConRacer Says:
Hello! I started HCTZ around 02/98, didn't notice any problems until about 4-5 years ago when I could not longer stand at my stove for even 5 minutes to cook a meal, felt like my calves were going to burst cuz they were so tight. I have always drank plenty of water since my early 20's (I'm now 53), was never informed my sodium and potassium were to be monitored closely while on this drug, and never warned about staying out of the sun for any length of time. After being denied to stop taking this drug by my physician, I stopped it in 08/16 and couldn't believe what pain I was actually in while on that dreadful medication.

As it stands, the past 4 years proved NOT to be helpful with BP as it was always stroke level for years (160-180 over 105-118 consistently) and as a result I am now blind in my left eye. My doctor knows all this info, as she was the one who urged me to go to the ER last 07/2016 and said over and over she knows it's my BP causing my blindness. I have been researching for months on the hazards of HBP and why my doctor would let this go knowing full well what my consequences would be.

I'm at a loss as to why Atenolol is my perfect drug now (my physician told me several times there's nothing else for me to take and to keep taking HCTZ), my BP has never been 112/80 in years and it has never spiked to what HCTZ kept it at for years. And just as an honorable mention, I never got one reading for my sodium or potassium in those 8 years and am wondering what the adverse effects of that are, as I was literally eating banana cream pie and those original sundae cones with choc on top and nuts and I'm not a sweet eater, but then it hit me after all my research that those 2 items were to be monitored closely so I'm sure it was a depletion of those 2 things. My question for all of you who have a chance to read this is....have you dealt with the nearly debilitating issues such as I in regards to taking HCTZ and if so was there any resolution for you? I'm devastated that a medicine can actually have the opposite effect on your body if taken too long (maybe). I'm just glad to be off it and know there actually IS another drug I can take to tame this all-too-common problem! TY!

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