Amlodipine - doing my head in

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I have periods of confusion and a sense of unreality which last several days and then gradually subside when I unilaterally reduce the dose for a while. During these periods, something I see, hear or read may trigger a memory or suggest a relationship or correspondence with something else – but what? I can’t find the connection. I may remember something (e.g. a past event) but can’t place it. After great effort I realise that the event never occurred, and that it isn’t a real memory at all. It’s as if the part of my mind concerned with dreams and imagination and the part concerned with memory (information recall) have got mixed up. The result is chaos. I don’t forget things; I remember things that never happened.

Also, for long periods there seems to be something in the back of my mind (sometimes almost a sense of doom) but I can’t make out what – like having icons on your PC screen but the links have all gone or lead you to the wrong file.

In the past I have had side effects from other drugs and my GP’s reaction has usually been “well if it does the job I would put up with a few (silly) side effects”. Thanks doc. My cardiologist smiles smugly and talks of “CNS side effects” without suggesting any alternative. I don’t think they really hear what I’m saying. That’s often the trouble with doctors – they are far too fond of the sound of their own voices to listen to those of their patients. They are victims of scientific medicine which makes us all survival rate statistics.

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    Hi, I know exactly where you are coming from, although with me I don't know which of my meds, amlodipine or doxazosin, is causing my problems. All I can say to you is that things will only get worse. I advise you to put your foot down and get off them if you can, or you will have no life to speak of.

    I just about get through each day. I feel not with it, in a dream, detached, spaced out, call it what you will, tired to the point of not being able to function, can't be bothered with life any more, and don't feel well enough to work. Yet I look completely normal, and the family are totally fed up with me. The doctors keep telling me I am suffering from depression yet I know categorically that I am [b:30883a76c1]not[/b:30883a76c1]. Don't let them talk you into staying on them. It's too much effort for them to look for something else. It just won't do for them to earn the thousands they are paid.

    Be stronger than I have been and get off them asap! Good luck.

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    I agree with everything you say about Dozaxosin and Amlodapine,I have been taking these for about 6yrs and had to retire early because I couldnt work after being on these terrible drugs.I have an enlarged heart due to high BP in my early days at work.Ok my BP is being kept down with all the side effects.I am 67 yrs old and feel like 80 most of the time.Wish I hadnt started on these drugs.
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    I have had no luck cutting out Dozaxosin had to go back on them after fainting after stopping them.Now I will try and reduce my Amlodapine med of 10mg again but I expect my BP will shoot up.I just cant seem to be able to stop Doz even though they say it doesnt reduce BP much.I wish I could go back 6yrs then I wouldnt take any of them.John
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    Be careful if you try to stop the amlodipine. I've tried that and my bp did shoot up, making me feel really quite poorly.
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    Hello again its me.Just an update on my BP meds.I have been taking Omega 3 fish oil 1000 mgs for about 6 months now and have just recently been having bad dizzy spells ,checked my BP and it was low with low heart rate.So I have started to cut down on Amlodapine to 5mg and still BP is low.Will try and cut out completely in a few days if I can .Still on Dozaxosin ,but thats the next hurdle to get over.So I do think the Omega 3 is lowering my BP.Try it.John
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