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    guys who know about finasteride

    So I was on finasteride for a while, stopped taking it a few years ago now. My question is, if I didnt shed on any compound. tren , test, primo, dbol , anadrol .. I never lost any hair, I was on 1mg a day. So if I didn't shed on any drug does that mean I am not prone to mpb? Im asking this because I have heard that it only works for testosterone hair loss. Im am not sure if this is true. Does anyone have any information about this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tbjake34 View Post
    So I was on finasteride for a while, stopped taking it a few years ago now. My question is, if I didnt shed on any compound. tren, test, primo, dbol, anadrol.. I never lost any hair, I was on 1mg a day. So if I didn't shed on any drug does that mean I am not prone to mpb? Im asking this because I have heard that it only works for testosterone hair loss. Im am not sure if this is true. Does anyone have any information about this?
    It isn't clear if you were on finasteride while taking peds or not.

    That said, all finasteride does is block 5alpha reductase to prevent testosterone and some similar compounds fron converting to DHT.

    DHT is generally considered a contributing factor in hair loss. So, having less of it, if you can do so without sides, is generally considered hair friendly.

    If you are prone to MPB, accept it.

    So, if you were on finasteride during your PED use, then you can't say for sure if you are prone to being bald. If you weren't using finasteride during your ped use, you still can't say for sure. Could be just a matter of time, could be different compounds, etc.

    I WILL say that if you are 35 to 40+, have a long history of AAS use, and have your hair, you are probably going to be ok. But I'm no doctor.
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    yeah sorry I was on 1mg fina and did not shed on any PED

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cylon357 View Post
    It isn't clear if you were on finasteride while taking peds or not.

    That said, all finasteride does is block 5alpha reductase to prevent testosterone and some similar compounds fron converting to DHT.

    DHT is generally considered a contributing factor in hair loss. So, having less of it, if you can do so without sides, is generally considered hair friendly.

    If you are prone to MPB, accept it.

    So, if you were on finasteride during your PED use, then you can't say for sure if you are prone to being bald. If you weren't using finasteride during your ped use, you still can't say for sure. Could be just a matter of time, could be different compounds, etc.

    I WILL say that if you are 35 to 40+, have a long history of AAS use, and have your hair, you are probably going to be ok. But I'm no doctor.
    Im considering trying oral minoxidil. Do you know anything about this? Reason im not taking fina anymore cuz I started getting really bad sides even on just 1mg a day so I had to stop it.

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    But in theory finasteride wouldn't stop the hair loss caused by tren , primo, or anything besides test ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tbjake34 View Post
    But in theory finasteride wouldn't stop the hair loss caused by tren, primo, or anything besides test ?
    Anything that doesn't 5alpha reductase to DHT will not be impacted by finasteride. Primobolan , masteron etc are already DHT like and won't be touched by finasteride.

    Note that microdosing finasteride can be safe and side effect free. Peep my latest bloodwork in the HRT section for my results.

    No clue on oral minoxidil. I used topical with some success 30 years ago, but now just accept my baldness.

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    I have decent hair and im not married otherwise id say fuck it and if I go bald I wouldn't care. I still have to find a wife so I want to keep my hair until then.

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    where was your dht before the 50mcg fina? how do you dose that with the liquid or did you get raws and measure it out yourself? I was thinking about dosing it eod or e3d even. just maybe .5mg eod or e3d. Also I didn't lost hair on any dhts. But I don't want to fucking chance it haha shit

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    Quote Originally Posted by tbjake34 View Post
    But in theory finasteride wouldn't stop the hair loss caused by tren, primo, or anything besides test ?
    Finasteride inhibits 5a-reduction. In some cases, the use of it can make people who are prone to hair lose more hair. Like for instances in cases where the parent hormone is more androgenic than the 5a-redance metabolite. A good example of that is with nandrolone . its 5a metabolite is DHN which is less androgenic than the nandrolone (where as DHT is more androgenic than testosterone ). Granted nandrolone is significantly less androgenic than test is.

    Trenbolone doesn't undergo 5a-reduction into more androgenic compounds. But Trenbolone is 5x more androgenic than testosterone.

