I was recently admitted to hospital for a minor op. but...

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I was recently admitted to hospital for a minor op. but on taking my b.p. was sent home and referred to my g.p.who has now given me a prescription for ramipril. I do not want to take this drug but feel I have no choice as my operation cannot go ahead until my b.p. has 'stabilised'.My husband was on this drug and suffered severe leg pain. On telling the doctor he was advised his problems were down to his work cos he had to stand for long periods. He decided to come off the drug and within 2 weeks all muscle pain in legs had gone. Incidentally you can fill in a 'yellow' card obtainable from pharmacies and your g.p. to note any side effects of drugs you get.

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    I too was sent back to my GP at a pre-op, due to high BP. Was quite annoyed at this, as I was to elect to have my routine, minor op under a general anaesthetic, but was not asked before being sent home. Eventually, after a fuss, had my op under requested anaesthetic. In mean time was put on 1.25mg Ramipril a day. Have had lower leg cramp-like pain - sometimes quite severe. Have been on this medication for about two months, which has lowered my BP, but I have yet to decide whether to procede with it. My GP says that other drugs are available, should I wish to change, but that Ramipril is 'the best for me' - not quite sure about that. I do feel to have been slightly bullied into taking this drug, and will stand my ground in future.

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    I have been on Ramipril now for 2 weeks. I have been sent for blood tests and an E.C.G. No results available yet. Am still a/w my operation which cannot go ahead until B.P. down as has to be done under gen anaesthetic, as Dr already attempted op. under local and could not manage it.As yet my side effects have been nil until yesterday when I suffered severe head pains arm ache and a swelling on hand over a vein which has now subsided. Due back for B.P checks and visit to Doc. on 22 Aug.Just wondering if side effects could prove worse than having op. :headhurts:

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    Yellow Card.

    The yellow card referred to is for recording adverse reactions to medication and is worth completing when side become too much. The cards are collated at the MHRA (medicines safety watchdog) and details stored on an adverse reactions database. Experts there will assess various factors such as severity of reaction, e.g. minor annoyance to life-threatening, volume of reports, condition being treated and drug efficacy etc. The outcome may be updated advice to Doctors and Pharmacists and instruction to the licensed manufacturer to update their patient information leaflet or in severe cases, an alert or even total and immediate withdrawal of the medication concerned.

    Patients can now submit yellow cards online via their website so if you've reported reactions here you ought to consider submitting a yellow card if you haven't already done so.

    http://www.mhra.gov.uk

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