Side effects of Bystolic

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anxious annie
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   Posted 10/7/2011 7:14 AM (GMT -6)   
 Do any of you take Bystolic for BP problems?  If so are you having adverse side effects?  It works great on the BP, but wrecks havoc other ways.
 
Thanks, Annie

stkitt
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   Posted 10/7/2011 9:06 AM (GMT -6)   
Annie,
 
From what I have heard, the biggest negative to this drug is the loss of exercise endurance.  I am not sure what side effects you are having but perhaps checking in with your Dr. is a good idea.
 
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anxious annie
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   Posted 10/7/2011 3:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Has anyone actually taken this drug? If so what if any side effects did you have?
 
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painterofdreams
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   Posted 10/17/2011 9:54 PM (GMT -6)   
This drug is creating so much havoc for my sister. She has been on it for about a month. She had the dosage screwed up, so the doctor corrected that and bp is "ok"...could be better. 130's, 40's/80's. The side effects are horrible. she is a zombie all the time...cries for no reason, wakes in a total panic. She feels jittery and has a burning sensation in my upper body all the way to her head. I am hopeful that before she goes back in two weeks, these will subside at least some. Right now, its pretty intolerable. She has even moved out and back into our mothers home because of a phobia of being in our home. *sigh...at my wits end. Sheri

Marburg
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   Posted 10/31/2011 1:20 PM (GMT -6)   
I started on Bystolic in June. Since then I've had terrible side effects: headaches, mental fog, feel like I can't breathe, fluid retention in legs, ankles and hands, trouble sleeping, mental confusion, chest discomfort. Had to add 2 fluid pills to help with edema

On the plus side, blood pressure is in normal range and tachcardyia (fast pulse) was also normal.

Doctor has had to adjust doages 3-4 times and then took me off. Now my bp is climbing and so is heart rate. I am at my wits end. I have never felt so awful in my life as I am right now with and without the bystolic.

BTW--all heart tests came back normal.

Marburg
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meds: Lantus Solostar, Novolog Flex, Prandin, 10mg Lisinopril, Dexliant, Welchol, Baby Aspirin, 1.25mg Bystolic
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anxious annie
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   Posted 10/31/2011 1:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the replys.
I have been on this for about 2 months now. I was fine for a couple of weeks but then as the drug built up in my system ( I am assuming it is the Bystolic ) I started feeling so tired and no energy at all. Is a major issue just to do a little cleaning. I also had diarrhea and I think worst of all my hair seems to be thinning. I was taking 10 mg and took it upon myself to cut the pill in half. This seems to help, I am not quite so tired. I check my pressure daily and it seems to be saying in the OK level. I intend to talk to my doctor about another med or if the 5 mg works staying on it. It is great to lower the BP.

anxious annie
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   Posted 11/3/2011 7:02 AM (GMT -6)   
 Could you explain what you mean when saying normal blood pressure??  I am not too medically literate. LOL

Marburg
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   Posted 11/4/2011 2:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi annie

Bystolic for me didn't really lower bp much. It did slow heart rate but the side effects were so terrible I had to be taken off it
Diagnosis: Diabetes, IBS, GERD, Hypertension, Osteoarthritis (right knee (severe), lower back (mild))

meds: Lantus Solostar, Novolog Flex, Prandin, 10mg Lisinopril, Dexliant, Welchol, Baby Aspirin, 1.25mg Bystolic
Vitamins: Soy supplement, Vitamin D3,

TbearMN
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   Posted 11/15/2011 5:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Bystolic is my 5th medication since April 2009 to treat slightly high blood pressure and my Ventricular Tachyardia.  They put me on this medication 4 weeks ago, with 4 sample bottles to see how the side effects go. The previous 5 medications also gave me such dire side effects, they thought this one would help. Well it worked wonders for the first 4 weeks. I called my Dr last week to tell them the good news, they ordered me up 3 months of medication. By the 2nd day into my prescription, my ankles started to swell.  I started getting very very mild palpitations. I checked my bp this am on my home monitor and it was up there and my pulse was very low at 53. I called them to let them know what was going on and its now a head scratcher for them. They have no idea why, one day it worked fine and the next, the light switch went off and now I am having issues again. Topped with the fact that the other 5 popular meds to treat me- I cant take because the side effects were devastating. I take my meds in the AM and within an hour i feel like could sleep a week. I feel dragged out all day long now and have zero energy. I force myself to do what I need to do during the day but by 9pm I am exhausted from the day. By 10pm I can feel my meds starting to give out. The flush comes over me, the palps start in stronger and I do have to say i sleep at night- some minor night mares but 100% better than with any othe drug I have taken. I guess we all are in the small minority that it has effects on. I have talked to many people who have been on it for a very long time and have had zero problems at all.
Makes me wonder what the next step will be.

crazykitty
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   Posted 11/15/2011 9:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I normally post on the fibro forum, But I do have hypertensive heart disease, diastolic dysfunction and pulmonary hypertension.

