My PCP has prescribed a new BP med called Cartia XT 180mg

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I'm having a problem finding a BP med that does not cause bad side effects. I have had problems with Amlodipine, Lisinopril, Losartan and recently Bystolic. My doctor has prescribed Cartia XT, 180mg. Has anyone had side affects from it?

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    My husband takes Cartia, it is a aspirin product, keeps his blood thin.

    Cartia XT 180mg, not sure if it is one and the same product.

    I would check with my Dr's nurse at the very least to find out what it is, from your posting you seem to understand it is for BP, but not directly.

    I cannot take Cartia, as i have gastritis, or stomach that is producing too much acid, and burning the lining of my stomach, instead I take fish oil, for my arthritis, which has the same effect as aspirin, thins my blood and drops my blood pressure, again not directly but a side effect.

    I was told twice in the last two years before surgery I must stop taking my fish oil capsules a week before surgery as my blood would be tooo thin for their liking.

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      Hi Lyn.  Thanks for speedy reply.  ...just picked up prescription. Description states it is generic for Cardizem CD.  It's used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension) and prevent chest pain

      One of the the many side effects listed was stomach/abdominal pain. I'm concerned about that because I've experienced intestinal problems when I was taking Amlodipine. It was awful.  Thanks again for your input. 

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    Cardia XT is a calcium channel blocker just like amlodipine.
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      Hi RHGB, I'm very surprised that my PCP put me on this considering all the problems I've experienced with Amlodipine. Thanks. 

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    Hi All, I had to discontinue the Cartia XT. I became so lethargic, depressed and out of sorts. It controlled my pressure but I was slowly getting to the place that I no longer wanted to walk, swim, clean or do basic things around my home.  ...will contact pcp to try something else. 
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