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I was prescribed 5mg of Amlodipine by my doctor for hypertension just over four weeks ago (on 10th December 2018). Just ten days later, in order reduce my blood pressure further and quicker, the doctor prescribed a further 5mg to bring my daily dose to 10mg in total.
Nine days later after a light late afternoon meal (30th December) I suffered a severe bout of nausea, stomach discomfort and flatulence. The stomach discomfort was mild - approximately around the area of my navel - but the flatulence moved down from my upper bowels right down to my lower ones over a period of several hours. This problem continued day after day and I completely lost my appetite - indeed any meal often made me feel nauseous and thoroughly bloated and uncomfortable. I started to lose weight because I was eating little .. surviving a lot on bananas, rice, applesauce, toast and porridge - the usual foods for sensitive stomachs.
This was very unusual because I very, very rarely got any digestive problems at all through my 70 years beforehand. It always happened a few hours after my main meal in the middle of the day. Sometimes, during the day, I can walk this off, but sometimes I am left awake and suffering it night.
Having read other posts on this forum and further information on Amlodipine, I deduced that the drug upset other people the same and was likely the source of the problem. So decided to stop (with the agreement of my doctor) who said that I was probably one of the unlucky 18% of patients who have serious and unacceptable side effects.
I stopped the drug on 2nd January 2019, only 23 days after starting it, but even though I wasn't on it very long it seems to be taking an age to get out of my system and I am still suffering daily, although I find it will ease after a few hours having taken a rehydration drink.
I understand the half-decay rate in the body of this drug is 30-50 hours, so assuming one is fit and healthy, and it should take around no more than 12 days (approx 12 x 50) to clear. But I am still waiting with little improvement. More than 2 weeks later, I still suffer. I have read that some people have found it much long to get rid of, perhaps 2-3 weeks.
Have others had the same experiences, please, and how long did it take them to eject this ‘poison’ from their body and feel and eat well again ?
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