need reassurance Amlodipine

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I've recently moved and went to sign up with a new doctor - nurse checked my BP and I had to see a doctor straight away - he has prescribed Amlodopine 5mg and I have just taken my first tablet . I have to go back for ECG and other tests in 2 weeks . I am very frightened after reading these posts about side effects. Is there anyone on this drug who has been OK - I already get swollen ankles without this drug but was warned they could get worse , maybe headaches too but was told this would be temporary  .  Please help reassure me .

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    Yes, I do really well with amlodipine. I take the same dose as you and have been taking it for about a year. I did have side effects initially but they have all subsided now. Hope it works for you.
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      Thankyou Jacqui, my doctor did say that the side effects would subside once my body got used to the meds , glad to hear your side effects have gone and wishing you  health and happiness for the future x
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    I have not had any other side affects other than

    The tired/lethargic feeling. Other than , i am

    Fine. Best of luck!!

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      I'm glad to hear that you feel fine apart from lethargic , hope that feeling goes away - thanks for your good wishes.

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    Whatever you do DO NOT TAKE Amlodipiene.  Why it hasn't been banned I don't know. I took it for 2 months and it has had a devastating effect on my life. It caused increased tissue growth on my chest and I walk around now looking somewhere between Tarzan and Marilyn Munro. Loose clothing only from now on.

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      I am so sorry Chillops , I was not warned about this possible side effect , so I will discuss it with the doctor in 2 weeks time. thanks for your reply and hope your doctor sorts this out for you x
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    HI, I know at least one person who has had no problems. I suspect there are many more out there who also had none. I only reported because I attributed my symptoms to this drug. Good luck. It could be fine. Gail.
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      Thanks Gail , I can only  give the drug a chance and see how I get on over next 2 weeks before my next doctors appointment.  Thanks for your good wishes and  I  wish you all the best , too .
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    Although I had side effects when I was taking Amlodipine including swollen, painful ankles and constant nausea I know a number of people who have been fine taking it. Not all drugs can work for everyone, I should know that as a nurse, so I hope you have a good experience with taking it and I wish you all the best for the future.

    Kathryn 1956

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      thankyou Kathryn . I am overweight and get swollen ankles in the summer heat, so I am going to try and eat less carbs and carry on walking to see if that will help combat any side effects.  I have had a painful itchy scalp , which I thought was a bad reaction to hair dye 2 years ago - but Amlodopine seems to have already stopped that itching so I think this is a good side effect !  Thankyou for your good wishes and i wish you health and happiness too x

       

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    I was on amlodipine for over 10 years. I'm very heath conscious so exercising has always been a daily part of my routine. When I first stated taking  amlodipine my ankles became swollen but because I was so active the swelling went away and did not return. As many users have mentioned, the side effects slowly take over so I did not realize that the pain under my left breast was radiating from near my stomach. Other symptoms I've experienced are, knotting in my lower and upper intestine, burning in stomach, neck/shoulder pain, burning in left arm, and in center of chest.  In fact, the pain cause my doctor to think it was my heart so I had a heart cath but there was no problem with my heart. I'm so thankful for this site because I have decided to stop taking the amlodipine (approximately 4 days ago) and now I feel so much better. As others have mentioned, you may not experience the same problems, but I have read many similar stories about side effects. Hope you find your pathway to better health. 

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      hi Mesirm I am sorry to hear of your burning symptoms , I hope you discuss with your doctor before coming off this drug when you have been taking it for 10 years- maybe they could try an alternative drug for you ? I hope you find better health too -  I only take gentle walking exercise but will keep doing that and hope it combats swollen ankles, thanks for your advice.
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      Hi, thanks for well wishes. Yes, I'm on Losartan now.  I was off the Amlodipine for a week before having my doctor switch it.   During that week, most of the side effects  subsided so I knew it was the Amlodipine contributing to my indigestion and other problems. My doctor was very willing to help me find something that would work better. 

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    I was on 5 mg for severaly years without side effects and it did well controlling my blood pressure.  It was only when my doctor switched me to 10mg that all hell broke loose.
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    I have been on 5mg Amlodipine for 5 years taken alongside 10mg Ramipril and have very well controlled BP with very little in the way of side effects.  i exercise regularly and live quite happily on this med.  
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