Two million warned over blood pressure tablets

There are 20 comments on the Jun 27, 2006, Daily Mail story titled Two million warned over blood pressure tablets. In it, Daily Mail reports that:

Two million Britons are to be taken off blood pressure drugs after studies showed they increase the risk of strokes, heart attacks and diabetes.

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John D

UK

#1 Jun 29, 2006
I am 61 and I was diagnosed with high blood pressure on a routine check (no symptoms) about 5 years ago and progressed from water tablets to ACE inhibitors and on to Atenolol before it (my blood pressure) came under control.
After a couple of months on the beta blocker I found myself lethargic, lacking any interest in anything, partially impotent and incapable of carrying out even modest exercise without becoming worn out.
The doctor prescibed anti depressants and viagra and suggested exercise (which I did until I sprain my knee!)to increase my stamina.
I have stopped taking statins because of what I have read on the internet about the "cholesterol myth" having suffered from bad muscle pains and becoming forgetful.
I was suspicious about Atenolol because I figured that anything that limits heart rate must deprive muscles of blood and account for the tiredness. So I tried stopping the beta blockers for a month but my blood pressure went back up. I don't think it was long enough though to shake off the side effects which I still experience.
Being told that people using beta blocker are now MORE likely to suffer a stroke or heart attach is the last straw.
Richard

United States

#3 Sep 18, 2006
John D wrote:
I am 61 and I was diagnosed with high blood pressure on a routine check (no symptoms) about 5 years ago and progressed from water tablets to ACE inhibitors and on to Atenolol before it (my blood pressure) came under control.
After a couple of months on the beta blocker I found myself lethargic, lacking any interest in anything, partially impotent and incapable of carrying out even modest exercise without becoming worn out.
The doctor prescibed anti depressants and viagra and suggested exercise (which I did until I sprain my knee!)to increase my stamina.
I have stopped taking statins because of what I have read on the internet about the "cholesterol myth" having suffered from bad muscle pains and becoming forgetful.
I was suspicious about Atenolol because I figured that anything that limits heart rate must deprive muscles of blood and account for the tiredness. So I tried stopping the beta blockers for a month but my blood pressure went back up. I don't think it was long enough though to shake off the side effects which I still experience.
Being told that people using beta blocker are now MORE likely to suffer a stroke or heart attach is the last straw.
John, I am your age and am experiencing similar side effects with atenolol. I would like to communicate with you about my concerns. richarddharrison@juno.com
Marcia

Oklahoma City, OK

#4 Oct 18, 2006
John, I would like to hear more about your experiences with Atenolol. Will you please reply to my message. Marcia.
John D wrote:
I am 61 and I was diagnosed with high blood pressure on a routine check (no symptoms) about 5 years ago and progressed from water tablets to ACE inhibitors and on to Atenolol before it (my blood pressure) came under control.
After a couple of months on the beta blocker I found myself lethargic, lacking any interest in anything, partially impotent and incapable of carrying out even modest exercise without becoming worn out.
The doctor prescibed anti depressants and viagra and suggested exercise (which I did until I sprain my knee!)to increase my stamina.
I have stopped taking statins because of what I have read on the internet about the "cholesterol myth" having suffered from bad muscle pains and becoming forgetful.
I was suspicious about Atenolol because I figured that anything that limits heart rate must deprive muscles of blood and account for the tiredness. So I tried stopping the beta blockers for a month but my blood pressure went back up. I don't think it was long enough though to shake off the side effects which I still experience.
Being told that people using beta blocker are now MORE likely to suffer a stroke or heart attach is the last straw.
Marcia

Oklahoma City, OK

#5 Dec 2, 2006
Hi,

I would like to speak with you about the Atenolol. I am trying to gather information to prove to sicence and my doctors what Atenolol has done so that they can help me to correct the damage.

I have a solution to your hypertension. I found a vitamin drink that is controlling my blood pressure. If you will email me at medusaf@cox.net I can help you.
Marcia

Oklahoma City, OK

#6 Dec 2, 2006
I found a vitamin drink that is controlling my blood pressure and it taste good too. If you are interested, email me at medusaf@cos.net. Have a great day.
Marcia wrote:
Hi,
I would like to speak with you about the Atenolol. I am trying to gather information to prove to sicence and my doctors what Atenolol has done so that they can help me to correct the damage.
I have a solution to your hypertension. I found a vitamin drink that is controlling my blood pressure. If you will email me at medusaf@cox.net I can help you.
Bood

Russia

#7 Dec 22, 2006
I use Extagen and haven't noticed any probs. The drug is good-quality and gives good results. Choose this drug. I think there is a show of reason in it.
Tony Kay

Houston, TX

#8 Jan 11, 2007
Try Hypernil, a herbal dietary supplement. It brought my friend's BP down from 155/101 to 120/68 in 3 weeks without any side effects. It is available at www.zionherbs.com
Nick

Saint Petersburg, Russia

#9 Mar 3, 2007
I vote for Extagen. Never heard about Hypernil.
Jennife3r

Redditch, UK

#10 May 10, 2007
I've been taking blood pressure tablets for 9 months now. I had a little arthritis in one knee, after six months on tablets the pain was so bad I had to take constant pain killers. Was x rayed and because the xrays showed arthritis, the doctor didn't think my tablets were contributing, but changed them. Pain was no better so I stopped taking them and after 2 weeks knee felt better, but unfortunately blood pressure back up so back on (different) tablets. I walk with a limp and cannot run any more. It is terrible. My sister in law also uses blood pressure tablets and has excruciating pain in her hip.(She too had pain before but never so bad). What to do?
maureen

