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Hi Everyone

Since Xmas I have been battling high BP with little success with medication due to side effects. Ramipril was initially fine until the dose increased to 5mg and I developed an awful cough which I couldnt control whatsoever. I was then prescribed Losartan which left me with bad headaches, sore eyes and extreme fatigue. Next came Amlodipine which was the worst of all and resulted in extremely unpleasant side effects that were so severe I had to stop after 6 days. Today I've been prescribed Candersan (excuse the spelling!) so would be grateful for any advice particularly positive experiences as I seem to be getting nowhere with this. My BP spikes frequently ranging from 130/78 to 185/93. Any advice would be much appreciated

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    None of these drugs is magic. Have you tried taking a diuretic with the ACE/ARB, that can be synergistic.

    Also, there is diet, weight, and exercise. Of course manage those well enough and hopefully you don't need any drugs at all! Are you watching any or all of those?

    Finally, look for specific foods that might trigger the spikes, and especially if you also take turmeric/curcumin supplements - or even eat a lot of Indian food!

    I've been pretty happy with olmesartan for some years but I still get these spikes. With all of the above I've done better, but it still gets away from me sometimes, for no apparent reason. I hold the diuretic in reserve, and sometimes that helps.

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    I have had s good result from Codiovan. It is a combo of Diovan ARB and a diuretic HCTZ. They work fir me in the lowest dose available.80/12.5 mg and the result us quite uniform throughout the day.

    From everything I read you should start with a diuretic as the first choice and add a second agent if necessary.

    Good luck!

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    I have had s good result from Codiovan. It is a combo of Diovan ARB and a diuretic HCTZ. They work fir me in the lowest dose available.80/12.5 mg and the result us quite uniform throughout the day.

    From everything I read you should start with a diuretic as the first choice and add a second agent if necessary.

    Good luck!

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      Hi both thanks for your replies. I am pretty active and do watch what I eat but I'm definitely a stress head! I often wonder if thats the main cause for me. Is interesting as the Dr hasnt mentioned a diuretic have just been prescribed all these medications I previously mentioned none of which had much effect other than dreadful side effects. I havent yet started the new ones as will pick them up over the weekend. Am crossing my fingers they will help without the awful side effects. Will keep you posted! Thanks again for the advice

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