Just got back from picking up my new high blood pressure (“hypertension”) medication. Holy crap it sounds scary. First off, it’s called Labetalol. And it’s got all kinds of super fun warnings. I scanned the information sheet I got with it. Just look at the cautions and side effects! (I highlighted the best parts.)
So first, don’t stop taking it or you can have all sorts of fun symptoms including chest pain, shaking, sweating, irregular heartbeat. And when you DO take it, expect common side effects of drowsiness, dizziness, lightheadedness, or fainting. Awesome! And things like HOT WEATHER can make it worse. Hrm…let’s see. Florida. In July. Nope. No possible chance of hot weather here!
And then there’s a SECOND section of side effects: dizziness, indigestion, lightheadedness, nausea, stuffy nose, temporary tingling of the scalp, unusual tiredness. Man it just gets better.
Let’s not forget the possible SEVERE side effect list which went on so long I had to scan a second page and paste ’em together into one image. Things like…
chest pain, dark urine, decreased sexual activity, fainting, fast, slow or irregular heartbeat, fever, chills, persistent sore throat, mental or mood changes (eg, depression), muscle pain or tenderness, pale stools, persistent cough, persistent loss of appetite, right upper stomach pain, severe or persistent dizziness, shortness of breath swelling of the hands or feed, unusual bruising or bleeding, unexplained sudden weight gain, weakness, wheezing, vision changes or yellowing of the skin or eyes.
Holy crap! I think my blood pressure just went up reading the side effects. Now I’m even MORE worried and not really sure I want to take this. Sounds WAY too risky. Ugh.
This. Seriously. Sucks.