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Hey, guys. I’m 22 years old and I was diagnosed with hypertension about 7 months ago over the summer. My doctor started me off with 50 mg Metoprolol. That wasn’t helping so she increased my dosage to 100 mg with a diuretic to take along with it. I had been taking the 100mg with the diuretic for the last 5 months. They were helping my pressure but I was gaining weight, even with the decent eating and excerising no less than 4x a week. The Friday before New Year’s, I made an appointment with a new doctor (reccommended by family bc I had a feeling my current wouldn’t hear me out about the beta-blockers side effects). The doctor ended up putting me on a new medication because as I had suspected, I gained over 10lbs (I was scared to get on the scale at home). The new meds is an ACE inhibitor. My doctor told me to stop the beta blockers and start with the ACE inhibitors, a low dose of course. But now I am afraid. Should I have weened myself off the beta blockers first or at least asked him about it? Or have I not been on them long enough to? I don’t go back until the end of the month. I had been having the usual side effects with starting the ACE inhibitor. Headaches, but nothing I couldn’t handle. Yesterday (Saturday) would make a week of me taking the ACE inhibitor, and today when I got in bed to take a nap, my chest started feeling tight. Not to a point where I couldn’t function, but enough to notice. And I immediately thought about the potential danger of stopping beta blockers abruptly. Should I be worried? Should I call a doctor? Also, I started back taking my iron supplements because I’m anemic. I also heard that ACE inhibitor can cause iron deficiency. The tightness started right after I took the iron pill. I took my pressure meds earlier this morning. I’m rambling, but I’m a hypochondriac and I am getting worried. Making the tightness worse. What do you guys think? Anything would be helpful. Thanks.
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