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side-effects your prescriptions drugs are causing 

Discover your synthetic blood pressure medications long term risks 

Atenolol (Tenormin)

  • Dizziness

  • Lightheadedness

  • Tired feeling

  • Nausea

  • Slow heart rate

  • Depression

  • Decreased sex drive

  • Impotence

  • Difficulty having an orgasm

  • Sleep problems (insomnia)

  • Anxiety

  • Nervousness

  • Mild shortness of breath

  • Heart arrhythmias, 

  • Low blood pressure (hypotension) 

  • Pulmonary emboli

  • Chest pain 

  • Bronchospasm. 

 

Amlodipine (Norvasc, Lotrel)

  • Cough 

  • Dizziness

  • Lightheadedness,

  • Headache

  • Swelling of the hands/ankles/feet

  • Rash

  • New or worsened chest pain

  • Yellowing skin or eyes (jaundice) 

  • Nausea, 

  • Upper stomach pain

  • Itching, 

  • Unusual weakness or tired feeling 

  • Rapid weight gain

  • Fever, 

  • Chills, 

  • Sore throat 

  • Body aches 

  • Flu symptoms 

  • High potassium (slow heart rate, weak pulse, muscle weakness, tingly feeling), or

  • Angioedema (swelling). Angioedema, if severe, can cause tongue and larynx swelling that inhibits or blocks the airway; this emergency condition needs immediate treatment.

  • Light-headed feeling, like you might pass out;

  • Swelling in your hands or feet, rapid weight gain

  • New or worsened chest pain

  • Fever, chills, sore throat, body aches, flu symptoms 

  • High potassium--nausea, weakness, tingly feeling, chest pain, irregular heartbeats, loss of movement

  • Liver problems--nausea, stomach pain (upper right side), itching, unusual tiredness, flu-like symptoms, dark urine, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes).

Benazepril (Lotensin)

  •     Fatigue

  •     Headache

  •     Nausea

  •     Vomiting

  •     Chest pain

  •     Impotence

  •     Sore or swollen throat

  •     Persistent cough

  • Serious Side Effects of Benazepril:

  •     Feeling light headed, fainting

  •     Fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms

  •     Pale skin, easy bruising or bleeding

  •     Pounding or uneven heartbeat

  •     Red skin rashes

  •     Severe blistering, peeling

  •     Severe fatigue or muscle weakness

  • Signs of an Allergic Reaction to Benazepril:

  •     Hives

  •     Severe stomach pain

  •     Difficulty breathing

  •     Swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat

  • New or worsening chest pain

  • Slow or uneven heartbeats

  • Light-headed feeling, like you might pass out

  • Shortness of breath (even with mild exertion), swelling, rapid weight gain

  • Cold feeling in your hands and feet.

  • Constipation

 

 

Carvedilol (Coreg) 

  • Dizziness

  • Unusual tiredness

  • Low blood pressure

  • Diarrhea

  • High blood sugar

  • Lack of energy or weakness

  • Slower heart rate

  • Weight gain

  • Changes in sex drive or performance

  • Dry eyes

  • Dry, itchy skin

  • Headache

  • Nausea

  • Allergic reactions. Symptoms can include:

  • Skin rash

  • Hives

  • Swelling of your face, lips, or tongue

  • Changes in your heart rate.

  • Symptoms can include:

  • Irregular or slow heart rate

  • Feeling dizzy or fainting

  • Heart problems. Symptoms can include

  • Breathing problems or shortness of breath

  • Weight gain

  • Swollen legs, ankles, or arms

  • Chest pain

  • Liver problems. Symptoms can include:

  • Dark-colored urine

  • Vomiting

  • Yellowing of your skin or the whites of your eyes

  • Eye problems.

  • Symptoms can include:

  • Change in eyesight

  • Changes in how contact lenses feel in your eyes

  • Urinary problems. Symptoms can include

  • Being unable to pass urine

  • Change in how much urine you pass 

 

 

 

Chlorothiazide (Diuril)

  • Dizziness, 

  • Spinning sensation, 

  • Lightheadedness, 

  • Headache, 

  • Blurred vision, 

  • Loss of appetite

  • Stomach upset

  • Stomach cramps 

  • Diarrhea 

  • Constipation

  • Muscle spasm as your body adjusts to Diuril. 

  • Decreased sexual ability

  • Loss of interest in sex

  • Increased sensitivity to the sun

  • Light-headed feeling, like you might pass out

  • Little or no urination

  • Severe pain in your upper stomach spreading to your back

  • Low blood cell counts--pale or yellowed skin, dark colored urine, fever, easy bruising or bleeding

  • Signs of an electrolyte imbalance--dry mouth, increased thirst or urination, confusion, vomiting, constipation, muscle pain or weakness, leg cramps, dizziness, drowsiness, lack of energy, feeling restless, fast heartbeats, tingly feeling.

