User Reviews for Amlodipine to treat High Blood Pressure
Brand names: Norvasc, Katerzia, Norliqva
Amlodipine has an average rating of 3.6 out of 10 from a total of 609 reviews for the treatment of High Blood Pressure. 19% of reviewers reported a positive experience, while 62% reported a negative experience.
Reviews for Amlodipine
"I was on amlodipine for 3 months after discovering I had high blood pressure Before that I was on lisinopil. Both medications was as terrible. From vision changes, hearing a heartbeat sound in my ear. Rapid heart rate, feeling tired. Both meds lowered my blood pressure but it was ruining my life. So I bought a treadmill for about 300 bucks and walked f1 mile a day and lost 20 pounds, take 400mg of magnesium citrate a day. Eat fruits and vegetables and cut down on fatty and unhealthy foods. I weaned off the BP meds myself over a month's time and I no longer take them.. Exercising losing weight and changing your diet will does the trick."
"61-year old male here. After years of marginally high BP (~130/90), my BP started to climb. My GP started me on diuretics, which made me feel like I was chewing cotton balls. He switched to Lisinopril. That gave me dizzy spells, often lasting several minutes and striking out of nowhere. I shifted to Losartan, first at 50mg then 100mg. That was a disaster- brain fog, slower reaction time, anger and irritability, inability to concentrate. Now I'm on amlodipine, 10 mg once per day, and am experiencing listlessness, depression, more brain fog, and somnolence. My BP is lower when I'm on these meds. I understand that medical practices get better government ratings and better reimbursements when they keep their patients within certain guidelines, including controlling BP. I feel that there is little concern for the big picture of mental health and well-being. I'm of a mind that I'd rather let my BP issues take me out early rather than eking out a few more months or years feeling like rubbish"
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Norvasc (amlodipine) "My BP was 150/85 so Dr. Started me on 2.5mg Norvasc and 3 months later no improvement, so my Norvasc dose was doubled to 5 mg. 3 months later and my BP still 150/85 I have side effects are I am extremely tired, stomach issues and just not feeling like myself so have made the decision to stop taking it, as it wasn't helping at all. 3 weeks later..bp 135/72, another 4 weeks passed..115/58."
"I was on amlodipine for about 3 month and it was the worst experience ever, I had anxiety, muscle twitching, tremors that have not gone away and I’ve been off of it for a month an still having side affects from it. I had to go Neurologist and cardiologist from all the side effects and 3 trips to ER, it also gives you panic attacks and a really bad burning pain on my upper right thigh. It is the worst drug I have ever been on and my doctor told me I was just going through something in life. Don’t take this drug it is awful."
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"I've been on this drug amlodipine for a few weeks for high blood pressure, my side effects are I've experienced extremely bad head aches, my arms and legs fell very weak and or heavy, I have pain in my chest. And I feel like I have nasal drip that I can't clear. Also dry mouth strange and dreams. I am taking myself off of it. And let me not forget about the back ache and anxiety ."
"I don’t usually write reviews but felt had to with this. Only took two 5mg tablets and awful side effects and experience. Day 1 severe dizziness headache and very bad chest pain and a wired feeling. Day 2 anxiety through the roof, could not think straight, dizzy, breathless. And blood pressure going up not down. Stopped it and next two days still very high anxiety, breathless and chest tightness. Really wanted this to work and bring down blood pressure and I’m happy to ride out side effects but this drug is scary, thought I’d have to go to A&E but rode it out. Day 3 now since I took the tablets and all improved but now bad stomach pains, diarrhea and back pains. Think it’s all the end of this drug coming out of system . First time I’ve taken blood pressure med and really scared me. Disappointed. I stopped it myself as the doctor would probably say try longer, nope! Maybe more exercise. Not in a hurry to try an alternative one"
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"From day one I experienced light headedness and once fainted. After one and a half years, the CONSTANT dizziness was crushing me, I couldn't concentrate, do anything physical, walk far, ride my bike, my work was suffering and I was beginning to feel depressed and hopeless. My doctor finally (why so long?) took me off the amlodipine, and within 48 hours my dizziness had gone, but also I realized that serious back pain that had been torture for over a year faded away. Over the time I took this medicine, my gripes included painful urination, serious muscular pain in my leg and in my back. The worst thing was that my doctor was leaning more and more towards psycho somatic causes and trying to convince me I was provoking the symptoms due to depression. He wanted to put me medication for this. It DISGUSTS me that he didn't listen to me, that he didn't take me seriously, that he didn't take the amlodipine side effects into consideration until I argued with him for nearly an hour about it."