    I'll also say that how androgenic something is doesn't necessarily always perfectly correlate to how bad it is on the hairline. But if you faired well before and haven't experienced hair loss from gear, it would be reasonable to assume that you will continue to fair well. But that's not a guarantee either.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tbjake34 View Post
    I have decent hair and im not married otherwise id say fuck it and if I go bald I wouldn't care. I still have to find a wife so I want to keep my hair until then.
    Chicks really don't care if you're bald. Unless of course you have a weird shaped head and then yeah they do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tbjake34 View Post
    I have decent hair and im not married otherwise id say fuck it and if I go bald I wouldn't care. I still have to find a wife so I want to keep my hair until then.
    If you're fat, out of shape and bald then yeah finding a wife might be an issue. If you're in shape and muscular and bald, no problem.

    If you're rich, doesn't matter about hair or body! lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by tbjake34 View Post
    where was your dht before the 50mcg fina? how do you dose that with the liquid or did you get raws and measure it out yourself? I was thinking about dosing it eod or e3d even. just maybe .5mg eod or e3d. Also I didn't lost hair on any dhts. But I don't want to fucking chance it haha shit
    I mixed my own by taking a prescribed 5mg tablet and putting it in 100ml of rum. 90 proof, I think. I have also made it with Wild Turkey 101 and Everclear, though I do NOT recommend that last one. At any rate, the 5mg to 100ml ratio gives me, you guessed it, 50mcg per ml.

    Based on previous blood work, available by searching the HRT sub if you want more info, without the finasteride in place, my DHT would be around 115, instead of the 47 it is now.

    Note that my DHT has been as high as 210'ish, but that was on compounded test cream and some other things (IIRC), without the finasteride. I MAY consider going back to the cream as my TRT, at least for a short while, with the finasteride in play. If I do that, I will pull blood work after 3 months to see where I am and make a decision about cream vs needle for TRT. I won't abandon injectables entirely, they will still be part of regular blasts. But IDK where I will land on this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by teedoff View Post
    If you're fat, out of shape and bald then yeah finding a wife might be an issue. If you're in shape and muscular and bald, no problem.

    If you're rich, doesn't matter about hair of body! lol
    very true. If you're rich you could be a fat fuck who can't even walk and still have a smoking hot wife. im however poor. So I need to be jacked AND have hair haha
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cylon357 View Post
    I mixed my own by taking a prescribed 5mg tablet and putting it in 100ml of rum. 90 proof, I think. I have also made it with Wild Turkey 101 and Everclear, though I do NOT recommend that last one. At any rate, the 5mg to 100ml ratio gives me, you guessed it, 50mcg per ml.

    Based on previous blood work, available by searching the HRT sub if you want more info, without the finasteride in place, my DHT would be around 115, instead of the 47 it is now.

    Note that my DHT has been as high as 210'ish, but that was on compounded test cream and some other things (IIRC), without the finasteride. I MAY consider going back to the cream as my TRT, at least for a short while, with the finasteride in play. If I do that, I will pull blood work after 3 months to see where I am and make a decision about cream vs needle for TRT. I won't abandon injectables entirely, they will still be part of regular blasts. But IDK where I will land on this.
    Yeah I checked out your blood work, that's how I knew your 50mcg dose. That's so low Its crazy it actually does anything. I wonder what dht would be on 1mg. im curious if hair loss only occurs with elevated dht levels? I see yours are in range and you aren't getting hairless on a trt dose?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tbjake34 View Post
    Yeah I checked out your blood work, that's how I knew your 50mcg dose. That's so low Its crazy it actually does anything. I wonder what dht would be on 1mg. im curious if hair loss only occurs with elevated dht levels? I see yours are in range and you aren't getting hairless on a trt dose?
    The hairloss ship sailed for me in my 20s so no, it doesn't necessarily have to do with DHT, though elevated DHT is certainly considered a driver for hair loss. One of those things to watch, but not PRECISELY enough on its own. I am one of the fortunate few that was given the MPB gene, so it was inevitable for me.

    My goal with finasteride is prostate related.

    The linked study supports the attached chart regarding the finasteride dose response curve. Spoiler alert: a little goes a long way. The doses regularly prescribed are WAY overkill.

    Study: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/10495374/

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    Ive always been under the impression that certain dht compounds, such as mast, free up unbound test which is what leads to hair loss. More free test means more can be converted into dht and the result is hair loss. Duta/fina stop that conversion.

    As for mixing it with deca i have no idea. I never noticed more hair loss while mixing deca and duta.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Octaneforce View Post
    Ive always been under the impression that certain dht compounds, such as mast, free up unbound test which is what leads to hair loss. More free test means more can be converted into dht and the result is hair loss. Duta/fina stop that conversion.

