It’s 5mths since my stroke and I am having trouble with side effects. Started off with Clopidogrel and Atorvostatin - within a few days alergic reaction with Atorvostatin. Replaced with Ruvostatin - within 20 mins mouth numb, tongue swelling and horrible flashings in peripheral vision. Prescribed Ezetimibe - quite happy. Found out I have Atrial Fibrillation (which caused the stroke), prescribed Apixaban and Lansoprazole for preventing stomach bleeds. Not feeling too bad, but not quite right. GP not sure if both Clopidogrel and Apixaban needed, took six weeks to get OK from Stroke Consultant to cease Clopidogrel. Apioxaban, Lansoprazole and Ezetimibe - FEELING GOOD.
I hope you are staying with me, sorry for long post. Had a horrid AF episode when all the above was going on and phoned my Surgery to ask to speak to a GP… 3hrs later no call, so dialled 999, I couldn’t cope with it anymore. Fantastic Crew arrived just as GP Phoned, I think he was a bit surprised! I wasn’t having a heart attack, but heart rate was way off scale. They couldn’t understand why I was having Clopidogrel and Apixaban, they hadn’t come across it very often, They phone GP and explained. He prescribed Bisoloprol.
Bisoloprol - dizziness, tingling in arms, out of breath when standing upright after bending down. Stroke Consltant suggested Digoxin, GP prescribed - After a couple of week diarrhoea happend, thought give it time, may settle - but no, phoned GP, who did very kindly rule out any infections, which I did appreciate. I asked if it could be change to Diltiazem, which was mentioned here, which was worth a try - Awful tiredness went and felt better for the two days I did not have to take Digoxin. Diltiazem, still dashing to the loo, ankles, feet and toes that could quite happily belong to an elephant - now I am on Soloprol, still loo problems, still swollen ankles etc, but not quite so bad, but back to feeling woozy headed and tired. Soloprol and Diltiazem same family of drugs, Digoxin has known problems with Lansoprazole. All I get asked is ‘Do you want to try this one’. It seems to be the beta blocker style drugs that upset everything.
Am I expected just to put up with it and not to trouble anyone. It is affecting quality of life, sometimes just don’t want to go out. Considering chatting to an actual Pharmacist to see if they have any advice.
Anyone out there have has similar experiences - I am getting quite fed up with it all, as we all know, coming to terms with a stroke is major trauma on it’s own, even if it was classed as mild.