Want to come off ramipril

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I have been taking ramipril 5mg for about five years now and am really unsure wether they are benfitting my blood pressure and whether they are giving me side effects. I am 59 years old, retired, slim build and very active (cycling,swimming etc) but previously my diet was not great.. About a month ago my BP did this spike up  to 160/90 at the Doctor surgery but this was probably due to ''white coat syndrome'' as my average BP was about 135/80. I feel very tired in the afternoons, sleep poorly and get mild/dizziness/vertigo type symptons (unsure if these are Ramipril side effects though).   About three weeks ago I decided to embark on a very healthy diet (ie no processed food, eating fruit,  vegetable, chicken, fish, very low salt and Lycamoto tabs) and My BP is now regularly down on average to 120/65, it has been as low as 110/65 when I am relaxed.  My plan is to persue this new diet (I am also taking Lycamoto tablets)  and if the good BP results continue, to ask my GP whether I can be weened off Ramipril.. Has anyone else managed to come off Ramipril ? What were your experiences ?     

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    I came off Ramipril  3 months ago ,as during the last year I had to falls. / fainting I broke/ smashed my wrist and then 2 fingers ,seems it could have been my blood pressure was dropping too low after exersise,,,,,however I googled Ramipril and it showed not advisable for people aged 70 ( I'm 69  ) and advisable for people lung conditions like asthma etc ,,,as I have chronic asthma and copd ,and Bronchietis ,and aged 69 , and I had feeling soooooo lethargic and tired and my cough was constant ,I decided to come off them ,I told my GP Andre changed my tablets ,fingers crossed , 
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      I hope you feel better on the new tablets. I have recently been diagnosed with hbp and have just started on Ramipril 2.5mg. Have to take this dose for 2 weeks and it will be increased gradually. Didn't get an info slip with the meds so have been googling for info.
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      Please give the Ramipril a good try,,,as what didn't suit me would suit someone else ,,,,I am feeling much better now thanks for asking ,,,good luck,& good health ,
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      Glad you are feeling better on the new meds. Am doing ok on Ramipril so far but the dose i am on is not lasting 24 hours. Readings come down for about 12 hours or so but then go back up again. Dose to be revised on 23rd.
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      Try DASH diet. Its named best diet in us for the last 4 yrs. Its a bp diet. Ive lost 6 stone and on the path to come off my ramapril. Hope this helps smile
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    Try DASH diet. Its named best diet in us for the last 4 yrs. Its a bp diet. Ive lost 6 stone and on the path to come off my ramapril. Hope this helps 
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    Where can I find out about the DASH diet please? Interested as cut out Amlopodine and have a month til need to return to GP for check up and confess!
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    Hi 

    I have great news!   My strength has returned, but it took 6 months for all (side effects of Ramipril 10mg) to dissipate.  I had severe muscle weakness, muscle aching as well as complete loss of strength, joint pain (decreased range of motion due to a chronic inflammation.   In my first post I mentioned the pain at my left clavicle/shoulder joint and could not push myself up to sit in bed. My arms could not be lifted up very high, and I could not reach into a cupboard for a cup.  My legs got weak and I could not bend knees, walking was compromised and I had to literally crawl up/downstairs on hands and feet!  Getting up/down after sitting was almost impossible!  All of that started in Sept 2014 and miraculously this past month I have been without any of those symptoms (side effects)!  I had blood tests in early Feb 2015 and there was no indication of, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, nor any other condition?  

    I have been moving more, am not on any medication at all, and use good food and exercise and relaxation breathing as my medicine!  The breathing keeps my BP GOOD (110/65 to 130/80).  My experience taught me that I cannot rely on medication without serious side-effects.  These side effects from taking Ramipril are listed and my body responded after the 10mg dose. I'm am grateful I recovered and continue to stay active!  My advice is don't obsess over having BPchecked too often, and look at natural ways of helping yourself to be healthy!    Go for a walk, laugh a lot, rest when you feel like it, and do some relation breathing NICE DEEP BREATH IN and EXHALE THROUGH MOUTH.  

    I am 66, retired and stay active climbing stairs, walking briskly.  Make yourself up/down off floor, this will keep you able to do that!  Very grateful all the drugs are gone from my system!  If you are suffering what I went through, do your best to MOVE - IF YOU DONT USE IT - YOU WILL LOSE IT!  It took me six months to work through the pain, I am grateful it's over!

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      That's brilliant Kathleen!! Thanks so much for taking the time. I am ok on the excercise front and have turned my diet around to eating natural whole foods (no more sweetie or Salty things).  I will definately try the breathing excercises though. All of what you say makes total sence. Good luck to you too Nanny 1086.      
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      I am on ramapril since my MI last October. I can't understand why because I have always had low blood pressure and been slightly underweight. I do get on off stabbing pains in my left chest after taking ramapril. All the other symptoms you have mentioned 're movement and joint pain I have been suffering due to the STATINS I was on. Now discontinued.
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      Hi Kathleen04185.. just started Ramipril 5mg in June for the month and had the blood test.. I have seen the doctor and she has increased the ramipril to 7.50mg.I think the Doctor is also seeing if my body is tolerant to the medicasion? so I will see how it go's thanking you for your input to the treatment best wishes retired David keeping up being active.to...
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      Dear Kathleen, I know you posted your issues with Ramipril over a year ago but I have just discovered this site. I have been taking Ramipril for around four years and my dosage was increased to the 10mg level. I had been experiencing pain in my joints and muscles and like you had been having difficulty sleeping due to the pain in my legs. I am now 62 years old and fairly active as I walk regularly with my dogs and I teach exercise classes to the over 60s. I was struggling in the evenings due to the muscle and joint pain. I initially just put it down to aches and pains of getting older but it was definitely getting me down. When I found this site and realised that other people like yourself were suffering from similar symptoms I thought that Ramipril could be the culprit. These side effects had never been mentioned by my GP or the nurse I saw regularly. All they would ask me was if I had a dry cough which I did not.

      Anyway I have stopped taking Ramipril about three weeks ago and the symptoms are gradually getting less. I am monitoring my own blood pressure which is in the normal range and I will continue to do so.

      I see that it took you around 6 months for your symptoms to go and so I am hopeful that I will be as successful.

      I am doing everything I can to naturally control my BP and taking CO10 which has got reviews for lowering BP.

      Thank you for your input.

      Christine

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      Hi Christine

      Can i ask how you came off ramipril? Did you lower the doseage over a period of time? I have been suffering with a cough, tiredness, forgetfulness etc. I have HBP but i want to come off all medication and use natural ways, food exercise etc to control my BP.

      Im having anti depressants counteracting the low mood created by ramipril. Im sure i could run a marathon if i came of it all!!!

      Many thanks

      Kate

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      Hi Kate, I probably did the wrong thing because I was so fed up with aching limbs. I just stopped taking Ramipril. I was also on a diuretic though and I took that for a little while on its own. I would recommend that you probably do not stop taking Ramipril like I did but instead tell your GP that you want to stop taking it. Hopefully they will be happy to let you have a go at lifestyle changes if your BP is not too high. I am taking a number of natural supplements and also losing weight gradually which should make a difference. I also exercise regularly. My BP is around 148/85 on average so hopefully that should not be an issue.

      I would also recommend that you get a reliable home BP monitor just so that you can keep an eye on your BP, keep a record of the readings and show them to your GP.

      Good Luck biggrin

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