I Don't Like It

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Jen Says:

After participating in an unrelated study, my BP was consistently high. So ok, time to get this under control.
Doctor started me on the lower dose of edarbyclor. Two weeks on that and my BP was still high. So he upped the dose. Which I read on line is pretty typical. But this higher does? OMG! I'm dizzy all day. Not bad enough to prevent me from moving but darn uncomfortable. And my energy level is in the tank. Heart seems to be racing all the time. Dry mouth that just won't quit and it doesn't seem to matter how much water I drink. I have to wonder what the heck this could be doing to my kidneys. Oh and occasional diarrhea too! JOY!

I told the doctor about the side effects and he suggested I now cut the pill in half. Do a half dose a day. But I see no change. I didn't take it yesterday or today and I STILL seem to have the dry mouth, dizzy, tired side effects. How long does it take this stuff to get OUT Of my system???? I think I'd rather have the high PB back. At least I felt fine. (Yea I know, it's bad. but there have got to be other drugs. Ones that have been around longer. I'm NOT a guinea pig here.)

I bought a home BP cuff and it worked the first time I tried it, and again at the doctors office. But yesterday I kept getting readings that don't make any sense at all.
PB of 66? really? I must not be doing it right. Either that or I'm among the walking dead here.

I'm not taking this stuff anymore. I think it might be time to find a new doctor if he doen't listen to me.

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Verwon Says:

Well, if you've been taking it for several weeks and have suddenly stopped, without tapering, you're going to more than likely get the high BP back and it may go high enough to put yourself in danger.

These types of medications should never be stopped abruptly like that, as it may cause a rebound effect, which could result in severely elevated blood pressure and heart rate, they could go high enough to cause a heart attack or stroke.

As to the symptoms you were experiencing, those are normal side effects to most blood pressure medications, but they will usually taper of after about 4 to 6 weeks, when your body has had a chance to adjust to the medication.



The Chlorthalidone in this is also a diuretic, so it will cause the dry mouth and frequent urination.

Didn't you get any side effect information telling you what to expect, when you got your prescription?

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Jen Says:

I will call the doctors office tomorrow. So far I'm SO not impressed with any doctor. ONE consult from him initially. Two follow ups and he can't be bothered? I see aids? That last visit I told them the side effects were bad. So she went out to find him, then came back and said "HE said cut the pills in half. Do a half dose a day." No consult, no doctor to question.
The second day of my half dose, I actually got so dizzy on the way into a chair with my plate of dinner in hand I lost my balance. (Dogs got some free pizza.)
And that was it. No more of this stuff.
Four days off of it now and only now are the symptoms letting up. No more dizzy, no more tired after walking five feet. Still have cotton mouth. Heart still feels like it's pounding only not quite as bad as it's been.

And no. no one discussed possible side effects let alone results of a 100.00 worth of blood work I had to have done. Not even sure why, what they need to watch for, results, nothing.
If I had been told up front what to expect and for how long perhaps I could put up with this. But all I know is this stuff is making me sick, dizzy and weak. How can this possibly be good for me?

Oh yea. Let me add. I bought a home digital cuff to keep track. Worked fine when I first got it. Did it at the doctors office with the second BP check to make sure it's right and I was using it right. Fine. Well... the thing will not get an accurate reading now.
Every time I try a flashing symbol means "an error occured."
Oh it comes up with BPs though. I'll read off the last few saved.
137/73 today.
94/60 try and retry both came up in the 90s?????
120/69 ... that one was taken on the 27th.

Those simply can't be right. Especially the 94/60. Can it?

Yea I need to call them again. sigh. I want OFF this drug though.

All I can find out about this stuff on line is that it's a fairly new drug. Damn it I'm NOT a guinea pig here! I think I'd rather go on something that has been around long enough to not suddenly show up on TV. "Have your kidneys exploded? Liver quit on you? Broken a bone from falling over? you could collect money!!!" Yea right. No thanks.

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