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Moved over here from the PMR forum.
I have been taking Benicar (olmesartan) and Hydrochlorothiazide for many years but my pressure is not what it should be. I just came back from an appt. with my cardiologist and he is switching me to Edarbi.
Anyone have any experience taking this and what are your thoughts on it?
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Nope, don't know anything about Edarbi.
But I also take olmesartan and hctz, and usually one or both does the trick for me, except sometimes it doesn't, and then I have some atenolol (beta blocker) to add to the mix (very small dose, btw, just half a 25mg pill once a day, usually). This happened to me just the other day. Usually I hold off on the atenolol until and unless I have problems with heart rate (too fast) or arrhythmia, but in this case it was just BP, and boom, when I added it to the other two, suddenly things returned to normal. And then I discontinued the atenolol, and then I discontinued the hctz. Not a common way to use these drugs but for me, it works, and my doctor is on-board with it.
Taking multiple drugs for BP is common in the US, but apparently not in UK.
From my personal experience with this drug, it definitely isn't for me. I only took it for three days. I became so fatigued after taking it that I had to spend more time in bed than
out of bed. Not good. I also experienced nausea, but the pharmacist told me the nausea
would most likely be a transient thing, but the fatigue is a prominent side effect and that
would stay with me. At least I didn't have to pay for them, my cardiologist gave me samples, but I also found out that medicare prescription plans don't cover this drug and 30 days would have cost me 200 dollars. I have found that dessicated beet powder is not too bad at lowering the systolic and diastolic #s, you only have to use a T in water or juice. Good luck.
If you like beet powder you might also try fresh arugula, just an ounce or so twice a day, should have similar effects, they both work on nitric oxide.
Curious what dosage you were taking ?
Was just made aware that there is a shortage/discontinuation of Benicar here in the US so it seems like a switch to another ARB was inevitable anyway.
Anyone else switch from Benicar to something else, and if so, what were you switched to ?
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