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I have been taking 5 mg of amlodipine for almost a year. Recently, I have begun to experience things that I am not sure are caused by this medication. I cannot sleep through the night because I get extremely hot and wake up. I don't sweat--I just get hot. I think I am having panic attacks which I havent had in more than 20 years. I get sensations like i cannot breath, I feel really jittery, really shaky and faint. I also have periods of lightheadeness. Every joint in my body is stiff or achy. I cannot concentrate or finish simple tasks--no motivation. Today, I managed to walk a mile although it was a struggle. I returned home and made a breakfast of two waffles, a half teaspoon of syrup and one sausage link. After eating I went out to begin watering plants. I began to feel week, shaky, jittery as though I was going to pass out. Of course, I panicked which did not help things at all. This feeling lasted about an hour and has left me completely frightened. I do not take any other meds. I have scheduled an appt with my dr. but that is 12 days from now. I have decided to reduce the amlodipine gradually, but I am wondering if I need some other kind of intervention. I am a mental mess because of several illnesses and deaths of friends and family--including my dad. Any thoughts or ideas would certainly be appreciated. One more thing, I am now afraid to leave home, especially alone. I am thinking of calling off my vacation trip. I think amlodipine is part of the problem because I cannot function on this med---I even left my career because of it.
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