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  • I know this is going to sound crazy but...

    (Sorry this is so long)

    Hi everyone, I know this is gonna sound crazy but here it goes..........

    I took one Cartia pill the extended release type. I took it last Sunday. Okay, I was fine for about an hour and then it hit me like a ton of bricks. I was soooooo tired and confused, I could not concentrate, I had brain fog and extreme fatigue, BUT here is the one thing that I did not like the most -- Depression.

    I know it is going to sound crazy, and I may sound like a nut, but honestly, I was depressed. I know that I have a chronic illness, so I am always somewhat bummed out, but I know I felt different. I was not myself mentally, I was depressed. I wanted to be by myself, I did not want to be with my children or my husband, I did not smile or laugh for over 10 hours and I did not want to watch anything funny on TV. And that is not like me at all. I laugh all the time, I always watch funny shows and movies on TV, but not when I took that pill. I felt isolation.

    It wasn't until the next day that I started to feel like myself mentally again. I know is sounds irrational. But honestly I felt that way.

    I did a Google search on Cartia and found that it interacts with Xanax and asprin. I am dependent on Xanax to sleep and I take asprin for headaches and for small blood clots in my left leg. In fact the next morning after taking the pill I had a terrible headache and I took 3 asprin, and I thought I was gonna die! I felt so sick.

    That medication helped my heart though, I did not have any angina that day, but then again I was too tired to do much activity. It seemed to make my heart feel better, but the rest of me feel awful.

    I swear I felt different mentally on Cartia, did anyone ever experience anything similar while on a drug? And does that side effect wear off? Do any of the side effects wear off after a while? My concern with Cartia is that it interacts with medication that I aleady take.

    I am going to do a search on Verapamil and see if it interacts with Xanax and asprin. And look up other Calcium Channel Blockers.

    Thank you for any replies and information.

    -- Eileen
    49 yrs. old
    Diagnosed at 31.
    Cardiac Arrest 2003, RF Ablation in AZ, no positive result -
    First ICD 2003 - In 2006 lead went bad, abandoned lead, threaded new one & new generator
    Myectomy 5-5-05 at The Cleveland Clinic - Dr. Lever & Dr. Smedira -heart surgeon.
    Currently have Grade 2 Diastolic Dysfunction with pulmonary hypertension & pulmonary edema.
    My brother passed away suddenly at 34 yrs old from HCM.
    2 teenage children, ages 17 and 15.

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    Re: I know this is going to sound crazy but...

    I have not heard of anything like that responce - it sounds very severe - Please call your doctor!

    Lisa
    Knowledge is power ... Stay informed!
    YOU can make a difference - all you have to do is try!

    Dx age 12 current age 46 and counting!
    lost: 5 family members to HCM (SCD, Stroke, CHF)
    Others diagnosed living with HCM (or gene +) include - daughter, niece, nephew, cousin, sister and many many friends!
    Therapy - ICD (implanted 97, 01, 04 and 11, medication
    Currently not obstructed
    Complications - unnecessary pacemaker and stroke (unrelated to each other)

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    • #3
      Re: I know this is going to sound crazy but...

      Cartia is a calcium-channel blocker, as is verapamil. You may want to look towards a beta-blocker instead since they don't interact with aspirin or xanax (i take xanax and beta-blockers no problem) and do the same thing calcium channel blockers do, just in a different way.

      Please talk to your doctor asap.

      take care,

      S

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      • #4
        Re: I know this is going to sound crazy but...

        The only comparison I can refer to on this, is that when I was on Cartia 180mgs daily, my Atenolol was raised to 400 mgs daily. I continued to feel increasingly depressed with a strange sense of impending doom and gloom and my head felt thick , I walked around in a funk. There was no reasonable explanation other then the high dose.

        When I talked it over w/ my cardiologist we decided to back the Atenolol down to 300mgs and stay at the 180 of Cartia. This resolved the feelings and I was back to my positive " glass is half full personallity".

