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Medication Side Effects

What is one side effect from your heart failure medication that you hate having but wouldn't give it up if it guaranteed living longer?

  1. Low blood pressure meds make me tired early evenings. I nod out on my recliner by 8-830 PM. I am on two low BP meds. Hopefully, one of these will not be needed after the first year from my heart attack.

    1. I can understand that, especially if you're not used to getting tired early. For me, I hate the frequent urination that comes with the diuretics. However, if I becoming a DEPENDS user means a longer life, I would become a brand ambassador (LOL). Seriously though, with time, you may get weaned off of your meds depending on how your condition needs to be managed. Also, look at your nodding off as an opportunity to master power napping. Your heart is one of the hardest working muscles in your body. So, if your body says rest, then rest.

  2. So I figured out how to take all my meds without getting too tired or too dizzy. My heart doctor congratulated me on figuring it out. He should have told me long ago. I have 24 hours to take pills. I used to take half after breakfast and half after dinner. Now I spread it out over the day and evening. I now take my morning meds in shifts. Some after breakfast, some right before lunch. I now take my evening meds in shifts too. Some after dinner and some after dessert. By spreading them out, I don't get tired and I don't feel dizzy anymore. It took me 3 months to figure this out lol.

    1. thanks for sharing! That's a great idea. I switched one of my meds from taking it in the evening to the morning to help alleviate one of my symptoms. For some meds, twice a day may mean just a certain number of hours apart. It's great that you discussed it with your doctor. Did you tell your pharmacist as well?

    2. I remember after my transplant I was taking 40 pills or more and learning to take them was a task so I understand how you feel and its most definitely something to rejoice over. I celebrate with you
      Kimberly (Heart-failure Team)

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