Amlodipine 5mg Side Effects - Horrible!

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I started researching the Side effects of amlodipine (from users not just what's on the pamphlet you get from the pharmacy, which I always read) as I've been on it for four weeks and am starting to have some serious side effects. From my understanding that's typically about the time the side effects start to show up. Here is a list of what I'm experiencing:

Extreme fatigue

Muscle cramp

Heart Palpitations

Sore skin that burns to the touch

Horrible hot flashes


Nervous anxiety (I do actually have anxiety)

Nausea and loss of appetite

Tight band feeling around head

Mild headache

General feeling ill

The frustrating part about this is a lot of those symptoms come along with anxiety ...but I had my anxiety pretty much under control. Now I feel as if I'm starting to be out of control again with the symptoms and wondering if it could be the amlodipine?

Any help you can give would be appreciated. I have stop taking the med for now as I'm waiting to hear back from my doctor. My pharmacist also told me it was safe to just stop taking it, but to check my blood pressure twice a day. Thanks again.

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  • Posted

    Your GP should prescribe something else. Felodipine is similar but without most of the side effects.
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      I was taking Amlodipine and had vision problems and headaches. I came off them and was put on Felodipine. I had my dose increased to 5mg and started to get pains in my feet and then in my buttocks and down my legs. It's uncomfortable to sit and lie down. I have come off them and symtoms seem to be decreasing

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    Hi Brandy

    I too have problems with it

    I have been on Amlodipine for 7 years

    I had an Aortic valve replaced in 2011 and Ramsay Hunt Shingles 16 months ago

    I have had a fuzzzy / dizzy head and balance problems since then.

    A month ago i started getting dermatitis/ ecezma on my hands right up to the elbow and on the neck.

    I went to the skin specialist and she gave me 1% cortizone with glycerine and cetomacrogol witch really helped. I also have a month on prednisone.

    She also said if the prednisone does not work i need to get my doctor to change my Amlodipene as I may be allergic to it.

    Now I am wondering if it is the reason I am still having dizzy heads and balance problems

    Has anyone heard of this before after 7 years on it ?

    Christine NZ


  • Posted

    Hello Brandy

    I've been on amlodipine for few yrs now and I get terrible lower back pain so bad AI feel so old the aches and muscle pains are miserable Each time I get up from a sitting position I limp I can't take it anymore I'm going to Dr have him change it no quality of life.

    • Posted

      Hi Chris. I'm sorry you're having these issues. I have not gotten back on amlodipine or any blood pressure meds as the doc at the hospital said my pressure was fine. Actually it was kind of low-ish. I did however find out that I was in withdrawal from lorazepam and didn't know it. So I can't blame all of the above solely on the amlodipine.

      Still, from what I've read it's not a good med. I hope you get something better to deal with your HB. Try lifestyle/eating changes as opposed to meds if you can.

      Good luck.

  • Posted

    Same symptons and similar history spend all my time in my head can't turn off depressed tingling in fingers and face dizzy spells panic attacks from nowhere felt very unstable stopped taking them and things are looking up still edgy but not so much after 5 days off . I think they exasipate any anxiety and the tingling and dizzyness maybe from the anxiety or the drug is cutting off blood flow to head this is how it feels anyway. 

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    Hi there, my doctor put me on amplodipine 5 mg and now my ankles swell my back lower hurts, my ribs hurts. It it safe to stop. For last year I was on bisoprol 1.5 mg and they made me I'll, bad back my kidneys then I went 2 weeks on Ramipril 1.2 mg I was no ankle swelling feeling okay but I dont know if it was side effects from previous meds still in system started pains in side but hospital said kidneys fine. Then had blood test abnormalities then he put me on stronger 5 mg amlodopine feel tied lazy, back back, feet and ankles swell feel rough. Hot flushes. Hospital infection in urine but going to ultrasound scan. But I need to stop made appointments new doctor ask to change which medication advise????? Shall I stop my back hurts cramped in back kidneys I think Vera

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    Hi I was put on Amlodipine 10mg 8 weeks ago blood pressure sky high 245/125 it's brought it down put noticed last couple of weeks bottom of legs hot and swollen and weird marks back of booth legs I'm going back to doctor next week  I don't no what to do do t feel my self  especially when you here all the side effects   Regards Debra


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