"I was prescribed Amlodipine a month ago and let me say it's been the worst month of my life, and I have been through some hard things in my life. I've had every side effect you could think of but the worst for me was the dizziness, lack of appetite, headaches and rapid heartbeat. It causes severe anxiety all I can do is lay and worry because I can't function normally for being so dizzy. I hate this drug with a passion please if you're reading this and experiencing any side effect it only gets worse tell your doctor to switch you. I'm back on Metoprolol as of 3 days ago and very slowly feeling better and hoping it continues."
"I started taking amlodipine on November 06 2020. My normal blood pressure around 140/84. Dr. Prescribed amlodipine. I had headaches, nightmares and crazy anxiety from this medication. I stopped cold turkey and my bp went up to 150/100. I have been off of it for 5 days and I am having heart palpitations bad. I can feel my blood pumping in the back of my neck. I read it takes 11.5 days to get this medication out of the system. I saw an emergency Dr on December 26 2020 and he said he never heard of those side effects. Guess he should read this page and see what that medicine is doing to people."
Norvasc (amlodipine) "I have been on this medication since Jan 17 over the past 2 years for high blood pressure. My blood pressure was extremely high for years this was one of the first to bring it back to normal. HOWEVER I started developing SEVERAL different symptoms almost loosing myself from what I believe to be this medication. Constant leg cramps, heavy legs, migraines, elevated liver enzymes (fatty liver disease) and worst of all a dull isolated personality like I wasn’t myself anymore. I felt like I didn’t have any ambition or desire for anything. Not myself anymore. I kept telling my doctor something was wrong until I forgot to take my medicine my mind felt better but was beating out of my chest from not taking it I can hear and feel it pound so hard. THIS MEDICATION CAN RUIN SOMEONES LIFE. I am gonna try natural ways to lower my blood pressure or something else. If you are taking this and feel like you are not yourself anymore and can care less to do anything in life. Talk to your Doc"
"I’ve taken amlodipine for a little over a month and I find it very bad every side effect possible I have it: light headed, tightness around head and neck. Buzzing sounds, vivid dreams. Can’t sleep, dry mouth, infection in left eye, nervousness and depression ; been off just five days and I feel so so but still drained!! Who can help get thus pill out my system!!!"
"I took amlodipine for only six days and was done on the third day as I experienced my heart skipping beats which has not gone away after 2 weeks of stopping this stuff. I had night tremors, my ability to exercise reduced, feeling of unreality, dizziness, flushing, and sweating on my palms, left eye twitching, rapid heart rate, and blurred vision - my eyesight levels reduced. This drug should be banned as the side effects are worse than what it is used for."
"I have been on amlodipine besylate for 6 days. I have experienced the following: extreme anxiety; feels like my heart is trying to beat its way out of my chest; can’t think straight; weird vivid dreams; sleeping on my back and I wake up with a drowning feeling; dry mouth and dry skin. My blood pressure has been stable. I am not taking this drug again. Thank Goodness for this site. I will contact my doctor tomorrow."
