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Taking benicar and toprol. High blood pressure. Had an allergic reaction to ydrochlorothiazide. Can I take amoldipine?

I am taking benicar 40mg in a.m. and 50 mg of toprol xl twice a day. blood pressure has been high and now they want to add amlodipine 2.5mg. i had a reaction from hydrochlorothiazide 25mg (took it once last night) which they put me on at first. they are trying this new one. i am very sensitive to all kinds of meds and i m concerned about trying this one. what do you think?
Asked On : Tue, 19 Mar 2013
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Cardiologist 's  Response
Hi friend,
Welcome to Health Care Magic

Benicar is Angiotensin Receptor Blocker
Toprol is Beta blocker
You can continue both.

Thiazide is a diuretic
If there is a reaction - no problem in changing to amlodipine
Amlodipine is a Calcium Channel Blocker / from a different class altogether.

You can also titrate the doses of previous medicines to maximum doses, before adding another.
Discuss with your treating doctor.

Take care
Wishing speedy recovery
God bless
Good luck
Answered: Tue, 19 Mar 2013
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General & Family Physician Dr. Michelle Gibson James's  Response
HI, thanks for using healthcare magic

Amlodipine is in a different family than hydrochlorothiazide and works in a different way to reduce blood pressure.
It is quite possible that because of the different mechanism of action and metabolism, that you would not have a reaction to it.
You can try it and call your doctor if you notice any evidence of a reaction

I hope this helps
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