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I am taking amlodapine pritor and a beta blocker.i want to

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I am taking amlodapine pritor and a beta blocker.i want to stop the beta blocker.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. David replied 2 years ago.

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it sounds like you are taking these blood pressure medications.

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is your blood pressure under control?

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why do you want to stop the beta blocker?

Dr. David :

what beta blocker are you taking and what dose?

JACUSTOMER-5ld6c6ol- : Sotolol 40 grams in the morning and 20 at night.i have virtually all the side effects.depression,giddy,tired I was given that dose a year ago after a valve replacement operation in England
Dr. David :

giddy or dizziness?

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beta blockers don't typically cause depression.

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what is your blood pressure range?

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and your heart rate?

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these need to be know before you and your doctor can start tapering you off of your beta blocker

JACUSTOMER-5ld6c6ol- : My blood pressure is usually 140. Over75 and my heartbeat is 58
Dr. David :

your heart rate is low, most likely from the beta blocker

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and your blood pressure is pretty good.

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beta blockers can cause fatigue.

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you might need a separate medication to treat depression if you have depression.

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after valve replacement surgery, you want to keep your heart relaxted and your blood pressure low and not beating so fast.

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the beta blocker helps with that.

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amlodipine is a calcium channel blocker and can help decrease your blood pressure as well.

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you should talk to your doctor about switching the amlodipine to something like a lisinopril ACE inhibitor which can help decrease your blood pressure and help improve blood flow to the kidneys.

Dr. David :

have you talked to your doctor about switching and stopping your beta blocker?

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