Doc changing my blood pressure message
Doc reccommended I change my BP med from HCTZ (hyrochorathiazide) to Liprinosil, but after reading the description of it that I got from both the pharmacist and from things online, I am a bit leery about changing. For one thing, I am also on Xeralto blood thinner, and my cardiologist recommended I eat some spinach daily, as Vitamin K may help prefent that - not guaranteed, of course, but may potentially help - and if I did have internal bleeding, I would be getting Vitaman K intravenously for it. However, the Liprinosil guideline says this drug can cause elevation in postassium (which spinach is high in), and I eat about 12 raw spinich leaves daily, in the evening, and I also have a banana about 3 - 4 times a week and usually after I finish a race. I am a runner and do a lot of 5Ks over the year - have done 61 5Ks so far this year. The pharmacist told me that should be okay, that the guideline is more directed about potassium supplements that really elevate your potassium levels, but I am still a bit leery. The other thing is that I read one of the side effect that this drug can make you tired/fatigued - and as a runner, I certainly do not want that! Also, what I read said Liprinosil can lower heart rate - and the reason I got the pacemaker in the first place - I only had it implanted this past August - is because I had (have) and Afib and a low heart rate of 34 - 38 beats per minute. By the time I was wheeled into the surgery, my heart rate was down to 28 beats per minute. With the pacemake now, HR now is in the 54 - 76 range, and my "max" was set nicely by the PM folks to accommodate my runing (for the 5K I did this morning, my heart rate reached 130) and I have been feeling really good. So I don't think a medicine that lowers my heart rate would be so good for me as a runner. If it did, would I am lose stamina and energy when I am out there doing my thing? I love running, have been a runner now for 35 years and, although I have now slowed down a bit as the years have gone by, .I have no plans to stop.
I am not fond of the HCTZ either, cuz it makes one pee a lot and also - I will be quite frank here - . HCTZ can contribute toward ED, and I have noticed that a bit lately. i mean, shoot, my wife and I are in our 60s, so it's not like we're 'going at it' like we did when we first met, were younger, etc - but still, it would be nice on occasion to be with her. So I am in a quandry here about which one I should take. I will be calling my cardiologist in the coming week and ask for his opinion, too; but meanwhile, anyone have any experience with the above, is on Liprinosil and is an active person (runner, biker, swimmer, triathlete, whatever...)
Thank you for any feedback!