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  • Drug combinations

    I'm a 57yr male...living in Alaska with IHSS and wonder about the amount of medication I'm taking:
    Verelan - 360 mg
    Accuretic - 20 -12.5 mg
    Accupril - 40 mg

    This seems like so much medication.

    Thanks, Jim [email protected]
    I live in Anchorage, Alaska...57yr....I was diagnosed 5yr. ago with IHSS...this year it showed first signs of getting worse. I would like to find out where some of the leading medical centers for IHSS are in the States.

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    Re: Drug combinations

    Originally posted by Jimak
    I'm a 57yr male...living in Alaska with IHSS and wonder about the amount of medication I'm taking:
    Verelan - 360 mg
    Accuretic - 20 -12.5 mg
    Accupril - 40 mg

    This seems like so much medication.

    Thanks, Jim [email protected]
    Hi Jim,

    Accupril and Accuretic are both Ace inhibitors... normally ACE is not used in HCM. I would suggest you seek an opinion from a specialist in HCM to evaluate your current medications.

    Feel free to call the office if you need names and numbers.

    Be well,
    Lisa
    Knowledge is power ... Stay informed!
    YOU can make a difference - all you have to do is try!

    Dx age 12 current age 46 and counting!
    lost: 5 family members to HCM (SCD, Stroke, CHF)
    Others diagnosed living with HCM (or gene +) include - daughter, niece, nephew, cousin, sister and many many friends!
    Therapy - ICD (implanted 97, 01, 04 and 11, medication
    Currently not obstructed
    Complications - unnecessary pacemaker and stroke (unrelated to each other)

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      Re: Drug combinations

      Hi

      Yeah, that is a pretty unusual combination for almost anyone.

      However, never stop taking any medication cold turkey or without talking to your doctor because there can be side effects from stopping suddenly (particularly with beta-blockers).

      You can research your medications at the drug resouce databases at http://www.mayoclinic.com or http://www.webmd.com.

      take care,

      (and follow Lisa's advice!!!)

      S

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        Re: Drug combinations

        Hi Jim,
        I’m on 360 mg of Verapamil ER (generic of Verelan) ( a calcium channel blocker) and currently on 50 mg of Atenolol (a beta blocker) – having stepped up from 25 mg, - and 40 mg of Lasix (a water pill).

        As soon as I was properly diagnosed – at the first of the year – I was immediately taken off Zestril (an ACE inhibitor), Minipress (an Alpha-Adrenergic blocker), and a Nitroglycerin Patch. I still carry some nitroglycerin sub-lingual tablets, but was told to use them only in an emergency.

        I also take a bunch of other drugs for other conditions, but that is beside the point here. There are other drugs also used for HCM, but I believe Verapamil and Atenolol are the most popular – at least it appears so from reading these boards. In any case, Calcium Channel Blockers and Beta Blockers are in very common use, while ACE inhibitors, Alpha-Adrenergic blockers, and Nitroglycerin are contra-indicated – at least according to my cardiologist.

        I hope this information will be of some use to you.
        Burt

        PS – Here is a bit of information from the following site.


        http://www.cardiomyopathy.org/html/w...d_hcm_text.htm

        HISTORY AND OTHER NAMES
        Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy was first recognized in the late 1950s. The condition has been known by a number of names including Hypertrophic Obstructive Cardiomyopathy (HOCM), Idiopathic Hypertrophic Sub-aortic Stenosis (IHSS) and Muscular Sub-aortic Stenosis. The general term Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM) is now most widely used.

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