Amlodipine withdrawals - severe cramping, headaches
I was taking 5 mg of Amlodipine for high BP for about a month and asked my doctor if I could switch to something with less side effects, so he gave me Benazipril 40 mgs and ever since I switched I feel awful. I have severe cramping in my muscles all over my body and my stomach is hurting all the time.
We slowly weaned off the Amlodipine over the course of a few weeks dropping it to 2.5 mg a day then to 1.25 mgs a day for a week.
However, switching meds did not help. When I went on Benazepril, I began having severe stomach pain, body cramps, tension in the back of my neck, migraine headaches and blurry vision. My BP stayed the same. So I weaned myself off the benazipril for a few days and recently starting taking amlodipine again and as soon as I take it, my whole body relaxes and the stomach pains go away and the headaches and tension disappear.
I need to know if anyone here has had these types of severe withdrawal symptoms when stopping amlodipine.
Even though we did it the right way, I'm assuming my body got used to the chemicals somehow and without them, it totally cramps up.
My BP was in the 140's / 85-100 and when I was taking the drug it dropped down to normal range, but I since have been taking natural BP supplements which have helped me in the past. I took them a year ago and they really lowered my BP and did not interfere with the meds.
So my question is will I ever be able to get off amlodipine without having these withdrawal symptoms? How should it be done to avoid having these withdrawal symptoms?
As I'm taking the natural supplements, my bp is going back into normal range now, 120/80, and sometimes in the day it shoots up to 150/100 but I take more supplements and it goes back down to 125-135/80-95.
Last edited by moderator2; 09-22-2012 at 11:52 AM.
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