Anybody experience withdrawal symptons when stopping Amlodipine?

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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. 

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    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 yourself..you 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.

     

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      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.

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      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 this...you 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.
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      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.
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      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.

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      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. 

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      Are you on your feet a lot? I am just wondering if that is related to gravity + the amilodipine

      and whether its different with people that sit all day long..

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      All this depends whether you have other factors at play. My mom withdrew and Doc changed to another hypertensive. She had a broncho spasm.

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    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.
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      allenwoll...you'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 tablet..no,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.

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      Im on amlodipine for 1 month and now i change to perindopril but it makes my bp so high pass few days..im ok without it for 2 days since my reading 130/80
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      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.

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