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About three years ago I went on holiday to Holland and met an old friend at the same hotel who arrived in a wheelchair, complaining of mobility problems.One evening, whilst sitting at dinner in his wheelchair, he collapsed with heat exhaustion (it was very hot!)and the Dutch paramedics were called in to see to him. They gave him a thorough examination, found out that he was on Amlodopine and, because that drug is apparently banned in Holland, took him off it and put him on something else. He recovered from the heat exhaustion and within a very short time and now being free from Amlodopine, was able to dispense with the wheelchair and was almost leaping around like a two year old!

When I learned that this magic had been performed merely by giving up Amlodopine, I then wondered if that drug, which I was also on, had been the cause of the aching soles of my feet which had previously prevented me from walking further than 50 yards at a time. So, I decided to take myself off Amlodopine and after a very short time my foot disability disappeared.

On returning to the UK I informed my GP of this episode. He had no idea that the drug was banned in Holland, but his experience was that it was generally effective but if it was giving me unpleasant side effects he would switch me on to something else, which he did and I have not had a recurrence of my problem since.

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    What was the name of the magic drug that replaced your friends Amlodopine?

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    I was taking 5mg of this drug but as it wasnt doing much to my raised BP the doseage has been increased by a small amount. I now feel as if my feet are in a vice and they feel crampy. Im sure its the medicine. Anyone else?? I also cant find any information as to this drug being banned in Holland. Can you please tell me where i can look this up so i can show my doctors. Thanks

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    what drug was your friend given to replace amlodipine
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    [color=red:f39de791a2][size=18:f39de791a2]Please let me know what the Dutch medics replaced amlodipine with

    as my wife is suffering terribly

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    My dad had heart bypass surgery 10 weeks ago & was put on amlodipine 10mg for his high blood pressure by the cardiac surgeon. He developed significant ankle swelling but this wasn't too troublesome until this week when multiple blood capillaries in both his lower legs burst due to the increasing build up of fluid. His GP immediately said this was due to the amlodipine & stopped it, starting him on perindropil instead. He said that at least 1 in 3 patients on amlodipine have to stop it due to this problem. I spoke to his consultant cardiologist (not the cardiac surgeon who prescribed amlodipine) she said that in her opinion perindropil is a much better drug than amlodipine as it also protects the heart & kidneys and she would prescribe it rather than amlodipine even if a patient didn't have problems tolerating amlodipine.
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