"Female Age 77. I started on Amlodipine 5mg 6 weeks ago. My BP when checked by GP had improved so I was delighted. 4 weeks on the side effects increased with tinnitus (ringing ears), intense stomach cramps & the trots (especially during night), tiredness, dizzy spells, weight gain & fluid retention in legs & feet. My skin was tightly stretched & shiny & became bright red with blotches & swelling spreading from both feet, ankles, extending up to calves. I rang Pharmacist who advised I should contact GP. Two phone calls later my GP advised I should stop taking the tablets & an appointment was given for a review. The huge swelling & severe inflammation has subsided but not completely gone. I’ve read that it will take 11.5 days for the drug to be eliminated from my system so hoping I will be back to feeling more normal without these horrid side effects. My quality of life was badly affected by this drug and I feel I’d rather have no treatment than suffer the last few weeks of a living nightmare"
"I’ve been on this medication amlodipine for 20 days.. But I started having night sweats, tired, dizziness, split second fainting. As I kept taking this side affects worsened. I’m constantly fatigue, sleepy, jittery, easily tired and at night my arms feel like they are asleep and have to move them around. Recently my heart is constantly racing that almost called for emergency help. I had to control myself with deep breaths to calm down. I’m checking my pressure 3 times a day because my heart is racing out of control and afraid that I’m having a heart attack. I’m getting off this meds. And I’m not waiting for the doctor to tell me to do so. This is not for everyone . If I would have known how serious the effects are would have not accepted. The effects that are labeled sound very routine like most drugs do. This drug needs to be more informative and descriptive of how serious the effects are. We’re taking this drug blinding and thinking that the effects are minor. It should be banned!"
Norvasc (amlodipine) "I started taking amlodipine in 2006 for moderate blood pressure. Most of my BP readings is 145/85; I told my primary physician that my now ankles swell; a chronic headache after I take it; and earache. I went to ENT and took a battery of tests which ENT then referred me for a brain scan. I am debating on that referral. I stopped taking amlodipine on 9/6 and went to my rheumatologist on 9/11; without taking bp my reading was 143/84 I have come to the conclusion, I want something other than amlodipine. The reward is not worth the risk."
"I was on coveram for 8 years, and then early during the year I developed a cough. So I was asked to take amlopidine 10 mg. After a week ,I started having chest pain, a high racing pulse, hot face and an extreme fatigue, like I had no life. On top of it my right hand was hurting. So I stopped taking them. My symptoms stopped but after 4 days, I woke up and both my knees are swollen and painful. Any one experienced that. My GP said it's probably gout but my instinct says it's that bloody medication. It stays in your system for at least 11.5 days."
"Amlodipine was foisted upon me by a doctor with no greater motivation than his pharmaceutical company incentives (read: kickbacks). Not one word of dietary or activity changes to treat my borderline high blood pressure. I have been useless since. Total lethargy, bringing my physical activity level from moderate to full stop. Constant acid indigestion, clay colored stool, stomach pain, absolutely unpredictable bowels, itchy, flaky skin and, wonder if wonders- increased blood pressure. Imagine that, prescribing a drug that then makes you dependent on yet more drugs. Currently weening myself off, changed my diet and forced myself to exercise daily. I'm 55 and once trusted doctors to uphold the Hippocratic oath. Now, I firmly believe they're nothing more than government sponsored drug pushers that I only visit if there's a bone showing. Amlodipine is nothing more than a disease creating poison."
Norvasc (amlodipine) "Horrible med I started to have swollen tongue and lips and face. Also hands and feet were swollen. I stopped taking it and slept the night sitting up. I felt depressed and anxiety irritable no energy. I almost died on lisinopril having to rush to hospital with terrible swollen tongue even uvula. They gave me every shot they had which I thought I might die from. Adrenaline shot is the worst. After a few months on norvasc at night laying down each night it got harder to breathe especially through my nose. This is my second day off and I bought 4 natural remedies and I finally feel like myself. I had no desire to do anything. I think these medicines are like poison. I can’t take them and I won’t no matter what. I will do whatever I need to. I almost choked to death trying too swallow scrambled eggs. I am totally done with bp meds unless they are natural. My throat is still bothering me but getting better."