 

Furosemide (Lasix)

  • Tiredness

  • Weakness

  • Weight gain

  • Dry hair and skin

  • Increased feelings of being cold 

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Diarrhea

  • Constipation

  • Stomach cramping

  • Feeling like you or the room is spinning (vertigo)

  • Dizziness

  • Headache

  • Blurred vision

  • Itching or rash

  • Excessive loss of water and electrolytes. Symptoms can include:

  • Dry mouth

  • Feeling of thirst

  • Weakness

  • Drowsiness

  • Restlessness

  • Muscle pains or cramps

  • Urinating less

  • Fast or abnormal heartbeat

  • Severe nausea or vomiting

  • Low levels of thyroid hormones. Symptoms can include:

  • Tiredness

  • Weakness

  • Weight gain

  • Dry hair and skin

  • Increased feelings of being cold

  • Pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas). Symptoms can include:

  • Pain when you eat or drink

  • Severe nausea or vomiting

  • Fever

  • Jaundice, also known as icterus

  • Liver damage. Symptoms can include:

  • Yellowing of your skin

  • Yellowing of the whites of your eyes

  • Hearing loss or ringing in your ears (can be temporary or permanent)

  • Blistering or peeling skin

Hydrochlorothiazide (Hydrodiuril, Microzide)

  • Weakness, 

  • Low blood pressure

  • Light sensitivity 

  • Blurred vision 

  • Impotence 

  • Nausea, 

  • Abdominal or stomach pain

  • Constipation

  • Electrolyte disturbances 

  • Pancreatitis 

  • Yellow skin or eyes (jaundice)

  • Severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis), and 

  • Rashes. 

  • Decrease in vision, or 

  • Eye pain.

  • Light-headed feeling, like you might pass out

  • Eye pain, vision problems

  • Jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes)

  • Pale skin, easy bruising, unusual bleeding (nose, mouth, vagina, or rectum)

  • Shortness of breath, wheezing, cough with foamy mucus, chest pain;

  • Signs of electrolyte imbalance--dry mouth, thirst, drowsiness, lack of energy, restlessness, muscle pain or weakness, fast heart rate, nausea and vomiting, little or no urine; or

  • Severe skin reaction--fever, sore throat, swelling in your face or tongue, burning in your eyes, skin pain followed by a red or purple skin rash that spreads (especially in the face or upper body) and causes blistering and peeling.

Lisinopril (Prinivil, Zestril)

  • Cough 

  • Dizziness 

  • Drowsiness

  • Headache 

  • Depression 

  • Nausea 

  • Vomiting 

  • Diarrhea

  • Upset stomach

  • Mild skin itching or rash

  • Fainting

  • Symptoms of a high potassium blood level (such as muscle weakness, slow/irregular heartbeat, weak pulse, tingly feeling),

  • Signs of infection (such as fever, chills, persistent sore throat, body aches, flu symptoms), 

  • Changes in the amount of urine,

  • Swelling 

  • Rapid weight gain

  • Tired feeling 

  • Pounding or uneven heartbeats

  • Psoriasis (raised, silvery flaking of the skin)

  • Chest pain

  • Light-headed feeling, like you might pass out

  • Fever, sore throat

  • High potassium--nausea, weakness, tingly feeling, chest pain, irregular heartbeats, loss of movement

  • Kidney problems--little or no urination, swelling in your feet or ankles, feeling tired or short of breath

  • Liver problems--nausea, upper stomach pain, itching, tired feeling, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes)

 

 

Losartan (Cozaar)

  • Diarrhea

  • Stomach pain

  • Muscle cramps

  • Leg or back pain

  • Dizziness

  • Headache

  • Sleep problems (insomnia)

  • Tiredness, and 

  • Cold or flu symptoms such as stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat, fever, and cough

  • Light-headed feeling, like you might pass out;

  • Pain or burning when you urinate;

  • High potassium level--nausea, weakness, tingly feeling, chest pain, irregular heartbeats, loss of movement; or

  • Kidney problems--little or no urination, rapid weight gain, painful or difficult urination, swelling in your hands, feet, or ankles.

