I’ve been on Amlodipine for two weeks now , I feel awful, what should I do ?

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i have been on this awful drug for two weeks , i get lightheaded , i have anxiety but this medication makes it worse , i want to just stop , but don't know if its safe to do so . I wan't to try a new blood pressure medication with few Side effects, I don’t know what safe out there any suggestions .

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    hello, i had to take it between november and april. i had horrible side effects and BP took months to settle down. i would say after two months the side effects eased and where bearable, by four months i think my body had got used to the medication, Bp better. if you can swap great the fatigue, dizziness and aches where awful but if not i hope this reassures you it can get better

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    When I was on Amolodipine, I felt like I had the flu. I ached all over, had absolute no energy, it was an effort to walk and it did not change my BP. I stopped taking it and within 48 hours I felt back to my normal self. I have had enough energy to go the gym and lost 20 pounds. Also my BP has continued to be normal without the medication.

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    First, yes it is safe to stop - although of course your BP may rise.

    How much are you taking, and is it working?

    And, it takes a week or so to wash out of your system.

    Second, it's often still given first to new patients because it's old and cheap, not because it's the best thing in town. Many people are fine with it, but there's a pretty high occurrence of side-effects too. I've decided I don't much like the whole class of calcium-channel blockers.

    Third, the "best" as a class are probably the ARBs and ACE-2 inhibitors, although they are not perfect, either, but of course they are also the most expensive, even the generics can be mid-level costly.

    Finally, in the US it's common for patients to be given several drugs in combination, often including a diuretic, which is what does the trick for me.

    Good luck.

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    Hi Geraldine,

    You have my utmost sympathy, I felt so bad on the medication I wanted to die. I went back to my Dr who changed my BP medication to Enalapril, and put me on a Beta Blocker called Atenolol and I have felt great, plus my BP is down.

    Don't suffer, go straight back to your GP and try another medication.

    Best wishes

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    Go back to your GP as there are alternatives. I must be one of the lucky ones as I have been on Amlodopine for 5yrs and have never had any side effects but accept that some people do.Make sure though that it is the Amlodopine that is causing the problem. I have a friend who was convinced all her symptoms were caused by taking the blood pressure drug but it turned out she had a a chemical imbalance and once sorted all the bad symptoms disappeared.Please don’t believe everything you read about this drug being banned in certain countries as this is absolute rubbish.Don’t just stop taking it as you will be more at risk of a heart attack or stroke and choosing between a Amlodopine and that I know what I would choose.

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    I will suggest you give this drug some more time, like six weeks or so.

    All BP drugs come with side effects. I have been on beta blokkers, diuretics, angiotesines but could not bear them at all.

    i coughed constantly with beta bokkers, had tinnitis with diuretics and serious itches with angiotestines. I have been on amlodipine for like 8 years now. I experience dizziness sometimes, but that is just a fraction of a second. i also have felt pain in the ankle that disappears after a while. All in all i would not see this drug as awful.

    You did not mention the dosage you are taking. i take 5 mg.

    Good luck though.

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      Hi Geraldine, I was just wondering how you are doing on the amlodipine now that it has been a couple weeks. I have been on it for alittle over a month. My dr started me out on a low 2.5 mg per day. When I went to drs to get my BP rechecked, my BP was still up so he increased to 5mg. I felt fine on 2.5mg, but after a week on 5mg I am so sick. My ears are ringing constantly, my right ear feels sore (earache), and I have a weird headache. My scalp feels sensitive. I feel like my hearing is muffled. I have an appointment on Tuesday with my ENT dr. I hope he can help me. I have no swelling in my feet or ankles. I find that odd because I did on Losartan and they took me off of it. I'm finding it hard to function at work and at home. Any advice would be appreciated...

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