I've been diagnosed with CHF and have been on Coreg, diltiaziem, and lasix since 2006. Recently I started kidney dialysis and had problems with inflamation in my peridcardium, so the cardiologist prescribed 5 mg. Enapril, as I refused Linsinopril for reasons such as, it caused my husband to collaspe, as well as a good friend of ours, and left a lasting effect of low BP.
Now, when I take Enapril, Coreg, and Lasix, my BP is running around 54/34 immediately following dialysis, and needless to say I'm dangerously dizzy, and weak.
Several days ago I discussed the problem with my kidney doctor and he gave me the lattitude to change my BP meds within the drugs I already had on hand. What I have found is, I get along well without the Enapril, and have great pressures with the Coreg and diltiaziem, along with a moderate dose of lasix. I don't know whether the same combination would work for someone else, but a different combination of what has worked in the past, might.
In any event, I know very few people who do well with the "prils", and the ones who have taken it and had a bad experience, usually go on to have problems after it is discontinued.
My husband quit the linsinopril and went to Atenolol, and he does real well with normal BPs, although he now has an irregular heartbeat(we believe caused by the lisinopril). Our friend who had the bad experience takes nothing for BP, and hasn't for approximately 5 years, yet when he tries to do any kind of work, his BP drops to the low 50's over 30's, and he believes the linsinopril is to blame.
I think the "prils" should be taken off of the market and the company that produces it ought to be sued with a huge class action suit. I've seen too many people be negatively affected by the "prils", and they need to be removed from the market. I do not understand why they are still prescribed, taking their track records into account.