Amlodopine side effects ....still.

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Have been off Amlodopine for about 8 weeks and am still having weird side effects. Just today my nose was blocked, my lungs felt stiff and half-filled and the doom and gloom feels like it will never go. Do these symptoms eventually go away? Always feel ill, never 100%. Some days l actually feel ok but they are few and far between. I take Canderstartin for high blood pressure as well and now am wondering if this tablet is also giving me problems. Don't know which way to turn to be honest. Anybody any answers/opinions they can offer me please?

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    Hi Christine.. depends how long you were on it previously ..

    If u took Amlodipine less than a few weeks ... it should go off fast .

    I was on Amlodipine 3 yrs plus .. so after stopping 4 mths .. is better but not gone .. it still comes with all sorts of unrelated side effects .. I still have flu like symptoms occasionally...neck tension .. anxiety ... tiredness ..

    In all is very slowly receeding but when u have those effects .. u just feel real bad

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      Was on Amlodopine for almost 9 years so expect will take a while to clear my system. Am also on Bisoprolol for rapid heart rate and Canderstartin for the blood pressure. Will make appointment with Dr this coming week to see if any of these combinations can be changed. Life shouldn't be so miserable am sure.

      Thank you for your reply.

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    Hi Christine, sorry to hear your problems.  First, is your BP still doing OK on just the Candesartan? (sp?)?  Have you discussed the ongoing problems with the doctor?  About all I can suggest is watching your electrolytes and diet, eat as simply as you can for a few days and see if that helps.  Then there are all sorts of happy pills the doctors might recommend, but you can start with stuff like - chocolate!  And actually turmeric/curcumin is a mild MAOI and mood elevator, and it's a good thing to take anyway.  You have an excuse for chocolate and some nice Indian food meals, I hope that helps.

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      Hi.

      In answer to your question about my blood pressure. No, it's not stable and it's still very high, 167/82. On Amlodopine it was regulated and acceptable. But l don't want to go back on that at all given the horrible side effects. And much as l love spicy foods and turmeric etc, unfortunately l had a very bad reaction to all spice etc and was hospitalised last year, so happy food is out for me. Feeling like a lost cause at times to be honest. I eat as healthily as l can, don't even have the odd glass of wine anymore so not much else l can do to help things along. Will make an appointment with Dr next week and ask for my tablets to be reviewed see if that changes anything.

      Thank you for your reply. It's helpful and supportive.

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    Hi Christine  & Chi000 - Christine, I am so sorry for your symptoms -  I was on Amlodipine for 5 years - 100 plus days off & I am not sure if my recent symptoms are still related to Amlodipine withdrawal or menopause or some new ailment - I have had 3 episodes of very shallow short of breath episodes that lasted for several hours until I finally gave in & took an anti anxiety pill. All this week I have not felt great, lots of dizzy spells, no appetite, fatigue, insomnia & irritability.  I am 60 years old, so I am sure I am in the throes of full blown menopause, but I didn't have these issues before I took Amlodipine.  I have consulted with a Naturopath & have had some labs done that my GP woouldnt do ( adrenal stress test/CT Calcium score & more extensive Thyroid testing  - results not back yet) , I have got to get to the bottom of why I feel so not myself after being off the drug 3 months - this has been a nightmare - I feel like I am a 60 year old in an 80 yr olds body! Chi000 how are you doing? Please tell me how you are feeling because I know you & I have similar times on the drug etc.  maybe my symptoms are  now something else - UgH! Hate this! Christine hang tough, not sure I have experienced the lung thing you described, unless you mean shortness of breath - we can make it thru this - 

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      Hello Debra...

      I am feeling just like u .. wondering when it will all go off .. so you are not alone ...

      I do find some of the major issues gone off but I still feel weak .. tired .... Neck tension .. anxiety... stomach cold .. things that I did not have before Amlodipine..

      I believe many people here experience the same . I have switched to atenolol... so the bp is spot on 120/80 .. so I have left that aside..

      I am always here keeping up on how others are doing because I do get these bad and tired out feelings.... however .. there are many scary symptoms I do not have like the swollen ankles and joint pain and dizziness and mess... so I tell myself .. count yr self lucky .. just eat well ...rest well and exercise 2 to 3 times weekly ...

      I think the Amlodipine issues are drug created .. it is very difficult to solve because the only alternative left to doctors is to stop the medication.. there is no treatment for the side effects . There are medications you can take to counter these like painkillers .. anti nausea... vitamins .. etc etc ..

