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Sorry for the long post but I want to give as much background as possible.
I started on 5mg Amlodipine on a Wednesday. By the Saturday my mouth was tender and burning - my tongue, gums, inside of lips and cheeks. By the Sunday I was in absolute agony. Every mouthful of food felt like chewing razor blades. Brushing my teeth felt like I was using acid and steel wool. I was literally in tears every time I brushed my teeth. My mouth was like a desert, I'd wake up during the night from the intense pain and dryness. The only thing that helped was to hold a mouthful of cold water to soothe the burning down to a manageable level. A dry hacking cough I experienced on Valsartan also returned, though not as severe as before. I should also note I'd first been put on an ACE inhibitor which caused angio-edema (my lips and face became grotesquely swollen).
So the Tuesday I went to my pharmacist and described what I was enduring. He said it was very likely that I was reacting to the Amlodipine and recommended I stop immediately and see how I felt over the next two days. By the Thursday I was much better. All I felt was a slight tenderness and numbness in the centre of my tongue. Since then (a week later) I'm almost 100% better but I notice that some days I am slightly more sensitive to acidic foods (like tomatoes) than I was before and there is a mild burning sensation.
Has anyone else experienced anything similar? If so, how long did it take you to fully recover?
I am taking a short break from the drugs as I feel my body needs some time to recover from the battery of side effects it experienced. I'll be trying a mixture of raw honey and unrefined apple cider vinegar in water, twice a day. My best friend uses it and says it helps her. I will be seeing my GP again in early January. I admit that I am very apprehensive about trying another medication. My body seems to reject every one.
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