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I am so pleased to have found this discussion thread. I was taken off Ibersartan about two months ago due to it giving me a cough and put onto 5mg Amlopodine. I'm 57 and in reasonable health apart from needing my BP controlled.
Within a week of starting Amlopodine i developed swollen ankles. Then after about a month i developed palpitations like never before. We can all experience the odd 'flutter' especially us post-menopausal women, but this was on a scale i had never had before. Waking in the morning and particularly in the evening whilst watching TV and doing nothing i became aware of these frightening irregular beats. Going to bed was even worse... laying down in the stillness of night, i could feel my heart going haywire. I have got others to check my pulse when this happens (i work in a clinical environment so there is no shortage or nurses to do this for me) and i have been reassured that its not just 'my imagination' or a panic attack.
It has been incredibly frightening as it started to happen several times a day. Hence the GP has now taken me off Amlopodine and five days later the palpitations are hardly there at all. I am awaiting a 24hour heart monitor fitting so they can check on my beats over a longer period as the ECG i had yesterday showed up no irregularities.
The swollen ankles have hastily gone down too. I am hopeful i may be getting over this dreadful episode and can only think that Amlopodine was the culprit. I have now been put on a low dose of Doxazosine which is an alpha-blocker so here's hoping it will treat my BP without dreadful side effects.
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