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Hi My age is 41, weight is 85 KG and height is 1.7 meters. At the beginning of this year I started feeling slight dizziness and shortness of breath. I latter found out that my blood pressure was on the high side averaging 140/90. I tried to exercise this pressure down, healthy eating, no salt, but problem is that sometimes my pressure would spike to levels like 160/110 pulse 150 for a short time of less than 5 minutes and then leave me feeling weak for a few days.
Before starting Medication I did ESG, ECHO, cholesterol test, x-ray and blood test. Everything was registering normal.
So I was put on amlodipine 10mg and Propranolol 40mg on 1st July 2016. This helped lower my blood pressure to around 115/68. Only problem is that it makes me feel quite tired after little activity like walking. After complaining about this tiredness to the doctor yesterday, he changed my drugs to 100mg Losartan (1 tablet per day) and 25mg Atenolol (2 tablets per day).
Won’t the sudden stop of using amlodipine and propranolol bring problems; I thought they would just reduce the medication cause this is what I ultimately want, reduction of these meds until I stop using completely?
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Hi there. Amlodipine is a calcium channel blocker and Propranolol is a beta blocker. Often medics are cautious when a Beta blocker is being stopped(Especially on higher doses). But in this case you have just changed to a different beta blocker (Atenolol)
There should be no -problem.
I have been around the block with lots of different bp meds. The one certainty is that they ALL have side effects.Some worse than others.Things move a little slowly in the BP world, and I guess you are seeing your doc for review in 6 to 8 weeks? You need to be patient, your system will slowly adjust to the tables somewhat, over time. If your numbers are high, you need the meds.
If I were you, i would insist on a 24 hour ABPM test. its a little annoying, but is not expensive. This will give a full 24 hour profile of your bp averages for a full day.
This will really help in med decision making, as unfortunately very often BP meds are for life. I take 10 tabs  a day and I hate them so so much. But what can we do?

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