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I have been taking lercanidipine for 2 months now and I have had headaches every day  they are like tension headaches. Does anyone have the same problem?

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    Dear Doris,

    Calcium antagonists tend to give you headaches - I know!  Because, so I have read, they open all the blood vessels and also the ones in the brain, hence the headaches.

    Consider yourself lucky that only headaches are bothering you.  I have had the lot of side effects, although they are so very effective.

    Ask your doctor, may another one will suit you better.

    Lots of luck and all the best.


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      Thank you Elle besides the headaches I forgot to mention that I  have other side effects like feeling nervous and anxious about 20 minutes after taking them .also I feel wobbly and weak in the legs. I just can't seem to feel right !!!

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      Hi Elke, 

      Your explanation has been very helpful thx. I am on 20 MSG of Zanidip which is the same as lercapadine

      could I ask what other side effects you are getting ? Any Sinus inflammation or aching muscles . I am wondering as to minerals the the channel blockers maybe depleting ..

      Many thanks

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    As I said previously, calcium channel blockers tend to cause head aches because all the small arteries open.  However, I have a friend who has been taken Felodipin for quite a while without having aches or, like you, feeling wobbly. Do speak to your GP perhaps he can prescribe another one that will suit you better.  I can´t take any of them, unfortunately, although they are very effective and bring the BP down.

    Best of luck!  And maybe the side effects will settle after a while, give a a couple of weeks more.

    Kind regards


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      Thank you Elke. I went back to my gp and he has prescribed propropanol to lower my pulse rate .however I will keep felodipin in mind should this latest medication not suit me. And mention to him that if this one fails I could possibly try it .just have to keep fingers crossed  best wishes Doris
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      I am taking Amlodipine 10mgs and get the same side effects symptons as you, headaches, wobbley feelings and swollen ankles even blocked sinuses in the mornings which I thought was due to laying down as it clears an hour or so after getting up.

      I also take Bisoprolol and there could be an interaction with Amlodipine as well?

      I reduced my amlodipine to 5mgs but still get the same feelings although not swollen ankles. I am going to have to see my GP very soon.

      Best wishes


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