Q. Is there any BP medicine without side effect?

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Dr. Rishu
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This is a premium question & answer published on Jan 22, 2018

Hi doctor,

I am a cardiac patient since 16 years after a massive MI followed by an angioplasty. Thereafter, I was taking medication to control high BP along with Aspirin as well as for cholesterol. Recently, I have another mild attack and did my second angioplasty. My BP is fluctuating between 150/90 mmHg to 140/80 mmHg. However, I am on the following medication. Nebistar 5 mg, Repace 50, Aspirin 150, Clopilet 75 and Aztor 40 mg. On taking these medicines, I feel I am experiencing some side effects such as headache, depression and ED. Is there any medication to avoid these side effects? I am 60 years old and active in social works. My clinical reports are normal. I am not a diabetic. My creatinine is normal and HDL and LDL are average. I am expecting your medical advice. Please suggest a BP medicine with a fewer side effects. Thanks.

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Hi,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

  • Nebistar - Nebivolol is a beta blocker and is associated with dizziness and erectile dysfunction.
  • I would suggest you shift from Nebistar 5 mg to Carvedilol 6.25 mg twice daily for two weeks and thereafter increasing the dosage to 12.5 mg twice daily optimum for heart patients.
  • Carvedilol is a highly selective beta blocker and having least side effects as compared to beta blocker. Beta blocker is a must post angioplasty, so it is the safest option.
  • Repace 50 mg is a Losartan AT1 antagonist. Though side effect of AT1 antagonist as dry cough is very rare, yet if you feel it.
  • I would suggest you to initially make the dose of Repace 25 mg once a day for two weeks and add tablet Eptus (Eplerenone) 25 mg twice, which is a mild anti-hypertensive potassium sparing agent.
  • It prevents cardiac remodeling. It is very good for patients with myocardial infarction. A serum potassium level is to be checked every month to regulate the dosage.
  • You have not mentioned the time since last angioplasty and your left ventricle ejection fraction. In case LVEF is less, then tablet Flavedon MR (Trimetazidine) can also be added in 35 mg (twice daily) dose.
  • If possible, please send the details of your 2D echo reports, angioplasty reports and stent details. Kindly consult your treating doctor, discuss with him or her and take the treatment with consent.

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