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I was given this drug about 2 years ago and it gave me piercing headaches so the doctor switched my meds. At that time I had only borderline hbp. Now I have moderate bp, high for me is usually 145/91. It has been about 6 months I suppose and my symptoms are: Hair loss beyond what I would expect from any drug, stomache irritation, Tingling in toes, prickling, numbness on legs below my knees, weight gain, bloatig, muscles seem to be breaking down and my arms an legs dont fit in my clothes anymore, I am taking on a "fat" look. I am usually size 8 womens, now I a size 12. My abdomen looks like I am 7 months pregnant, I am age 54. My head does not ever feel well, cloudy thinking no level of concentration. I sell real estate, however have not been able to coordinate anytype of work at all. insomnia, night sweats severe heat fashes, urination issues, I have noe have major dental issues and one tooth just fell apart, I am told I now need to remoe 3 possibly 4 teeth, I was wondering why all of these things were going on with me. No matter what symptom I went to the doctor with she just wrote me another perscription for what are "side effects" of this medication. The first signs were problems with urination, I was convinced I had a major bladder condition beacuse the doctor sent me to a urinologist when I told her that I was having these issues with my urination. Everything came out negative. I complained of headaches and she prescribed headache meds. I complained of bloated stomache that seems to get worse in the evening, she prescribed me meds for that. I complained of extreme gerd and gastric belching along with stomache pains, she insisted on me taking another medication for that. I complained of serious muscle pain, pelvic pain and hip pain and a huge sac of fluid behind my knee that formed (both knees are very big still and above is very bloated), My doctor just ordred an xray for my knee and pelvis. When I finally looked this drug up after realizing that I was having severe depression, I went to the doctor and she tried to prescribe depression meds. I became upset and she started arguing with me when I told her researched the drug and believe it is causing me side effects. I told her I beleive I am not sick at all, but just having all these side effects. She replied, "you can not believe everything you read online'. She insisted on writing me a new prescripion "metropholol". I researched it and it has a "black box warning' and all the reviews are just as bad as amlodiphine. I went back to my doctor and she again became very upset with me. I called the office to tell the I dont want to see that doctor and the nurse of the phone tried to ridicule me saying, "do you always look up stuff on the internet?". I told the male nurse that I was very cocerned that I had so many symptoms so that is why I went to the internet, and he told me to basically stay off the internet an the drug was safe. I have cut the .5 tablet in half and not sure what I will do next. It is 4 days and the symptoms are still there. I also have extreme anxiety, I never had that before and tightness in chest when I do even when I have nothing to be stressed about. I will add: Out of curiosity, I put the two medication names into my facebook search to see if anyone talks about it on facebook and there is a facebook account called: "say yes to amlodiphine and metropohol" I tried to join the group and was not not granted membership. It is all Indian doctors, sales people and medical people from India, I dont know what their discussions are however I did find that both medications are manufactured in India and I am wondering if this drug is such a huge money maker that they dont care about the people who have died and been hospitilized from it. I did see where one person said the drug delstroyed his liver and several said they ended up with liver and kidney damage. I am going to try very hard to get off of bp meds, and in the meantime change my doctor and get off this medication. I pray my hair will also come back.
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