Dizziness

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I’ve been on amlodipine since the end of October.  Around the middle of November I started having dizzy spells, at first they were quite mild but but from early December they started becoming more severe.  Last Thursday I had an episode that lasted about 20 minutes that totally wiped me out and since Thursday I’ve had two more episodes.  My other symptoms are tinnitus, swelling from the knees down and pain, similar to trapped nerves in the back of the upper part of my legs, this is felt whilst sitting down and seems to trigger the dizzy spells.  The doctors have said that the dizzy spells are Labyrinthitis but this all started a few weeks after starting the amlodipine.  I’ve now been told to come off the amlodipine for a while to see if the symptoms lessen or go completely. Has anyone else experienced these symptoms?

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    Hi Smiley - After being on Amlodipine for 5 years & off of it for over 6 months now...I would like to welcome you to the wonderful world of Amlodipine Side effects - if you read through the many entries on the Amlodipine forum, I guarantee you you will find someone who has experienced your exact same side effects.  I have experienced every one of those side effects & then some.  The swelling of the legs/knees only came after I was switched from 5 mg to 10 mg - Not everyone experiences all the nasty side effects, but for some, this drug is completely a toxic poison.  Consider yourself lucky that you are experiencing the side effects now after not being on the drug for very long...for many, like myself, the side effects didn’t start until I was on it for over a year & then I didn’t put it together that it was the Amlodipine causing my issues...I thought I was just going nuts by ruling out every strange ailment on the internet - my suggestion: get to the root of your elevated B/P or find a new B/P RX, your symptoms will only get worse, not better, take it from me -  Good Luck!

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    I took Amlodipine for a few months and suddenly started to suffer with double vision and headaches which were like a migraine. I came off them for a few months. I am now on Felodipine which has less side effects although I do get pains in my legs and have to get up for the toilet in the night!
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    Yes, Smiley, I experienced dizziness which went away when I cam off the meds.  The tinnitus, however, is still with me almost two years later as well as slight swelling at the ankles.

     

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    I certainly had the tinnitus in common with you. I had already had a toxic reaction to Ramipril where I ended up losing my hearing as well as gaining screeching tinnitus amongst other horrible side effects, so I wasnt going to let Amlodipine take me back down that road.  I decided to tackle the bp through exercise, weight loss and eating healthier.  I was at the GPs last Friday for a routine procedure and my bp was fine (even after the Christmas excesses and missing the gym for 3 weeks because of flu).  I would rather live with bp slightly high at 60 yrs old than live with the toxic pills.  I keep meaning to go to my pharmacy to report the side effects as this could be one way to build up the evidence about these medications.
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    Following on from my first post I’ve been back to the doctors for a check up after coming off amlodipine.  Since coming off I have felt alive and like my old self but the doctor took my blood pressure at the surgery and it came back at 152/100 and he basically said to me that if he was my age (50 just gone) and with a reading that high he would definitely go back on blood pressure tablets as I’m at a very high risk of a stroke.  When I do my own readings at home they come out at 141/85 sometimes lower so I don’t know what to do 
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