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I'm 66 and my doc started me on Amlodipine 5mg six weeks ago for high BP. After three weeks I went back to see him and he increased it to 10 mg because my BP was still slightly high and after the next three weeks he was happy everything was under control. I wasn't aware of any side effects, certainly none that were mentioned but I did have the symptoms of a cold, which I just disregarded. However, shortly after going on to the 10mg dose the symptoms became much worse and I thought I was suffering from hay fever as my nasal passages were constantly blocked. Trying to sleep was a nightmare.
Went to see my GP again and he said he didn't think it would be the meds but looked it up in his book or magic tricks and sure enough found that one of the possible 'side effects' was Rhinitis! So he reduced the Amlodopine to 5mg and also prescribed Ramipril 2.5 mg.
Well I've only been on the new dosage for one day but my symptoms have become much worse. Last night was awful and I was completely blocked. So much so I was quite worried the blockage could spread to prevent me breathing at all and so sat up from 2am till 5am until it slightly subsided.
I know I shouldn't but I intend to take things into my own hands for a while, just to see how things go. I'm stopping the amlodopine completely today and will just take the Ramiprill. I will monitor my BP twice daily just to see how things progress/digress before going back to my GP with the results. After all, this is all they do isn't it? It's all about trial and error from my experience.
Anyway, just thought I'd share my experience.
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