  • Dizziness;

  • Back pain; or

  • Cold symptoms such as stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat

​​Metoprolol succinate (Toprol-XL)

  • Abdominal cramps,

  • Diarrhea,

  • Constipation,

  • Heartburn,

  • Vomiting,

  • Dry mouth,

  • Headache,

  • Drowsiness,

  • Fatigue,

  • Sleep problems (insomnia),

  • Nausea,

  • Depression, anxiety,

  • Nervousness,

  • Impotence,

  • Lightheadedness,

  • Slow heart rate,

  • Low blood pressure,

  • Cold extremities,

  • Shortness of breath or wheezing,

  • Decreased sex drive,

  • Impotence, or

  • Difficulty having an orgasm.

  • Chest pain,

  • Pounding heartbeats or fluttering in your chest

  • Lightheadedness

  • Fainting,

  • Shortness of breath even with mild exertion

  • Swelling of your hands or feet

  • Upper stomach pain

  • Itching

  • Loss of appetite

  • Dark urine

  • Clay-colored stools

  • Jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes)

  • Easy bruising,

  • Unusual bleeding (nose, mouth, vagina, or rectum)

  • Purple or red pinpoint spots under your skin,

  • Wheezing,

  • Trouble breathing

  • Confusion

  • Memory problems

  • Hallucinations

  • Cold feeling in your hands and feet

 

 

 

 

Metoprolol tartrate (Lopressor)

  • Nausea

  • Vomiting

  • Dry mouth

  • Gas

  • Heartburn

  • Diarrhea

  • Constipation

  • Dizziness

  • Tiredness

  • Depression

  • Decreased sex drive, impotence

  • Difficulty having an orgasm

  • Headache

  • Drowsiness

  • Tiredness

  • Sleep problems (insomnia)

  • Anxiety

  • Nervousness

  • Rash

Serious side effects of Lopressor include

  • Wheezing

  • Shortness of breath

  • Swelling

  • Irregular rapid heartbeats

 

Ramipril (Altace)

  • Headache

  • Cough

  • Tired feeling

  • Dizziness

  • Spinning sensation

  • Malaise

  • Nausea

  • Vomiting

  • Stomach discomfort

  • Light-headed feeling, like you might pass out

  • Jaundice (yellowing of your skin or eyes)

  • Little or no urination

  • Fever, chills, sore throat

  • High potassium--nausea, weakness, tingly feeling, chest pain, irregular heartbeats, loss of movement

  • Headache

  • Cough

  • Dizziness, weakness, tired feeling

 

 

Verapamil (Calan SR, Covera HS, Isoptin SR, Verelan)

  • Heartburn

  • Constipation

  • Headache

  • Dizziness or lightheadedness

  • Difficulty swallowing or breathing

  • Swelling in the hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs

  • Fainting

  • Blurred vision

  • Slow heartbeat

  • Rash

  • Extreme fatigue

  • Nausea

  • Unusual bleeding or bruising

  • Lack of energy

  • Loss of appetite

  • Pain in the upper right part of the stomach

  • Flu-like symptoms

  • Yellowing of the skin or eyes (jaundice)

  • Fever

 

 

 

Lesser Known and used Blood Pressure Medications

 

 

Acebutolol (Sectral)

 

    •    Dizziness, 

    •    Lightheadedness 

    •    Drowsiness

    •    Tiredness,

    •    Slow heartbeat

    •    Anxiety

    •    Nervousness

    •    Constipation

    •    Diarrhea

    •    Stomach upset/gas 

    •    Nausea

    •    Trouble sleeping (insomnia)

    •    Unusual dreams your body adjusts to the medication

 

 

Betaxolol (Kerlone)

 

 

    •    Chest pain or discomfort

    •    Lightheadedness, dizziness, or fainting

    •    Shortness of breath

    •    Slow or irregular heartbeat 

    •    Unusual tiredness

              Less common 

    •    Cold arms, legs, hands, or feet

    •    Difficult or labored breathing

    •    Fast, pounding, or racing heartbeat or pulse

    •    Swelling of face, fingers, feet, or lower legs

    •    Tightness in the chest

    •    Wheezing

Bisoprolol (Zebeta)

    •    Tiredness

    •    Drowsiness

    •    Slow heartbeat 

    •    Lightheadedness upon standing

    •    Dizziness

    •    Spinning sensation

    •    Dry mouth

    •    Nausea

    •    Vomiting

    •    Stomach pain

    •    Diarrhea

    •    Constipation

    •    Increased urination

    •    Runny or stuffy nose

    •    Ringing in your ears

    •    Weakness

    •    Sleep problems (insomnia) 

    •    Depression

    •    Anxiety

    •    Restless feeling

    •    Joint or muscle pain

    •    Itching or skin rash

    •    Loss of interest in sex

 

 

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