amiodipine 10mg

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my blood plessure been going up after trying a few different medications 

he add amiodipine 10mg i been on it for a month now i notice only my left foot and ankle are swelling up. and today i was very tired i couldn't even go for a walk just curious can omiodpine cause swelling in one ankle and foot.

what should i do stop it on my own or  wait for my doctor to tell me what to do

 

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    Hello Micheael,

    Yes...this happens with Amlodipine. Absolutely go back to your dr and tell your side effects. Have him either put you on something else or google natural ways to lower your blood pressure. I would not go off by yourself cold turkey. Some people do and they seem to be ok. But my experience didn't go so well, but I was on it for over 2 years. Best of luck to you!

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    Morning Michael,

    after being on amlodipine 5 mg twice daily for months they changed the formulation/ appearance (label on package) one foot crazy swelling and cramps, then both ankles like elephants and unable to walk well at all. Took time off work and did the wean thing over a week as was on hols and able to do so. On return went to GP who suggested blood tests for vitamin k levels. Anyway the upshot is I am not on anything at the mo and only feel dreadful when I wake up. Shortness of breath and pounding heart rate. This does go. I have also added walking, and googled food for lowering blood pressure. I advise you to leave this prescription drug alone. My blood pressure was up to 191 and with this medication it went down to 141 and leaving me unable to walk. The cramps and tinglings were horrible. Please don't take anymore, it can be done. The side effects are horrible with ampldipine and did not significantly lower the blood pressure. Did you read on this site the drug is banned in quite a few countries, obviously for a reason!

    all the best I look forward to hearing how you get on

    Cheers

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      Thank you for the information i did not take ot tonight  where can i find the site about it being ban in certain countries
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    You will see your symptoms match those of others having an adverse reaction. My leg swelling started in one leg. Treating your BP is also very important so do not abandon treatment on your own. Consult your GP so that one of the other alternatives can be tried
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    Hello Michael and others who have posted on this thread about Amlodipine being banned in Holland.

    This keeps cropping up in this discussion group and I thought you might be interested in reading the following article posted by the Patient Admin Team on this subject a year ago:

    "With regard to this particular topic the original postings about the drug being banned in Holland go back to 2006.

    We have been in touch with the Pharmaceutical Society to find out what the current position is with amlodipine in Holland. They provided us with the following web address in Holland to have a look at http://www.cbg-meb.nl/CBG/en/_search/searchresult/default

    This site gives the marketing authorization numbers for a number of amlodipine products which implies that it is still available over there.

    We did track down that there was a distribution problem in Oct 2009 but are not sure how relevant that is.

    So in our opinion it looks as though the drug is still available in Holland.

    Patient Admin Team"

    I took Amlodipine for a few months which caused difficulty walking around due to severe ankle swelling which led to a rash and inflammation on the bottom of my legs eventually diagnosed as varicose eczema.  I asked to be taken off the drug and whereas the ankle swelling disappeared completely after about 3 weeks, the varicose eczema remains!  I have since tried a few other supposedly BP lowering drugs but all with unwanted side effects so I guess I am particularly sensitive.  After stopping one of the latest drugs due to a repeat of the ankle swelling I immediately experienced a swollen, inflamed and painful toe.  Have now 5 weeks later seen a consultant who confirms it isn't gout or an infection (treated as such by the GP wth antiobiotics to no avail!) so is referring me for an ultrasound scan of my leg and abdominal arteries to rule out any blockages.  I am of the view that this is all caused by the side effects of both Amlodipine and a later BP drug, Diltiazem, not stopped soon enough to stop the damage.

    So, although I'm not a medic, my advice from my experience would be that if anyone experiences very unwanted side effects that don't wear off after a couple of weeks or so of taking any drug, do go back to the GP and ask to be switched to another.  

     

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      Thanks for this, MrsO.  I did a Google search and found a website that said it was available in Holland for vetinary purposes only.  I'll check again and confirm that. 
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    1. Read the notice that came with your tablets. Look hard to see if your side effects are mentioned. If so, write down what it says and whether the insidence is one in ten patients, between 10 and 100 or between 100 and 1,000.

    2. Google search "amlidipine swollen ankles" Follow up and write down what you find. There are lots of web sites like this one.

    3.Talk to your doctor. Show him any evidence you have dug up and tell him how your symptoms match it. Ask if he has read the leaflet that comes with the tablets. 

    My doctor prescribed me amlodipine 5 or 6 yers ago. It gave me an irregular and missing heart beats coupled with very low blood pressure on waking. My GP at the time told me not to worry about it. And on one morning I think I nearly died of lack of oxygenated blood to the brain. I fainted and wasout for the count for five minutes. Only then did Iook at the leaflet with the tablets: symptoms similar to those in 5% of patients. I was sent to a heart specialist who told me amlodipine doens not cause arrhythmia. Clearly, the heart specialist had not read the leaflet either!  Make sure your doctor does

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      What a good reply, Peter Hirsch.  Excellent advice.  When you search 'google' you find that Amlopidine has been banned in the Netherlands and is used for vetinary purposes only.  Some other countries, too.  I
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      Louise, please read my earlier post 3 hours ago (held up for a little time whilst the Moderators checked it due to including a website address) including an extract from a post a year ago from the Patient Admin Team, where you will see that Amlodipine is NOT believed to have been banned in Holland.

      Also, a note to everyone:  If you have unwanted side effects from any medication, you can report it to the MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency) via their Yellow Card reporting scheme.  The Yellow Card forms are available from pharmacies and other outlets across the NHS or from the Yellow Card hotline on freephone 0808 100 3352.  Reports can also be completed on the web at www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard.  This government agency is responsible for ensuring that medicines work and are acceptably safe.  They will take action to protect the public promptly if there is a problem.  If enough of us report our side effects, we should see some action!

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      Just checked the internet and found Just.Answer.Health which said:

      medtech254 :Yes amlodipine is banned in Holland and is only allowed for veterinary use in many countries.Customer:Why is thismedtech254 :The drug was banned due to a elevated incidence of side effects versus other drugs. The side effects noted included blurred vision, acute itchy skin, mood swings, anger, painful swollen knees, exhaustion, and inability to sleep.

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      Louise, was there a date on the JustAnswer.Health website as to when Amlodipine was banned in Holland?  I have read an article by the Netherlands Pharmaceutical Centre listing it as being available but admittedly it was a few years ago.
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      I've emailed the British Heart Foundation and asked them if Amlopidine has been banned in the Netherlands and in any other country.  Will let you know.

      But from the adverse reactions reported on the BHF website, it looks a little bit 'iffy' to me.  

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