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Why on earth are GPs in this country still prescribing this drug when it has been withdrawn for human use in other countries? I was given this medication a few years ago in addition to Losartan and Bendroflumethiazide for hypertension. It did seem to bring blood pressure down a bit more but for some time now the dentist has noticed an increase in gingival overgrowth on one side of the mouth. He mentioned that it was probably something to do with medication and after a lot of research on the net I found many articles about links between GO and amlodipine use. Of course the makers list this side effect as 'rare' but one study in hospitals in India concluded the risk as being 31% and another advised that all physicians should be aware of this serious side effect. Apparantly, when used by vets it has had the same drastic effect on dogs and cats. Now there has been a warning issued to medical practices about the combination of Amlodipine and statins which hardly inspires confidence. Well I've stopped taking Amlodipine anyway and hopefully the problem will disipate in time as it seems to in most cases.
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