Ramipril Effects - what are the odds?

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I am in my 4th week of taking Ramipril and have noticed no side effects (although a couple of moments feeling ever so slightly light headed - maybe unconnected) and reading various comments on here I wondered just how common the side effects described, actually are.

It would be useful and reassuring if someone with expert knowledge or authority could answer that. For instance, if 90% of people experience no problems or might it be that 90% DO, especially if on higher doses.

What are we looking at here? If my doc wants to increase the dosage am I bound to get problems? I know what they say about statistics but they do help to put things into perspective.

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    I have been taking Ramipril since March 2002 in varrious doses 10,5,and 7.5 mg. I do-not have any of the side effects that appear to effect other takers, maybe I have got used to it by now. The only problem seems to be with some of my blood test results, which are kept under review with regular blood tests.

    I had an Angia attack in 2002; angioplasty and three stents fitted, Now 76 and still able to do everthing I need too. Family history of heart troubles. Hope this puts the other users minds at rest, their side effect may be only temporary.

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    Thanks Eric, it helps to know that some people are not affected.
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    I've been taking Ramipril along with other anti-hypertensive medication for about 6 months and have suffered no side effects. I have had the odd feeling of light headedness since I've been taking them, but like you, I'm not sure it's related as I sometimes have strange feelings in my head as a result of my brain haemorrhage.

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    Keith

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    I have just taken Ramipril for my first week, 1.25mg, I was told to increase to two tablets Thurs, however I had had such a bad week with nausea, lighthead, and culmintating in the worst headache I can remember, I re-visited my Doc (not the original one unfortunately), who immediately took me off them, saying such a small dose should not have had such side effects.

    I have had 10years on a water tablet, and Atenolol, and no apparant ill effects, the Ramipril was added for good reasons I know, but obviously not for me, I am on Candsarten, now from yesterday and fell much better already.

    I must also add that I am suspicious about the cost of some of these drugs, and am convinced we are tried on the cheapest first ... !!

    Sorry for the negative, but I thought I was pretty tolerant to most things, not so this Ramipril ...

    Brian

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    \"Tried on the cheapest first\" !!!!! Surely not!! Anyone would think the NHS was a cheapjack organisation that could not keep it's wards clean. Whatever next?
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    I just thought I ought to update after my comments above .... All is well after a week on the Candsarten, so fingers crossed I should be ok on these.

    It seems like a distant memory already,

    Brian :D

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    Hi

    You may want to consider reading Patrick Holfords Food is better medicine than drugs book. It is amazing and very enlightening about hypertension drugs and alternatives.

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    Re my comments above on 29 October 2007, after 2weeks on Candsarten I had to re-visit the Doc, he has taken me off them as I was going on two weeks Hols soon and in no state to do so, feeling very sick and lightheaded all the time.

    The good news is after a couple of weeks off \"Ace Inhibitors\" as they are called, I am back to normal, however the bad news is the Doc has said he will have another go after Christmas .... I will look forward to that ... !!!

    He said I was having an B reaction to Ace Inhibitors, I obviously could not tolerate them, its such a shame it takes 5 weeks of feeling rotten to convince them they do not agree with you .... !!

    Happy New Year ... to all

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