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I am 80 and have never taken prescription medicines except for the odd antibiotic on rare occasions. For the first time in my life I was prescribed Amoldipine for high BP on 1 March. The leaflet says 2.5mg is the normal starting dose but the capsules only exist in 5 & 10mg. This already started alarm bells ringing so I cut the 5mg tablets in half. 3 days after the first half dose I noticed that I was urinating much more frequently and by the 4th day I was feeling decidedly under the weather. On the 5th day I stopped the medication because I was feeling cramping pains around my waist area. These worsened to a feeling of stabbing pains and I called 999 at 11.45pm last night. After a very thorough examination the paramedic was at a loss to understand what the cause was so admitted me to hospital where they discovered I had a urinary infection. At my age I have had urinary infections in the past but never one that caused me so much pain that I needed to be hospitalised. Strangely this evening I had a call from the pharmacist who dispensed the medication asking me how I was getting on. This has never happened before and I was very suspicious so I asked whether there was something wrong with the medication. Her reply was "Oh no no no, we just like to check up on our patients" Having read all the horrendous side effects of this medication. Holland didn't ban it for no reason. I discovered that a magnesium deficiency could cause HBP so I am taking that instead. At least it can't do me any harm.
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