Amlodipine - gastric/bowel problems

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Have been on Amlodipine (10mg) as well as Enalapril maleate for high blood pressure. The amlodopine was prescribed 18 months ago and adverse symptoms crept up on me over time. These included: nausea, lower back pain, loose stools frequently and excessive flatulence. But the worst one was a constant feeling of needing a bowel movement soon after having one. This feeling had me visiting toilets frequently to check and living in fear of an accident in public. I have now stopped taking the amlodopine with my dr's agreement - he is arranging for a colonoscopy to check out the change in bowl habits but I am convinced that the amlodopine is responsible. Anybody had a similar experience?

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    Yes I was taken this for more than 6 years with a couple of others, atenolol for high BP , increasingly my fingers, hands, ankles and legs ballooned, also big purple patches on my legs, just today went to different doctor because my calf was so swollen I can't wear my jeans anymore. The thing is I had to tell him I was on other melds for BP and then it clicked with him, "oh oh stop taking that amlodipine that causes swollen etc etc, and gave me an antibiotic for the patches, so I hope it makes a big difference. I find I can't walk too far etc, so I do I hope this was the cause. Doctors nowadays are really useless, thank God for the net!
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    I have being having similar problems and have had flexible sigmoidoscopy and colonoscopy, also MRI scans and there have been no answers to my bowel problems.  I have 8 -10 BMs a day.  The worst experience is that I am constantly woken throughout the night and I am permanently exhausted.  I have tried eliminating all the foods one by one in my diet with no improvement.  It is only this morning that it occurred to me to look up amlodipine to see if it could be the culprit.  Having read that someone else has suffered similar symptoms I have made an appointment with my GP tomorrow to see if I can cease taking this medication in order to see if my bowel symptoms improve.
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    My story with Amlodipine and severe diarrhea. I was taking the stuff (7.5 mg), with Hydrochlorothiazide, for about 8 months when the first bout set in. I have had this happen with other meds before so as soon as it happened, I stopped the meds. It still took about 3 or 4 weeks for it to go away.

    The BP stayed high though so it wasn't long I went right back to it. Two months later, here it is again. Haven’t talked to my doctor, I've been pretty busy. She also seems pretty willy nilly about giving drugs for every little thing, so I'm a little hesitant. For right now I'm just riding it out to see if it will go away before I report it to her and see what she says.

    By Severe Diarrhea, I mean almost anything going into my stomach, liquid, food, caused an “outpour.” I have to monitor liquids and foods carefully to make sure I am getting nutrition, water, and electrolytes.

    I'm 58, male, haven't had much problem with health or high BP, but about 2 or 3 years ago it shot up and stayed there so I guess I have to deal with it. Working on exercise, nutrition, foods that are supposed the help with BP. So far the results are kind of questionable.

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    After 12months of misery,going through a colonoscopy and other various tests,I came across this article on amlodipine,this is my eureka moment ,it IS the medicine ,not my gut ,not my bowel, not my stomach.!!! Oh and not to mention the hospital visits !!!!

    Thank you internet, I will be going to docs next week, get off these damn things , thank you people for your posts ,time to get my life back !!!!!!!!

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