Anybody experience withdrawal symptons when stopping Amlodipine?

Posted , 33 users are following.

Hi everyone!

 I have decided to wean and eventually stop taking amlodipine. I started at 5 mgs per day and was getting some of the side effects that most people here on these discussion forums have experienced. I spoke to my gp about 3 weeks ago and she wanted me to continue taking the meds.

I was prescribed the meds because I was under a lot of stress and my bp was initally 223/114 on election day here in the US. I have less stress in my life and my bp had gone down to 158/86 at the start of Dec. I don't yet have a home monitor and my next gp appointment isn't until April.

I don't like the way my body was reacting to the meds while I was taking the full dosage. And I don't want to be hooked on something like this for the rest of my life just because of what I feel is the "flavor of the day" type of mentality that (some) doctors have in regards to their patients. 

I have been watching my sodium intake and have less stress in my life, thanks to my brother loaning me his daughters' car that wasn't being used.

 Can anyone help me with this? Please? Thank you in advance. 

5 likes, 43 replies

Report / Delete

43 Replies

  • Posted

    Hi Rozanne321...

    Glad you were able to see the comments in this site regarding Amlodipine. As you can imagine, this doesn't appear to be a popular medication AT ALL. I hate the stuff,but will be teaming with my family doctor in the near future about coming off it. I'm also on Coversyl Plus HD, & 50mgs. Atenolol. Originally, I was on 5mgs Amlodipine, then my Dr. doubled it to 10mgs....mistake! My feet & legs became swollen...then I went on other meds. It's along story, so I won't bore you.

    As for coming off the Amlodipine, you don't have to wean can abruptly stop the medication without a problem. I have this from a very close friend who is a Pharmacist. Not only did she tell me this,but my own Pharmacist said the same thing. Having 2 opinions is good.

    You said your bp has gone down to 158/86. While it's not the best reading in the world it's not great either. How did you get this reading? Try not to fall into the trap of taking your bp reading by one of those machines in Walmart or the Pharmacy. You never know the accuracy or when the machine was last calibrated. Also, there are variations as to arm size, etc. I will agree though, that any reading is betting than no reading at all.

    As for a home monitoring machine, I highly recommend the Omron BP785. You can set it to take 3 readings, (15, 60 or 120 seconds apart), then it will give you the average...or you can set it to take 1 reading at a time, then you can take 2 more on your own, then average it out. 

    You didn't say what side effects you were experiencing, except to say some of them were the same as what people on the site are experiencing. If you have swollen feet/ankles that will NOT go away unless you stop the Amlodipine. Never stop taking a medicatin without the guidance of your doctor. I hope you don't mind me giving you this advice. Please try not to worry about being 'hooked on something like this for the rest of your life". There are other bp medications out there besides Amlodipine. Your doctor should have explainted this to you...but if the side effects of the Amlodipine persist, by all means get back to your doctor.

    Nobody should have to put up with nasty side effects of any medication. 

    Please let us know how you get on.


    Report / Delete Reply
    • Posted

      Hi Mike! 

       I agree with you that 158/86 isn't the best reading, but it's better than 173/92, which what it was when I left my gp's office 2 days after my 4 hour hospital stay. This reading was taken at her office,

      Some of the side effects that I was experiencing were fatigue (feeling so tired 30 minutes after taking the meds that I felt like my body was a boulder but I knew that I had to get up!), "zoning out" mentally, loss of enthusiasm that things that I liked to do, hobbies, etc, felt more like chores and just plain dull.  I didn't have any swollen fett/ankles. I kept them up when I was sitting at the table and/or couch. I don't have a job, so I didn't need to be on my feet. Driving the car is now a pleasure and not something to worry about whether I am going to zone out and get into an accident. I am also watching my sodium intake and diet. My daughter's boss, who is a chef at her job, gave me a couple of low-sodium cook books. So that helps also. Not that I will make all those gourmet meals, ha ha ...

      I will let you know how I am getting along with NOT taking the meds. I do, however, take a multi-vitamin which my gp says is also go for me and doens't cause any side effects.

      Report / Delete Reply
    • Posted

      Hi rozanne321...I agree, 173/92is better than it was...but still needs monitoring. I do hope you're in consult with your doctor about cannot keep up with a bp reading such as this. If you come off the medication, you'll need something in place of the Amlodipine, unless you are able to reduce the readings by accomplishing life style changes, i.e. exercise...low sodium, etc.etc...but not everyone is successful in doing this. Whatever you do..keep monitoring your bp readings, & get back to your doctor.
      Report / Delete Reply
    • Posted

      So whoever told you it is not necessary to wean off a channel blocker blood pressure medication is 100% wrong. You can experience withdrawal symptoms like feeling dizzy or severe lightheadness cause heart distress or even have a stroke or in rare cases death. Ask a doctor or look it up on line.
      Report / Delete Reply
    • Posted

      joyce22002..I can assure you, I am NOT wrong. My own doctor along with two friends who are pharmacists (don't work in the same pharmacy) told me that weaning off Amlodipine is NOT necessary. 

