A couple of months ago I wrote on here about being put on Entresto, a newish drug for heart failure. This is only prescribed for patients who fall within very particular gateposts, and doesn’t suit many people so the initial dose is very low to gauge any side effects or contraindications.
Yesterday my heart failure nurse nervously agreed to me going up a notch in my dosage and I’m ridiculously pleased, as though I had won a competition. (I have weekly meetings with her to check kidney function, blood pressure etc., and there is always one aspect which precludes my eligibility up until now.)
Apparently the higher dose can cause a dramatic drop in blood pressure which causes the patient to lose consciousness so the nurse is very nervous and has made me promise to phone her daily when I commence this medication. (Pharmacists need to order it in specialty as it is a new, rarely prescribed drug so I have to wait a few days.)
Happy New Year to everyone!