Ramipril and migraines

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I started taking ramipril 4 weeks ago. In the last 2 weeks I have had a migraine (flashing lights) on 7 days. I get them very occasionally normally. Has anyone else experienced this? Thanks for any replies

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    h1954...Hmmmm...you're experiencing flashing lights. Have you seen an Opthalmologist??? Flashing lights COULD be a sign of retinal detachment. You said.."I get them very occasionally, normally"..which means you were having the flashing lights prior to the Rampiril. Perhaps things are worsening, & the Rampiril is not to blame at all.

    Please...consult an Opthalmologist!!!

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    Hi I've been taking ramipril for 4 days now. In the last 2 days I've had 5 migraine attacks with flashing lights, seems a bit strange that although I do get migraines I never  have had them that close together. It is not listed as one of the side effects of ramipril but will be seeing how it goes over the next few days.

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      Ooh, Shelley, that's a lot in 2 days!  Mine stopped after I posted but have had some dizziness which is also a migraine symptom for me.  GP can't explain it, just got to see how I go.  Hope they stop for you.  Do keep in touch.

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      Hi Shelley, I hope your migraines have settled down.  I have had just one episode of flashing lights since I posted. My GP now thinks that although the mechanism of migraines is poorly understood, it is generally thought that it has something to do with blood vessels. So the action of ramipril on blood vessels could be behind the increase in migraine auras which hopefully will settle as we get used to the ramipril.
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    Hi i had to go back to the doctors and get them to change my tablets as I was so ill on the ramipril. I'm on Amlopine now but still not getting on with that either. Pleased the tablets seem to be working better for you. 

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      Hi mike92384,

      I have been on Amlodipine for just over a week now, I'm not sure it is any better than the Rampril as yet. I am however very sensitive to tablets, even not very strong painkillers make me feel dizzy and sick. At the moment the side effects I am suffering from are bouts of low and high blood pressure, heart palpitations, headaches, sleep disturbances, aching muscles and lack of appetite, I will see how they go over the next few weeks.

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    Hi shelley79651,

    How did you go with Amlodipine?

    I was on Ramapril for 6 months last year then Exforge (Amlodipine) for another 6 and since I started Exforge, for over a year now have had very regular visual disturbances (migraines with Aura). I have been hospitalised 2 times, had MRI of my head, CT scans, eye examination at the Ophthalmologist, my cardiologist thought it was a heart problem and ordered me to hospital to have a Coronary Angiogram and all tests came back negative for any issues.

    I asked my doctor to change the meds back from Exforge to Ramapril to try and still have the same issues.

    4 months after my Angiogram I am getting daily visual disturbances sometimes 3 or 4 times a day. Flashing lights, dark patches in my vision and sometimes headaches.

    I have an appointment to see an Neurologist in 4 weeks.

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