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If you read my previous post you'll see that I've been taking 5 mg of Amlodipine once a day for four weeks for slightly elevated blood pressure 147/68. My GP decided after one visit that he'd like to see my blood pressure at 120/80. I told him I'd try but I was reluctant to take the meds since my pressure wasn't really that high.
Fast forward to last Sunday. I didn't make it out of bed to go to church because I was so lethargic I decided to just sleep in. I had muscle cramps in my legs, a hollow empty feeling in the pit of my stomach, so weak with no energy and overall just felt like I had a bad case of the flu. On top of that my anxiety was all over the place and I was nervous and jittery all week. Monday came, same thing I couldn't get out of bed to go to work. Only then did I start to research AM as it was the only new drug I was taking and before that I was fine. What I read here and and other sites terrified me.
I immediately called my pharmacist who said it was OK to just abruptly stop taking the med but to call my Dr. and keep an eye on my blood pressure.
Tuesday Wednesday and Thursday were pure hell . I was so weak I couldn't eat, I didn't drink very much all I could do was lay still and pray that I didn't faint or have a panic attack. My heart was palpitating so hard I thought it would jump out of my chest. My heart rate went up to 118 resting. By Friday I couldn't take it anymore, I had started literally shaking from freezing chills one minute and having hot flashes the next. I called 911 and came to the ER.
They did the usual ekg checks and my heart looked OK but my heart rate was super high, while my blood pressure was only 95/50! My blood sugar was only 70 because I couldn't eat due to the extreme nausea, plus I was extremely dehydrated. They admitted me immediately.
The doctor in charge of my case said that I should've never been put on a blood pressure pill as my blood pressure Could've been managed by lifestyle change because it was just borderline. And because I also take a blood thinner - Plavix, it was just too much unneed strain on my heart hence the palpitations which is a serious side effects of this medicine and can cause permanent Afibulation.
I have been on a nonstop saline drip to flush out the meds and to rehydrate, and it seems to be working wonderfully. I've been here three days and I scarcely have palpitations now, today was also the first day I was able to eat two whole meals and could tolerate a cup of coffee.
I considered his medicine to be straight poison and I will never take it again. Doc ask me if I wanted to try a beta blocker instead. I said no thank you I'll change my eating habits which I had already begun doing anyway. I finally feel like myself again and get to go home tomorrow. I'm looking forward to LIVING and managing my health as drug-free as possible.
Please if you were taking this medicine or were prescribed it recently that you are aware of all the nasty side effects they can cause, it's truly scary.
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