        It may just be an initial titration /adjustment thing and after talking w/ your doc, it may be worth trialing a while longer on this med. Some of these "adverse reactions," seem to dissipate after about 4-6 weeks. .... Or it may require a change. If you are depressed to the point of self destructive thoughts, this drug is not for you and seek help immediately.

        Good luck and keep us informed. Pam
        Dx @ 47 with HOCM & HF:11/00
        Guidant ICD:Mar.01, Recalled/replaced:6/05 w/ Medtronic device
        Lead failure,replaced 12/06.
        SF lead recall:07,extracted leads and new device 2012
        [email protected] Tufts, Boston:10/5/03; age 50. ( [email protected] 240 mmHg ++)
        Paroxysmal A-Fib: 06-07,2010 controlled w/sotalol dosing
        Genetic mutation 4/09, mother(d), brother, son, gene+
        Mother of 3, grandma of 3:Tim,27,Sarah,33w/6 y/o old Sophia, 5 y/o Jack, Laura 34, w/ 5 y/o old Benjamin

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        • #5
          Re: I know this is going to sound crazy but...

          Oh great, now I really feel like a nut... no one has ever experienced that particular side effect.

          I am not taking it anymore. I will call my doctor and ask him to call in a new prescription for something else. The day after I took Cartia, I did a Google search and found a few Pharmacy websites that state possible side effects as mental depression, confusion, etc.....

          I thought that maybe someone else may have had a similar reaction to a heart medication.

          Oh well, I will try another medication. Thank you for your replies and for the information. I appreciate it.

          Eileen
          49 yrs. old
          Diagnosed at 31.
          Cardiac Arrest 2003, RF Ablation in AZ, no positive result -
          First ICD 2003 - In 2006 lead went bad, abandoned lead, threaded new one & new generator
          Myectomy 5-5-05 at The Cleveland Clinic - Dr. Lever & Dr. Smedira -heart surgeon.
          Currently have Grade 2 Diastolic Dysfunction with pulmonary hypertension & pulmonary edema.
          My brother passed away suddenly at 34 yrs old from HCM.
          2 teenage children, ages 17 and 15.

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          • #6
            Re: I know this is going to sound crazy but...

            No , No, Eileen, You are wrong. Maybe I did not come right out with it but , I certainly did feel like a nut, actually a very big nut, so you are not alone. I am sure we are not alone either
            Pam
            Dx @ 47 with HOCM & HF:11/00
            Guidant ICD:Mar.01, Recalled/replaced:6/05 w/ Medtronic device
            Lead failure,replaced 12/06.
            SF lead recall:07,extracted leads and new device 2012
            [email protected] Tufts, Boston:10/5/03; age 50. ( [email protected] 240 mmHg ++)
            Paroxysmal A-Fib: 06-07,2010 controlled w/sotalol dosing
            Genetic mutation 4/09, mother(d), brother, son, gene+
            Mother of 3, grandma of 3:Tim,27,Sarah,33w/6 y/o old Sophia, 5 y/o Jack, Laura 34, w/ 5 y/o old Benjamin

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            • #7
              Re: I know this is going to sound crazy but...

              Thank you so much Pam. You made me feel better about that. I know what you meant when you said that you walked around in a funk. That is what I did.

              Thank you again

              Eileen
              49 yrs. old
              Diagnosed at 31.
              Cardiac Arrest 2003, RF Ablation in AZ, no positive result -
              First ICD 2003 - In 2006 lead went bad, abandoned lead, threaded new one & new generator
              Myectomy 5-5-05 at The Cleveland Clinic - Dr. Lever & Dr. Smedira -heart surgeon.
              Currently have Grade 2 Diastolic Dysfunction with pulmonary hypertension & pulmonary edema.
              My brother passed away suddenly at 34 yrs old from HCM.
              2 teenage children, ages 17 and 15.

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