Has anyone experienced extreme tiredness or fatigue from taking hydrochlorothiazide?
Question posted by Anonymous on 6 July 2017
Last updated on 4 March 2019 by Saracafe
I took HCTZ for a total of 10 days. After 4 days I noticed that I was becoming fatigued while walking to get my Fitbit 10,000 steps a day in. I had been averaging 13,000-15,000 steps daily prior to starting on HCTZ (in addition to an ARB medication that I had been taking for at least 15 years) due to an ever increasingly high BP. After a week I was really straining to get my 10,000 steps done. I stopped the drug and told my MD that it made me feel "like I was 90 years old and had another 2 weeks to live". I am now taking a Beta Blocker instead which has helped my BP immensely and my daily steps are again quite achievable.
Yes but only seems to be when I am physically inactive, if I get up and move around or go for a walk it doesn't seem as bad. My doctor just started me on hctz over a week ago and it has lowered my bp significantly, so I will wait it out until the follow-up with my doctor in a couple of weeks. Since your question is months old I would be intetested to know if you are still taking hctz and still experiencing fatigue, and how you have been dealing with it? Thanks!
Good response , Chuck!
Hi my friend, G...
I took it for awhile and what I didn't realize was that it was causing fatigue. It was not an initial response but came on slowly.
Chuck is right about the Potassium. It also may slowly develop because it's one of the diuretics that holds on to the Potassium. It seems to occur down the road because it's not expected like with Lasix...
Nice talking with you again.
G mc, This is the one the worries me a bit here is one side effect that is common.((general feeling of tiredness or weakness)))) and many people take this for years without the doctor re-checking their blood and you can lose many of your good things in your blood such as Potassium and more than you would be able to replace yourself. also, other electrolytes that will only show up in a blood test. So if you have not had it checked lately you might want to ask the doctor. Also as you know very well chronic depression or anxiety can cause these symptoms. But I would first rule out the medical problems with possible HCTZ. Hydrochlorothiazide good luck and please feel free to let me know if you come up with something. your friend
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