"My doctor put me on 5mg of Amlodipine for hypertension. I took 1 dose and was done !!! The insomnia, panic attack, anxiety and thirst was out of control. I already have severe panic , anxiety & PTSD. Why would they give me a medication that has the same side effects of what I already have . I was so scared also had back pain in my kidney area, and super thirsty ! I drink a lot of water and fluids anyway but I was really worried when I felt as if I just couldn’t drink enough water over the night. I was waking up every hour with not only the already anxious panic of insomnia and fear I would not ever get more than an hour of sleep at a time again but the feeling of needing water because of dry mouth and thirst really scared me. I think I may have gotten a total of 4 hours of rest the whole night. I definitely do not recommend this medication at all to anyone especially if you are chemically sensitive to medication like me."
"I started taking Amlodipine 4 days ago. The first 2 days I had a slight headache but I knew it was a side effect and was fine with it. But my symptoms gradually got worse. Day 3 chest pain and heart palpitations, extreme dry mouth, Flushing (feeling warm like a fever was coming), fatigue, muscle aches, stomach pain/bloating/gas, yeast discharge, and this weird stinging sensation in my thigh like I was being stung by a bee over and over again. I also had insomnia even though i was exhausted! I stopped taking it today but I’m still feeling the chest pains and palpitations, although they aren’t as intense. I’m going to work out and eat healthy! I can’t deal with these side effects! It lowered my blood pressure i think. I’m not sure, it kinda jumped all over the place."
"So I just started on Amlodipine 5 weeks ago because one of my meds metolprolol was giving me terrible sleep hallucinations. It took about one month to really start working. I will say my sleep was so much better and a felt calmer. However, the swollen ankles were terrible. Also 2 weeks in I woke up with a swollen lower lip..Just bizarre. It went away once I got up and iced it..They 2 weeks later it happened again. Plus serious dry mouth and lips...I can't take the dry mouth thing anymore..Just this morning I woke up and my gland under my tongue was swollen... Has anyone else had these mouth issues. I mean maybe it is not even related to Amlodipine IDK but I've never had these till the past 5 weeks.. Any help let me know... I want off."
"I have been reading quite a few of these reviews as I am in the same position as many of you. I have been on amlodipine for 5 years. Since 3 rd month I have been to my dr complaining about it. Swollen hands and ankles, vivid dreams ( very bad) muscle/ joint pain, burning feet/legs, coughing/ trouble swallowing, constipation, etc. As time went by I added more side effects. I handed a typed list of 15 side effects and demanded it to be placed in my file! I hated this pill called it chemical poison! After 5 years I sit with the consequences! Drug Induced Parkinsonism. A physician took it away after I had a MRI. Neurologist diagnosed Bradykinism. It has been 3 months now. I am suffering from weakness(left arm/leg) , tremors in left arm, muscles/ joints hurting, stiffness! I have read many articles on DIP, CCB, Amlodipine and Parkinsonism, Side Effects, Etc. Why has NOTHING been done? Why is nobody taking on the pharmaceutical companies?"
"Been on amlodipine for about 2 months. I haven’t been able to do anything this entire week because I was EXHAUSTED and had severe anxiety. Writing this review is taking ever bit of strength I have. I’ve spent so much money going to doctors appointments trying to figure out what’s wrong with me. I’m so glad I found this thread of reviews, as my symptoms mimic much of what has been said: earache, headache, fatigue, swollen glands, anxiety, ear ringing, finger pain, etc. Giving a two because it can bring down BP, SLIGHTLY"
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"Currently going through torture. 3 ER visits, 2 urgent care visits, and 1 PCP visit all in the mnoth of June. My symptoms are getting worse and no one will listen to me. I’m having heart palpitations, muscle cramps, anxiety, upper left back ache/sharp pain. I’ve been on amlodipine for 4 months and my blood pressure has been lowered, but I can’t function like this. 3 EKGs and the last 2 are now showing PVCs, I’m being told the premature heartbeat is harmless but it feels like I’m going to have a heart attack. Each doctor I’ve seen and spoken with has said Amlodipine wouldn’t cause any of this. I don't think they know, my only reason for starting this medication was high blood pressure. Pray for me, I need a doctor who will listen."