      Beta blockers are a different story.

      If one feels dizzy or severe lightheadedness after stoppage, one must also remember that not taking a bp medication when such medication is required, will cause a rebound bp rise. 

      From personal experience...I stopped Amlodipine...but went on a different medication. Wean off?...NO I did NOT.

      Report / Delete Reply
    • Posted

      I agree with you. My ecg was fine 6 weeks ago. 2 weeks ago I stopped my 5mg amlodopine as i felt unwell all the time. First few days were ok. Side affects were disappearing, never had swollen feet or ankles though. Then, wham, bp got higher and higher. At the docs one tablet under the tongue didn’t reduce it as it went up. Next half tablet and injection finally brought it down so I could go home. 

      You cannot just stop them as with most drugs. 4 days now into new meds and bp finally nearly under control. But I have been left with an extra beat in my heart rhythm. All due I believe to amlodopine backlash. 

      Report / Delete Reply
    • Posted

      I have to agree with Mike92384 on taking BP readings at WalMart or CVS or any other business which has a BP monitor. These machines are basically 'advertising gimmicks' which are deliberately set high so you feel like you have to go to your doctor for meds. I took my BP on a CVS blood pressure monitor and had a reading of 165/110, which I knew based on all of the of the other readings I was getting at home was entirely too high....maybe by 20-25 points!

      I took amlodipine for 4 days, the first three days which were characterized by declining BP, BUT the 4th day I had chest pains, so I e-mailed my doctor and asked him to switch off the amlodipine and onto a med which has a little more flexibility (eg., lisinopril). My blood pressure was also elevating while on the amlodipine, which I guess happens with some BP meds before they take full effect.

      I'm also having some withdrawal symptoms associated with the amlodipine. I've had sweaty feet, some rebound hypertension (155/100 BP and about 30 minutes later the BP is at 130/90). I also have issues with panic attacks, which are most uncomfortable and actually downright dangerous, especially if I'm driving!.

      Bottom line is that amlodipine is quite dangerous, and I will not consider this as a BP medication again!

      Report / Delete Reply
  • Posted

    I experienced no withdrawal -- but my level of fatigue returned to normal : NOT zero. However, my BP is now too high : We will see. . Modern meds are a problem -- They often do more harm than good, especially when one becomes anxious over the results. . Of course, our U S politics will make BP for anyone go up.
    Report / Delete Reply
    • Posted're so right...readings can become quite high if one is anxious over ther results. I used to get high bp readings when I attended the Dr office because the blasted nurse didn't let me rest once I got into the inner office. Then, she put the cuff on me (loosely, I might add), & also there were times when I was standing. You can't get proper readings by doing these things!!!! Also, I was feeling tense vibes from my Dr. At one point he said "These readings HAVE to come down!!?? Well, what can I do about that!!??? I was taking my meds as prescribed, & never ever missed a,not one! 

      I'm at the point now where I don't permit the nurse to take my readings...but will allow the Dr. to do so.

      Report / Delete Reply
    • Posted

      The doctors themselves p**s me off. They don't LISTEN. But they are more than happy to write a prescription for some s**t that causes problems at least as bad as what they treat. My pharmacy was late on my refill and I couldn't wait for them. This was a blessing in disguise. I'm feeling better now that I'm off of amlodapine. The pharmacist was alarmed when I told her "I'm done, I'm not taking it anymore and I don't care what happens". I'd rather be dead. Maybe my doctor could get that right (but I doubt it). I've been researching doctor assisted suicide or suicide vacation heavily for some time now. It's more appealing than how I felt.

      Report / Delete Reply
    • Posted

      Hi dan19828

      We note from a recent post which you have made to our forum that you may be experiencing thoughts around self-harm. If we have misinterpreted your comments then we apologies for contacting you directly. But if you are having such thoughts then please note that you are not alone in this, and there are people out there that can help.

      If you are having these suicidal thoughts then we strongly recommend you speak to someone who may be able to help. The Samaritans offer a safe space where you can talk openly about what you are going through. They can help you explore your options, understand your problems better, or just be there to listen.

      Their contact details are on our patient information leaflet here:, which also offers lots of other advice on how you can access the help you may need.

      If you are having such thoughts then please do reach out to the team at the Samaritans (or the other people detailed in our leaflet) who will understand what you're going through and will be able to help.

      Kindest regards


      Report / Delete Reply

Join this discussion or start a new one?

New discussion Reply

Report or request deletion

Thanks for your help!

We want the forums to be a useful resource for our users but it is important to remember that the forums are not moderated or reviewed by doctors and so you should not rely on opinions or advice given by other users in respect of any healthcare matters. Always speak to your doctor before acting and in cases of emergency seek appropriate medical assistance immediately. Use of the forums is subject to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy and steps will be taken to remove posts identified as being in breach of those terms.

newnav-down newnav-up