i was prescribed Hydroxyzine shortly after my pacemaker surgery as a primary doctor noticed that I was showing signs of anxiety during my bandage removal visit and she said they'd be completely fine with all of the heart stuff that I have gone through (pacemaker almost 2 weeks ago and a mechanical valve in Jan of 2020).
the first time I took the meds during the day, they mellowed me out and made me feel very relaxed. I was glad they worked and didn't think much of it. I was told to take them "as needed" and honestly I didn't think I needed them.
last night I was having issues sleeping and I didn't know if it was anxiety related or not, so I took a pill and it really did knock me out with no issues at all. I was originally having issues where I would fall asleep for a few hours and then get jolted awake. Heart rate would go up 10-15 bpm and I'd be a little confused for a few mins, but I'd usually fall back asleep and sleep whole way through. I took a pill as I wasn't sure if this was brought on by anxiety and I mostly slept fine after.
tonight I was feeling similar anxieties and took a pill, only this time things have gotten worse. Instead of being jolted awake, I'm feeling jolted/shaken while trying to fall asleep. It's a weird sensation because it just kinda passes over me in a warm/hot flash, but it still feels like that jolt.
of course I Google the drug and am seeing all sorts of comments about not taking it if you have any issues with your heart. It can cause all sorts of additional issues?!
should I be concerned that my doctor prescribed this and said it shouldn't matter about my heart issues? Has anyone else with a PM used this and experienced weird events? No pain or shortness of breath or trouble breathing, but a hot flash and a jolt/shake of the body that only lasts a few seconds but is very uncomfortable.
it's really starting to weigh on me. I start feeling better for a few days and then a new complication pops up and then I'm back to panic and constant doubt.
I know sleep is very important which makes all of this confusing. I'll get great sleep one night and then literally 1-2 hours the next, which puts me in a groggy state and I can't tell if all of this craziness is heart-related, stress-related or just lack of sleep?