Amlodipine Besylate 5 mg. Facts.

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When I discovered my pharmacist was giving me different colored pills, their answer was we haven;t gotten a shipment from our manufacturer, so we're using another pharmaceutical.  I told my Primary Care dr. who told me to get another Pharmacy.  The new pharmacy was horrible.  So I went back to the old pharmacy & she said I should get a new doctor.  When I called to seemy doctor to inform hm I had been off amlodipine 6 months due to dizziness, his office staff told me he wanted me to go to the ER.  Just ridiculous1  S I got rid of him.  His M.A. staff never took accurate BP readings & I askedhim to give me a second reading every time.  Systolic ws always 20 - 30 pts higher than the first.  So with a new doctor who can't see me until Dec. 2nd, and on my own, I go back on 5 mgs. in July, and by Oct. 24 I renew a prescription from the old doctor & the lousy pharmacy as thatis where the 3 mo. presciption was.  Within 1 hr 15 minutes of taking it (a light blue tablet M A9) different from the last prescription that was white (I didnt note the coding) I was incapacitated with Vertigo.  I couldnt walk or function.  The pharmcist had quit as the store was closing & this was a young guy Id never seen.  He kept telling me to go to the ER when I said I was overcome with dizziness after taking it.  I didn;t go anywhere but made appt to see an ENT & Audiologist.  The ENT was uncaring, apathetic, and smirking.  He said  had a lot of inner eye wax he removed, the audiologist was better, BUT the 3 days of testing showed nothing WRONG.  I had to wit 4 days to get the report from th ENT.  He said I had inflammation but refused to be specific.  I   asked  was it the vesticular canal?  NO  Did I have displaced crystals? NO.  Was the Vargus nerve damaged.  NO.  He put me on hold 30 minutes & guess he was shocked I was still there.  In a minute he put me on hold again, and I quickly asked him COULD IT BE AMLODIPINE?  NO.  I ended up hanging up after being on hold another 10 minutes & asked for a report to be mailed by the office and it came today ~  Nothing was wrong with my ears. SO DID AMLODIPINE CAUSE THE SEVERE DEBILITATING DIZZINESS ~ I could barely walk.  I was an invalid for 2 weeks.  Today is day 15 and I am able to walk with a stick and drive locally, shop with a cart to steady myself.  I'm improving every day that I'm off this drug.  But I decided to see how many manufacturers make this drug.  I came up with 9 companies.  More on the next post.  Linda       

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    9 different manufacturers of Amlodipine Besylate 5 mg.  

    1.  MYLAN PHARMACEUTICAL  M A9  light blue & round

         NDC CODE  ? 

    2.  ZYDUS PHARMACEUTICAL   Z 3  white & round 

         NDC CODE 68382-0122

    3.  LUPIN PHARMACEUTICAL     Lu H12  white & round

         NDC CODE  68180-0751

    4.  INVAGEN PHARMACEUTICAL IG238  white & round 

          NDC CODE  31722-0238

    5.   GREENSTONE LIMITED G15305  white& 8 sided

          NDC CODE  59762-1530

    6.   ROXANE LABS 54771  white & round

          NDC CODE  00054-0101  white & round

    7.   VINTAGE PHARMACY  V2109  white & round

          NDC CODE  00603-2109

    8.   BRECKENRIDGE PHARMACEUTICAL  210  white round

          NDC CODE 51991-0667

    9.   WOCKHARDT USA  W422  white oval

           NDC CODE 64679-0422

    my next research is to go to their websites to see where the drug is made, marketed, and distributed.   I cant do this tonight and post it as my vision is still a little blurry.

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    A little information on Amlodipine Besylate 5 mg. 

    It's made with:

    micro crystalline cellulose

    calcium phosphate dibasic anhydrous

    sodium starch glycolate

    type A starch

    magnesium stearate

    used to treat:

    high blood pressure

    Raynaud's Syndrome


    heart failure

    migraine prevention

    am-lo-di-peen  - phonetic pronunciation

    A calcium channel blocking agent.

    Inhibits movement of calcium ions across cell membranes in systemic & coronary vascular smooth muscles. 

    A steady state is reached after 7 - 8 days of consecutive daily dosing. 


    CARDIAC - 5% flushing/ palpations

    CNS - headache 7%   fatigue 5%   dizziness 3%   somnolence 2%

    GI-  nausea 3%  abdominal pain 2% 

    HEPATIC - enzyme elevation

    MISC.  edema 15%

    avoid sudden position changes to prevent orthostatic hypotension. 

    stop taking if pulse is below 50 bpm

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    Have you determined which manufacturers work for you and which causes problems? I am getting different reations too including vertigo sensations. I cut the usage to 2.5mg per day from 5mg and combine Amlodipine with Losartan and it works well with good bp. I haven't noted the different manufacturers but will now. Though not chronic with one variety I have suffered some sleep problems (I normally can sleep on a washing line) and this strange feeling of falling over. The chemist said that it could be down to the 'binders' rather than the actual drug that causes the differences?
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    Dickie,  I only am just putting all this together.  I had no idea that there were 9 different companies and I had not documented anything.  I will tell you right now that in the future I will be anal about anything I take, demand to know who manufactured the drug, and find out where it originated from.  I still haven't done the work on the individual companies as I've wasted weeks with Vertigo and have fallen behind on getting everything indoors for winter.  I will do this task when I am resting at night time.  How do we know where these ingredients are coming from.  Should we as consumers blindly trust companies to do the right things to produce a pill that is sterile, clean, and made in a factory that complies with regulations?  How do we know the ingredients didn't come from a filthy factory in China?  We don't know.  And I am going to find out the best that I can.  Stay tuned.    
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    I feel the same as you do regarding where

    our meds come from.

    After reading the different manufacturers of

    Amlodipine besylate you listed, I wondered

    if you knew if any originated from China.

    I know you posted over a yr ago, but my

    son ( 30yr) may be having a reaction to this


    Thank you

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