Since 2015 I have been getting double vision .it is now happening more severely than usual. Does any

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Since 2015 I have been having double vision. It is now happening more severely. .also I have neck pains and my ongoin pain in my left shoulder and my left knee. I take 5mh amlodopine. .does anyone know what to do about this double vision issue?

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    Double vision can have many causes - in some cases serious. As a first step I recommend you go and see your GP. I suspect the Amlodipine won't be the cause of the double vision. 


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      Interesting - you've obviously had more extensive investigations that I've had. Sounds like the potentially serious causes have been eliminated. I had the neurological investigations carried out but didn't get offered the CT or MRI scans probably because my ophthalmologist consultant thought it could be something to do with the lens. 

      I only get it intermittently but it has improved to some extent since I had some eye surgery done - glaucoma and cataract but it still recurs fairly regularly (2 or 3 times a week). Nowadays it doesn't really trouble me because the second image is somewhat fainter and I think my brain has probably now learnt to ignore it. Of course, If the second image was significantly more prominent I think it would be a problem. 

      Personally I had ruled out Amlodipine as the culprit in my case because I had been on it (5mg dosage) for about 10 years before the double vision started. Basically I still don't know what causes mine but now that I seem to have got used to it, I don't consider it much of issue. 

      You could try another BP pill. I'm reluctant to do that myself because Amlodipine seems to suit me. I've recently had to add Ibersartan as my BP has, in recent times, gradually increased towards the 160/80 mark. 

      If you do try a substitute for Amlodipine and find that it cures the problem, I would really appreciate hearing from you.

      Good luck with finding a remedy for it.

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    star, sorry for the late response but I just wanted to let you know that double vision is listed as a possible side effect on the drugs dot com website along with joint pain.  I can't quote the actual website here as my reply will disappear for monderating.   It comes under the heading of a rare possible side effect as opposed to a common one but nonetheless even though it comes under "rare" some of us, alas, will fall into that category.  Double vision can have all sorts of possible causes but it sounds as though such causes have been ruled out in your case by the various scans.  Have you the relevant blood tests to rule out inflammation (CRP and ESR)?  If so, Amlodipine sounds a very likely suspect - it proved a serious no-no for me and the forum is littered with all sorts of problems attributable to Amlodipine.  Perhaps your Dr will be willing to try giving you a break from it for a couple of weeks which may provide the answer.  

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