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Hi im new to this site but found it so helpful that i thought i could get some advice. I was diagnosed with heart failure in February 2016 due to being on ammityptiline for my arthrits. I was initially prescribed 1.25mg twice a day which i tolerated ok but they increased it to 3.75mg after about a week the side effects kicked in.
I have never felt tiredness like it i waz dizzy, lightheaded, breathless and felt i was going to pass out every time i stood up. My gp surgery is great and i am under a pharmacist who is monitoring my medication until i see my cardiologist on 1st June and after suffering for 2 weeks she told me to go back to 2.5 a day and immediately i felt better the dizziness went and the breathlessness was much better. When i saw her again she decided to increase to 3.75mg again but reduce my perindiprol from 8mg to 6mg which she thought would help with the dizziness. This was ok for a few days but then all the side effects returned and i was even more breathless than i had been before. I have no life at the moment im 52 and have had arthritis since i was 26 and have always coped pretty well with it so am used to not feeling 100% but this is a whole new ball game. I went to see my locum gp who has said that it doesnt look like i can tolerate this drug he wasnt very helpful and has told me to go back to 1.25mg twice a day and see my pharmacist next week after she returns from her hols. Can anyone give me any advice on what to do because if i cant tolerate it what effect will this have on my heart. My cardiologist wanted me on 10mg a day so i must need it but i cant see that happening. Any help would be much appreciated.
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