Average Rating: 1.5 (22 Ratings)

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 1  Hypertension Drug induced lupus. Rapid heart rate F 73
1X D
 1  High bp F 51 14 days
100 3X D
 3  High blood pressure Taking it with 300 IRBESARTAN started to get joint pain and muscle cramps on day two but my BP has come down a little and stabilized to 145/99 - 160/113 however today I have no energy - my hands and body ache I am afraid this will get to unbearable - After reading all the reviews I am going to stop and ask for something else - F 49 0 days
50 1X D
 1  High Blood Pressure sleep way too much.SHORT OF BREATH!!!! No energy Feel bad every day. No activity due to no energu F 75 12 months
25 3X D
 1  High blood pressure episodes. Headache, dizziness, hear my heart beat in my ears, tingling in hands, some chest pains. I had weakness in legs, eye blurring and neck pain. I had some shortness of breath. I normally have well controlled blood pressure. I have been under alot of stress, so high BP may be related. After a hypertension episode I was instructed to take this medication if my BP reached 170 Systolic or 95 Diastolic. I This last episode I had a heart rate of 184/147. I took as directed. I felt I was possibly having a stroke as I did not know the side effects. It was very frightening. I am seeing my doctor tomorrow to change my regular blood pressure meds as they have stopped working. This med was given to me by a Cardiologist in the ER (23 hour observation) as a emergency medication in case I had another episode. We were on a trip so not a familiar cardiologist. This was my 3rd time in 10 days having one. I had similar weakness the first 2 times but not the prestroke symptoms. I also saw it causes medication induced Lupus. I already have Lupus and RA. Stay away from this drug. It is very dangerous F 62 3 days
10 mg 1X D
 1  Hypertension Extreme weakness, no appetite, hair loss, weight loss, can hear heart beat in ear, do not want to get out of bed, can only walk or stand without feeling weak and tired, muscle and joint pain, B/P out of control This med has done more harm than good. F 90 0 years
100mg 1X D
 1  High blood pressure Headaches light headed , not feeling myself , energy loss. Slight depression because of headache Blood pressure still the same high! M 60 0 weeks
100!mg 3X D
 1  Aching back F 56 1 months
100 mg 3X D
 1  Bp Doesn't lower blood pressure. Distroys your joints. Cause Lupus. More bad than good with this poison. Fined a holistic doctor that does not work for Big pharma , and push pills. F 55 25 months
 1  High blood pressure Headaches cry all the time chest pain shortness of breathe neuropathy extremly worse in feet and legs sweating profusely. Going to old cardiologist Wednesday coming off this drug it is bad for you !! F 64 36 days
75 mg per
 1  High blood pressure I canít breathe and my chest hurts. I first check and my no is 176/120. Run to my bathroom start a warm bath and meditate for 30 mins to bring it down to 136/86. I suffer from anxiety and this pill makes me feel like I am having a heart attack F 38 14 days
 2  Hypertension Edema in legs. Compression socks exacerbate the problem. Has not lowered my systolic but has lowered my diastolic. No energy no drive to get anything done during the day Useless drug. Side effects have dampened my quality of life M 67 6 months
 4  Post partum preeclampsia Lowered diastolic BP. If I missed a dose I would be a bit hypertensive for 1-2 days, despite resuming subsequent doses. Very tired and a little weight gain which may or may not be caused by the med. Sounds like it isn't good to be on long term and a little nervous about weaning off. F 36 2 months
50mg 3*day
 1  High blood pressure Dizziness, nervousness, not feeling like myself, sinus headaches, increase urination, disoriented, ankles swelling. This medication is a death trap. F 64 3 weeks
50mg 2x da
 1  High blood pressure Dizziness, nervousness, not feeling like myself, sinus headaches, increase urination, disoriented, ankles swelling. This medication is a death trap. F 64 3 weeks
50mg 2x da
 1  High blood pressure Gasping for air frequently, pain in head that was different than a common headache. I felt like someone had cut off my oxygen. Gasping for air and not feeling like I was getting any oxygen. M 60 5 days
25 mg 3X D
 2  High Blood Pressure Erratic heart pounding, moments of feeling weak, high urination leading to dehydration. This drug did help my blood pressure but I cannot drink enough water to offset dehydration which is giving me headaches and now tinnitus a common side effect of dehydration I found out. I am up 6 times a night to the bathroom. Pretty lousy way to maintain a low blood pressure. I will need to try a diet of low salt as my blood pressure at worst was 140's over 80's before taking this drug. M 66 60 days
50mg 2X D
 3  high blood pressure Began having pain when bending fingers that would run up my arm. After that, various pains in different parts of my body. Pain was so severe that I couldn't sleep and had trouble getting into car and walked with limp. Researched the drug online and self-diagnosed drug-induced Lupus. Went to doctor who prescribed it and he, too, agreed with my diagnosis. Took me off hydralazine and put on prednisone for several months. I certainly have sympathy now for people with Lupus. I had never hurt so bad in my life. F 62 10 months
20 1X D
 2  High Blood Pressure Took for about three months. At first, not too bad, except made my hair start to fall out. At about 3 months, I got joint and muscle pains so bad, I could not even turn over in bed without pain. I immediately stopped this medication, about two months ago. The pain stopped after missing two doses. At this point, my hair is just starting to come back. I cannot ever take this again! F 66
50 2X D
 1  high blood pressure I am in my late 60s and on no other medications. BP systolic reading as high as 175. I took 1/2 tab twice a day - each tab was 50 mg. I stopped taking this drug after 2 days due to the following reactions: I was nauseous and felt like I was going to throw up; could not think straight; brain fog; fatigue; pressure on the eyes and whole head; heat flushing in face and neck; stuffy and runny nose; muscle twitching above left knee about 4 times a day (for several minutes); loose bowels and heavy urine flow. Decrease in systolic BP was 20 points. None of these symptoms were present before taking this drug. As a summary statement, I felt like I had been poisoned. I was able to bring down my systolic reading by 25-30 points by drinking 12 oz. of aloe vera juice a day (4 oz. 3X a day) and drinking hibiscus tea (a natural diuretic) as my only liquid during the day (16 oz. or more). Though my BP is still high, I will look for other natural methods to lower my BP. I consider this drug a poison. F 68 2 days
50mg 1X D

HYDRALAZINE HCL  (HYDRALAZINE HYDROCHLORIDE):  Hydralazine is used with or without other medications to treat high blood pressure. Lowering high blood pressure helps prevent strokes, heart attacks, and kidney problems. Hydralazine is called a vasodilator. It works by relaxing blood vessels so blood can flow through the body more easily.   (Sources: U.S. Centers for Medicare Services, FDA)