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Hi! I’m a 44 year old woman who has high blood pressure and cholesterol. I started taking medication at age 36 due to high BP and the fact that I have a strong family history for these issues. I started taking Benicar at age 34 with success. A few years later, Bystolic was added for my heart rate and pounding heart which was probably more stress/work related than heart. I was able to go off of the Bystolic a year later. I had much success on these medications. I changed doctors and she switchedme to Losartan Potassium. I really can’t remember why she switched meds but the Losartan has worked well for me. About three weeks ago, my blood pressure went up due to family stress relating to an up coming move. We monitored BP for a few weeks and it didn’t go down. Doctor started me on Amlodipine Beslayte. I started to have swelling in my left leg, shin area a few days later. Over the weekend, I started having flushing of my ears face, and as of last night, my left knee. It seems to happen in the early evening. I contacted my doctor and even after all the side effects, she wants me to continue to take this medication. I’ve read other people’s reviews and side effect of Amlodipine and I think I should discontinue. Any thoughts on this matter? I didn’t take the Amlodipine today because the flushing was so bad last night.
Thanks in advance for any ideas.
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