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I am a 62 yr old female and I was put on Amlodipine 6 months ago,at first on 5mg, then after a month it was doubled to 10 mg. I have the start of arthritis in my knee, and ever since starting on the Amlodipine my knee has deteriorated drastically, with constant pain, making it difficult to walk and especially to go up and down steps and stairs.My doctor even suggested that she should refer me to a surgeon for a knee replacement. My ankles have also been constantly swollen and I have felt more tired, have been woken at night at first once, then increasingly to three or four times needing to urinate, and also with knee pain. I mentioned this to my Dr. saying I believed the medication was causing the problems, she said that arthritis does deteriorate etc etc. and the medication is not causing it. She said we could try a different medication but that may have different or simiilar side effects. She said that my blood pressure was good on the drug and that the drug was not causing the problems so I said I would stick with it for another month.
Well... since finding this forum and reading of others suffering identical problems while on the medication I stopped taking the tablets 3 days ago and have already noticed my knee improving, no ankle swelling etc. I feel less tired and can again walk around without contant pain. I have a home blood pressure monitor which I have always used and my blood pressure at present is lower than when I was on the tablets !!
I have since read that this drug is banned in Holland and Belgium and some other countries... why is it still prescribed here, and why do doctors not know of these unpleasant and dangerous side-effects?
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