I have taken amlodipine 5mg for just 7 weeks but noticed that my resting heart rate which was usually 61 -63 rocketed up to 85-95 although the BP dropped below the basic required. I have been changed on to Ramipril 1.25 and the pulse is more like 75. Does one have to sacrifice one's heart with over exertion to cope with the BP drugs?. I feel that they are doing more harm thatn good and that I am on the start of a roller coaster that i want to leave!! I am nearly 70 in good weight range & non smoker