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Feeling much better

Postby laughinggirl127 » Sat Apr 28, 2012 04:17 am

by laughinggirl127 (75 Posts), Sat Apr 28, 2012 04:17 am

So went to the dr on thursday and was finally started on labetelol 300mg BID. Took the first dose and it made me kinda sleepy but when I woke I was feeling much better. It has knocked my blood pressure from 140-50 over 90-100 down to 130/80ish. I can't believe how much better I feel. I don't even seem to mind the extra fluid that seems to be creeping up at the moment. I wish I had pushed sooner for the BP meds.

So my question is- Did anyone else start bp meds and it make them feel much better or is this from some other source. Or as I am paranoid is this the calm before the storm.

Hope all the ladies are having a great weekend. It is hot here so everyone try to stay cool.
DS born 2003- 39 weeks preeclampsia, 6LBS 7oz
DD born 2009-32 weeks preeclampsia, 3LBS 1oz
DD born 2012-38 weeks, PIH, IUGR 5lbs 4oz- no pree
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Re: Feeling much better

Postby MomTimesThree » Sat Apr 28, 2012 02:35 pm

by MomTimesThree (571 Posts), Sat Apr 28, 2012 02:35 pm

I felt much better when we started 200mg, it nicely brought my bp back down. I did notice the first few days that I had to adjust to it sometimes being a lil' lower than I had gotten used to and I kinda felt in first gear even when I wanted to be in third if that makes any sense. Now (it's been 2.5 weeks) I feel like my normal self pretty close to 100% of the time.

I actually just noticed the other day while at the doctor's office that the headaches I was having before have completely gone away. I hope the meds continue to allow you to feel more yourself!
2008-Our Baby Girl, PTL born too early at 30w6d, Fought so hard... Forever Loved & Missed
2010- Lil' Bro, Pre-E at 29 weeks... Induced at 36w6d, Born 37w
2012- Lil' Sis, Super-imposed pre-e at 25 weeks, PTL & GD at 35 weeks, Evicted 36w
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Re: Feeling much better

Postby alexis » Mon Apr 30, 2012 07:33 am

by alexis (305 Posts), Mon Apr 30, 2012 07:33 am

I have not taken labetalol (I took a different beta blocker), but one of the things beta blockers do is reduce anxiety (I can't remember the full mechanism of action--as well as keeping your heart from racing I think it has something to do with adrenaline). In fact, they are used to treat situational social anxiety for this reason (typically, propanolol is used for this). So, one of the really pleasant side effects of beta blockers is that you feel calmer and less anxious, and this makes you feel physically better.

This effect often wears off with time, which is why the drugs are more popular for specific situations than generalized anxiety.
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Aliza - 01/05/2007 - Severe preeclampsia, emergency CS 37 weeks
Isaac - 09/26/2011 - controlled on 150mg Toprol, NO PE, 39 weeks!
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Re: Feeling much better

Postby amjon » Mon Apr 30, 2012 12:29 am

by amjon (62 Posts), Mon Apr 30, 2012 12:29 am

That's odd as I've been much more emotional/ snappy this time than last and I wasn't on Labetalol then. I think it may be anxiety that is making it worse this time.
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Re: Feeling much better

Postby MomTimesThree » Mon Apr 30, 2012 02:27 pm

by MomTimesThree (571 Posts), Mon Apr 30, 2012 02:27 pm

I've actually noticed that I've been very snappy/moody, more so since being on the Labetalol, though hard to say if it's hormones or meds.

Alexis- I had forgotten that about that. My hubby explained it like I'd could still be in a fight or flight mode but my heart-rate and physiological state would stay calm cool and collected.

I think that explains the moodiness/snappiness but still having normal BP during it, whereas I'm sure if I wasn't on it it would be much higher during those times.
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2010- Lil' Bro, Pre-E at 29 weeks... Induced at 36w6d, Born 37w
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Re: Feeling much better

Postby laughinggirl127 » Mon Apr 30, 2012 11:01 pm

by laughinggirl127 (75 Posts), Mon Apr 30, 2012 11:01 pm

Funny thing is my resting pulse is still about 105. Not really sure why its making me feel better but I am glad that it is. Wish it would make the swelling in my legs decrease and then it would be awesome
DS born 2003- 39 weeks preeclampsia, 6LBS 7oz
DD born 2009-32 weeks preeclampsia, 3LBS 1oz
DD born 2012-38 weeks, PIH, IUGR 5lbs 4oz- no pree
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Re: Feeling much better

Postby MomTimesThree » Tue May 01, 2012 00:11 am

by MomTimesThree (571 Posts), Tue May 01, 2012 00:11 am

That would be awesome... and even cooler if it gave me motivation to fold laundry- then it be a dream drug! ;)
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2010- Lil' Bro, Pre-E at 29 weeks... Induced at 36w6d, Born 37w
2012- Lil' Sis, Super-imposed pre-e at 25 weeks, PTL & GD at 35 weeks, Evicted 36w
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