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New member here. Sorry that this could be a long post but I really need help/information....
Up until Feb my BP was acceptible, if a little high 130/90 but was taken at a GP surgery and I do suffer from white coat phobia. My partner of 41 years passed away unexpectedly at the end of Feb and his funeral was at the end of Mar.
In Apr my BP suddenly shot up dangerously high and I had a racing heartbeat, finishing up in A&E. They referred me back to GP who put me on Amlodipine 5mg. He still wasn't happy so upped it to 10mg with Ramipiril 5mg.
Although my BP has come down, I'm now experiencing palpitations & racing heart every day and its scaring the hell out of me. Also having hot flashes, some pain in my right shoulder from time to time and my anxiety levels are through the roof. I can't stop crying and feel miserable all the time. I can't sleep very much at night - maybe an hour or two, because the palpitations and irregular heartbeat keep waking me up. Went back to the GP and now he wants to put me on Bisoprolol (beta blockers). I'm already a mess and I don't know whether to start taking them on not. I checked drug interactions and there is one with Amlodipine.
All the blood tests I've had have come back normal. Had a 24 BP monitor and the average reading was 130/68. Had a 3 day heart monitor which they said showed one incidence of possible SVT and ectopic beats but has got a whole lot worse since then and I'm scheduled for an echocardiogram in a few weeks time but for now I don't know what to do.
Could it be down to the Amlodipine? I've taken it on myself to lower the dose back to 5mg and I'm monitoring my BP which hasn't changed but the anxiety is killing me. How long will it be before I know if cutting the dosage has helped? I was on 10mg for almost 4 months.
Sorry again for the long post but any input would really be appreciated as my life is complete hell at the moment. M
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