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Hello,new here...45yo f,never been obese,non smoker non diabetic but have high bp likely caused by a former drinking habit,sober since 6.17.2019...for a while bp was kept down with 12.5mg HCTZ alone,recently started going up again(possibly due to taking ibuprofen 400mg at night for a month or so,which I've since stopped).Yesterday at dr's my bp was 160/113, was prescribed carvediol 6.26mg in addition to the hctz,wasn't told much about the drug other than it may lower my heart rate,but after researching it online and seeing that a "very common" side effect is heart failure(which I don't get,as the drug is actually used to TREAT hf in higher doses??)I'm more than a bit scared to try it.
I'm in the US,uninsured,ineligible for Medicaid and reliant on the local county system,so "switching doctors" is unfortunately no option.And both Amlodipine and Lisinopril were ineffective alone and both caused hair loss,and I'm trying to hold on to a bit of my dignity as well as my health.(BP readings at home today are between 142/100 and 134/89.)
Does anyone have experience with this drug?Is the side effect of hf because so many patients taking it already have pre-existing hf,or can it cause hf?Would appreciate any answers and info...thanks.
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