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36 year old male here
My Dr. switched me from Metoprolol to Amlodipine a week ago after I had complained of asthma/breathing issues. I am also an anxiety sufferer and had assumed my breathing issues were from my anxiety. I had been on a beta blocker for about 7 years. I also take Losartan 100mg once daily. I specifically asked my Dr. if I needed to wean off the Metoprolol and he said it was fine to stop cold turkey.
The Good - My breathing has already been much better and my blood pressure is even a little better. I would like to make this work if possible. My resting heart rate was elevated for the first 2 days but now it has returned to normal in the 60s.
The Bad - Any type of physical activity and my heart rate immediately goes way up. Eating a meal it goes up to 100-110. I carried in a few groceries and it went up to 130. I started raking the backyard and after a couple minutes it went up to 155. I had to stop and rest every couple of minutes. It goes back down almost as quickly as it rises. My HR never went up like this on the beta blocker. Will this get better over time?
The Very Bad - I have woke up twice now in the night with my heart racing. It throws me into a panic and I both times I had to run to the shower and sit there until it calmed down. The first time I had drinks that evening so I figured it was due to that and decided not to drink any more until I fully adjust to this change.
Last night it happened again. I was actually dreaming about my heart racing and my skin burning before I woke up to it actually happening. I put my face in front of the fan for a few minutes until my heart rate slowed but my skin literally felt like it was on fire. I have never felt my skin burning like that and I had myself convinced that I had Coronavirus. It freaked me out! I had to rush into a cold shower when then I immediately started shaking uncontrollably for 5-10 minutes. I was finally able to fall back asleep for the rest of the night. This morning I still feel like I am hot (although not as bad) but my temperature is normal.
Has anyone else had a similar experience? Since it has been a week should I assume the worst is over and just power through it or take a tiny bit of metoprolol for a few weeks to wean off slowly? I have an appointment again tomorrow with my Dr to discuss, but I would trust the opinions of people that have gone through this over his.
Another bad thing is that some of these withdrawal symptoms including the burning are also possible side effects of Amlodipine. 😦
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