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I have been on Amlodipine for a long time - three years at least.. About 10 months ago I started to have swollen ankles - the left being much worse than the right. After checking side effects of all my meds I read swollen ankles were common with Amlodipine, so I asked my doctor (of 30 years) and he just scoffed and said it couldn't be, and he said I had poor circulation caused by smoking I quit 25 years ago) and I had to wear compression socks), and he said to keep taking amlodipine. Then I had several wounds that appeared on my right ankle that each took months to go away. For the last wound I went to a wound care clinic to for treatment, and it healed, I'm sure the wounds were caused by the stretched skin from swollen ankles, yes, they were on the left ankle.
Still had swollen ankles, so I went to a vascular doctor and he found I had leaky veins - he injected something into those veins to close them, he announced I was healed an after I asked he said I could wear the compression socks 'if I wanted to. Hell, who WANTS to wear them? Only people like me who (still) had swollen ankles. Neither the wound care specialist doctor or the vascular surgeon attributed it to my meds, of course they both had a list of all my meds. I continued to wear the compression socks battling these swollen ankles - the left still much worse than the right. I stopped taking amlodipine just a few days ago, and they have already improved greatly, and I pray they will become normal again.
Now I am wondering - my blood tests show I have kidney problems…I just saw a specialist and he ordered lots of tests. I am hoping the kidney problem is also a side effect that will clear with time!
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