      I think meditation and exercise is still more sensible...i am sure yr stress and thyroid and hormonal test will all be normal.....most people like us will not just sit and wait .. it is normal to keep seeking more test ...

      I will keep up updates Deb .. but i am 3.5mths off after 3.5 years .. so I don't expect things to change for another couple of months

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      Hi Debra,

      We are suffering that's for sure - and all because we were prescribed this drug that works for some and not for many!

      Really sorry you are still struggling after 3 months off Amlodopine. Yes when l said l have shallow breathing l meant on most days l can't breathe deeply. I also wake up in the early hours with frantic palpitations, can't breathe and shivering. I take a flask of cold water to bed as that seems to slow the heart down somewhat, but seems to take hours. It's scary and wears me down on a nightly basis. I hate the night now.

      Bit like yourself l don't actually know which drug is causing me grief. I do hope your results throw some light on your symptoms. After all if something does show, at least you can hopefully get it put right, fingers crossed. Good luck.

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      Hi Christine ...

      If u wake with frantic palpitations .. it is very anxiety causing and disturbing .. I understand ... you should drink some ice water and do the Vasulva manoeuvre..please Google it .... it really helps to bring the heart back into proper rhythm . I could suggest that u do meditation an hour before sleeping because the palpitations are caused by stimulation from hormonal elevation ... it helps to slow the breathing and heartbeat by meditation which is effective....please try it ..

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    Hi Christine , i have been on Amlodipine for years , it does cause nasal blockage and breathing problems ,but i have been taken off them cold turkey , by consultant at hospital ,no alternatives , Oh the head aches just like severe migraines,and eye sight problems, but since august this year now subsiding , also dry mouth

      might be just me but i think it just might be some how affects Lysine  amino acids.but could be wrong ,but so does Thiazide durectics. are you on water tablets as well .

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      No Anthony l am not on water tablets. Just Canderstartin and the dreaded Bisoprolol. Off Amlodopine for almost 9 weeks. So it's either the after effects of Amlodopine or the effects of Canderstartin or Bisoprolol. Any one of them could be making me feel so I'll and miserable l suppose. I also, like yourself, have the eyesight problem, the headaches that don't go and worsening ear deafness. Feel like giving up sometimes am that sick of being sick! You take care.

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      Hi Christine, Chi000 & Anthony - OK, wow! So I have been experiencing  such dry mouth & dry nasal passages...felt like I had just spent a week in the Sahara desert...I kept thinking this must be menopause related, the start of turning into a prune....never put the dry mouth/nose thing together with a side effect from Amlodipine (thank you Anthony!!!!) ok, but why now? Never had it while I was on the drug??? Also Chi000, when you talk about neck pain...is it on the side of your neck (like where your neck meets your shoulders?) I wish someone would come on this site who was on the drug for a number of years & has been off of it for several months to let us know how long these symptoms last...God I hope they are not forever!!!! Christine, have you tried taking Beet Root Capsules, a really good Omega, Coq10 & garlic cap?  All are supposed to aid in lowering B/P - I am on Irbesartan HCT 300/25 mg & my B/P hangs around the 145/78 range which I Frankly am OK with - I can't really believe all these symptoms are still from this nasty drug, if so, we really need to do something to get this drug taken off the market - ale care & thank you!

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      Yes deb .. where the neck meets the shoulder region ... sometimes stiff .. sometimes a pull .. sometimes a tension that u have to twist and jerk to snaps it a little ...

      I think the symptoms varied so if u ask someone to come forward about their recovery.. the stories may not be conclusive ..

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    Christine, I'd also look at HCTZ "water tablets", for me they make the other drugs much more effective.

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      Also possibly interesting to all is a brief history of BP meds:

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_hypertension

      Diuretics were the first after WWII.  There really wasn't anything earlier that was good and safe - except possibly for leeches!  Then came beta blockers.  Then calcium channel blockers.

      "Amlodipine was first patented in 1986 with commercial sale beginning in 1990"

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amlodipine#History

      Then Ace inhibitors and ARBs.

      Not listed here are nitric oxide (NO) channel treatments, I guess they're not supposed to be that effective, Viagra was an experimental BP drug before they decided it was better for something else! Nitroglycerin is an old NO drug. But some foods are still effective in that channel, beets are an effective short-term treatment and I think work primarily the NO channel, and even argula and some other greens can help.

       

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