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Amlodipine (as besylate, mesylate or maleate) is a long-acting calcium channel blocker (dihydropyridine (DHP) class) used as an anti-hypertensive and in the treatment of Angina pectoris. Like other calcium channel blockers, amlodipine acts by relaxing the smooth muscle in the Artery, decreasin... Read more on Wikipedia

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By Kofi
June 22, 2014
Kofi wrote
sexual dysfunction
I am on Natrilix SR1.5 and Amedin 5mg for the past 14 months
Natrilix is a thiazide diuretic (water pill) that is also used to relieve fluid retention
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By Amlodipine disaster
April 3, 2014
Amlodipine disaster wrote
Side effects and withdrawal from Amlodipine.
I have never been so misled by my GP and so sick from taking Amlodipine. Having just been diagnosed with PTSD. I had a panic attack so my Dr put me on Buspar for anxiety and Amlodipine for my blood pressure. I became extremely weak and could barely sit up. my arms and legs didn't even feel like they belonged to me. I went to the dr and she told me I had the flu. Even though I clearly had no signs of the flu and I questioned her about the meds. I was told I had the flu, to go home and get some rest. The weakness got worse and tremors were astounding. I got Vertigo and was told it was because I was crying. I took myself to the dr several times to question her about these meds, but she wouldn't budge. When I asked her about why my tongue was so white...she simply said I was making myself sick. The next side effect was the incredible burning in my body, down my arms and legs, pins and needles as well. Again...no help from the DR. I missed a substantial amount of work due to these symptoms. Forced myself to go back even though I was still incredibly weak and still had the pins and needles. I gave up on my Dr. Took myself off the Buspar by myself, when I was told by doing that she would no long treat me. Which was fine with me because it felt like I was dieing and she apparently wasn't going to listen or help me. Things eventually got better except for the constant fatigue and pins and needles. Even that got better with time. I put up with the other side effects that I could live with. I took the med for 2 years. Because of the constant fatigue and still having slight pins and needles I decided I wanted to stop taking the Amlodipine. My BP was fine. all other lab work was great. I was told by the Dr and pharmacist that going off the med was fine. When I did....all the very same symptoms I suffered when I first started taking the drug cam back. Again...no one could explain it. This drug should be banned and any DR who prescribes a med out to be just as informed of the less common side effects that can be associated with any and all med. And stop assuming that just because they are a rare occurrence or they've never heard of them before, that your complaints are not valid. And for Gods sake...take your patient off the med asap. I have PTSD. That doesn't make me crazy, doesn't mean I have HBP. And it certainly does not mean that I don't know the difference between something that's making me extremely sick and the flu. Now the question is......is the damage cause by this drug going to be permanent.
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By Lisa
April 2, 2014
Lisa wrote
Ive been taking Amlodopine for around 18months/2years and my bp has still been in the high range, however the doctors didnt seem to concerned and so i have just kept on it,however around 6 weeks ago I developed really bad pulsitile tinnitus in my left ear. I have had a scan on my neck and they didnt find anything wrong, my carotid artery was fine. My bp was 117/135 at one point and after numerous visits to the doctors I eventually asked to be put on another medication to bring my bp down as they just didnt seem to be bothered!!! i was put on Losartan along with the amplodopine and my bp has dropped to normal of around 120/70, a fantastic reading within days of taking this new drug, (not had a reading like that in 5 years!!!) However I still have these horrible noises in my ears which are causing me to be really down and depressed, im not sleeping properly either. I have a ct scan booked next week to check my head/ears to see what is going on, again I had to request this as the doctors didnt seem bothered!! I also decided to look up the side affects of Amlodopine and found that it is as Norsvac drug and apparantly these type of drugs can cause tinnitus, I rang my doctor straight away and asked i could be taken off the amlodopine and stay on the Losartan. He said it was ok to do that and im now on my 3rd day without it and my bp is still really good,although the pulsatile tinnitus is still there!!! Help!! has anyone else experienced this with this medication?
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By Lenoranne
January 17, 2014
Lenoranne wrote
Have been taking amlodipine for 17 days, and have had really nasty side effects. ... Increased AF. Dizziness . Swollen feet an ankles , constipation, and feeling really unwell. I also take ramapril and atenolol for blood pressure. Now stopped amlodipine, but still feeling the effects. Have been told that the drug should leave my system in 7 to 10 days. Really hope that is the case, can any one confirm it from experience. Ps. I think the spelling of the drug is different in the UK.
Amlodipine side effects for me were extreme fatigue and muscle weakness. Burning sensation throughout my whole body, pins and needles all over. I didn't sweat the small stuff like constipation and gas, vertigo, sore joints and insomnia at first. Took it for 2 yrs because my doctor had also prescribed Buspar for anxiety. When I got horribly sick and I wanted to take myself off, she said if I did she wouldn't treat me anymore. Went to some one else, took myself off the Buspar but continued Amlodi
Michele  |  April 2, 2014
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By Diovan
August 29, 2013
Diovan wrote
Diovan doses needed
I'm switching from amlodipine 5 mg. to Diovan. I need the correct doses on Diovan.
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