CAN YOU SPLIT 5 MG. A.M. & P.M. ??

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TAKEN OFF LISINOPRIL ONE WEEK AGO. LOTS BAD REACTIONS...PUT ON 5 MG. AMLODIPINE....STILL HAVING ISSUES.....TAKE P.M. CURRENTLY....BUT BP UP DURING DAY..CAN I SPLIT FOR 2.5 MG. A.M.& P.M. FOR BETTER RESULTS...THANKS !!

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    How long you have been on Amlodipine? ...It usually takes 2-4 days for it to start to work. That said, some Docs HAVE recommended splitting doses AM-PM to help deal with sides..But one study in Japan concluded that taking in the MORNING worked better.

    Also, research natural supplements to include in your diet and a quiet time that can really help (Beet powder, beet juice, milled flax seed meal, fish oil, hibiscus tea, red grape juice, odorless garlic pills, B-complex ,CEYLON cinnamon, ginger,,..etc. In time, with exercise and diet (reducing sugar) a person should be able to REDUCE their dependency on BP Meds.

    Good luck and God speed

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    You may try that method, as long as the dosage 5mg is. Have you tried taking the whole 5mg in the am. How high is your readings anyway and what is your profession. Remember, any rigorous activity elevates your pressure ,that is normal.

    Give yourself the time to get used to this drug, or see your doctor when in doubt.

    Good luck.

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    Don’t be put off by all the scare stories about Amlodopine also the rumour it has been banned in the Netherlands is totally untrue. Some people do get side affects but that can happen with ANY drug. I’ve been on it for 5 yrs with no side affects and like the two Drs in my family said what would you prefer stroke or heart attack or BP medication! I know what I prefer! My friend blamed  Amlodopine for all her bad symptoms and it turned out she had a vitamin deficiency and nothing to do with Amlodopine at all!!! Don’t see why you couldn’t split the tablet as long as you are taking the correct dose every day. You can buy those little gadgets that splits pills in half. Good luck! 
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    Hi

    I was put on Amlodipine and Astorvastatin in 2013, My ankles swelled up to the same size as the top of my legs and them a very nasty skin rash appeared. To cut a long story short, I am on 50mg of Losartan for blood pressure, but Amlodipine and Astorvastatin  combination has left me with calf mussel damage. I have been offered 3 or 4 different statins, but when I take them they they make my  calf mussels even weaker.

    My Cholesterol is now within limits through diet and excise, but my GP keeps wanting me to take them, but I am refusing at the moment.   

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      Hello Paul,

      It's rather unfortunate that these meds have left you with an unpleasant side effect. However you did not state the dosage of the amlodipine, i guess it was 10mg, considering the side effect you've described. Now that you've stopped taking it your swollen calves should improve. Over the statines, they're known to cause muscle pain in general. If you really excersize enough and watch your fat intake then that can help decrease your cholesterol .

      Get your cholesterol checked every 3 months to see if this is getting beter and staying stable. You are the one to decide if you take medicines or not but go for occasional checks always to ensure if this new approach you've taken is safe.

      Good luck !

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      Hi Victoria

      Yes I believe it was 10 mg  Amlodipine. I used to work in a park and walked miles in a day, Now 4 years later I can only walk a quarter of a mile before my legs just become so painful I have to stop.

      My Total  cholesterol is 4.9  Although I am still overweight, I have been  exercising and eating carefully I have lost 5kg in three months, but taking a statin  reduces my walking down to 50 yards.

      I think the drugs have done their damage and my calf mussels dont seem to be able recover.

      All I know is prescribe me any statin and they make my legs even worse.

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    Hello Paul,

    Considering the information you've given, i believe your problems could be caused by the statines.

    I know from experience that once you stop taking BP meds, the side effects that they cause gradually diminishes.

    I've been ons statines before. They caused me so much pain, especially on my hip area, i stopped taking them after a few months en opted for a 30 minute walk at least 4 times a week. When i got my half year check up my cholesterol readings had improved. My doctor was quite impressed about how i managed to do that without the statines. My overall readings before the statines was 5, but the LDL was high so that's why i got the prescription. Now my LDL is an average of 3. I take red gist supplements and keep on doing my 30 minutes brisk walking when i can. I work shifts (health officer) and sometimes i simply do not have the energy for extra excercises. I walk a lot at work.

    How long have you stopped taking thr amlodipine. Don't forget that the Lisinopril could also have it's adverse side effects. This could be the reason that you still continue having problems. Maybe you should  cease taking the statines for a few months and see what changes this will bring. But please consult your doctor first.

    Keep on experimenting.

    Good luck once more. 

     

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