I hope no one minds if I resurrect this old[ish] thread. My new doctor just recommended a BP medicine in order to prevent kidney problems--of which I have none and have never had traces of in 23 years. This is the first time I've ever heard of this...so I found it frustrating to be told that it's standard. All my blood work is normal, my BPs run low. I'm very wary of taking meds. I went through an avandia and glucophage phase with one doctor, but cut those out almost immediately because of how crappy I felt.
In any case, I appreciate the talk here. I will definitely have to have another discussion with my doctor about this. :)
When I was new to diabetes and to Kaiser, my primary almost killed me with Lisinopril. He didn't have a clue I have autonomic neuropathy. My BP was always high in his office, but at home is seldom above 75/45 in the a.m. I tried to tell him and he didn't believe me. I finally just threw the dang pills out. He'd also given me glipizide and I was having some nasty lows. I wouldn't take anything you don't think you need, Kaiser docs that I've known are way too quick to prescribe and way to slow to listen when things go wrong. Oh, and stay away from their dieticians, too.
not bad advice at all...
I'm extremely wary of pills.
and I have blood pressure that is rarely above normal and is more likely below normal most times. :) I'm proud of that.
Ack. I hate pills...and pharmeceuticals. :P
except insulin. that's good. LOL :D
Yes I was put on those exact drugs. I had an odd reaction to 2 of them.
I got diarhea from the lovestatin and I got positional hypotension from the Lisinopril as well as feeling of choking from the Lisinopril.
After 3 other drugs to replace them, I finally just said "I'M NOT TAKING THEM "
I have normal blood pressure and normal cholesterol.
Kaiser wants all diabetics on that stuff, I was berated for close to a year. I would be happy to take them if I needed them or If there were no side effects.
My BP runs about 110/80 and I' happy with that, My cholesterol runs about 150, HDL 75
It is crazy that anyone would want me on a statin at 150/ 75.
It is protocol there tho, You just have to be clear with them,
I take the aspirin though because it has no side effects for me.