Amlodipine Hell.. coming off it.

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I was put on Amlodipine about 2 1/2 months ago for slighlty high BP. (Im 45 super fit kick box all the time) About 1 month in I noticed heart palputations laying in bed at night , and small bouts of blurry vision. 2 month mark I was tired all the time and had chest and left arm pain. Been to ER had stress test, EKG etc blood test eveything OK.

Then out of nowhere brain fog hit, head aches, overall weakness nuasea, arm and chest pain. It took me noticing when I took a pill, arm pain got worse and had trouble swallowing. So found this site and took my last pill 11 days ago.

First 3 days vision better no brian fog. Day 7-8 bad flash back of wekness nausea chest and arm pain. Now day 11 of being off, it I still do not feel 100% left arm chest pain little better, nausea comes and goes. I am convinced it is Amlodipine Docotor says no. Ive had additional blood test this week, all came back fine. So two months taking it hoping at two week mark of not taking pills I really start to improve. As far as BP drinking beet juice once a day keeps it in check.

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    Hi Jeff

    It's good that the side effects kicked in so soon, that way you have more chance of recognising that it's the pills doing it. If you read other posts, you find that many take them for years before anything happens and then it can take many months or years before you discover that the pills are to blame, all the time getting worse and worse. Makes life pure misery. What I find frustrating, is that no matter how many tests you have, EKG, blood tests, endoscopy (as in my case), specialists, the list is endless, but all come back negative and clear. In my case, the doctors kept telling me it wasn't the pills and I'm sure they thought me a hypochondriac and started treating me as such. I thought I was going mad, or had dementia, the mental effects were so bad. Physically, I was unable to function.

    Pleased you are off them and I'm sure you'll continue to improve now.

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      , dear do the doctor say the same thing to me it's not the medicine it's not the medicine and I'm telling them it is the medicine change it I have severe muscle spasms in my back I have pain in my ankle and my foot I keep getting terrible bouts of gout terrible will you can't quit cold turkey on amlodipine because you could get a heart attack stupid government insurance I'm on coumadin and my doctor doesn't call me for when the blood level is too high or too low two months ago it was three weeks before she called me and I told her I said what is with you people I end up trying to self dose myself because they're so incompetent

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      Hi i just found this post by googling for help. i have been on Amplodipine for 8 months but in the last 3 weeks have developed awful gastric problems. bloating, looser stools, stomach pain, etc. I have been referred to a gastro doc. I am terrified I have cancer. Can you tell me why you were given an endoscopy? was it for similar reasons?

      thank you

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      I have been on 4 different blood pressure meds so far. I was on lisinopril the longest, but when he had to increase the dosage my cough was insane, so he switched to amlodipine. I have intense ringing in my ears and a weird headache. I called my dr today and explained what was going on and he is switching me to benicar. The office staff said I don't have to wean off of it, but I am going to ask my pharmacist. I have found that pharmacists know more about drug side effects and interactions. I also explained to the dr when I was there last visit that if I have to take this drug for my BP probably forever that I want one with the least side effects. I asked him if he was willing to help me with the task of finding the best med and he said that he was. So when I called today to let him know my symptoms he was willing to change it. I also have an appointment on Tuesday with an ENT because the ringing, pressure and headache in my head is terrible and I read amlodipine is ototoxic. I want to make sure my ears aren't damaged or I have a brain tumor because that's how bad it is. Still need to find out from my pharmacist if I need to wean off of amlodipine or just go off and start taking the benicar. My drs office said I don't have to but I will ask my pharmacist to be sure. I will keep you all up to date. Hope you all feel better too.

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      Deb, did the ringing in your ears stop? I can hear the ringing in my classroom over middle schoolers. I am going to call my doctor first thing to get off. Just praying the fullness my ears and throat, loss of taste and ringing in my ears improves.

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    See your doctor NOW!  Almost immediately after my Amlodipine dosage was increased from 5 to10 mg I felt palpitations and weakness.  I went to my doctor and found I had developed aFib.  Even after I gave up the medicine it continued to get worse until I actually passed out and ended up in the hospital for a pacemaker.

