Hi! I guess I could update and let you know that the side effects tapered off significantly within about a month. It was tough to get used to the Methyldopa but I'm glad I did. Most of my running has returned to normal with only a few small issues. For example, I cannot just stop running...like if my shoe comes untied and I stop to retie it. If I do, my BP drops super fast and I get dizzy - I have even passed out momentarily from it. This is a common side effect from the medication I'm on. It lowers your resting heart rate, too, which for me I need to watch. I was already in the mid 50s when I started taking the medication and now my resting heart rate is in the low to mid 40s. Not dangerous, but the meds try to get my heart rate that low again pretty quickly when I'm done running. Again, I just have to make sure I come out of running (especially tempo runs and so forth) slowly...kind of a pain in the butt when your shoe is untied!
I also have a bit of an issue trying to work out according to my heart rate because it's now more difficult to get my working heart rate up.
I think overall, however, this medication is the best one for me. Instead of having to take 2 different meds that only brought me down to like 140/90, my one medication has me down to 110/50 on a good day! I had to make a decision, I guess, and say that I was willing to deal with the side effects and the minimal effects (in the long run) to my running. I am still struggling a bit to do the distances I did before, but I have run about a 12 mile long run with no problem.
Good luck to everyone who is trying to find that magic potion...high blood pressure sucks. Especially because I've got the lifestyle changes down and will probably have to take meds the rest of my life due to my "wonderful" genes!
Meds, however, are a small price to pay when I think about what could happen if I don't treat it!
Half Marathon 4/10/10 *2:06:33*
20K 6/05/10 *1:57:42*
10K 7/10/10 *55:46*
Cross Country 4K 7/17/10 *23:09*
Cross Country 15K 10/23/10 *1:29:00*
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