    As for mixing it with deca i have no idea. I never noticed more hair loss while mixing deca and duta.
    you make a good point here does anyone know about this? Do dhts free up more test and that's what causes the hair loss?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tbjake34 View Post
    you make a good point here does anyone know about this? Do dhts free up more test and that's what causes the hair loss?
    Yes, DHTs typically bind to shbg and increase free test.

    No, high test doesn't directly contribute to hair loss.

    Well, not directly, at least to the best of my knowledge. Testosterone is not implicated in hair loss, but more Testosterone does equal more conversion to dht.

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    I think most men lose some amount of hair as they age, but I would say if you haven't noticed any hair loss from all the cycles you've ran, then you're good. I thought I was one of those dudes that will always have a thick head of hair, even on gear, but I was wrong. Luckily I reversed some of the damage I did, but it's never gonna be as thick as before I ran gear.

    At one point I crushed the pills and would mix in a little powder of the finasteride with the minoxidil foam in the plastic bottle cap from the minoxidil and let some hot water run under it in the sink. I'd wait until the foam and powder melted together, then I would apply it with a pipet. I was doing this to make the application of finasteride more local to the scalp as I didn't want to experience any side effects. I couldn't tell you if it worked, though, as that method was too much work and kinda faded away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Test Monsterone View Post
    I think most men lose some amount of hair as they age, but I would say if you haven't noticed any hair loss from all the cycles you've ran, then you're good. I thought I was one of those dudes that will always have a thick head of hair, even on gear, but I was wrong. Luckily I reversed some of the damage I did, but it's never gonna be as thick as before I ran gear.

    At one point I crushed the pills and would mix in a little powder of the finasteride with the minoxidil foam in the plastic bottle cap from the minoxidil and let some hot water run under it in the sink. I'd wait until the foam and powder melted together, then I would apply it with a pipet. I was doing this to make the application of finasteride more local to the scalp as I didn't want to experience any side effects. I couldn't tell you if it worked, though, as that method was too much work and kinda faded away.
    They say that he topical version of fina results in more localized effect but im not taking any chances fina is fucking shit man its not worth your sex life going to shit imo id rather lose my hair. But I will be starting the oral minoxidil soon here. There's a few studies on it and it seems to cause more hair regrowth than fina. But without any dht lowering so we will see. It can cause heart palpitations which scare the shit out of me to be honest so if I start to get that ill have to find another option. But I just dont feel good running a heavy cycle without something to at least maintain my hairline.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tbjake34 View Post
    They say that he topical version of fina results in more localized effect but im not taking any chances fina is fucking shit man its not worth your sex life going to shit imo id rather lose my hair. But I will be starting the oral minoxidil soon here. There's a few studies on it and it seems to cause more hair regrowth than fina. But without any dht lowering so we will see. It can cause heart palpitations which scare the shit out of me to be honest so if I start to get that ill have to find another option. But I just dont feel good running a heavy cycle without something to at least maintain my hairline.
    Yeah, they used minoxidil as a blood pressure med originally and realized it caused hair to regrow. I’d think if you took the oral form it would cause hair growth not just on the head, though. Might wanna be careful if you take it and are already on bp meds or take cialis/viagra/etc. as it’s a vasodilator and so are those drugs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Test Monsterone View Post
    Yeah, they used minoxidil as a blood pressure med originally and realized it caused hair to regrow. I’d think if you took the oral form it would cause hair growth not just on the head, though. Might wanna be careful if you take it and are already on bp meds or take cialis/viagra/etc. as it’s a vasodilator and so are those drugs.
    yeah that's what im worried about. im currently on a blood pressure med its like proponol or some shit. Ive been having a problem with my bp idk if its cuz I tried to front load eq but my bp Is thru the roof bro I saw the doctor just a couple days ago she's like "oh its anxiety" obviously I didn't tell her im on gear. but im trying to get on telemasartan .

    edit: I think front loading gear is fucking stupid and just makes the sides kick in worse and faster. I would not recommend it. this was my first try with front loading.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tbjake34 View Post
    yeah that's what im worried about. im currently on a blood pressure med its like proponol or some shit. Ive been having a problem with my bp idk if its cuz I tried to front load eq but my bp Is thru the roof bro I saw the doctor just a couple days ago she's like "oh its anxiety" obviously I didn't tell her im on gear. but im trying to get on telemasartan .

    edit: I think front loading gear is fucking stupid and just makes the sides kick in worse and faster. I would not recommend it. this was my first try with front loading.

