amlodipine withdrawal

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I stopped amlodipine cold turkey three weeks ago and I feel terrible. I've got painful joints, espeicially in my knees, toes and shoulders, headaches, terrible exhaustion and I'm craving carbs to the point where I've put on a stone. I've read on here that the drug should be out of my system in 3-4 weeks but I don't seem to be improving at all yet. 

Has anyone else had these side effects? 

 

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    No I don't get any of those side effects. I am 3months into being off the meds. I get a lot more cramp in my feet than before but I put that down to the new found love of jogging. Which I am doing a) to keep my BP in check and b) because I also ate like a horse for a month when I came off the meds.

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    I also wondered if the hacking cough I've had since Christmas was down to the pills but that hasn't gone either. sad 

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    You guys both have food cravings and issues coming off? I wonder why that is? I hate this med and it isn't getting my bp down enough so the Dr wants me to up it but I have not done so. I am trying to find anything I can do to get off it. I guess I will have to look out for food issues getting off when that comes. 

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    Hi, I quit about 3 weeks ago but did not experience those side effects. My blood pressure increased so my doctor gave me a prescription for Lisinopril 5mg.  I stopped taking Amlodipine because over time I believe it was causing me to have gastrointestinal issues, pain on my left side under my breast and the feeling of knots in my lower intestine and esophagus.  Now those symptoms have subsided.  Hope you feel better soon. 
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    Hi! Did you have the same pain while on Amlodipine? In my case, I had terrible joint pain and headaches while on it. After quitting, the pain continued but was greatly reduced. Still have occassional aches and pains every few days but definitely nothing like it was before. I read a post here somewhere that for some, the side effects may last a long time. My practitioner thinks I may have Fibromyalgia triggered by taking too high a dose of Amlodipine for several months. But since the pain is becoming less frequent and intense each week, I remain hopeful that I will make a full recovery. 

    Hope you are feeling better. 

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      no the only thing i got with amlodipine was a really nasty cough which is why i wanted to stop it. the cough is still there but i'm keeping my fingers crossed that it will fade in time.

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      Hi. It sound like your body needs more time for the Amlodipine to clear your system. Even though I was on Amlodipine for over approximately 13 years, I was not always constantly taking it. I would go own and off of it because I never have liked taking meds. I'm just realizing that some of my joint pain in my hips may be related to taking it.  I noticed more joint pain in my neck and left shoulder. I've been off cold turkey since end of March and most of the side effects have subsided. I hope it wears out of your system soon. 

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