I've been on a combination of Bystolic and Diltiazem and my blood pressure is near normal now. I've been lucky not to have any side effects, but have noticed an increased appetite since I started Bystolic...don't know if this connected in anyway. I started the bystolic in May and have been on diltiazem for 4 years.

Is it uncommon to be on a calcium channel blocker along with a beta blocker?

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stkitt
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   Posted 11/16/2011 10:36 AM (GMT -6)   
CK,
 
In some cases, your doctor might prescribe a calcium channel blocker along with other high blood pressure medications or with cholesterol-lowering drugs such as statins. It looks like this is what your Dr. has chosen for you and it is working so I would trust in your Dr. and if you have any unusual issues do let your Dr. know.
 
Happy Wednesday to you.
 
Kitt
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crazykitty
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   Posted 11/16/2011 11:02 AM (GMT -6)   
ThankYou Kitt for your reply...Hope you have a wonderful day too. yeah
 
Hugs, Robin

anxious annie
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   Posted 11/26/2011 8:15 AM (GMT -6)   
 Thanks for all of the information.  When I started on the 10mg I took the first pill in the am.  I was completely zonked for the day.  I then decided to take it at night which helped until it built up in my system.  I now take just 5mg at night and I still get sleepy in the afternoon but nothing like when I medicated in the morning.  Sometimes you wonder which is worse, the disease or the cure.

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   Posted 12/22/2011 7:23 PM (GMT -6)   
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shopgirl1971
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   Posted 12/23/2011 5:46 PM (GMT -6)   
I was put on Bystolic 5mg after being on Toprol, Coreg, HCTZ, Lisinopril... none of those worked and actually made me feel terrible. Lisinopril caused an allergic reaction. All of this in a few months! I have been very discouraged already and as I wrote somewhere else on the forum, it was a little worrying when reading about people trying for years to get medicines to work.

The Bystolic 5mg did not lower my blood pressure but did work on my heart rate. My doctor raised it to 10mg and so far, my blood pressure has been in the mid 90s-130/70s-mid 80s. I wrote about it here to introduce myself to everyone. www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=42&m=2292973

I have had side effects, but have lost some side effects the other meds were causing. My mental clarity is good. I felt like I was in a fog with the other medicines. My fatigue is going away. I was having issues with insomnia the first week, but that is letting up. I had only one night of nightmares - which can happen with Bystolic. It was a crazy, silly dream but very vivid.

My doctor is having me do a stress test because since going up to 10mg, at times I have chest ache. No shooting pains, or any other issues when the discomfort occurs such as vision changes, shortness of breath, etc. Just a sort of ache at my breastbone or at the top of my breasts. It is not activity related. I am thinking it may be more gastronomical because I have had a more gurgly stomach, burping and gas on the 10mg. blush I am actually glad we are doing the stress test. I gained about 50 pounds in the last two years and that is the cause of my HBP. I have no other health issues. Still, it will be good to have this done and know for sure that there isn't anything else.

Besides the insomnia, dream and chest ache, I do get headaches from time to time. They are much less now than the first few days I went up to 10mg. I also have pressure in my sinuses in the afternoon/early evening when my blood pressure used to be at its highest. At times it feels like a flutter since I went on BP medications. My doc says that she doesn't feel it is anything to be concerned about right now, and this has become less intense in the last week or so. One weird effect that I had the first week on 5mg was incredible tooth sensitivity with my top teeth. It was very uncomfortable at times, and apparently other people have experienced this. It went away after a few days thankfully.

I read from others on this drug that it takes around 6 weeks to see some effects fade out. I am hoping it keeps working for me and that the effects I have become even less. Still, compared to what I have experienced on the other drugs this one is giving me the least amount of problems.

It's different for everyone. :-)

Post Edited (shopgirl1971) : 12/23/2011 3:56:49 (GMT-7)


Shang
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   Posted 5/29/2013 11:48 AM (GMT -6)   
I see by the date of the last post on this thread that I'm a late-comer to these gatherings...but what the heck...

My doctor advised me to begin taking 5mg. Bystolic for BP. I did some reading on the web, and found many scary side-effects related to Bystolic. The doctor pointed out that only a minority of patients experience severe problems, whereas falling dead in one's tracks is an attention-getter. He reiterated that high BP often has no overt symptoms, but can result in the patient getting patted on the face with a shovel. Since I'm pretty much normal weight, and a non-smoker, Bystolic was a good bet for treatment.
So I've been on Bystolic for about six months, BP is back in the Normal range, side-effects include a tendency for fingers and toes to get cold, and I have lurid technicolor dreams that I usually cannot remember in the morning. Things are okay in the bedroom (I've read that this can sometimes be a problem with Bystolic).
I exercise and do a regular program of weight training. The doctor suggested that I forget power-lifting, or max-lifting since this could put a strain on the heart. So I'm keeping the weights low, but increasing the reps. No problems in the gym that couldn't be explained by the fact that I'm seventy-three.
Aint life interesting...