Manchester, UK

#11 May 13, 2007
Hi all
I have been on atenolol 100mg for 15 months as well as rampiril 10mg and another one calapidene 10mg, and have to take an asprin a day, because of high BP. I am constantly tired and have no interest but i was okay until i took these tablets. Thank God for the new jab, i cant wait.
Anne Grimsby

UK

#12 Jun 28, 2007
I was put on Water tablets by my doctor for high blood pressure,I did buy a blood pressure machine and found that my blood pressure was normal when at home and high when at the doctors.. I explained this to my doctor and he took no notice, so I got very stressed and my blood pressure went up when I spoke to him, so he then put me on Rampril, I felt so ill dizzy, I thought I was going blind as my eyes use to streem with water when I went into the sun light, I got heard pulpertations and felt like life wasn't worth living, so I stoped taking them all and know I feel wonderful... what's the answere, I paid 140 for the blood pressure machine and we yhad it calibrated by the nurse, but the doctor would still not except I got high blood pressure when ever I went to the doctor's,,,Whats the answere !!!!!
maureen

Manchester, UK

#13 Jul 2, 2007
Keep away from the Doctors Anne?

Ramiril is very hard to take for some people. I am on the highest dose i used to get dizzy but persisted and now am okay except i am extremely tired as i take three lots of tablets. They must think you are needy of these pills Anne or you would not be on them.
Sue

United States

#14 Jul 8, 2007
My God and I have been taking Atelonol 50 for some time. Maybe that is the reason that sometimes I feel so tired. Now in my family [my mother's side] there is a history of angina, so at this moment I assume that is the reason for being prescribed this drug. But most of the time I feel OK. If somebody can tell me about the vitamin water, let me know..
Emma

Guilin, China

#15 Jul 8, 2007
John D wrote:
I am 61 and I was diagnosed with high blood pressure on a routine check (no symptoms) about 5 years ago and progressed from water tablets to ACE inhibitors and on to Atenolol before it (my blood pressure) came under control.
After a couple of months on the beta blocker I found myself lethargic, lacking any interest in anything, partially impotent and incapable of carrying out even modest exercise without becoming worn out.
The doctor prescibed anti depressants and viagra and suggested exercise (which I did until I sprain my knee!)to increase my stamina.
I have stopped taking statins because of what I have read on the internet about the "cholesterol myth" having suffered from bad muscle pains and becoming forgetful.
I was suspicious about Atenolol because I figured that anything that limits heart rate must deprive muscles of blood and account for the tiredness. So I tried stopping the beta blockers for a month but my blood pressure went back up. I don't think it was long enough though to shake off the side effects which I still experience.
Being told that people using beta blocker are now MORE likely to suffer a stroke or heart attach is the last straw.
why don't you try some traditional chinese medicine??
Anne Grimsby England

UK

#16 Jul 9, 2007
Well I have stopped taking all the water tablets/Ramipril ect, I take my own blood pressure which is fine..
I feel great, full of energy, a completely new look at life..Doing lots of things I couldn't do before, thats hard to believe that blood pressure tablets can make you feel so ill.I to gave up sex, couldn't be bothered but know I have so much energy and love for life....Sounds mad but I would rather take that chance of having a heart attach at least I would have lived a happy fulfilling life !!! I eat properly, no fat or sugar,dont smoke, or drink (to excess) a couple a week,walk at least 2 miles a day with my dogs some times more if my husband is with me...So if that isn't enough to keep me fit I dont know what is.My grandmother lived to 97 and never went to the doctor's... Some times I am convinced that doctors are told to keep giving us the tablets, any tablets for every thing to eire on the side of caution...Trouble is its us poor soles that live with the side effects....
This is my opinion any way.....
Anne Grimsby England

UK

#18 Jul 10, 2007
maureen wrote:
Keep away from the Doctors Anne?
Ramiril is very hard to take for some people. I am on the highest dose i used to get dizzy but persisted and now am okay except i am extremely tired as i take three lots of tablets. They must think you are needy of these pills Anne or you would not be on them.
That's the trouble Maureen,I do take my own blood pressure and its fine, it only goes up at the surgery because I suffer from white coat syndrome, but the doctor wont have it....
They tell you on the TV to buy your own blood pressure machine, whats the point if they dont trust them.....Mine was 120 and was calibrated at the surgery and they matched....
Well I still wont take the tablets as I feel so much better know !! Anne
ibnmakka

Greenwich, CT

#19 Jul 14, 2007
I have been on micadis for a week and started
to have heavey dizziness and slight chest pains ,went to DR. and he changed to HYZAAR,
i still having similar experiences.
Any advice?
carol

Phoenix, AZ

#20 Jul 17, 2007
My Cardiologist changed my blood pressure meds from Atenolol about a year ago to Diovan and clonodine along with triamterene and my blood pressure is the best it has ever been. I have to take it I had a quint by-pass in 1996 and to tell truth I'd be scared to death not to take my meds. I died in 1995. U should not fool with your blood pressure meds.
Anne Grimsby England

UK

#21 Jul 18, 2007
Hi, yes live a healthier life style and you wont kneed tablets...plenty of exercise,walking is good... good healthy food,cod liver oil ,plenty of garlic/ginger in your food,and stop worrying about any thing....Enjoy life .I am speaking from my own expearence..Anne
Chris

New Rochelle, NY

#22 Jul 23, 2007
You may want to try RESPeRATE too. There are no side effects, no drugs and you can get it without a prescription. Also, a doctor on the site ( www.resperate.com ) said "If anything, RESPeRATE use may improve sexual function. The inability to perform the sexual act is associated with both impairment of blood flow to small vessels in the sex organ and to stress. Regular use of the RESPeRATE has been clinically proven to increase blood flow through small vessels."

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