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I'm 65 (Australian). I can honestly say that I've never in my whole life suffered any side effects from any medication, including antibiotics, ramapril and simvastatin. Until now. On Wednesday I was prescribed 2.5 milligrams of amlodipine (in addition to my usual medication of 10 millgrams of ramapril), following readings of 170 over 80/85 for two successive days. I'll admit my diet has been high in salt in recent months, especially soy sauce and miso.
On Friday night I noticed a slight headache, tinnitus. On Saturday however, I felt horrible, in fact quite scared…foggy, lethagic, unable to concentrate, upset stomach, with aches and pains all over (but in no particular place for any length of time), lots of anxiety. Today Sunday I'm feeling better. I still feel a little bit lethargic as if I'd like an afternoon nap (which for me is unusual). I still have a slight headache, some slight tinnitus, but the aches and pains are mostly gone now and I'm feeling less freaked.
I'm hoping the symptoms ease in the next few days as my body adjusts. I'm just amazed that 2.5 milligrams of amlodipine could have had such an effect on a person like myself who has never in 65 years had any side effects from any medication. So far the only good thing about amlodipine is that it has resolved me to go back to a low salt diet and stay there forever. No more sushi, no more soy sauce, no more miso.
I guess there are people who tolerate amlodipine OK. So far I can't say that I'm impressed. My heart goes out to all those here who have been through hell.
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