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   Posted 7/26/2013 4:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Just going off Bystolic today. I've been on it for about four years and never really thought it was giving me problems. But now, after researching I can see where I did suffer. I thought my asthma was getting worse, turns out it could be the Bystolic; I gained over 20 pounds on the drug, partly because it lowered my already low blood sugar; my svt and afib started getting much worse and come to find out Bystolic blocks potassium from entering your cells, so my blood tests looked good but there is no potassium where it's needed. I'm starting a calcium channel blocker today, hopefully this is the end of the road. Oh yeah, and I took Metoprolol for nine days and thought I was in hell. Then thought I was having a heart attack when I stopped it. So I took the Bystolic again until I could convince my doctors I needed something different.

stkitt
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   Posted 7/26/2013 4:42 PM (GMT -6)   
 
You have had a long course of problems however I do hope you are getting to the end of your problems with medications.  In stopping the  Bystolic which medication did your physician start you on ?  You mentioned a calcium channel blocker ??
 
Do let us know how you are doing as we care.
 
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Kitt
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msclaus
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   Posted 7/28/2013 8:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Kitt, I am on Dilitiazam. I do have a couple questions. They told me I could quit Bystolic cold turkey. My bp has been a little high and I seem to have on again, off again afib-more than usual. Last Bystolic dose was three days ago and I'm getting ready to take my third dose of Dilitiazam. Is what I'm experiencing withdrawal symptoms? I've had svt and afib for years but hardly had any episodes until they started messing with my medications.

msclaus
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   Posted 8/1/2013 6:09 PM (GMT -6)   
A little update: feeling better every day. The pharmacist was shocked that I wasn't required to wean off the Bystolic, but I'm getting there. BP hasn't been too high, never in the stroke area. I cut down on stimulants and am taking acupuncture to get my body used to all that adrenalin again. Haven't had any SVT for almost two weeks, getting some afib but it's very light and doesn't sap my strength-and those episodes are tapering off as well. The great thing is I can breathe again! The Bystolic was making my asthma worse. It's nice to be able to walk without getting winded. Have an appointment with the cardiologist tomorrow, hope he's as pleased as I am. The lesson here is educate yourself! I thought I knew what was going on, but both the doctor and I missed some crucial signs. The Diltiazem isn't supposed to have as many side effects, but you can bet I'll be watching!

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   Posted 8/2/2013 12:46 AM (GMT -6)   
I have noticed that ever since I started on the 5mg bystolic, I have gained alot of weight and I generally do not feel my best. I get dizzy very often , I am beginning to have sharp headaches if I laugh even for a little bit and I get some weird jittery feeling from within all over my body. I have a very strange feeling of being unwell, lack of cordination, and have been having very serious body aches , weakness in the lower leg and pain in the feet for sometime now. I can only attribute this to bystolic .

Is anyone else out there going through the same things I am? I

would reeeeeeeeeeeeeeeèey appreciate an input....

Thanks


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msclaus
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   Posted 8/3/2013 10:13 AM (GMT -6)   
Idara, I gained 25 pounds on Bystolic. Hoping to lose it now that I'm off it. That, my asthma getting worse, and kind of losing interest in things were my worst side effects.

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   Posted 8/10/2013 3:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Currently taking 5mg Bystolic since May 26, 2013.   My average bp heart rate is 100/65 80.  However I am fatigued, light headiness, and deep breathing, after minor excursions such as walking for 100 yards, or going up 1 flight of stairs. I am 68yo.    I had to stop and lean against some wall or post for about 3-5 minutes before continuing.   Any one else has such fatigue and weakness experience taking Bystolic?  Prior to I did not experience this.
 
Albert45 

msclaus
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   Posted 8/11/2013 9:01 AM (GMT -6)   
So it's been two weeks since I quit the Bystolic. My breathing is so much better I can actually go for real walks. Not getting winded just walking from the car to the store and the weight is off my chest. I noticed something else-the back of my hands were getting old looking, like you would expect a 90 year old's to look. Kind of purple and the veins were collapsed. I was always pale and my skin looked papery, also like a 90 year old. Now my hands are back to normal, the veins are plump, and I have rosy cheeks again. And the papery skin is back to normal. In the beginning I was having daily episodes of either svt or afib as my body got used to handling the adrenalin again, but those are tapering off and the episodes are much milder. The cardiologist is pleased, but he was puzzled by the skin thing. Not surprised, that's not in their realm of study, but my acupuncturist understands completely-poor circulation. I have tons more energy, too. The Diltiazem is not without side effects, especially the dry mouth, but now that I am off the beta blocker we will have more freedom to experiment with calcium channel blockers. My goal is to exercise and lose weight, reducing my need for the drugs. I expect it will take a few more weeks before I'm back to normal, still struggling with low blood sugar, but that will come too.

msclaus
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   Posted 8/13/2013 1:08 AM (GMT -6)   
Well, I think I need to go back to the drawing board for yet another BP med. Glad to be off the Bystolic, but the Diltiazem is causing some things I don't like. My ears ring all the time, I have massive hot flashes, and my heart pounds hard in my chest, which will sometimes trigger SVT. Looked it up and the caution is to call the doctor right away. Crap!
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