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Hello, perhaps l could ask others who have been on meds for hypertension for their experiences. About a year ago, just after retiring from work, l commenced meds for elevated bp (average 145/94) l'm male & coming up to 60 years old. l have had slightly raised bp for probably the last 20 years & have managed this by a good diet, regular excercise & cutting down on salt etc.
Meds started with 5mg of Amlodipine, with little side effects, though it didn't reduce bp sufficiently. Upped it to 10mg & started to feel spaced out, detached, aching joints & swollen ankles. Changed to Filodipine with the same result.
Then to 10mg of Filodipine & 2.5mg of Indapamide Side effects with the introduction of Indapamide were particularly bad.
Anyway, long story short after a GP visit on the 02/12/16 l commenced on 5mg of Amlodipine & 2.5mg of Ramipril. On this regime, the side effects are still prominent, in fact worse, zoned/spaced out, headache particularly in the morning, limbs seem to be heavy & no motivation to excercise. Bp is still around 133/91.
l think l've given each medication time for my body to adjust.
l would be gratful for opinion & other peoples experience. Am l being a wimp here, or should l expect a better quality of life outcome being on medication? l feel like telling the GP l intend to stop meds & take the risk of stroke/heart disease etc. Thanks
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