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options…

options…

I have been on a beta blocker since I was diagnosed with postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) in 2011. Initially, I was prescribed 25mg of atenolol once per day. Beta blockers work by blocking norepinephrine and epinephrine (adrenaline) from binding to beta receptors on nerves, which reduces heart rate and blood pressure. Thus, beta blockers are primarily prescribed for people with high blood pressure. For those of us with normal BP, beta blockers can result in hypotension. For the first few…

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the medication dilemma…

the medication dilemma…

About a week ago, I stopped taking all my dysautonomia/ME/CFS medication.  I don’t exactly know why. One night before bed it was time to pop the pills, and I just decided I didn’t want to. And the next morning, it was the same thing. I didn’t discuss it with my doctor, I didn’t discuss it with my boyfriend….I didn’t discuss it with anyone. I just stopped. The first few days I experienced some minor withdrawals. I was nauseous, sweaty, and…

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side effects are a pain in the eye…

side effects are a pain in the eye…

Most POTSies that I have spoken to are on at least one medication to treat their symptoms, often a whole plethora of pills. I’ll save the list of medications I take for a future post, but to give you an idea of the length of said list, the pharmacy ranks third on the frequency list of places I visit per month, outranked only by home and work. I’ve developed quite the friendship with Gary (my pharmacist). People with POTS tend…

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