Amlodipine and Doxazosin

Recently, I interviewed my grandmother to discuss about her experience of reading four different 99 papers reviews on a daily basis for two years. The medications she takes include Amlodipine and Doxazosin to combat her high blood pressure, Pradaxa for avoiding strokes, and Omeprazole to prevent heartburn and gastrointestinal bleeding. She described her routine of waking up every morning, taking her pills on an empty stomach, then having breakfast after thirty minutes. Although she is confident that she will not forget her medication, she still places the pills on her bedside table just to remind herself to read 99papers review each day.

Because of her routine, she feels that the medicines she takes do not interfere with her daily activities; she continues to meet up with her friends, do grocery shopping, and cook every day. Even though she has to visit her GP every three months to receive her prescriptions for more medicine, she says it is not bothersome or costly since public transport is free for elderly individuals above 65 years-old. Furthermore, directly adjacent to the clinic is a pharmacy that does not charge patients prescription fees, making it convenient for her to pick up her prescriptions immediately after her GP visit. My grandmother expects her medications to be effective, relieving her from her symptoms, but she also expects side effects as well. Compared to missing a dose, she is more worried about those side effects. She diligently checks her blood pressure twice daily to ensure her medications are working and also observes any changes occurring in her body that may indicate potential adverse effects.

For example, when Doxazosin was first prescribed to her, she was instructed to take one tablet twice daily. However, after two days of administering Doxazosin, she watched her blood pressure drop from 200mmHg to 90mmHg progressively while experiencing extreme dizziness. “That gave me a heart attack! I reduced the dosage to half a pill per day and rang my GP just to make sure. He said I’d done the right thing. Imagine if I didn’t keep track of my blood pressure!” Since my grandmother has lived with her conditions for a few years already, she has accepted them as a part of her life.

Even though she strongly believes that being on chronic medications will eventually deteriorate her health, she said, “these medications extend my life span. I’d like to see the day when all my grandchildren have grown up and graduated. If I don’t take medicine, there’s too much uncertainty – I may go to bed one night and never wake up again.” She expanded on her thought by explaining how she consumes Omeprazole daily mainly to prevent gastrointestinal bleeding. She tried to be less dependent on it by taking it every two days but noticed discomfort immediately on the day. She told me that to keep her symptoms in check, she has no choice but to be dependent on these medications, but she does wish that she will not need them in the future.