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Ok so I think I have the worst GP surgery in the country. But I don't want to moan overly about that.
My situation is 5 years ago I felt awful and went to my GP. I was diagnosed with hypertension and high cholesterol. I was 36 years old at the time and whilst I drank and smoked (too much) I thought I was pretty strong and healthy. My doctor put my on 5mg amlodipine and 20mg simvasatins for fear of a stroke.
After 2 years I couldn't get out of bed on the meds, I was weak in body and mind. I blamed the satins and stopped taking them without telling my GP. The difference was noticeable and immediate. To be honest I have had cholesterol checks since and I now control this through diet and lifestyle. Coming off the satin tablets made no negative impact at all.
But here is the problem, I am still on the amlodipine and I still feel spaced out, I am forever tired and very forgetful. Ok I'm 41 now but I am pretty certain in my mind I shouldn't feel this way. So over the last 6 months I have started to miss my daily amlodipine (maybe on purpose, maybe because I am pretty rubbish at remembering). After 3-5 days I start to panic that I am going to have a stroke or heart attack. I feel apprehensive, I almost worry myself back into taking them. Then a week later I am forgetting again.
I hate taking them I am half the man I thought I was, again I'm weak, absent minded and I feel old before my time. I have also started to notice my body falling apart, I have done my ligaments in both my ankle and my shoulder within the last year.
My blood pressure is now at 140ish over the high 90's with or with the daily amlodipine.
What I would really like to know is if I stop the meds how long will it take until they are totally out of my system and what can I expect to feel? Can I get past the week? What are the withdraws and how long do they last?
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