Blood pressure meds

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Hello new on this site but have been following for a long time. My question is I have been taking amlodipine for BP since Jan. I have noticed swelling of my ankles, weight gain and am very tired all the time. Anyone else ever had this problem. ......my doctor tells me it does not cause some of these symptoms. But I have read about it.Any help here!!!#!

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    Hi Gale

    I tried a few different types of blood pressure tablets and they all gave me problems such as ankle swelling and coughing. It was my pharmacist who suggested trying diuretics instead so my doctor put me on Bendroflumethiazide 2.5mg - no more ankle swelling or coughing. I would go back to your doctor and ask for something else, you shouldn't have to put up with ankle swelling.

    Best wishes

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      Hi again,

      Dry mouth is a common side effect of blood pressure meds but I'm sure you know that. I get dry mouth with anxiety issues and if I take pain killers for headaches even. You could just try supping on a hard boiled sweet and keeping hydrated. When you see your doctor I would mention it to him/her so that it can be taken into account when prescribing a different med for you.

      Take care,

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      Thanks for your advice......I also take meds for anxiety. Feels like that's all I do is take medication. So many side effects. Just hoping my doctor doesn't get upset with me because I want to change my BP meds. I guess it's my choice......hopefully they can find a different drug. Keep in touch Cher.
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    Yes it can cause swelling in your feet i am on 2.5mgs of amlodipine for BP and yes it does cause swelling 

    All you have to do is put your feet up and the swelling will go down 

    Elizabeth

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    Hi Gale

    I too take anxiety med, Citalopram 10mg.

    I wouldn't worry about bothering your doctor. I'm sure he or as he would want the right med for you. Lots of people have to go back several times before they get a med that suits them. Let us know how you get on.

    Take care,

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