Last week I posted asking you lovely people for advise about depression. My husband wouldn't even get out of bed on Saturday! Today he is unbelievable - returning to his old self. The only difference is that we have stopped his blood pressure tablets.
In May he had a chest infection that literally knocked him off his feet. And then he suffered a migraine - which he has never had before. I called out the Doctor but it was not a doctor who we had ever seen before. He took his BP and said that actually he would prefer my husband went to hospital - it was so high. I explained it would be even higher if we took him to hospital so the Doctor agreed to prescribe Amlodipine and we were to monitor his blood pressure. I did say at the time that the high reading might be due to the steroids, antibiotics, anadin and migraine. Since then he has taken 5mg a day and that was that. However he did the PR course and I was so disappointed really in the results - he just didn't improve like he did on the last course and even the staff noticed it. He started with pains in his shoulder and arm that no-one could find an answer to - some acupuncture helped but did not cure it. We had to buy a new mattress he couldn't sleep and then in the last month has slept so heavily - totally alien to him (he has never slept for more than 6/7 hours in over 27 years). He has complained of itching on his finger ends. His ankles have started to swell - not masses just had to buy new socks with less elastic! He has always been "regular" but started to complain of constipation. More recently and more worryingly he has actually mentioned to me that he is worried about anxiety and that he is getting very severe panic attacks - to the extent that he spoke to the nurses at PR and they have referred him to the anxiety nurse. AND then the depression has been creeping on. Quite cross with the children and point blank refused to visit our son at uni at the weekend.
As you can imagine this has been creeping on and I have been worried and really truly thought that this was the progression of COPD and we had to deal with it though was beginning to wonder how! By chance he was taking the tablets on Thursday when I took the packet from him and decided I would read the side effects. There is an enormous list - 48 before you reach the "very rare" side effects. Out of the 48 he admitted to 35!! To the point that my youngest daughter asked him to listen to me before answering!
Anyway that was the last tablet and four days later - he is literally a changed man. He does still have severe COPD before you think it was a miracle cure!!! BUT all the other symptoms are slowly disappearing. His BP is a little raised but not massively so. I have spoken to the doctor and he has an appointment next Monday - if it is the drugs then they should be totally out of his system by then.
I am cautiously optimisitic! Thinking about it no-one mentioned side effects - and he has not been for regular checks - just one with the nurse for a blood test. Having done some research on the internet it appears that this drug either works for you or makes you ill and has a sort of creeping build up.
The moral of the story - if you are prescribed new drugs keep an eye on any changes you may feel. Take care everyone. Lots of love TAD xx