Anyone experience acid reflux while on Amlodipine (Norvasc)?

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Hello, on the first of the year I woke up with chest pain/tightness and some asthmatic like symptoms. I have a bicuspid aortic valve so I monitored my blood pressure which was slightly high and called my cardiologist who put my on 2.5mg of norvasc. Later on in the month I started having bad regurgitation. Called my GP and he told me to start taking 20mg of prilosec. I started to notice less regurgitation but in Feb I started to feel a sensation of a lump in my throat. I was then referred to a GI specialist. Had an endoscopy and was informed I had mild esophagitis. He told me to continue prilosec. No help. Beginning of march I had an esophageal manometry and 24hr pH study. Was informed my esophageal motility was low and was probably caused by continued reflux. Was informed to take prilosec twice a day. I've since continued to exercise, remain active and eat well. I'm 27, 5'4 and weigh 135 pounds. It is driving me crazy and I feel like I am not the prime candidate for these symptoms. I also noticed some swollen pockets on the top off my feet .

Last week I read online that calcium channel blockers can cause reflux because it can relax the LES and allow acid into the esophagis. With the permission of my cardiologist I stopped taking the amlodipine on 4/19/2017. The first 4 days I felt terrible. High anxiety and nerviousness with some weird feelings in my body. My blood pressure remained normal and those anxiety symptoms seemed to have went away.

If the amlodipine was the cause of the reflux how long will it take the side effects to go away after taking it 4 months? I'm ready to feel normal again. The doctors seem to have no idea what could be causing this. This is the only thing I have to blame at the moment.

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    Yes. I had terrible acid reflux, to the point where I was taking antacid by the bottle. Couldn't eat, up all night as couldn't lay down. Nightmare. No one told me it could be the amlodipine either. I went through alsorts, even had a gastrointestinal endoscopy (camera down the throat). Nothing found. Then was put on omeprazole to deal with the acid reflux, and that brought more problems. Ended up a virtual zombie with more problems than I can list. Had huge swelling on my feet, ankles and lower legs. Had to go and buy shoes 2 sizes bigger. Still no one would admit it could be the meds and kept me on them. Had all the symptoms you mention and worse. I know others that don't have these problems, but so many do. I was on them 4 years all the time being told my prob's weren't related to the meds. Came off cold turkey and started to feel better within a couple of weeks. After a couple of months, I didn't recognise myself I felt so well. Been off them now about 18 months. My BP is still slightly high, and now my GP wants me to go back on tablets for it, but I've told her not unless I can find one that doesn't affect me the way amlodipine did. Tried two different ones so far and no luck. About to go back to see what else I can have as my feet have swelled up again, gained 10 pounds in a month, acid reflux is back and feel lousy on the latest one. If I don't find one that works for me I'll take my chances.

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      Thanks this gives me some hope. I was hoping things would have gotten a little better in a week but I guess I need to give it more time. The constant feeling of having a bubble in my throat is driving me mad and is causing me to struggle mentally.  I've lost about 20lbs since January with the new diet which also kind of freaks me out but I'm still considered in the healthy reange. I'm wanting to get off of the omeprazol as well because my symptoms aren't much better. I stopped taking them for almost a month before last week but started taking it again because I started feeling really bad again and wanted to do anything to just feel some relief. Hopefully things get better soon because I'm starting to consider taking to the doctors about surgery. I'm concerned about the long term effects of the acid in my throat.

      I hope you find something that will get your BP down without side effects. Are you taking it at home? I just realized that I've been probably giving false high readings because I was never fully breathing when taking my BP. Just this week I began taking normal full breaths during my readings and they have been consistently low.

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      I had awful effects from taking amlodopine . Now been on low dose losartan for two years and been fine but drs put me on 50 mg and they have made me feel awful had to go back to 25mg, not sure what to do next have tried other bp tablets but do not agree with me either, would never ever go back on amlodopine
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      Hi kdoyt, yes I take my BP at home. It is a little higher than it should be, but it runs in my family. However, if I have my BP taken at the GP surgery it's always much higher, mainly because I'm worked up before I even get there thinking I'm going to be put under pressure to go back on these tablets. But then again, I was on all these tablets for years. Funny how everything all went away as soon as I stopped taking them. Now I research everything I'm given to take. I didn't before, just trusted the doctors. I don't advocate anyone else doing what I did, I just forgot to take my meds on holiday and felt so much better when I came back, that I decided to carry on not taking them to see if I continued to improve, and I did. That's when I started researching online and was shocked at what I found out and that’s how I ended up on here. 

      As a side note, a couple of years ago when I had my regular blood test, I showed as borderline anemic, I asked what caused that, and was told my diet (thought that strange as I'm very careful with my diet), I was put on iron tablets. I've since read that ameprazole, if taken long term, can cause anemia and a severe depletion of magnesium, which is no joke. I was on them for over 4 years. Still not one doctor questioned the meds I was taking. 

      I'm a lot older than you though, and even though amodipine and other meds caused a lot of prob's for me, they do work for some. I still recommend you talk to your GP about your symptoms and don't be fobbed off, but go informed and if you still have the acid reflux when not on amlodipine, then it warrants further investigation. I hope you feel better soon and if your BP is now normal, let your doctor know, you may not need any BP tablets. 

