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I am 68 and have had BP in region of 145/90 for many years without taking medication of any sort. Recently it was a little higher and I was prescribed amlodipine 5mg and decided to try it. BP was lowered but side effects were awful: inflammation of stomach lining being the most concerning, fuzzy brain, swollen ankles, flushing, rashes. Reading this forum, after 6 weeks I stopped taking it with no withdrawal effects. My BP is back to (my) normal and I feel human again. I am lucky. I don't know what I would have done if it was reading any higher. The negatives offset the positives of amlodipine for me. Many thanks to all who contribute to this forum. It helped me immensely. Good luck with your own BP reduction. Gail
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