     

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    HI There, I find it amazing how many people are suffering on this drug and DRs are still prescribing it. I have an apt today with with my primary care. She is not aware I stopped taking it.  Every day is a little better for me, I still have a long way to go and I am hoping for a full recovery.   I will need to be on another BP meds and I do tend to run high. I am glad you are feeling better and hope you too will get a full recovery. 

     

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    Hi Jeff, fact of the matter is that doctors lie all the time, because they do not know.. if you don't need surgery then stay away from them..  This is the advice from a life long pharmacist friend.. Guide lines were put in place at the World Health Organization in 1977.... do some research, eat health, get plenty of rest and exercise.. Please don't fall into the trap of creating new patients by lowering blood pressure to sell more drugs.. Think about it...Best of Health to you..

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    Hi Jeff - I was on Amlodipine 5 mg for almost 5 yrs & 10 mg for like 3 weeks.  I did not start to experience side effects until about a year into it & then basically couldn't function on the 10 mg.  I can assure you, all of your side effects are the cause of the Amlodipine, your side effects & story is a carbon copy of so many of the posters on this site.  Consider yourself lucky that you found out when you did and did not have to endure the suffering like so many of us have had to, because our Drs refused to hear us. 

    I am 45 days off of the Amlodipine, and initially I felt great, but then had headaches, muscle cramps etc. Brain fog left immediately and thankfully hasn't returned.  I will say with every day my symptoms are less, but still have residual shoulder/hand sensation & some GERD symptoms.  My blurry vision, migraine headaches, swollen ankles, hot rash on calves, chest pain under left breast and electric shock in extremities have all disappeared.  I think the longer you have been on this nasty drug, the longer it takes for your symptoms to subside.  You should be feeling great in no time! Good Luck!

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      I hope you are right, spoke with a different doctor today after not feeling well... day 12 off it. Felt sick heart palputations ... ran a EKG im still good explained my concerns to doctor. Doctor agreed to try another BP medicine even though Im off amlodipine. My BP today 132/78. Still drinking one glass of beet juice daily. So that appears to be keeping my BP in check.
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      Debra, omg! You just basically listed all my symptoms except the throat irritation I have. I am now really determined to make some drastic lifestyle changes and wean off this horrible med.

      I say wean because I don't want another med. I just need my new lifestyle to take over for the drug.

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      Hi Debra and hello to other site member, I been on Almodipine 5 and now 10mg since 2015. Today 1/31/18 I went to the ER cause I thought I was having a heart attack due to pain in arm chest palpitation and just basically most of the symptoms I see here. All my test came back fine Ekg xray and blood work. I'm not really sure the next step for me since I started taking med due to experiencing premenopause symptoms leading to high BP, however I will be seeing my doc this week and find a way to ween myself off or go cold turkey. I can't take the stress of pains heart fluttering and been gassy acid reflux. I would like to thank everyone's contributions on this topic in helping me pinpoint the source.

      Someone told me a while now that beet juice makes BP go up, I notice on site the contrary to that statement , which is it?

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      Hi hannah219 hope you feel well soon yes I'v been told Beetroot is good also cider vinegar    Kind regards Debra

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      I am so glad you have detected the cause now. [color=#333333] Before going cold Turkey, maybe ask your GP to switch to a different medication? My doctor took me off it straight away, although I have to say, the new one,[/color] candesartan, has not meant my tendonitis has got any less problematic, although the heart palpitations have declined. Like Hannah, I have also heard that cider vinegar helps. Also I/2 lemon juice in hot water taken first thing in the morning - I am currently trying these two and then plan to add beetroot juice. I have also heard that potassium supplements help, but I have yet to try these. 

       

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      I wish I found out another way since sickness is not fun but the information found has made it a little less frightening. Also I have been using lemon and water but now with the acid reflux I have to cut back. Thanks for the kind words , till later then Hannah.
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