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      Hi Ritzi

      I tried Losartan and went a bit loopy on them. Plus I got headaches, nausea and started vomiting.  But one size never fits all and we're all different when it comes to what suits us. I'm supposed to be on Felodipine now, but they're having the same side effects as Amlodipine, so I stopped taking them the other day. I can feel myself going downhill again. Plus the weight gain, 10lbs in a month is just too much. I've just lost all the weight I put on when on amlodipine last time. I'm willing to keep trying different ones in the hope I can find something that suits, but the side effects for me so far aren't worth it. I really can't function on them and they make my life a misery I feel so ill. Also, since starting on Felodipine, my BP has gone way UP! So it's back to the doctors next week. I do hope you get sorted.

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    Hi Kdoyt,

    I had been on amlodipine for over 10 years. I'm very heath conscious so exercising has always been a part of my daily routine. When I first stated taking,  Amlodipine my ankles became swollen but because I was so active the swelling went away and did not return. As many users have mentioned, the side effects slowly take over so I did not realize that the pain under my left breast was radiating from near my stomach. Other symptoms I've experienced are, knotting in my lower and upper intestine, burning in stomach, neck/shoulder pain, burning in left arm, and in center of chest.  In fact, the pain cause my doctor to think it was my heart so I had a heart cath but there was no problem with my heart. I'm so thankful for this site because I have decided to stop taking the amlodipine (approximately 1 month ago) and now I feel so much better. Most of the symptoms have subsided. My doctor has prescribed Lisinopril and so far it's controlling my blood pressure. I'm taking Perfusia-sr which is supplement I have taken in the past. 

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      Glad to hear you're feeling better. It's been about 8 days since I stopped and I haven't noticed any improvement. Getting discouraged that it might not be the amlodipine. It is still the only thing I can think of... Hopefully I just need more time.

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      You are probably correct that you need a little more time. I'm still having some occasional discomfort but it's not as bad. I'm using an an antacid and a colon cleanse which really helps clear me up. When I stopped taking statins it took much longer for the pain in my shoulder to stop but it eventually happened.  I hope you will feel better sooner than later.

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    Day 11 since I've been off of the med. My esophagus feels different today but not better. Just different... I still have the swollen pockets on my feet. Called my GI today and asked to speak with him about the next steps in case the amlodipine wasn't the issue. Losing hope and patience.

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    Hi kdoyt, if these side effects did not show up until after you began taking Norvasc (Amlodipine), than it sounds like it maybe the culprit. It may take a little longer to wear out of your system. Please keep hope alive. ...hoping you will find your path to healing very soon. 
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    Just googled side effects for Amlodipine and found your post. Any update? I began taking it just last week and reflux is awful! I've never had this problem except during pregnancy, and it wasn't this bad.

    Wendie

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    Same I've been having issues as well neck pain,stomach cramps,burning left bicep and chest and serious anxiety. I'm going to my doctor tomorrow because its freaking me out and making me think there is something wrong with my heart.

     

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     Hi,  I took Maalox or was it Mylanta for three days as indicated by my pharmacy by my pharmacist rather and by the second day I woke and it was gone things were back to normal the liquids will work better than the pills trust me it's inflammation swelling is all it is.  Of course I am referring to the bubble that you're talking about. Yes it is very uncomfortable not so much painful but very uncomfortable. I hope this helps you. I went through a lot of red tape to register for this crazy site just to have the opportunity to let you know  I hope it works for you. 

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    i was put on amlodipine 5mg tiwards the end of november last year. almost immediately i had acute lower bowel pain the Gp thought was gastroenteritis. 5 days bland carb diet. my mood worsened, i felt a real sense of 'doom'. i had palpitations and felt spaced out... a sense of unreality. Then i started to feel pressure behind my sternum that the doc said to take gaviscon for. ive never had or felt as though it was gastric, so i prob looked surprised and didnt take it.

    january i had an acute episode of lower left abdo pain that was then diagnosed by two Gps as diverticulitis. i couldnt believe it. im 5,2", weigh 52 kg and exercise most days, tennis, yoga, gym... but i had a knee and elbow injury in sept that meant i couldnt do my usual exercise. my diet is extremely healthy except for the odd glass of wine or G&T. bland diet again so took myself off to private dietician. she told me to take 450bn probiotics and bimuno . i also asked to be referred to a gastroenterologist.

    in FEBRUARY reading an article that mentioned amlodipine i realised all my symptoms had been with me three months. i called my Gp who told me to stop them straightaway. i went back on ramipril that dont seem to affect me.

    after i came off amlodipine at end of feb, the tests began because now i have an uncomfortable lump at the bottom of my oesophagus and burping and bloat when i eat certain foods. im restricting foods and no booze as i get abdominal pain. i had an upper abdo MrI in which they found something in my liver, then a liver MRI that i believe is normal, but havent yet heard. now im having a Ct colonoscopy followed by a gastroscopy. i still have no diagnosis but currently think the calcium channel blockers have done something to my gut. my mood is fine now and i feel back to my old self, except for this. to try and heal my gut i bought some aloe liquid and glutamine powder. im still suffering burping and bloating and nausea at times. i find it really uncomfortable bending over.

    how long will this take to go? Im currently only using gaviscon after my meals, but two hours or so later i have a gnawing pain back and feel hungry again. my food and drink is very restricted and i cant wait for this to get better.

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