But now I get terrible leg cramps several times during the night. Can amlodipine besylate be the culprit? I always had occasional leg cramps, even when I took diovan & lisinopril, but not this bad now that I'm on amlodipine besylate.
As you know, amlodipine (as besylate, mesylate or maleate) is a long-acting calcium channel blocker (dihydropyridine class) used as an anti-hypertensive and in the treatment of angina. Like other calcium channel blockers, amlodipine acts by relaxing the smooth muscle in the arterial wall, decreasing total peripheral resistance and hence reducing blood pressure; in angina it increases blood flow to the heart.
Side effect which may be related are swelling of ankles and feet, joint or muscle pain.
What dose are you on?
I sugest you contact your doctor.
Report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
I hope I have been of help.
Take care and have a good weekend.
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