    Yeah, but tbh EQ made my bp spike, too. It seems like it makes the blood thicker and faster than other compounds. I went to donate once and they turned me away cause my bp was like 177/90. I also got super lethargic on EQ. Once I ended the cycle and donated, I felt much better. I'd much rather do regular test than EQ or deca .

    A beta blocker is good to take cause it slows the heart down, but an ARB like losartan/lisinopril/valsartan is going to make the blood vessels more elastic. I'm on 25 mg metropolol and 40 mg lisinopril right now. On gear I bump the lisinopril to 80 mg.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Test Monsterone View Post
    Yeah, but tbh EQ made my bp spike, too. It seems like it makes the blood thicker and faster than other compounds. I went to donate once and they turned me away cause my bp was like 177/90. I also got super lethargic on EQ. Once I ended the cycle and donated, I felt much better. I'd much rather do regular test than EQ or deca .

    A beta blocker is good to take cause it slows the heart down, but an ARB like losartan/lisinopril/valsartan is going to make the blood vessels more elastic. I'm on 25 mg metropolol and 40 mg lisinopril right now. On gear I bump the lisinopril to 80 mg.
    An even better product for vasodilation would be either losartan or telmisartan. Telmisartan has a much longer half-life and neither will induce coughing like lisinopril.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Test Monsterone View Post
    Yeah, but tbh EQ made my bp spike, too. It seems like it makes the blood thicker and faster than other compounds. I went to donate once and they turned me away cause my bp was like 177/90. I also got super lethargic on EQ. Once I ended the cycle and donated, I felt much better. I'd much rather do regular test than EQ or deca .

    A beta blocker is good to take cause it slows the heart down, but an ARB like losartan/lisinopril/valsartan is going to make the blood vessels more elastic. I'm on 25 mg metropolol and 40 mg lisinopril right now. On gear I bump the lisinopril to 80 mg.
    Sorry TM, read over your mention of losartan. ����

