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My balance is now so bad that I fear wheelchair life lies

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My balance is now so bad that I fear wheelchair life lies ahead. I have been taking doxazosin for seven years, tildiem for five. Could there be a link? I don't feel dizzy or 'drunk', just unsteady and needing to grab support. I am an 82-year-old woman with hypertension which was difficult to bring under control. A. Saunders
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. David replied 2 years ago.

This is Dr. David

Tildiem is diltiazem hydrochloride and is a calcium channel blocker for HTN. it can cause dizziness in some patients.

Doxazosin or Cardura can also frequently cause dizziness.

you need to talk to your doctors about this dizziness

and see if you can try other high blood pressure medications

and stop the Tildiem and the Doxazosin and see if your dizziness symptoms get better.

Customer: replied 2 years ago.
As I said in my statement, I don't suffer from dizziness but unsteadiness, the need for a supporting arm when I'm walking. There's a difference, isn't there?
Expert:  Dr. David replied 2 years ago.

there is a different

unsteadiness can be from weakness of muscles and from older age

sometimes physical therapy can help you strengthen your muscles and help with unsteadiness

have you had any physical therapy in the past?