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    yeah im trying to get on telamisartan I just got a script for oral monxadil just. 2.5 mg. I really think the bp is from trying to front load eq and it spiked my bp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OdinsOtherSon View Post
    An even better product for vasodilation would be either losartan or telmisartan. Telmisartan has a much longer half-life and neither will induce coughing like lisinopril.
    Actually I misspoke, or mistyped, cause lisinopril is not an ARB, it's an ACE inhibitor. I wasn't aware of the side effects, so thanks for pointing that one out. I was on losartan and valsartan at one point, but for some reason was switched. When I was on valsartan I had to throw the pills out a few times cause I guess whoever tests them found impurities and potential to cause cancer. Maybe that's how I ended up on lisinopril. As far as efficacy, it seems like all ARBs and ACE inhibitors work equally well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Test Monsterone View Post
    Actually I misspoke, or mistyped, cause lisinopril is not an ARB, it's an ACE inhibitor. I wasn't aware of the side effects, so thanks for pointing that one out. I was on losartan and valsartan at one point, but for some reason was switched. When I was on valsartan I had to throw the pills out a few times cause I guess whoever tests them found impurities and potential to cause cancer. Maybe that's how I ended up on lisinopril. As far as efficacy, it seems like all ARBs and ACE inhibitors work equally well.
    I’ve taken metoprolol (beta blocker), lisinopril, losartan, and currently on telmisartan. Lisinopril gave me a terrible cough and also made me feel very similarly to the beta blocker, i.e., fatigued and lethargic which is typical of beta blockers. I took 50mg of losartan, twice daily and it just had too short of a half-life to adequately protect me. Telmesartan continues to exert protective effects 24 hours after administration.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OdinsOtherSon View Post
    I’ve taken metoprolol (beta blocker), lisinopril, losartan, and currently on telmisartan. Lisinopril gave me a terrible cough and also made me feel very similarly to the beta blocker, i.e., fatigued and lethargic which is typical of beta blockers. I took 50mg of losartan, twice daily and it just had too short of a half-life to adequately protect me. Telmesartan continues to exert protective effects 24 hours after administration.
    Nice - I'll check telmesartan out and see if I can get prescribed. I do hate the lethargy I feel an hour or so after taking my bp meds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OdinsOtherSon View Post
    I’ve taken metoprolol (beta blocker), lisinopril, losartan, and currently on telmisartan. Lisinopril gave me a terrible cough and also made me feel very similarly to the beta blocker, i.e., fatigued and lethargic which is typical of beta blockers. I took 50mg of losartan, twice daily and it just had too short of a half-life to adequately protect me. Telmesartan continues to exert protective effects 24 hours after administration.
    I am just starting propranolol or some shit like that it's a beta blocker. I hope I dont get these sides.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tbjake34 View Post
    I am just starting propranolol or some shit like that it's a beta blocker. I hope I dont get these sides.
    You likely will. That’s how beta blockers work. They down regulate the amount of work your heart can do by blocking the adrenaline receptors. They are a metabolic suppressor, no question. That’s another reason beta’s are used to treat heart arrhythmia, because they slow the heart and allow an opportunity to regain a normal rhythm. That was one of the reasons I was initially put on metoprolol. It is vitally important that if you are taking a beta blocker not to simply stop, the chances of a cardiac incident are greatly increased if you do that. You must work with your physician to slowly ween off the beta and replace with another drug. I personally recommend telmisartan. Telmisartan is an angiotensin II receptor blocker and basically works by allowing the blood vessels to relax (vasodilator). It also has a very long half life, unlike most other widely prescribed hypertension medications. Talk with your doctor about it, my 2.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OdinsOtherSon View Post
    You likely will. That’s how beta blockers work. They down regulate the amount of work your heart can do by blocking the adrenaline receptors. They are a metabolic suppressor, no question. That’s another reason beta’s are used to treat heart arrhythmia, because they slow the heart and allow an opportunity to regain a normal rhythm. That was one of the reasons I was initially put on metoprolol. It is vitally important that if you are taking a beta blocker not to simply stop, the chances of a cardiac incident are greatly increased if you do that. You must work with your physician to slowly ween off the beta and replace with another drug. I personally recommend telmisartan. Telmisartan is an angiotensin II receptor blocker and basically works by allowing the blood vessels to relax (vasodilator). It also has a very long half life, unlike most other widely prescribed hypertension medications. Talk with your doctor about it, my 2.
    yeah man I just started it literally today I took a 10mg tab and it definitely mellowed me out. But I dont want it to block my adrenaline I like having that while I train. I mentioned telamisartan and she's like "oh well I usually give that to people after they try this first" which is fucking stupid and she stomped out of the room and have me this beta blocker bullshit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OdinsOtherSon View Post
    You likely will. That’s how beta blockers work. They down regulate the amount of work your heart can do by blocking the adrenaline receptors. They are a metabolic suppressor, no question. That’s another reason beta’s are used to treat heart arrhythmia, because they slow the heart and allow an opportunity to regain a normal rhythm. That was one of the reasons I was initially put on metoprolol. It is vitally important that if you are taking a beta blocker not to simply stop, the chances of a cardiac incident are greatly increased if you do that. You must work with your physician to slowly ween off the beta and replace with another drug. I personally recommend telmisartan. Telmisartan is an angiotensin II receptor blocker and basically works by allowing the blood vessels to relax (vasodilator). It also has a very long half life, unlike most other widely prescribed hypertension medications. Talk with your doctor about it, my 2.
    bro I have been coughing like a bitch all day you think its form that propolol shit? Bro after I took it I had almost like a euphoric feeling. I felt really content just laying there watching tv wtf is this shit

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    bro I have been coughing like a bitch all day you think its form that propolol shit? Bro after I took it I had almost like a euphoric feeling. I felt really content just laying there watching tv wtf is this shit
    Kinda doubt that is causing a cough. It’s a beta blocker. The ACE inhibitors are what are known to induce cough. The beta can make you feel dizzy and/or tired.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OdinsOtherSon View Post
    Kinda doubt that is causing a cough. It’s a beta blocker. The ACE inhibitors are what are known to induce cough. The beta can make you feel dizzy and/or tired.
    I didn't take it today and no cough. Idk It made me feel tired so Im not taking that shit.

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    I didn't take it today and no cough. Idk It made me feel tired so Im not taking that shit.
    Give it a chance. Most side effects normalize after a while. Don't be a dumbass like Bostin loyd and end up with kidney failure when you could have prevented it.
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    I agree with TM. If the sides are bothering you, take it at bedtime. Might even help you sleep. With beta blockers, it takes time to build the drug in your system. When I took it for arrhythmia, I’d take it in the morning and by 2:00 PM, the palpitations would have returned. After 10 days/two weeks, they had fully subsided and did not return. I then began working with my PCP, trying various other types of anti hypertensives until we found one that worked best for me. I completely agree with TM. Don’t give up so quickly and risk some serious downstream disease processes.

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